A Focus on Gems World Academy – Dubai

Operating since 2007, GEMS World Academy – Dubai offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum to students ranging from KG1 to Grade 12 as well as top-of-the-range facilities.

GEMS World Academy — Dubai (GWA) is a world-class school, with a 70-seat planetarium, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and an auditorium which can seat over 600 people. The school also hosts a highly technological music department, which includes a recording studio, a film editing suite and a green screen room, as well as advanced Design Technology labs. As the flagship among the GEMS Education schools, GWA represents the best of the best.

GWA offers the full continuum of the International Baccalaureate. The school offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged three to 12, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for children aged 11–16, the Diploma Programme (DP) for ages 16–19, and finally the Career- Related Programme (CP) as an alternative for those aged 16–19. Over the last four years, the school has enjoyed some of the best university acceptance rates of any international school. Students have been accepted into 350 universities in over 30 countries, and the results speak for themselves, with the school’s IBDP average sitting at 33.1, compared to the global average of 29.78.

Stuart Walker is a highly experienced educator and school leader. Prior to taking up the post of Head of School/CEO at GWA he was the Principal of Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Before that, he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Education in Sydney, New South Wales. Prior to this Stuart served as the Executive Director at the United Nations International School in New York. Alongside Stuart is a strong Senior Leadership Team, of Principals, Assistant Principals and Curriculum Coordinators.

GWA develops inquiring, reflective and caring learners who, through the rigour of the IB programmes, have the knowledge, skills, and character to act and create a better, more peaceful world. Supported by highly qualified staff and world-class facilities, the school’s diverse international community is encouraged to develop intercultural understanding and respect.

The faculty has a combined 900 years of IB experience, and teachers have an average 4.8 years’ practice teaching the IB. The IB is in GWA’s DNA and its mission is to be a world-class school that maximises every student’s learning and character, to enable them to choose their own successful path and positively contribute to society.

GWA offers an extensive Language Institute and Entrepreneurship Club in addition to a vast variety of after-school activities (ASAs). Activities include clubs and teams in sports, arts and academics. In many cases core activities are staffed by highly experienced GWA staff as Internal ASAs. External ASAs, such as golf, swimming, crosscountry, basketball, rock-climbing, horse riding, skiing, dance, martial arts, and more, are also provided on or off campus by external companies. Intercultural understanding involves recognising and reflecting on one’s own perspective, as well as the perspectives of others.

In GWA’s highly diverse international community, importance is not only placed on learning another language, but the preservation and understanding of one’s mother tongue. GWA is proud to offer 12 different mother tongue language courses for students as part of the curriculum.