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Secondary School

Curriculum Overview 

The Secondary School at GEMS American Academy (GAA) offers students in Abu Dhabi a responsive and nurturing environment. Our blend of American and International Baccalaureate programmes offers students opportunities to graduate with US and IB Diplomas. We strive to address the unique needs of adolescents and young adults aiming to make learning worthwhile and rewarding. Students learn to take initiative, to think and act with intelligence, to express ideas and feelings in a socially acceptable manner and to accept responsibility for their actions and the consequences of them. We promote honesty and integrity together with developing citizenship and leadership skills.

At GAA we are committed to providing an international learning environment grounded in what is best practice from the American education landscape. We work together with the GAA community to develop the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile. The aim is to develop internationally minded citizens who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.


From the Secondary Principal

Mr.Garth Wyncoll
At GAA, our focus is on learning. Our standards-based grading and reporting systems are comprehensive in its feedback to students and parents. Combined with our focus on approaches to learning (AtLs), we can guide all students across the learning continuum. We empower students to take ownership of their learning, and our student progress speaks to the quality of our faculty.