Dubai American Academy

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Dubai American Academy
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Al Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates 25°06′55″N 55°12′31″E / 25.115174°N 55.208692°E / 25.115174; 55.208692Coordinates: 25°06′55″N 55°12′31″E / 25.115174°N 55.208692°E / 25.115174; 55.208692
Type Private Elementary/Middle/High school
Superintendent Robin Appleby
Elementary principal Steve Charbonneau
Middle school principal Andrew Ball
High school principal Scott Schaffner
Faculty 150+
Number of students 2200+
Color(s) Blue, red, and navy

Dubai American Academy (DAA) is a Pre K-12 school in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is a private institution run by GEMS Education, a UAE-based company, representing over 82 different nationalities.


The school provides education from PK to Grade 12, offering the American curriculum along with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Faculty & Staff[edit]

The school employs 179 teachers and 57 teaching assistants, with staff employed at recruitment fairs in the UK, US and Thailand. The student:teacher ratio is 2:1 in classroom grades KG1-5, and 22:1 in the classroom grades 6-12. All teachers are degree educated, and a majority hold Masters degrees or above.


In total 99 nationalities are represented within the student body, with the biggest numbers coming from the US (22.07%), Canada (9.49%), India (6.84%), S. Korea (5.96%) and Egypt (4.09%). There is a 50:50 male to female ratio.

Campus & Facilities[edit]

The academy houses a wide range of facilities on its twenty three acres: computer labs, a weight room, science labs, drama and music rooms, art studios, and two library media centers. It also has two swimming pools, a football pitch, tennis courts, and large gyms.


Students at DAA can participate in a variety of sports and non-athletic activities. It is a founding member of the Middle East South Asia Conference (MESAC).


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