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Dubai Schools with Available Places for September 2024


Finding a last-minute school place in Dubai for your child can be a major challenge. However, parents need not despair. Some of Dubai’s top schools still have spaces available, and we’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to.

Looking for a school in Dubai with spaces still available for the 2024-25 academic year? Look no further, we’ve contacted Dubai’s top schools to provide you with the information you need. 

Please note, information on availability provided below was accurate as at end of May 2024.

UK Curriculum Schools

Arcadia School

If you’re looking for a high quality British school near to the Springs, the Meadows, the Lakes, JVT or JVC, the Arcadia School is definitely worth considering. This school boasts a stand out campus with state-of-the-art facilities and a recent KHDA inspection rating of Very Good. 

Location: JVT

Fee Range: AED 64,413–89,463

Availability: FS1, FS2, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12

The school will be open for tours and assessments over the summer. Remaining stay and play sessions are scheduled for  June 11 and June 25.

Parents can begin the admissions process by filling out the online application form available on the Arcadia School website.

Read the Arcadia School review here.

Arcadia Global School

Arcadia Global School had a very successful launch in 2023, opening its doors to almost 900 new students on its first days of operations. Thankfully, the school still has space to grow, with a state-of-the-art campus fit for up to 4,250 students when at capacity. 

Location: Al Furjan

Fee Range: AED 45,000–84,200

Availability: Admissions are currently open for FS1 to Year 8. While there are early waitlists in a few year levels, the school does have a limited number of spots available in most year groups and encourages interested families to apply soon to secure a place.

The school will be open for tours and assessments over the summer. Parents can begin the admissions process by filling out the online application form available on the Arcadia Global School website.

Read the Arcadia Global School review here.

Raffles International School

Raffles International School review

Raffles International is a school that truly lives up to its name, with more than 80 nationalities represented in its student community. This wonderfully diverse learning environment is the only school in the Innoventures group offering the UK curriculum.

Location: Umm Suqeim

Fee Range: AED 32,430–85,923

Availability: Limited spaces are available across all year groups, from FS1 to Year 13.

Raffles International School is open for admissions during the summer months with tours of the facilities also being conducted. Parents are encouraged to complete the enrolment process as early as possible.

Read the Raffles International School review here.

GEMS Founders School Mizhar

While spaces at the original Founders school in Al Barsha are like gold dust GEMS Founders School Mizhar is still able to accept admissions for some year groups. Despite being a relatively new school, GFM has already built a solid reputation for providing a high quality education, with exceptional facilities and strong leadership.

Location: Al Mizhar

Fee Range: AED 23,690–36,050

Availability: Limited availability across the school.

All GEMS schools are open over the summer, with tours and assessments (both in-school and virtual) available throughout. School tours can be booked online via school websites and are available with the principal, members of the Senior Leadership Team as well as front of house staff.

Read the GEMS Founders Mizhar School review here.

GEMS Metropole School Al Waha

GEMS Metropole Al Waha opened in August 2023 and has proved to be enormously popular with families already, due to its very high standard of facilities, quality teaching and focus on sustainability and innovation. 

Location: Al Waha/Sustainable City

Fee Range: AED 40,000–50,000

Availability: Limited availability across the school.

All GEMS schools are open over the summer, with tours and assessments (both in-school and virtual) available throughout. School tours can be booked online via school websites and are available with the principal, members of the Senior Leadership Team as well as front of house staff.

Read the GEMS Metropole School Al Waha review here.

GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis

GEMS Wellington Academy

Possibility the most culturally diverse school in Dubai, with more than 100 nationalities represented in its student community, GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis certainly appeals to families from all over the globe. This school is diverse educationally also, with an impressive range of educational pathways on offer, and a very tailored approach. 

Location: Dubai Silicon Oasis

Fee Range: AED 38,415–84,987

Availability: Limited availability in nursery and early years only. 

All GEMS schools are open over the summer, with tours and assessments (both in-school and virtual) available throughout. School tours can be booked online via school websites and are available with the principal, members of the Senior Leadership Team as well as front of house staff.

Read the GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis review school.

Jebel Ali School

Jebel Ali School

One of Dubai’s oldest schools, Jebel Ali School was initially created in 1977 to provide education to the children of construction workers at Jebel Ali Port. While retaining its heritage, the school is very much a modern and well resourced all-through school these days, having relocated to a new campus in 2016. The school has also recently joined the highly reputable Taaleem group.

Location: Damac Hills

Fee Range: AED 47,250–77,200

Availability: Year 12 only

Jebel Ali School is open during the summer for school tours by appointment.

Read the Jebel Ali School review here.

IB Schools

Dubai International Academy Al Barsha

DIA Al Barsha review

The second Dubai International Academy campus opened in 2018, following the huge success of the original DIA Emirates Hills. While this newer school may not have the history or Outstanding rating from the KHDA (it now has a Very Good rating), it does have excellent modern facilities and a strong reputation. 

Location: Al Barsha

Fee Range: AED 42,832–75,893

Availability: Limited spaces available from Pre-K to Grade 12

DIA Al Barsha is open for admissions during the summer months with tours of the facilities also being conducted. Parents are encouraged to complete the enrolment process as early as possible.

Read the Dubai International Academy Al Barsha review here.

Dwight School Dubai

Founded in 1872 in New York, the original Dwight School is a leading international IB World School. Under the same direct management and ownership as its sister school in New York , the Dubai school shares the same family-owned feel while developing its own UAE flair. 

Location: Sports City

Fee Range: AED 62,010–105,470

Availability: Limited spaces still available in Pre-K, KG2, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 5, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 and Grade 11. 

Read the Dwight School review here.

Raffles World Academy

This very popular IB school is often praised for it’s supportive and skilled teachers, as well as it’s positive and impactful leadership. The school boasts a broad languages programme and a comprehensive range of extra curricular activities.

Location: Umm Suqeim

Fee Range: AED 31,943–91,741

Availability: Limited spaces available from Pre-K to Grade 12

Raffles World Academy is open for admissions during the summer months with tours of the facilities also being conducted. Parents are encouraged to complete the enrolment process as early as possible.

Read the Raffles World Academy review here.

GEMS World Academy

GEMS World Academy

One of Dubai’s top IB schools, GEMS World Academy is a genuinely diverse and globally-minded school, situated in the central location of Al Barsha. Facilities here are truly outstanding, providing a real premium education experience for students.

Location: Al Barsha

Fee Range: AED 67,719–117,552

Availability: Limited spaces available from Pre-K to Grade 12

All GEMS schools are open over the summer, with tours and assessments (both in-school and virtual) available throughout. School tours can be booked online via school websites and are available with the principal, members of the Senior Leadership Team as well as front of house staff.

Read the GEMS World Academy review here.

Jumeira Baccalaureate School

Jumeira Baccalaureate School review update

This much loved Taaleem school is known for its inclusivity, diversity and community feel. Parents praise the school for knowing and support each student as an individual. The school has a significant population of French students, and provides a strong Francophone programme from Pre-K to Grade 5. 

Location: Jumeirah 1

Fee Range: AED 40,900–86,700

Availability: Limited Availability in Pre-K, Grade 2, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 and Grade 11.

JBS will be open for group tours over the summer on Tuesday ,Wednesday and Thursday. Parents are advised to contact the school’s admissions team for more information.

Read the Jumeira Baccalaureate School review here.

Greenfield International School

This highly reputed IB school offers premium facilities and has a consistently strong academic record. Parent feedback is very strong at this school, describing a very positive atmosphere where children enjoy going to school. The school has a diverse community of over 70 nationalities.

Location: Dubai Investment Park (DIP)

Fee Range: AED 32,700–78,600

Availability: Limited Availability from Nursery to Grade 12.

GIS will be open for school tours during the summer break on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Read the Greenfield International School review here.

GEMS International School Al Khail

GEMS International School review update

This highly regarded IB school boasts exceptionally premium facilities, which include a Centre of Excellence in Aeronautics, Aviation and Space and a State of the Art Design Technology Lab and Food Technology lab. As its name suggests, this school is very globally oriented, educating students from across the globe. 

Location: Dubai Hills

Fee Range: AED 49,914–75,695

Availability: Limited Availability from Pre-K to Grade 12.

All GEMS schools are open over the summer, with tours and assessments (both in-school and virtual) available throughout. School tours can be booked online via school websites and are available with the principal, members of the Senior Leadership Team as well as front of house staff.

Read the GEMS International School Al Khail review here.

Uptown International School

Uptown International School review

As with the other schools in the Taaleem group, Uptown School is highly inclusive with a strong focus on wellbeing. The school boasts a spacious campus in Mirdif, zoned according to age groups, with some impressive specialist facilities, particularly in the areas of performing arts and science. 

Location: Mirdif

Fee Range: AED 38,600–74,675

Availability: Limited availability in all year groups from Nursery to Grade 12

UIS will be open for school tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the summer period.

Read the Uptown International School review here.

American Curriculum Schools

Collegiate International School

Collegiate International School is a popular all-through school, using the US Common Core Standards with an IB approach, culminating in the option of either the IB Diploma Programme or an American High School Diploma. 

Location: Umm Suqeim

Fee Range: AED 37,595–67,259

Availability: Collegiate International School is open for admissions during the summer months with tours of the facilities also being conducted. Parents are encouraged to complete the enrolment process as early as possible.

Read the Collegiate International School review here.

American Academy for Girls

American Academy for Girls is part of the Taaleem education group, and is the only international curriculum private school in Dubai offering an education for Girls only, appealing to expat as well as to local families. 

Location: Mirdif

Fee Range: AED 34,750–62,150

Availability: Spaces currently available across all grades.

The school is open for tours across the summer months. 

Read the American Academy for Girls review here.



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