School Timings and Attendance

It is the school's philosophy that attendance at school is of primary importance and therefore students are encouraged to be present regularly throughout the year to fully participate in the program.

GWA opens its doors at 8:00 am daily with school timings as follows:

Supervised morning arrival       7:45 – 8:00 a.m. (in designated areas) 
Hallways are opened  7:50 a.m.(secondary) : 7:55 a.m.(elementary)
Pre-K and Kg 1 day  8:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Kg2 – Grade 5 day   8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Grade 6 – 12  8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The school week runs from Sunday through Thursday, with occasional weekend special events. Our weekend is Friday and Saturday, in common with all other schools in the UAE.

After-School Activities (ASA’s) generally commence at 2:45 p.m and end at 3:45 p.m. for elementary and commence at 3:15 p.m and end at 4:00 p.m for secondary school although special events, organizations, clubs or sports teams may extend longer. A schedule of upcoming events is always included in the weekly divisional newsletters which are emailed and posted on our website on a weekly basis. We also post reminder signs throughout school to announce events such as concerts, exhibitions or parent coffee mornings.

Each week GWA-Dubai has an Early Thursday Dismissal at 1:15 pm for all grades PreK - 12 as time for school-wide professional development.

Attendance and Absences

If a child is absent due to sickness or any other reason, please phone the Divisional Office to report their absence first thing in the morning. There are also times when an absence is unavoidable and in such cases, parents are asked to contact the school in advance whenever possible.