Welcome message from the Principal

Meet Ms. Linda LaPine

Welcome and thank you for visiting GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi, an esteemed school in a vibrant city of culture and contrast. We are located in the downtown area on Fatima Bint Mubarak Street in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

Our mission at GEMS World Academy-Abu Dhabi is to provide every child with a school experience that is joyous and meaningful, supporting their development as internationally-minded students. As a fully authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school we engage each child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.  Through our inquiry-based learning program, children develop deep understandings, skills and dispositions that build academic success and strength of character.

As a parent of two daughters who have attended international schools in four countries, I know how monumentally significant it is that you choose the right school placement for your child. I want GEMS World Academy to be that right school for your child, his or her ‘home away from home’. Our joyful and supportive setting will be the center of his or her social world and an environment where he or she will learn to function independently. As a community solely for young learners, we celebrate their achievements both social and academic throughout the year. Yet, parent involvement is essential and we want you to be actively involved in your child’s education with us.

The 2018-19 school year will be another great year at GWA. We proudly boast a blend of highly qualified and experienced faculty and staff,  plentiful resources and educational learning tools, and a secure campus that is  suited and designed to house primary years learners. We have many returning veteran teachers, while others have gained experience elsewhere in the world, having been recruited for their talents and expertise.

Parents can expect the GEMS World Academy experience will include high academic standards, innovative practices and a variety of after school activities specifically designed for young children. As an IBO World school, we celebrate internationalism, recognizing the uniqueness of the more than sixty nationalities represented among our students. Our academic standards are derived from the IB’s Primary Years Program curricular framework and have been blended with Common Core standards from the USA as well as key UAE national frameworks.

I look forward to embarking on a wonderfully exciting and important journey for students this year! Join us in partnership at our home away from home, GWA Abu Dhabi, where your child’s academic achievement, confidence, resilience and self-esteem will flourish.   Here your child can blossom, thrive and, best of all, be happy!


Linda LaPine