Message from Head of School


Dear GAA Families,

I hope this message finds you safe and well following the recent storm. I want to express my gratitude for your patience and understanding during this time. While we faced some challenges, most have been resolved. However, there remains a drainage issue in the surrounding area that is affecting services like sewer and wastewater drainage for the school. We are monitoring the situation and doing our best to open the school on Monday. Please be on the lookout for updates throughout the weekend.

Once we return to campus, I want to remind you of several upcoming important events and activities in the school calendar. Next week, we will be focusing on final preparations for the CIS/NEASC/IB synchronized five-year school re-accreditation visit scheduled for April 29th – May 4th.  Representatives from these organizations will be supporting us as we continue in our efforts to improve our school programs and offerings.

As we progress through the final quarter of this school year, there will be numerous activities and events happening on campus, such as the GAA PYP Exhibit 2024, GAA Book Fair, Elementary Art and Music Festival, and other community events. These events showcase the talents and achievements of our students and foster a sense of community and belonging tour school.

I encourage you to continue to take part in the educational journey of your child and thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Warm Regards,

Robert Rinaldo

Message from Deputy Head of School


GAA Community,

I trust this message finds you well and in good spirits. As we prepare to welcome our students back to school after the recent Eid Al-Fitr and Easter celebrations, I wanted to take a moment to extend a warm welcome to each of you.

The convergence of these two significant holidays gives us a unique opportunity to reflect on the importance of unity and community within our school. Regardless of our diverse backgrounds and beliefs, we are bound together by our shared commitment to the well-being and success of our children.

At our school, we cherish the richness of our cultural tapestry and celebrate the diversity that makes us stronger as a community. As we unite again, let us embrace the values of inclusivity, compassion, and mutual respect underpinning our collective identity.

As parents and guardians, your role in nurturing a sense of belonging and unity within our school community is invaluable. Your support, involvement, and partnership are instrumental in creating a positive and inclusive environment where all students feel valued, supported, and empowered to thrive.

As we embark on this new term, please join us in fostering a spirit of togetherness and collaboration. Let us work hand in hand to ensure that our children receive the guidance, support, and encouragement they need to excel academically, socially, and emotionally.

Thank you for entrusting us with the education and well-being of your children. Together, we can continue to build a vibrant and inclusive community where every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Welcome back to school, and here's to a successful and enriching term ahead!

Samah Awad,

Deputy Head of School

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Message from K-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction


Preparing Our Students for Tomorrow: Future-Ready Skills Starts at Home

Hello GAA Community,

As we live through an ever-evolving educational landscape, it becomes increasingly clear that preparing our students for the future is not just a responsibility but a necessity. At GEMS American Academy, we are committed to equipping students of all ages with the essential skills they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world. This commitment extends beyond the classroom and into your homes, where learning and development takes place.

Future-ready skills include a broad set of skills and abilities that enable individuals to face the complex challenges of tomorrow. These include, not only technical skills, such as digital literacy and computational thinking, but also critical soft skills like creativity, problem-solving, and emotional intelligence. Our curriculum is designed to foster these skills through innovative teaching methods and an integrated approach to learning.

So, how do we cultivate these skills at school, you might ask. 

How can you support at home? The role of the family in education is crucial and extends the learning environment from our classrooms to your living rooms. Here’s how you can help.

Together, we can create a supportive learning environment that prepares our students for the challenges of tomorrow and inspires them to become lifelong learners and problem solvers. Your involvement is key to making this happen. We appreciate your continued support and partnership in this journey.

Thank you for being an integral part of our educational community.

Justin Kirby

K-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction


Annual General Meeting

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to inform you of the upcoming GAAPA Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held on May 17th, 2024 at 8am at GAA (location to be advised).

The agenda will be as follows: 

As all parents and guardians are members of the school Parent Association, you are encouraged to attend and participate in the meeting, it is a perfect way of finding out what the board team have been up to and also what plans have been suggested for the coming year.

We encourage each and every one of you to become a part of our team.

In doing so, you also help us but there are many more advantages:

The executive committee is composed of Elected positions (Chairperson, Vice-chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer) and Appointed positions.

The following Elected positions are open to election for the coming year and you can also join us by applying for an appointed position.

Executive positions:

Appointed positions:

Position descriptions can be found HERE.

Anyone interested in becoming a board member are advised to submit their name before May 1st, 2024 by filling up the Google form 

Look forward to seeing you all.

Flore and Kausar

GAAPA Co-Chairs, 2023-2024 School Year

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Message from K-12 Director of Inclusion


GAA celebrates Autism Awareness and Acceptance April 22-26!

All students at GAA from PK-12 will be involved in a variety of activities throughout the week to help them gain a deeper understanding of the strengths and challenges of their peers with autism. Our focus will be on celebrating differences, as well as including and extending kindness towards others. 

We will have puzzle pins available at reception for you to wear in support of our friends with ASD.

Why the puzzle?

The puzzle piece symbol was first introduced in 1963 by the National Autistic Society as a way to represent the complexity of autism. Each person on the autism spectrum has a mind that is unique.

Our SEND parent support group is held on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 8-9am. On Wednesday May 1st we are hoping to host a guest speaker! Will keep you posted.

Here’s a recent article on empathy through the lens of neurodiversity and an upcoming free webinar on emotional regulation.

Jackie Wyncoll

K-12 Inclusion Director





Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to announce another incredible opportunity for your children to unleash their creative potential and immerse themselves in the world of performing arts. After the success of last summer's course, West End Stage, the world-famous ultimate theatre summer school is returning to Dubai this July.

This unmissable five-day course, running from Monday 8 to Friday 12 July 2024, at GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis, offers students the opportunity to be taught by West End stars and leading industry professionals in acting, singing, dance and musical theatre.

Throughout the week, students will rehearse some of the biggest numbers from the most well-known and well-loved musicals, which will then be performed to an audience of friends and family. Furthermore, the summer school will also include exclusive workshops based around hit musicals.

With teachers to be announced soon, students will learn from the very best in the business. 

West End Stage began in London with the aim of igniting a global passion for theatre, bringing young people from all over the world together through their shared love of performing. Students will build their confidence, learn new skills, make friends for life and have an enormous amount of fun.

The summer programme is open to students aged 8 to 18, of all abilities and from all schools.

GEMS families are entitled to a 20 per cent discount when signing up, meaning that the summer school will cost just AED1450 per child.

What West End Stage Dubai offers students:

To book your child’s place on the summer school or to find out more information visit 

Space on the summer school is limited, so don't miss this opportunity for your children to experience the magic of the stage and learn from the very best in the industry. 

Click here for a glimpse of what’s in store for your child with West End Stage this summer. 

Register today to secure a place for your child in this extraordinary summer stage school. 

Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact West End Stage by emailing 



GEMS American Academy has partnered with First Abu Dhabi Bank to offer our parents discounted school fees*. 

Apply through our School Assigned Staff:

*Terms and conditions apply

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Gentle reminder to wear your Parent IDs with yellow lanyards when entering school premises.

While on campus parents and guardians are to wear the new GAA yellow lanyard. If lanyard is not worn, we kindly request you to register as a guest before entering the campus. This is to ensure that every adult in school is identified clearly for the safety and security of everyone on campus. 








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Welcome Pack is designed to provide you with all the information you require to gain a solid understanding of the policies and procedures in the division in which your child is learning. 

The information provided in this Welcome Pack gives you the basis of a successful start at GAA. 

If you have a question that is not covered here, our Parent Relations Executive (PRE), Divisional Secretaries, Reception and the Senior Leadership Team are all great next stops in helping to find answers. 

We present to you GAAPA Community Resource Guide, compiled with the help of our members, fellow GAA families. 

We understand the struggles each family faces when moving to a new country, new school, new residence, as we have all been through the same. It is only natural that we want to support each other as a Community.

This website is designed to provide that helpful information for all our community members. Your feedback and contribution will be highly appreciated to make sure that information is accurate and up-to-date. You can recommend your resource by clicking below link:

Please make sure you have downloaded GEMS Connect parent portal app for your convenience:

GEMS Alumni App

As the GEMS community, we understand that it is not just mere nostalgia that we associate our alma mater with, it is much beyond that. Our GEMS alumni across 80 countries are doing amazing things and we want to celebrate their successes every step of the way! Download and join the #GEMSAlumni App today by clicking on the links below:

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