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GEMS Modern Academy - Dubai

GEMS Modern Academy - Dubai

PO Box 53663, Nad al Sheeba 3,4, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

+971 4 326 3339



GEMS Modern Academy - Dubai
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Preparatory, Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1986
Status Private
Principal Mrs. Nargish Khambatta
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 4-18 years
Number of pupils 1,967
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Dr. Sunipa Guha Neogi
MYP Coordinator Ms Hebatallah Gaber
PYP Coordinator Joelle Filfili
Associations GEMS, IB

Vision Statement: Inspiring children to be positive changemakers

In keeping with the vision of GEMS Education the founder and chairman, Mr. Sunny Varkey, GEMS Modern Academy (GMA) assures every student a world-class education that is wholesome and exciting. Spread over 120,000 square meters, this state-of-the-art institution is located in the heart of Dubai and has been making its mark on the local and global education scene for the last 35 years.

The school is recognized and accredited by Ministry of Education, Dubai, UAE, the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE - New Delhi, India) and the International Baccalaureate to offer both the Primary Years Programme (since April 2021) and the Diploma Programme (since September 2014). Modern also received candidacy status for the Middle Years Programme in August 2021.

GEMS Modern Academy is a CIS member school, a Round Square school, a Green Flag school and the only school in the UAE to receive the Dubai SME certified incubator status.

'Modern' as it is fondly called, lives up to its name as it strives ceaselessly to nurture 21st-century learners who will become active, sensitive and responsible world citizens. Our educational philosophy aims at making students independent and lifelong learners who will contribute positively to society. The faculty and management work passionately to keep the balance between modern educational demands and the wholesome traditional values that the institution embodies.

In addition to being rated as an 'Outstanding' school since 2011 by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority of Dubai, the school has also been awarded the coveted Hamdan Award for Distinguished Academic Excellence and School Administration. The highly qualified and committed faculty ensures that all pupils at Modern strive to reach their goals and prepares them to take their place in the world.

Modern's alumni regularly receive admission to Ivy League and other world renowned universities and the school boasts of a 100% placement record.

Modern offers the IBDP to students of grades 11 and 12, with twenty seven individual subject options available. We are very pleased with the achievements of our seven graduating batches since 2016. May 2022 batch achieved an average of 36 points with the topper securing a perfect score of 45 points. This balance between strong academic performance and fantastic experiential outcomes from areas such as CAS is a hallmark of our growing Diploma Programme.

Modern also has a unique advantage that sets it apart from other IB schools - our bespoke "Bridge Programme". This consists of 14 modules designed and delivered by our teachers prior to students entering the Diploma Programme. The Bridge helps students develop a clear idea of the philosophy behind the Diploma Programme and the skills needed to be successful in it. This is accomplished through modules such as "Critical Thinking", "Global Citizenship", "Academic Honesty", "Cultural Diversity" and "Investigative Science" which are directly linked to key IB themes like the learner profile, approaches to teaching and learning, international mindedness, and CAS. By proactively engaging students in these interactive modules, we aim to ensure that they hit the ground running in the Diploma Programme and aspire to be lifelong learners afterward.

Modern is a place where every child matters. Deep and powerful learning only happens when it is relevant, real-world, collaborative, driven by inquiry and passion, and shared transparently. Through the provision of a balanced curriculum with the rigour of academics and a strong value system, world-class facilities for sports, performing and fine arts, for innovation and entrepreneurship, and inculcating international mindedness, it is a place that gives children roots to hold on to and wings to fly.

Our Primary Years Program Curriculum stems from age-appropriate curricular standards in a global context, carefully and creatively constructed by our PYP faculty and the Deans' Department through a process of reflection and collaboration. The curriculum outlines knowledge, skills, understanding, attitudes, and values pupils are expected to learn in the course of their transformative experience in school.

The Program standards and practices offer both an aspirational (the standards and practices) and baseline (the requirements and specifications) framework of what it means to be an IB World School. Thus, we mindfully use the IB PYP framework and philosophy for pedagogy and align the core curriculum objectives from the CISCE with the IB PYP scopes and sequences for the requisite PYP subjects.

The curriculum contributes to fulfilling the vision of GEMS Modern Academy, 'Inspiring children to be positive change-makers'. It is enriched by incorporating activities that are also embedded in the core values of GEMS Education and Jewels of Kindness Program. In line with Ministry regulations and compliance, the curriculum includes Arabic, Moral, Social and Cultural Studies for all students and Islamic Education for Muslim students. To fulfil the UAE National Priorities and achieve the set National Agenda targets for the school, we also ensure that the curriculum continues to align with international assessment frameworks such as TIMSS, PIRLS, and PISA. The curriculum is reviewed annually and is open to modification.

As an all-inclusive school, Modern values student diversity and understands the difficulties faced by students of determination. We strive to provide equity in education to ensure all learners have the necessary tools to succeed, by reducing barriers to learning with their peers in a common learning environment. Inclusion is truly at the heart of everything we do at Modern. It helps create a more positive sense of belonging with the community and teaches vital life lessons in respect, tolerance, and resilience.