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The Best IB Schools in Dubai: All You Need to Know, Based on the Latest KHDA Ratings

by Editorial TeamJuly 5, 2024

As students, parents and teachers across Dubai eagerly await the publication of the International Baccalaureate exam results (scheduled for Saturday 6th July, 2024), SchoolsCompared.com bring you this comprehensive ranking of the Best IB schools in Dubai, based upon their most recent KHDA inspection ratings.  

Of course, though KHDA ratings provide invaluable insight into the overall quality of a school, these judgments do not always correlate with exam results. A school may excel in areas like student well-being, teaching quality, and extracurricular activities (all important factors considered during a KHDA inspection) and yet still have varied exam outcomes.

Many factors influence a school’s exam results; including individual student abilities, teaching and exam preparation methods, as well as external and societal issues (of which the Covid-19 pandemic is a notable recent example). Additionally, some schools may truly prioritise a holistic education over exam-led approaches, leading to differences in academic achievements.

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With this in mind, we suggest that understanding exam results requires considering many factors, far beyond KHDA assessments.  Each school in the list below contains a link to either the SchoolsCompared.com review, or a source of further information. 

The Best IB Schools in Dubai: by KHDA Ratings

Note – we have included here all Dubai schools which offer the IB curriculum in any form, whether that be blended with another curriculum, or solely IB, throughout.   

School Name KHDA Rating Programmes Offered Location Highlights
Dubai International Academy, Emirates Hills Outstanding IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Emirates Hills Consistent academic excellence, innovative teaching methods, supportive learning environment.
Deira International School Outstanding Blended UK/IB curriculum Dubai Festival City Offers a diverse and inclusive community with a strong emphasis on creativity, innovation, and academic excellence. Known for its supportive learning environment.
GEMS Dubai American Academy Outstanding Blended US/IB curriculum Al Barsha Academic excellence, robust extracurricular programs, modern facilities.
GEMS Modern Academy Outstanding Blended Indian/IB Curriculum Nad al Sheba The school offers both the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and the Indian curriculum, blending rigorous academics with a strong focus on STEAM.
GEMS Wellington International School Outstanding Blended UK/IB curriculum Al Sufouh State-of-the-art facilities, exceptional teaching staff, balanced curriculum.
Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) Outstanding Blended UK/IB curriculum Arabian Ranches Strong emphasis on academics, sports, and extracurricular activities.
Nord Anglia International School Dubai Outstanding Blended UK/IB curriculum Al Barsha Known for its rigorous curriculum enriched by collaborations with leading organisations like MIT and The Juilliard School.
Repton School Dubai Outstanding Blended UK/IB Curriculum Nad al Sheba High academic standards, traditional values blended with modern practices, outstanding facilities.
Dubai International Academy Al Barsha Very Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Al Barsha Holistic education approach, supportive learning environment, focus on student well-being.
Emirates International School Jumeirah Very Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Jumeirah Diverse student body, experienced faculty, strong academic foundation.
Emirates International School Meadows Very Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Meadows Solid academic programs, vibrant community, well-rounded extracurricular activities.
GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis Very Good Blended UK/IB Curriculum Silicon Oasis Offers a robust educational experience blending the British/IB curricula with an emphasis on innovation and holistic development.
GEMS World Academy Dubai Very Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Al Barsha South Rich cultural diversity, comprehensive extracurricular programs, focus on critical thinking.
Greenfield International School Very Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Dubai Investments Park Dedicated faculty, supportive learning environment, emphasis on sustainability and innovation.
International Concept for Education Very Good Blended French/IB Curriculum Meydan Offers a blend of French and International Baccalaureate (IB) curricula, providing students with a diverse and enriching educational experience.
Jumeira Baccalaureate School Very Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Jumeirah Balanced curriculum, nurturing environment, emphasis on international mindedness.
North London Collegiate School Very Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP Meydan Emphasising a supportive learning environment, the school nurtures students to achieve academically while promoting their holistic growth.
Raffles World Academy Very Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Umm Suqiem Strong emphasis on holistic education, inclusive environment, focus on personal growth.
Sunmarke School Very Good Blended UK/IB Curriculum Jumeirah Village Triangle Holistic education approach, emphasis on technology and innovation, supportive learning environment.
Swiss International Scientific School Very Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Al Jaddaf Bilingual program, multi-cultural environment, sustainability focus.
The Universal American School Very Good Blended US/IB curriculum Dubai Festival City Comprehensive educational programs, strong community focus, modern facilities.
Uptown International School Very Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Mirdif Focus on personal development, multicultural environment, excellent academic results.
Al Adab Iranian Private School for Boys Good Blended Iranian/IB Curriculum Al Qusais Offers a specialised Iranian curriculum enriched with a focus on cultural and academic education.
Ambassador International Academy Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Al Quoz Strong focus on bilingual education, diverse community, emphasis on academic achievement.
Australian International School Dubai Good Blended Australian/IB Curriculum Al Barsha South offers a distinctive educational environment combining the Australian curriculum with a global perspective. 
Clarion School Good Blended US/IB curriculum Al Quoz Offers a blended American/IB curriculum enriched by a strong emphasis on inquiry-based learning and creative expression.
Collegiate International School Good Blended US/IB curriculum Umm Suqeim Focus on academic excellence, well-rounded education, diverse extracurricular activities.
Dar Al Marefa School Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP Al Khawaneej Bilingual curriculum, emphasis on Arabic and Islamic culture, nurturing environment
Dunecrest American School Good Blended US/IB curriculum Al Barari Emphasis on American and IB curriculum, strong community spirit, diverse extracurricular activities.
Dwight School Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Dubai Sports City Holistic education approach, supportive learning environment, and a strong emphasis on student well-being. 
Fairgreen International School Good IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Sustainable City Offers a progressive educational experience focused on sustainability and innovation.
GEMS Al Khaleej International School Good Blended US/MOE/IB Curriculum Al Warqa Offers a comprehensive educational experience enriched by the American curriculum with a global perspective
Iranian Towheed Boys School Good Blended Iranian/IB Curriculum Al Quoz Offers a comprehensive Iranian curriculum with a strong emphasis on Islamic education and cultural values. Known for its nurturing environment.
Philadelphia Private School Good Blended US/IB Curriculum Muhaisnah The school emphasises both American educational traditions and the global perspectives fostered by the IB programme.
The Aquila School Good Blended UK/IB curriculum Dubailand Offers an educational experience grounded in the British curriculum with a strong emphasis on innovation and personal growth
Bloom World Academy Not Yet Rated IB – PYP, MYP, DP, CP Al Barsha South Offers a rigorous curriculum enriched with innovative teaching methods and a focus on holistic development.


*Note – IB Programmes:

PYP: Primary Years Programme
MYP: Middle Years Programme
DP: Diploma Programme
CP: Career-related Programme

Understanding KHDA Ratings

KHDA school ratings are an important source of information for parents seeking to make informed decisions about their children’s education. The KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority) evaluates schools based on various criteria, including teaching quality, student achievement, curriculum, and overall school performance.

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Ratings range from Outstanding to Very Good, Good, Acceptable, and Weak, reflecting different levels of educational performance and attainment. While higher-rated schools do typically demonstrate strong academic results, the SchoolsCompared.com team urge parents to equally consider their child’s individual needs, the school’s culture and ethos, extracurricular offerings, and teaching approach.

More on IB Exam Results 2024 

SchoolsCompared.com Editors Opinion – IB results 2024 HERE

UAE IB Results Day – the SchoolsCompared.com Guide

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