Admissions Guidelines and Overview

A brief overview of the admissions guidelines and requirements

A Brief Introduction

GEMS World Academy-Dubai is a co-educational international school providing world-class programs and facilities to a culturally diverse student community aged 3 to 18 years old. GWA-Dubai is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the continuum of IB programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP) in the elementary school and the Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP) in the secondary school.

Grade Level Placement

GWA-Dubai places students in age-appropriate grade levels in accordance with the Ministry of Education/KHDA regulations. The IB programs allow for a great degree of academic differentiation and therefore we do not accelerate children into higher grades and only rarely retain children in a lower year group.

Families are encouraged to use the country comparison chart below to ensure that they are applying to the correct grade level, taking into account the differences that exist in the naming of “grades” around the world. (As an example, Year 2 in England is equivalent to Grade 1 at GWA-Dubai although both programs are for 6 year olds that turn 7 during the school year).

If there are questions about the correct grade-level placement, please contact the Registration Team.

Age as of September 1

GWA-Dubai

North America

England

Australia/ NZ

South Africa

"Grade"

"Grade"

"Year"

"Year"

"Year"

3 years old (potty trained)

PreK

--

FS1 (Nursery)

--

--

4 years old (potty trained)

Kg1

PreK

FS2 (Reception)

Kg

--

5 years old

Kg2

Kg

1

Prep

Reception

6 years old

1

1

2

1

1

7 years old

2

2

3

2

2

8 years old

3

3

4

3

3

9 years old

4

4

5

4

4

10 years old

5

5

6

5

5

11 years old

6

6

7

6

6

12 years old

7

7

8

7

7

13 years old

8

8

9

8

8

14 years old

9

9

10

9

9

15 years old

10

10

11

10

10

16 years old

11

11

12

11

11

17 years old

12

12

13

12

12

*As per the directive from the federal government of the UAE, we have implemented a December 31st cut-off date for Pre-K – Grade 1 applicants. Any applicant whose date of birth falls between 1st September and 31st December will be assessed for entry into the higher grade. Students must demonstrate developmental, emotional and academic readiness in their assessment in order to be considered for the higher grade. If our admissions team concludes that a student isn’t ready, we will only consider them for entry into the lower grade based on the 1st September cut-off.

*Grade 12 students are generally not admitted as it is the second year of the two-year IB Diploma Programme. Students transferring from an IB Diploma Programme may be eligible for enrolment depending on academic level and subjects taken in their first year of the Diploma Programme.

Class Size and Teacher to Student Ratio

The current class sizes and teacher to student ratio are as follows, however they are subject to review depending on the requirements of the school:

  • PreK – 16 students, one teacher, one teachi