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Abu Dhabi

What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

Lots of great options with American, international, British, Indian and other curriculum. All are pricey. - Sep 12, 2017
Schools in Abu Dhabi are extremely competitive. There are not enough school slots to go around and the prices reflect that. Some expat families have even been obliged to homeschool because of unconventional arrival times and the lack of schooling opportunities. Most embassy families go to the American Community school (ACS) both because it's a good school and because it's mostly guaranteed for embassy families. Applications for limited spaces in private schools (the only options for expats) are accepted early in the year, often before assignments are finalized. Hopefully they will be able to resolve the school problem soon. - Jun 8, 2015
We don't have kids, but I hear good things about the American Community School and the GEMS schools. - May 19, 2013
I inspected many of them for ADEC and standards do vary considerably so i would advise prospective parents to look beyond the marketing brochure ask about these inspection reports. - Jul 20, 2012
The embassy-supported American Community School has a good reputation, but there are a number of international-quality choices. - Aug 9, 2011
International schools are all good. British- and American-curriculum schools are all very good. - Jul 17, 2011
Most American Embassy kids go to the American Community School which has both an elementary school and a high school. Standards at the ACS are not what they once were and the GEMS academies (for elementary school) are giving ACS a run for its money. Choueifat is another option for high school, but I don't know how good it is. There are also non-English schools (German, French... and of course, Arabic). - Nov 7, 2010
I haven't heard any negativity regarding any of the international schools. My daughter goes to an American International school and the majority of the teachers are Canadian. - Jan 31, 2010