Whether you’ve just moved to Dubai or have been here for a minute - it's hard to deny there’s nothing like raising a family in Dubai. And trust us when we tell you - it’s a haven for families.
From the finest formal education, Dubai as you know has some of the greatest schools in the world.
So, we took a minute to find our top 11 picks around town and here are the best schools in Dubai - you’ve got to keep your eyes peeled for!
GEMS Wellington is part of the Dubai-based GEMS group and is one of the most popular schools in the region following the British and IB curriculum. They have two schools - Wellington International School and GEMS Wellington Academy in Dubai,
Students from kindergarten to grade 13 are welcome with the school currently hosting students from 70 different countries. Being extremely diverse.
Location: Al Sufouh Fee range: AED 43,941 - AED 95,597. Student capacity: 3,000 KHDA Rating: Outstanding
If your child is a Hogwarts fan - Repton is just the place to be at!
Operating as a co-ed day school and boarding school, Repton follows a British Curriculum that’s followed till Year 11 and after students are given the opportunity to choose from an International Baccalaureate Diploma or continue their British Curriculum till Year 13.
Repton’s alumni have been accepted in top Ivy league universities such as Brown University, Princeton and Yale, while others have been accepted into schools such as University of Texas, Oxford and UCLA to name a few.
Repton hosts students from FS2 till Grade 13.
Location: Nad Al Sheba Fee range: AED 54,000 - AED 97,000 Student capacity: 1,900 (500 in dorms) KHDA Rating: Outstanding
Situated in the heart of Knowledge Park in Media City - Dubai College has a history dating back five decades and has made itself known as one of Dubai’s top private schools. The school follows an English National Curriculum hosting students from Grade 7 - Grade 13.
DC has its own Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning which was established in 2017 and serves as Dubai College’s research wing, working alongside international organisations to improve the educational experience for teachers and students alike.
Location: Media City Fee range: AED 28,869 - AED 32,690 Student capacity: 900 KHDA Rating: Very good
NAS is definitely the IT school for Dubai students as it is one of the 35 schools under the Nord School Group and not to mention - associated with The Juilliard School in New York!
NAS students are welcome from kindergarten till higher levels, following the English National Curriculum and has an International Baccalaureate option at the higher grade levels.
NAS offers a strong language program where students have the option to learn over 10 different languages while also having a strong focus on music.
Location: Al Barsha 3 Fee range: AED 62,160 - AED 94,000 Student capacity: 2,200 KHDA Rating: Outstanding
Jumeirah College is the secondary school to Jumeirah Private School and is known to be one of Dubai’s finest schools. They cater students from Grade 7 - Grade 13.
If your child is searching for the ideal high-school experience from movies, this school’s got just that. They've got over 59 nationalities attending being an extremely culturally diverse school and follow the British Curriculum with alumni students studying in top universities such as Dartmouth, Stanford and Yale.
Location: Al Safa Fee range: AED 75,178 - AED 93,972 Student capacity: 1,100 KHDA Rating: Outstanding
DESC is one of the oldest British Curriculum schools in Dubai - founded in 1963, this school is for students aged 3 to 11 years offering education from FS1 - Grade 13.
DESC has students with over 60 different nationalities attending and offers a very strong language program, where children can expand their horizons and get a diverse learning experience.
Location: Oud Metha Fee range: AED 38,305 - AED 79,222 Student capacity: 1,700 KHDA Rating: Outstanding
This famous school sits in the heart of Arabian Ranches and has another location in Jumeirah. The school is one of the many non-profit schools in the region.
JESS follows the British Curriculum, and has children aged 3-19, from FS1 - Grade 13 and offers GCSE till Sixth Form to all students. JESS has been established for almost 5 decades, making it one of Dubai’s most prominent schools.
Location: Arabian Ranches Fee range: AED 44,000 - 96,000 Student capacity: 2,000 KHDA Rating: Outstanding
DAA is GEMS’ flagship American school offering learning programs from kindergarten to Grade 13. This school has an unparalleled track record of providing a diverse American curriculum.
DAA gives students in the sixth form the opportunity to get an International Baccalaureate Diploma, or continue their education till Grade 13. DAA has over 75 different nationalities attending and many of the students who have graduated from DAA, are now studying at top universities such as USC, UCLA and NYU.
Location: Al Barsha Fee range: AED 61,000 - 89,000 Student capacity: 2,700 KHDA Rating: Outstanding
This prestigious school sits in Festival City and has American and IB standards. UAS has recently become a not-for-profit school governed by the Al Futtaim Education Foundation.
The school has students over 25 different countries - and offers a IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), before moving on to the rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) and AERO pathways from Grade 6 to 10. This prepares them to take the IB Diploma in Grade 11 and 12.
Location: Festival City Fee range: AED 40,000 - AED 65,000 Student capacity: 1,500 KHDA Rating: Very good
ASD opened in 1966 and is one of the top not-for-profit American schools in Dubai. ASD has students from 70 nationalities making it a diverse institution, and offering many cultural occasions and learning programs.
This school features state of the art classrooms, two libraries, a performing arts theatre, running tracks, tennis courts, laboratories, green areas and an organic garden!
Location: Al Barsha Fee range: AED 56,000 - AED 82,581 Student capacity: 1,700 KHDA Rating: Good
This premier institution is dedicated to fostering a comprehensive and globalised learning experience for students. It stands as an exemplary American school, delivering an exceptional education that inspires young minds.
The school prides itself on providing a cutting-edge STEM curriculum infused with advanced technology, aligned with the esteemed standards of the US education system. The school also ensures that all graduates receive a prestigious US Diploma, enabling them to pursue the IB Diploma. as the institution is authorised as an IB World school.
Location: Al Safa Fee range: AED 36,500 - AED 65,300 Student capacity: 500 KHDA Rating: Outstanding
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