American International School, Abu Dhabi

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American International School in Abu Dhabi, (AISA)
The official school logo of American International School in Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
Coordinates 24°25′47″N 54°25′51″E / 24.42972°N 54.43083°E / 24.42972; 54.43083
Type Private
Motto Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders, Today
Established 1995
Director Gareth Jones [1]
Secondary School Principal Joseph Ravesi
Elementary School Principal Mary Pittman Jones[2]
Grades K-12
Gender Co-educational in K-5; gender segregated in 6-12
Enrollment 1350
Language English, Arabic, French and Spanish
American International School in Abu Dhabi
Aerial shot of American International School in Abu Dhabi, 2015

The American International School in Abu Dhabi (AISA) was founded in the UAE's capital city in 1995 to serve the educational needs of the local and expatriate residents of Abu Dhabi who want their children to pursue both American and International Baccalaureate curricula. AISA was the first school in Abu Dhabi to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)[3] and IB Primary Years Program (IBPYP).[4] The school is coeducational in elementary and gender-segregated in secondary.


The school is located on the island of Abu Dhabi city. The school facilities include a library, art rooms, computer labs, swimming and wading pools and six science labs. AISA has two gymnasiums, outdoor basketball courts and a grass soccer field.

The campus accommodates three schools. The Elementary School serves 700 students, the Middle school serves 395 students, and the High School, which serves 650. The school is coeducational in elementary and gender-segregated in secondary. The total amount of students are 1347 students and the students come from 71 countries.


AISA is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools,[5] the Council of International Schools,[6] and the UAE Ministry of Education. It is authorized by the IB to offer the Primary a Years and Diploma Programs. AISA is an associate member of both the Near East South Asian Association of Overseas Schools (NESA) as well as the European Council of International Schools (ECIS).


The American International School in Abu Dhabi serves the needs of an international student body by offering an American high school diploma program and the International Baccalaureate program. Students in Kindergarten to grade 5 follow the US Curriculum within the IB Primary Years Program (IBPYP). In grades 6-9, students continue to follow the American curriculum. High school students can choose between the US high school diploma, or the IB Diploma Program.


82 nationalities are represented in the school in 2014-15. One in three students are Emirati.


Sports at American International School in Abu Dhabi

AISA is a member of two leagues, the local UAE leagues that is composed of the strongest international schools in the country called Emirates Athletics Conference (EAC), and the international league that is participated by the schools from all over the MENA region which is the OASIS Activities Conference (OAC).[7] Among the sports offered at AISA are basketball, volleyball, badminton, soccer, swimming, track and field, tennis, and softball (for the girls). There is also a Robotics lab which has garnered interest amongst many students in recent years.

AISA also offers variety of afterschool activities on each school levels, Elementary after school activities can choose from indoor hockey, creating with MacBook Pro, bowling, touch rugby, Mad Science, Youth Sailing Clubs, Ballet, swimming lessons and Kumon Math.

ADEC Inspection Report[edit]

School Name 2016 2015 2014 2013
American International School in Abu Dhabi B4

(Very Good)

B4[8] (Very Good)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AISA director shares his school memories". TimeOut Dubai. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "UAE leaders hailed for promoting literacy in push for a knowledge-based economy". The National UAE. 13 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "IB for young pupils offered in capital". The National UAE. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "International Baccalaureate®". Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Search Our Members". MSA-CESS. 2015-11-18. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Membership Directory". Councils of International Schools. 
  7. ^ "OASIS Activities Conference". 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  8. ^ "Irtiqaa Inspection Reports, 2014". Abu Dhabi Education Council. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 

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