Offering a world-class education founded on an elaborated International Baccalaureate (IB)

Program of instruction: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) using U.S. Common Core and Virginia standards

Language of Instruction: English

KG1 to Grade 5

GEMS World Academy, Abu Dhabi, offers an internationally leading standard of education.

Throughout the curriculum, our goals are to:

  • Establish a firm foundation in the core subjects of Language, Math, Social Studies and Science
  • Enrich the curriculum through specialist classes that connect to the Units of Inquiry, including Arabic, the Arts, Technology, Library, Islamic Education for Muslim students, and Personal, Social and Physical Education
  • Enable students to develop their own international mindedness through the Learner Profile and the opportunity to take action
  • Respond to the individual intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of students

You can discover further information about the PYP Program at the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Departments and Subjects

Students attend specialist classes at least once during the school week with the exception of Arabic Department and PE classes which are conducted more often. A brief description follows each specialist class:

Music: Sing, say, dance, and play! That’s what it’s all about it music class. Music begins in KG1, wherein students learn to use the instrument they are given at birth: their voice! Students will explore body percussion sounds and later develop skills on various percussion instruments. Movement will also be used as a means to explore creative expression and collaboration with peers. Students will also gain knowledge of the rhythmic and melodic structure of music, which will help them improvise and compose their own musical ideas.

Art: Classes begin in the Art Room for KG1 wherein students explore art in many ways. They participate in creative art with clay and other materials as well as participating in field trips to various museums in the local area. Our Art teacher ensures that projects are tied in with the Unit of Inquiry being studied within the homeroom class.

Physical Education: Begins in KG1 wherein students participate in various activities including sports and games.

Arabic/Islamic Education: Consists of Arabic Language Learning required by the Ministry of Education for all students to participate in the class beginning in KG1. Students are taught this language according to their abilities and whether they are a native or non-native ARabic speaker. 

Islamic Study: Is a mandatory requirement by the Ministry of Education if parents indicate at time of registration the student is of the Islamic faith.