Admissions Process

How to begin your child's journey...

Student Age

Students must have turned the following ages by 31 December in the year of admission to be eligible to enter the respective level/grade:

Age as of September 1

GIS-Dubai

North America

England

Australia/ NZ

South Africa

"Grade"

"Grade"

"Year"

"Year"

"Year"

3 years old (potty trained)

PreK

--

FS1 (Nursery)

--

--

4 years old (potty trained)

Kg1

PreK

FS2 (Reception)

Kg

--

5 years old

Kg2

Kg

1

Prep

Reception

6 years old

1

1

2

1

1

7 years old

2

2

3

2

2

8 years old

3

3

4

3

3

9 years old

4

4

5

4

4

10 years old

5

5

6

5

5

11 years old

6

6

7

6

6

12 years old

7

7

8

7

7

13 years old

8

8

9

8

8

14 years old

9

9

10

9

9

15 years old

10

10

11

10

10

16 years old

11

11

12

11

11

17 years old

12

12

13

12

12

*As per the directive from the federal government of the UAE, we have implemented a December 31st cut-off date for KG1 – Grade 1 applicants. All students will be required to sit an age-related placement test. Student must demonstrate developmental, emotional and academic readiness in their assessment in order to be considered.

An offer of a place is not solely based on the entrance test, parents should also provide us with the most recent copy of their child's school report from the past two years when submitting an application form, this will assist us if the student is coming from another country or a different curriculum.

You can easily submit an Inquiry online to apply for admission. Click here to fill out an Inquiry.

The admissions process has been designed to make certain that students are appropriately placed at GEMS International School, while maintaining the integrity and consistency of the school program and policies. Proper placement will ensure that those students admitted have a higher probability of a successful learning experience and outcomes.

The Admissions Team is committed to working together with families in determining the educational placement that is best for each student.

Screening / Assessment

Students may be required to take an entrance test or an assessment so we can determine if our curriculum suits their individual needs. This also gives us an opportunity to assess each child’s understanding and abilities.

Our assessments are done by our faculty who appreciate that each child is different and progresses at their own pace.

Following a child’s assessment test, the child may be offered a place at the school, placed on our waiting list (if places are currently not available) or denied entry in case the school cannot confidently support a child’s specific learning needs and development..

Step 1:

To begin the application process, please submit your Inquiry through the Online Student Inquiry and Registration page.

Step 2:

Once you have completed the online application, you will receive an Inquiry Number. Please print a copy of this receipt and keep it for your records. If you cannot print this page, please ensure that you write down the Inquiry Number for all future correspondence and queries. Without the Inquiry Number, we cannot verify your Inquiry Submission. An acknowledgement email containing the next steps will be sent to the email address you have provided.

Step 3:

After receiving the acknowledgement email containing your Inquiry Number, please follow the steps listed. You will be requested to pay a Registration Fee of AED 500 plus VAT of 5%. This fee is non-refundable, non-transferable, non-adjustable, and is required along with the requested documents to proceed with the registration process. Submit the requested documents listed below to the Registrar:

  • 1 Passport size picture – (applicant and both parents) please print student’s name clearly
    at the back of each pictures.
  • Copy of Recent School Report (previous 2 years) - REPORTS MUST BE IN ENGLISH.
    Nursery report required for KG.
  • Copy of Child’s Birth Certificate (must be in English).
  • Copy of Child’s Vaccination record (must be in color)
  • Copy of Applicant’s, Father’s, Mother’s Passports.
  • Copy of U.A.E. Residence Visa (when available) (Applicant, Father, Mother)
  • Copy of Emirates ID (when available) (Applicant, Father, Mother)
  • Complete Confidential Recommendation letter (downloadable from below)
  • Transfer Certificate * Transfer Certificate is not needed at application processing time, but
    will be needed at actual enrollment. These are required documents for the registration of the child by the Ministry of Education in Dubai.

Please note: an application submission with complete documentation and payment of the Registration Deposit, does not guarantee a placement in our school.  This deposit is payable after the student has been offered a place and parents have accepted the offer. The registration deposit is 10% of the total tuition fees, and is deductible from the total tuition fees for the academic year. Please note, this is a non-refundable deposit. 

Step 4:

After completing Steps 1-3, you will be contacted by the Registrar to set up a meeting for you and your child with a member of the Education Team. A placement test or assessment may be required.

The School's Vision for Inclusion

GEMS International School - Al Khail is an inclusive school. The GEMS vision for Inclusive Education is that we achieve excellence together by all students receiving the support they need to meaningfully belong to their school and wider community, feel valued for their contributions, engage purposefully in learning and experience academic, cultural, social and emotional success in a common learning environment. 

At GEMS International School - Al Khail we welcome children with a range of learning preferences, including students of determination (students with special education needs and disabilities), students who are gifted and talented and students who are English Language Learners. Our staff are committed to educating all students in a common learning environment with similar-aged peers. At our school diversity is made visible as a strength, respectful relationships are continually enhanced and all children fully participate in learning through adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet the diverse range of learners reflected in wider society.

Please share full details of any special educational needs, individual education plans (IEPs) and any Educational Psychologist, Pediatric, or other specialist reports (e.g., Occupational or Speech and Language Therapy) if completed. Sharing educational history with the school prior to a place being offered is essential so that staff can ensure an appropriate assessment of educational need, educational plan and resourcing is in place. Admission is not conditional on the submission of a medical diagnosis and we have effective transition processes in place for all children.

At GEMS International School we seek to meet the needs of all students. However, some students will be in need of additional support to enable inclusion and, on rare occasions, the school may not be in a position to best meet the needs of a child. On these occasions, staff will follow KHDA and guidance and procedures and support will be offered to parents, where possible, on finding a placement elsewhere. In order to support families, we do give sibling priority for admissions, including children with identified SEND.