Best American curriculum schools in Dubai

Your guide to the right US curriculum school in the city

17 Jul 2019, words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Guides

List of American curriculum schools in Dubai

Looking for the best American schools in Dubai for your little ones? Luxhabitat's comprehensive list will help you choose the one that best suits your child's requirement.

1. Gems Dubai American Academy

Gems Dubai American Academy offers American Curriculum as well as International Baccalaureate Diploma. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the school also features a range of future-fluent programs in the form of creative design, edge robotics and digital fluencies. Dubai American Academy offers a diverse range of extra-curricular activities that include athletic and leadership opportunities. The school's 70,000 square metre campus hosts state of the art facilities like a 50m Olympic pool, 400m running track, a well-equipped gymnasium, playing fields and shaded playgrounds, theaters, and dedicated studios for music and arts. They also boast an 'Outstanding' rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) since the year 2011. Fees vary from AED  61,190 to AED 86,260.

Where: Al Barsha, Dubai

Call: 04-704 9777

2. Universal American School

Founded in 2005, Universal American School is a not-for-profit school that is governed by the Al Futtaim Education Foundation. The school offers American and International education. In the year 2019-2020, Universal American School will be offering their first cohort of AP and Common Core courses that will run along the existing IB Diploma Programme for students in Grades 11 and 12. This will help the students make personalised choices in their education, which will help them seek alternate routes to post-secondary education. The 70,000 square meter campus hosts facilities that include expansive science and ICT labs, fully-equipped athletic field and track, natural grass football pitch, multi-sport gymnasium, fully equipped art studios, separate elementary and secondary library, medical clinic, amongst other. The school is also known for having received a 'Very Good" rating in 2018 from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Fees vary from AED 37,330 to AED 76,670 per year.

Where: Al Badia, Dubai Festival City

Call: 04 232 5222

3. American School of Dubai

American School of Dubai is a not-for-profit US curriculum international school. Established in 1966, the school was previously known as Jumeirah American School and was founded by the Dubai Petroleum Company. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, American School of Dubai hosts approximately 1,900 students. They feature world-class facilities, highly experienced leadership, professional, dedicated, and certified faculty, staff, and counseling teams. Offering U.S. curriculum and AP program, the school also has on feature extracurricular activities in arts, athletics, and service learning. The 93,077 square metre campus hosts state-of-the-art facilities and includes two libraries, multi-purpose rooms, a 63-seat performing arts theatre, indoor and outdoor running tracks, dance studio, fitness centre, two swimming pools, six tennis courts, etc. The school had received a 'Good' rating in 2018 from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Fees vary between AED 49,255 to AED 95,565 per year.

Where: Al Barsha, Dubai

Call: 04 395 0005

4. Collegiate American School

Collegiate American School offers US curriculum that is aligned to the New York state Common Core Standards. The school also offers the IB Diploma program as an option in grades 11 and 12. Students completing the high school program are eligible for a US High School Diploma and those completing the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Organization earn the IB Diploma. Collegiate American School is accredited with the Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The school hosts purposefully designed collaborative spaces, learning courtyards and discovery rooms. Facilities on offer include science laboratories, art studios, art gallery, music rooms, therapy room with an external provider, library, gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis courts, soccer field, conference rooms, amongst many more. Collegiate American School has received a 'Good' rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Fees vary from AED 40,071 to AED 72,352 per year.

Where: Al Maydar Street, Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai

Call: 04 427 1404

5. Mirdif American School

Founded in 1995, Mirdif American School follows an American-based curriculum that offers education to students from pre-kindergarten to middle school. The school accepts children from all nationalities and backgrounds and also of all abilities. They also host educational field trips, sports activities, extracurricular activities, educational functions and edutainment functions. Their faculty consists of school psychologist, disciplinarian, reading specialist, computer coordinator and specialized activity teachers. The school has received a 'Good' rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Fees vary from AED 25,733 to AED 38,405 per year.

Where: Al Mizer 1, Mirdif, Dubai

Call: 04-288 3303

6. International School of Arts and Sciences

Offering classes from kindergarten to grade 12, International School of Arts and Sciences' Science, Mathematics, and English curricula are based on California NGSS, California CCSSM, and California CCSSE, respectively, while other disciplines are aligned with other California State Standards. The school hosts state-of-the-art science laboratories, computer laboratories, library with internet and multimedia facilities, music room, recording studio, among many more. They have received a 'Good' rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Fees vary from AED 23,063 to AED 57,250 per year.

Where: Al Warqa, Dubai

Call: 04 280 0185

7. Al Mizhar American Academy

Established in 2005, Al Mizhar American Academy features co-education for pre-KG to KG 2 and is an all-girls school otherwise. Providing American education, the school offers opportunities for students to develop socially, emotionally and academically. They also have joint accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school hosts an array of extra-curricular and afterschool activities that include student council, Model United Nations (MUN), book club, rugby, film studies, band, robotics, writer's workshop, aqua club, public speaking, student leadership, drama club, advanced gymnastics, Spanish Club, Qur’an Club, cooking, Arabic Club, educational trips and more. Al Mizhar American Academy has received a 'Good' rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Fees vary from AED 39,886 to AED 62,176 per year.

Where: Al-Mizhar 1, Mirdiff, Dubai

Call: 04 288 7250

8. Greenwood International School

Greenwood International School was established in 2006 and follows the Michigan Common Core State Standards as its base curriculum. The school also focuses on a range of extracurricular activities. Facilities on offer include an elevator that serves special needs students and staff, science labs, music room, computer labs, libraries, multipurpose hall, among many more. Greenwood International School has received a 'Good' rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Fees vary from AED AED 18,229 to AED 27,952.

Where: Muhaisnah 1, Dubai

Call: 04 288 8000

9. Al Mawakeb Schools

Founded in 1979, as a private international school, Al Mawakeb currently has branches in Al Garhoud, Al Barsha and Al Khawaneej. The schools follow the California State Standards and offer education from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The school's first branch was established in Al Garhoud in 1979, the one at Al Barsha was established in 1997, whereas the Al Khawaneej one welcomed its students for the first time in 2018. Al Mawakeb Schools provide an excellent education in a caring and respectful environment that is dedicated to the wellbeing and happiness of the students. The branches at Al Garhoud and Al Barsha have received a 'Good' rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). The one at Al Khawaneej will be evaluated on 2021-2022. Fees of Al Mawakeb in Al Garhoud and the one in Al Barsha varies between AED 14,540 to AED 45,528, whereas fees for the one in Al Khawaneej varies between AED 33,450.00 and AED 61,050.

Where: Al Garhoud, Al Barsha & Al Khawaneej, Dubai

Call: Al Garhoud - 04 285 1415, Al Barsha -  04 347 8288, Al Khawaneej - 04 251 4433

10. Nibras International School

Nibras International School offers education to students from kindergarten to grade 12. The school provides affordable American education, that helps the students excel in an international environment. Nibras International School features American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Common Core Plus program that provides a framework for curriculum consistency across all the grades in alignment with research-based trends and ongoing developments within this curriculum worldwide, and in the USA. The school also offers Advanced Placement courses for high school students, besides state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor sports facilities. The school has received an 'Acceptable' rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Fees vary from AED 22,827 to AED 45,374 per year.

Where: Dubai Investment Park

Call: 04 885 3330