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About AIS

Abu Dhabi International School (AIS) is a private, coeducational K-12 day school licensed by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education. The school has an international body of students and staff from over 70 nationalities. The enrollment at AIS, as of August 2009, is approximately 3000 students, and the school reserves 5% of its student body to special needs students with learning difficulties.

The AIS educational program includes an academic program and a co-curricular program designed to promote academic excellence and physical well-being, and through which students discover their interests and talents and develop them to their full potential. The school also maintains a culture that promotes good habits of character, and emphasizes active citizenship through community service and global awareness.

Every year, the school’s varsity teams partake in national sport competitions and have contributed to the school with a long history of triumphs in the various sports. The school also has its annual theatrical productions that is performed by students and played for the public. The school also carries out its own cultural and fundraising events, such as the International Day, the National Day, the Spring Carnival, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Terry Fox Day, and the No Smoking campaign.

AIS provides the opportunity for its students to graduate with an American program, the British (IGCSE and A-Levels) program or the International Baccalaureate Programme and join top tier institutions worldwide. It has successfully prepared high school students to pass external examinations and assessments which include ACT, AP, A-levels, IGCSE, TOEFL, and SAT & SAT Subjects Tests, IB Diploma Programme, and other achievement tests.

Abu Dhabi International School maintains a progressive culture of continuous quality improvement; it continuously engages in an institution-wide evaluation and has established affiliations with international educational organizations and institutions to ensure its deliverance of quality education and services. Since April of 2000, Abu Dhabi International School has been accredited by the Commissions on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) since April 2000, and has obtained a preliminary accreditation from the Northwest Association for Accredited Schools (NAAS) in November of 2008.

Abu Dhabi International School is also an authorized testing center for:.

  1. University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate since 1996: AIS became a Cambridge International Centre for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
  2. Edexcel (London Examinations) since 1997: AIS became a testing center for the Advanced Supplementary (AS) and Advanced Level (A-Level) Examinations.
  3. The College Board since 1998: AIS became an approved testing center for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests (formally SATII), PSAT, and Advanced Placement (AP) examinations.
  4. ACT, Inc. since 1997: AIS became an approved testing center for the ACT Assessment Test.
  5. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme since 2005: AIS is an authorized testing center for the IB Diploma Programme.

History of AIS

Abu Dhabi International School (AIS) was founded in 1992 by Mrs. Jihan Nasr, who has been dedicated to her educational mission of providing the opportunity for all students to achieve to their full potential. She recognizes the uniqueness of each and every individual and believes that an educational institution should support each and every student—even those with special needs or learning difficulties—to succeed. She brings with her years of experience as a teacher, her expertise as an administrator and her experience as a founder of two other schools and a special education center in the United Arab Emirates.

AIS has been an emerging institution dedicated to the mission of education that aligns with current educational research and practices. The school was initially established as a kindergarten. Thereafter, one level was added each academic year; and by June 1995, AIS had its first graduating class. AIS has had a 20% annual growth in student body and has been able to maintain 5% of its student body as special needs students with learning disabilities. Its staff and student body consist of more than 70 nationalities, and the school has successfully accommodated this diversity by promoting global citizenship and a sense of unity and respect among its community.


To support all students in attaining their full potential in personal development and active citizenship by providing the foundation for lifelong learning through quality education  


At Abu Dhabi International Private School, we believe in:

  • Recognizing students’ individual needs and providing them with opportunities that match their individual abilities and that would help them discover their interests and talents and develop them to their full potential.
  • Promoting the welfare of students with special education needs by supporting them in attaining their full potential intellectually, physically and socially.
  • Fostering good citizenship by promoting good habits of character, global awareness, and an understanding and appreciation for other cultures.
  • The importance of establishing strong home-school partnerships and a three-way relationship with the school, parents, and community in order to achieve the school mission.
  • Nurturing lifelong learners by reinforcing learning as a continuous lifelong process that extends beyond the school.
  • Continuously engaging in efforts that ensure quality control and improvement in educational programs and professional practice.

School Objectives

Objective 1: To develop students’ knowledge, skills, and attitude toward learning and promote intellectual excellence and physical well-being by:

  • Offering a rigorous, standard-based curriculum that includes a broad program of physical education, fine arts, community service and other activities.
  • Encouraging students’ active involvement in learning activities.
  • Differentiating instruction to meet the individual abilities and needs of students to help them discover and develop their interests and talents.
  • Providing services and facilities for students with learning difficulties to support them in achieving their full potential.
  • Reinforcing good habits of physical fitness, health, cleanliness, and safety.
  • Supporting students in becoming independent lifelong learners.

Objective 2: To encourage active citizenship and good habits of character by:

  • Fostering in students a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, honesty, integrity, perseverance, and respect for others.
  • Fostering in students leadership skills, teamwork, cooperation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Maintaining a climate that encourages freedom of thought while stressing the importance of discipline and personal responsibility.
  • Fostering respect for and tolerance of other cultures and heritages by providing cross-cultural experiences that promote a spirit of global citizenship.
  • Developing students’ global awareness of humanitarian issues and a sense of responsibility and commitment for the benefit of humanity and the environment.
  • Promoting student understanding and respect for the Arabian cultural heritage and encouraging student participation in and celebration of traditional Arabian events.

Objective 3: To encourage constructive use of leisure time by:

  • Making the school a center for student activities by providing the facilities and opportunities through a co-curricular activities program.
  • Encouraging participation in school and community service programs.
  • Encouraging reading for enjoyment and the independent pursuit of knowledge.

Learning Expectations

Learning Expectations: Academic Development Students meet the school’s curricular goals and learning objectives of their courses of study by:

  • Demonstrating the ability to apply knowledge and skill sin various contexts and situations.
  • Demonstrating the ability to solve problems in a variety of situations including real-life situations.
  • Demonstrating the ability to engage in higher order thinking and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrating the ability to connect and integrate knowledge and experiences and build on prior knowledge.
  • Demonstrating inquiry, information literacy and research skills to conduct investigations.
  • Demonstrating an awareness and an understanding of, and the ability to make decisions about, local and global issues.
  • Demonstrating the ability to express ideas and information clearly and creatively in varied representations.

Learning Expectations: Character and Citizenship

  • Students are prompt and are on time for school and for class at all times.
  • Students demonstrate a sense of responsibility for their learning at all times.
  • Students demonstrate organizational and study skills that are necessary to promote learning at all times.
  • Students demonstrate an active engagement in the learning process at all times.
  • Students are cooperative and work well with others at all times.
  • Students demonstrate self-discipline, integrity, and civic and social ethics by following and respecting school rules and routines at all times.
  • Students demonstrate respect for peers, staff members, school property, and other cultures and heritages at all times.
  • Students are honest and forthright at all times.
  • Students demonstrate a sense of responsibility and commitment towards their community, society, and the environment and display an active involvement in civic responsibilities that is celebrated by the school’s Beads for Deeds reward.
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