GEMS Dubai American Academy is also celebrating a very special school year in 2018 – it is the 20th anniversary of its founding! The school plans to engage students, staff, families and the community through a series of initiatives and events, all designed to commemorate the beginning of what is today one of the only ‘Outstanding’ American curriculum schools in the U.A.E.
So many people have such wonderful memories of the school, with Rachel Punter, a teacher at GEMS Dubai American Academy between 2003 and 2007 proclaiming: “I was a High School science teacher and Diploma Programme chemistry teacher for four years. This was at a time when we were building ‘the culture of kindness’ under the sterling leadership of Tony Mock. The science department built a strong curriculum that allowed students to achieve their full potential. Staff and students developed connections that are alive and well to this day! I will always think fondly of my time there, and my continued passion for international education is due to the excellent inspiration I enjoyed while working at the school.”
Parents are equally as effusive. Mary Mahfouz, who has children in Grade 6 and KG2, said: “GEMS Dubai American Academy is in my blood. This is the best environment that my kids have ever been in. There is a culture of kindness and they work on character, and there is really a lot of learning with fun, which is such a baseline for the school. I’ve had the best teachers ever and we are like a family. My kids never complain about going to school; they can’t wait to start the day. They are getting the right education, right curriculum and the right knowledge that they will use their whole life. This is a real community that you will never forget wherever you go.”
We’ll leave the last word to Reine Assaad, President of GEMS Dubai American Academy’s Parents Association, who states simply: “There is such a feeling of transparency and real feedback about your kids. You feel a sense of belonging to the school community and we are proud of this.”