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Abu Dhabi Private Schools – Complete Listing with Ratings 2016-18 and Fees

Abu Dhabi Private Schools – Complete Listing with Ratings 2016-18 and Fees

by Lis ONealSeptember 11, 2018

With the release of the second tranche of ADEK reports for the 2017-18 inspection round, has compiled a complete listing of schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi with the current ADEK inspection ratings and fees.

We have identified a total of 185 Private Schools, almost all of which have been inspected over the past two academic years, in line with the two year cycle observed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Knowledge and Education Inspection teams.

There are some exceptions to this rule – two Aldar Academies (Al Yasmina Academy and the Pearl Academy) were exempted from the inspection due in 2017-18, due to their sustained performance (both have been rated Very Good in the two prior inspections).  Conversely, most schools that have been rated Weak or Very Weak have had a follow up inspection after one year.  There are a small number of schools whose inspection rating for this year has not yet been published.  In these cases, we have included the last rating with the date of the inspection.

Of the 185 schools inspected in the past two years, 4 are rated Outstanding, 19 Very Good, 55 Good and 87 Acceptable – thus a total of 165 meet the minimum Acceptable rating expected by ADEK in terms of the quality of education being provided. However, there are almost as many schools (18) rated Weak as there are Very Good, and two schools are still rated Very Weak.

On a positive note, 32 schools have improved their ratings, including 22 schools that are now rated Acceptable or Good from Weak or Very Weak.  Two schools have improved from Very Weak to Weak. However, five schools have moved down in terms of ratings this year, including Abu Dhabi Indian Private School, Al Bateen Academy,  Al Shohub Private School, The International Private School (Choueifat) Ruwais, and the International School of Choueifat Abu Dhabi.

Just over 10% of schools in the Emirate are therefore still failing to meet the minimum level of quality expected, and although recent steps have been taken to address this issue, with 43 weak schools across the UAE (excluding Dubai) not permitted to accept new students this academic year, it remains a challenge to raise standards among these weakest schools.

What is clear is that it not just a question of fees.  The least expensive Weak school has fees from AED 3,600 – 4,560 per year; the most expensive, AED 23,500 – 44,500.  By contrast, the least expensive Acceptable school charges AED 2,700 – 10,800 and the most expensive AED 34,150 -55,920.  Once we consider Good schools, even here, there is a wide range of fees – the least costly with fees of AED 3,800 – 12,100 per year, and the most expensive at AED 51.000 – 61,500.

To be fair, newer schools will almost inevitably be more expensive than older ones (due to the greater cost involved in developing them including the range of facilities that may be offered).  Even Very Good and Outstanding schools have a wide range of fees – from a low in KG1 of AED 23,330 at the least costly Very Good school to a high of AED 49,900 at the most costly Outstanding school. *(For the purposes of this analysis, we have excluded schools teaching a non-English or Arabic-based curriculum given the unique population group to whom they appeal).


But parents must also consider the potential to improve.  This is a key factor that parents should especially take into account.  A school that has been rated Weak or Acceptable year after year, is likely to find it harder to make the improvements needed to achieve a higher rating (and better results for its students).  A school which is still finding its feet or has had a change of leadership or governance, but has invested in people, technology and facilities is more likely to progress more quickly on its path to improvement.  Ultimately, any parent wants their child to receive the best possible education at a price that is, hopefully, affordable – a measure that is individual.  Our complete listing of Abu Dhabi schools with the current inspection rating is designed to help you do this.

School Name Inspection dates Adec Overall 2016/2018 Rating School Fees Minimum (AED) School Fees Maximum (AED)
ABC Private School 24-27/Apr/2017 Acceptable 17128 23200
Abdulla bin Zubair Private School 12-15/Mar/2018 Acceptable 14000 23000
Abu Dhabi Grammar School Canada 20-25/Jan/2018 Good 21000 45100
Abu Dhabi Indian Private School 02-05/Oct/2017 Acceptable 7150 14414
Abu Dhabi Indian School Branch 1 16-19/Jan/2017 Acceptable 6345 9455
Abu Dhabi International Private School 24-27/Oct/2016 Good 13200 28300
Abu Dhabi International Private School, Branch 24-27Oct/2017 Good 13200 28300
Abu Dhabi Island International School 30/Apr-03/May/2018 Acceptable 15500 21480
Abu Mousa Al Ashaari Private School 06-09/Feb/2017 Weak 5000 7000
ADNOC Private School Ruwais – branch 2 06-09/Feb/2017 Good 23300 44100
Adnoc School, Ghayathi* 29/Feb-03/Mar/2016 Acceptable 19000 36000
Adnoc School – Madinat Zayed branch 1 06-09/Nov/2017 Weak 23500 44500
ADNOC School Sas Al Nakhl* 22-25/Feb/2016 Good 19000 36000
Ain Al Khaleej Private School 09-12/Oct/2017 Acceptable 6050 14150
Ajyal International School 12-15/Feb/2017 Acceptable 27700 50350
Ajyal International School – Al Falah 17-20/Apr/2017 Good 20000 33000
Al Adhwa Private School 12-15/Feb/2018 Good 7200 26708
Al Ain American Private School 05-09/Feb/2018 Very Good 16800 29400
Al Ain English Speaking School 16-19/Oct/2017 Acceptable 20500 41000
Al Ain International Academy 09-12/Oct/2017 Very Good 39600 57330
Al Ain Iranian Private School* 22-25/Nov/2015 Weak 3600 4560
Al Ain Juniors Private School 30/Apr-03/May/2018 Acceptable 7600 16100
Al Andalus Private Academy 05-08/Mar/2018 Good 5600 13700
Al Awa’il Private School 16-19/Oct/2017 Acceptable 5500 11000
Al Bashair Private School 12-15/Mar/2018 Good 12900 27200
Al Basma British School 06-09/Feb/2017 Good 19000 31000
Al Bateen Academy 02-05/Oct/2017 Good 56100 65900
Al Bateen Scientific School 24-27/Apr/2017 Good 16138 26348
Al Bhaya Private School 23-26/Oct/2017 Good 16100 17300
Al Danat KG Private School* 21-23/Feb/2016 Good 7200 7900
Al Dar Private School 29/Jan-01/Feb/2018 Acceptable 7370 14805
Al Dhabiania Private School 06-09/Feb/2017 Good 9300 16400
Al Dhafra Private School Al Ain 19-22/Feb/2018 Good 11700 22800
Al Ekhlass Private School 12-15/Feb/2018 Acceptable 5920 17705
Al Ettehad Private School 26-29/Oct/2017 Very Weak 2100 3000
Al Hamdanya Grand Private School 15-18/Oct/2017 Acceptable 6891 11275
Al Iman Private School 13-16/Nov/2017 Acceptable 6000 12000
Al Isra’a Private School 24-27/Apr/2017 Weak 4750 9600
Al Ittihad National Private School Abu Dhabi 29/Jan-01/Feb/2018 Good 19200 39300
Al Ittihad National Private School Al Ain 30/Oct-02/Nov/2017 Good 16600 30800
Al Khalil International School 13-16/Feb/2017 Acceptable 5450 12900
Al Maali International Private School 30/10-02/11/2017 Weak 8400 15000
Al Mamoura Academy 24-28/Apr/2017 Good 48800 70400
Al Maharat Private School 16-19/Apr/2018 Acceptable 14000 25000
Al Manahil Private School 24-27/Oct/2016 Weak 4600 10100
Al Manhal International School 05-08/Mar/2018 Acceptable 9900 18600
Al Marfa’a International School Report not visible Weak 3100 5100
Al Muna Academy 16-19/Oct/2017 Outstanding 41580 41580
Al Muneera Private School 29/Jan-01/Feb/2018 Acceptable 11500 14100
Al Murooj Scientific Private School 30/Apr-03/May/2018 Acceptable 18855 33255
Al Nahda National School for Boys 07-10/May/2018 Good 17500 26000
Al Nahda National School for girls 23-26/Apr/2018 Acceptable 13300 24600
Al Najah Private School 02-05/Oct/2017 Good 13500 35000
Al Nash’e Assaleh Private School Report not visible Good 7000 23000
Al Rabeeh Private School 19-22/Oct/2015 Good 25400 31300
Al Saad Indian Private School 13-16/Feb/2017 Acceptable 8500 10000
Al Sanawbar Private School 23-26/Apr/2018 Good 12500 26600
Al Seddeq Private School 16-18/Apr/2017 Acceptable 3000 9400
Al Shohub Private School 16-19/Apr/2018 Acceptable 22500 44800
Al Sorouh American School 26-27/Feb/2018 Acceptable 20300 24640
Al Tharawat National Private School 20-23/Feb/2017 Very Weak 14100 16000
Al Tumooh Private School 20-23/Feb/2017 Acceptable 4600 16000
Al Yahar Private School 06-09/Feb/2017 Acceptable 3300 23750
Al Yasmina Academy (data from 2016 inspection)* Exempted until 2018/19 Very Good 41580 57330
Aliaa Internatonal School 05-08/Mar/2018 Acceptable 10000 19000
American Community School of Abu Dhabi 31/Oct-03/Nov//2016 Very Good 42800 78300
Amity International School 16-19/Apr/2018 Good 42000 52000
Ashbal Al Quds Private School 02-05/Oct/2017 Acceptable 8100 16100
Asian International Private School Ruwais 13-16/Nov/2017 Good 3800 12100
Asian International Private School Madinat ZayedA 23-26/Jan/2017 Acceptable 3400 4800
Bani Yas International Private School 13-16/Nov/2016 Acceptable 18015 33915
Baream Al Ain Private School 16-19/Oct/2017 Acceptable 6425 6425
Beit Al Maqdes International Private School 16-19/Oct/2017 Acceptable 5100 9100
Belvedere British School 08-11/May/2017 Acceptable 23600 30700
Bloom Academy (Brighton College) Al Ain 12-15/Mar/2018 Outstanding 49900 79000
Bright Riders School 23-26/Jan/2017 Good 9200 19100
Bright Riders School Branch 1 16-19/Jan/2017 Weak 5000 6000
Brighton College Abu Dhabi 07-10/Nov/2016 Very Good 48500 74100
Canadian International School 19-22/Feb/2018 Good 35075 46494
(Choueifat) International Private School Rowais 06-09/Nov/2017 Acceptable 17900 25000
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi 30/01-02/02//2017 Very Good 65000 96333
Creative British School 23-26/Oct/2017 Good 7000 18000
Crescent International Private School 12-15/Mar/2018 Acceptable 11700 16100
Dar Al Huda International Private School 16-19/Oct/2017 Weak 4200 8700
Dar Al Uloom Private School 16-19/Oct/2017 Acceptable 4100 7900
Diyafah International School 16-19/Apr/2017 Good 25900 34200
Elite Private School (formerly Al Nukhba) 24-27/Apr/2017 Acceptable 17000 31000
Emirates Education Academy 23-26/Jan/2017 Acceptable 6500 11000
Emirates Falcon International Private School 23-26/Oct/2017 Acceptable 20000 27500
Emirates Future International Academy 09-12/Oct/2017 Acceptable 7800 14600
Emirates National Private School Al Nayhan 06-09/Nov/2017 Acceptable 34150 55920
Emirates National Private School Al Ain 24-27/Oct/2016 Good 19760 51500
Emirates National Private School Manaseer 23-26/Oct/2017 Acceptable 23330 32260
Emirates National Private School MBZ 12-15/Feb/2018 Very Good 23330 59920
Emirates Private School AD 19-22/Feb/2018 Good 9100 21600
Emirates Private School Al Ain 12-15/Feb/2018 Acceptable 8000 13000
Emirates Private School Bani Yas 06-09/Feb/2017 Weak 3456 5820
First Lebanon Private School 05-08/Feb/2018 Acceptable 2700 10800
Future International Academy 31/Oct-03/Nov/2016 Good 13470 21875
Future International School 06-09/Nov/2017 Acceptable 11395 24205
GEMS American Academy 30/Oct-02/Nov/2017 Very Good 50300 70100
GEMS Cambridge International School 29/Jan-01/Feb/2018 Good 20500 34900
GEMS United Indian School 22-25/Jan/2017 Good 9000 15300
GEMS Winchester School AD 24-27/Oct/2016 Good 16800 23100
GEMS World Academy 30/Apr-03/May/2018 Very Good 39950 58400
German International School (data from 2016 inspection)* 29/May-01/Jun/2016 Very Good 26565 40000
Global English Private School 14-17/May/2018 Acceptable 12000 23600
Global Indian International School 10-13/Oct/2016 Acceptable 10000 11400
Good Will Children Private School 10-13/Oct/2016 Good 23200 29900
Grace Valley Indian Private School 7-10/Nov/2016 Weak 3975 16000
Horizon Private School 30/Jan-02/Feb/2017 Acceptable 9000 22090
Horizon Private School Branch 31/)ct-03/Nov/2016 Good 22000 41300
Ibn Khaldoun Islamic School 09-12/Oct/2017 Acceptable 3200 9400
Indian Private School Al Ain 23-26/Oct/2017 Good 4200 9200
International Academic School 01-04/May/2017 Acceptable 29000 39000
International Community School 13-16/Nov/2017 Acceptable 21750 50831
International Community School Branch 1 23-26/Jan/2017 Good 12301 16350
International Indian School 26-27/Feb/2017 Good 10500 12500
International Jubilee Private School 23-26/Oct/2017 Good 12200 26600
International Private School 13-16/Feb/2017 Acceptable 4000 11000
Islamia English High School 02-05/Oct/2017 Acceptable 6900 14100
Japanese School of Abu Dhabi 07-08/May/2018 Very Good 15200 33000
Liwa International Private School 30/Oct-02/Nov/2017 Good 16200 29300
Liwa International School for Girls 01-04/May/2017 Good 32500 41850
Lycee Louis Massignon 15-18/Jan/2017 Very Good 21700 39900
Madar International School 05-08/Mar/2018 Acceptable 17700 28700
Manar Al Ilm Private School 30/Jan-02/Feb/2017 Weak 6300 20000
Manor Hall International Private School 12-15/Feb/2018 Acceptable 25000 35000
Maplewood International School 20-23/Feb/2017 Acceptable 31000 38000
Mayoor Private School 30/Jan-02/Feb/2017 Good 17500 25000
Merryland International School 29/Jan-01/Feb/2018 Outstanding 23500 41400
Modern Private School 21-24/May/2017 Acceptable 14000 25000
Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan Generations School 17-20/Oct/2016 Acceptable 12670 17780
New Indian Model School 30/Apr-03/May/2018 Acceptable 4300 7000
Oasis International School 06-09/Feb/2017 Acceptable 3180 5000
Our Own English High School 13-16/Nov/2016 Good 4600 9200
Pakistan Community Welfare School 12-16/Feb/2017 Weak 2200 2200
Pakistani Islamic Private School 16-19/Oct/2017 Weak 2900 5500
Palestine Private Academy 06-09/Oct/2017 Weak 2400 6900
Pearl Academy (data from 2016 inspection)* Exempted until 2018/19 Very Good 40400 40400
Philippine – Emirates Private School 23-26/Jan/2017 Acceptable 6000 13000
Polaris Private Academy 23-26/Jan/2017 Acceptable 9150 14500
Raha International School 05-08/Feb/2018 Outstanding 36100 56900
Rawafed Private School 05-08/Feb/2018 Good 18000 41800
Reach British School 24-27/Apr/2017 Acceptable 22800 39100
Repton Foundation School  12-15/Mar/2018 Very Good 55000 61000
Rosary Private School 30/Jan-02/Feb/2017 Good 7400 16200
Ryan International School 07-10/Nov/2016 Acceptable 13400 14700
Ryan Private School (now Indian Modern Private School) 07-10/Nov/2016 Good 12000 22000
Saint Joseph’s School 14-17/May/2018 Good 5800 10000
Scholar’s American International School 7-10/May/2017 Acceptable 29500 43200
Scientific Distinction Private School 02-04/Oct/2017 Acceptable 7500 10700
Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia Private School 08-11/Feb/2016 Acceptable 5178 6578
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Arab Pakistan School 20-23/Feb/2017 Acceptable 3400 5800
Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls 14-17/May/2018 Very Good 29000 66900
Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys 14-17/May/2018 Very Good 47900 58200
Shining Star Private School 14-17/May/2018 Acceptable 12686 20731
Summit International School 23-26/Jan/2017 Acceptable 18700 23100
Sunflower School 16-19/Jan/2017 Weak 14000 17500
Sunrise English Private School 07-10/May/2018 Good 6800 10700
Tawaam Model Private School 09-12/Oct/2017 Acceptable 6000 14200
The American International School in Abu Dhabi  12-15/Mar/2018 Very Good 30500 55500
The Australian School of Abu Dhabi 20-23/Feb/2017 Acceptable 14957 35334
The British International School Abu Dhabi  09-12/Oct/2017 Very Good 50300 66400
The British School Al Khubairat 10-13/Oct/2016 Very Good 41500 62300
The Cambridge High School 09-12/Oct/2017 Good 14500 30700
The Gulf International Private Academy 13-16/Feb/2017 Good 11800 25500
The International School of Choueifat Abu Dhabi 09-12/Oct/2017 Acceptable 19600 34600
The International School of Choueifat Al Ain 26/Feb-01/Mar/2018 Acceptable 19400 34300
The International School of Choueifat Khalifa A 14-17/May/2018 Good 20000 35300
The Iranian School 23-24/Oct/2017 Weak 3600 4560
The Model Private School 07-10/May/2018 Acceptable 4500 6200
The National Torches School 01-04/May/2017 Acceptable 4000 20000
The Philippine Private School 14-17/May/2018 Acceptable 6400 6600
The Philippines Global School 16-19/Jan/2017 Acceptable 4876 7800
Theodore Monod School 13-16/Nov/2017 Acceptable 19100 22700
United School of Al Yahar 20-23/Feb/2017 Acceptable 15500 31000
United School of Bani Yas Private School 16-18/Oct/2017 Acceptable 14000 20000
Universal Private School 15-19/Oct/2017 Weak 4800 15000
Virginia International School 14-17/May/2018 Acceptable 24000 35000
Vision Private School 13-16/Feb/2017 Acceptable 6800 13700
Wales International School (formerly Al Ansar) 16-19/Apr/2018 Acceptable 23500 30500
West Yas Academy 24-27/Apr/2017 Good 51000 61500


*Schools that were not inspected in the last two year cycle or for whom no current inspection report is available are asterisked.

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