When Abu Dhabi International School (AIS) was
established in 1981, by Mrs Jihan Nasr only pre-school, KGI and Prep
Classes were incorporated thereafter one level was added each academic
year. In Sept. 1994 AIS has become a unit school (K-12), in June 1995
was the birth of the first graduating class.
A board of directors
manages the school chaired by H.H. Sheikh Suroor Bin Moh'd Al Nahyan.
Mrs. Nasr is the General Manager and Superintendent. The school is
accredited by CITA (The Commission on International and Trans-Regional
Accreditation), which represents six American regional school
AIS is a coeducational day school with
current students enrollement around 1500,as on Sept 04. of different
nationalities and cultures. In this area administration is committed to
promote responsible freedom and enhance unity and respect.
immediate agenda of the school is to strengthen the articulation of the
existing programs and open more elective courses, attract highly
qualified faculty, also committed to inspire the new generation and
serves the needs of the community.
Both the American and British systems of instruction
are offered. The American curriculum is offered from KG to 12 while the
British program is offered from 9-12. Upon completion of grade eight,
students choose between American curriculum or British curriculum. Upon
completion of grade 12, students of both programs will receive a high
school certificate if they accomplish the required number of credits.
The British curriculum begins with a two-year I.G.C.S.E.
course of studies in grade 9 and continues with Advanced
Supplementary (AS) courses in grade 11 and "A" Level
courses in grade 12.
The language of instruction is English and
the school also offers Arabic to native and foreign speakers. All
students must study English, Science, Math, Social studies and Arabic
with additional requirements in Religious studies, French, Art, Music,
Physical Education, Health and Computer. French language courses begin
in grade 5 and continues through grade 12. Islamic studies is mandatory
for all Muslim students and interested students may also enroll in these
Sports & Extra-Curricular Activities
essential learning areas are supplemented with an extensive student
activities program. Students have the opportunity to join varsity
school teams such as basketball, soccer and volleyball or to
participate in intramural sports. The school offers a variety of
activities such as badminton, table tennis, cooking, arts and crafts,
book making, painting, choir, drama and dance.
The Students Council
Is an active cabinet
with rules and responsibilities.
sufficient difficulty in reading and/or math may be placed in our
Continuous Progress Program to receive instruction on an individual or
small group basis. Students continue regular classes while receiving
additional instruction in math and reading for more effective
In the Elementary school, all classes are taught by
fully qualified teachers who are native English speakers generally
from North America and the UK. Full time aides are employed from K G I
to 1st grade, which are self-contained classes. Grades 5-12 receive
instruction from specialized subject teachers. Then maximum class size
is twenty-five students.
Admission is granted after the applicants satisfactorily pass the placement test
standards under which students are admitted. These tests are monitored
by the departments concerned.
- Previous School Report Card
- Satisfactorily pass the placement tests
- Three (3) passport size color photos
- Photocopy of the Birth certificate
- Original Birth certificate
- Copy of the Passport (student and father)
- Transfer certificate from previous school
- Students in both the American and British programs must sit for
TOEFL and SAT I & SAT II exams
- Must satisfactorily pass the 12th
grade academic requirements
Our graduating students have been accepted to attend universities in
USA, Canada, UK, Lebanon, Australia, Egypt and Europe.
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills, an American standardized
test, is administered from 1st grade through 10th grade. Students in
11th grade write ACT, SAT I and TOEFL and in
the 12th grade write SAT I, II and Advanced
AIS is an I.G.C.S.E. test Center; A-Level test Center; SAT test Center; ACT
Center and AP Center.