Dubai American Academy

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Dubai American Academy
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
Motto "Effort Nation'
Superintendent Jim Hardin
Elementary school principal Roberta Wiens
Middle school principal Joan Wiens
High school principal Scott Schaffner
Faculty 150+
Number of students 2200+
Color(s) Blue, red, and navy
Mascot Diego the Leopard

Dubai American Academy (DAA) is a Pre K-12 school and college in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is a private institution run by GEMS Education, a UAE-based company, representing over 91 different nationalities.

It contains teachers such as Mr. Fidcardt, Ms. Cantu and Ms. Bukenkamp. All of these are IT, Science and English. The Principle of this school is Ms. Weins and Mr. Spencer is the Vice Principle. It is a school that has integrity and smarts throughout.


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


The total student body has over 2,200 students enrolled. 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 51:49male 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, two library media centers and a 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). It used to be a member of the Eastern Mediterranean Activities Conference (EMAC), but left that conference in 2010 to co-start MESAC.

Notable alumni[edit]

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