High School Profile & University Acceptances

GEMS United School University Acceptances


At GEMS United School we are curious learners inspired to reach beyond ourselves.  

School and Community

GEMS United School–Dubai is a Pre-K-GR12 co-educational American curriculum school in Dubai Sports City. GEMS US was established in 2009 and acquired as a GEMS school in 2013.  GEMS US currently hosts nearly 600 students from more than 60 nationalities. GEMS US strives to prepare students for the challenges of the future, equipping them to face confidently the challenges of the 21st century. Students at GEMS US benefit from a variety of learning experiences facilitated by an international staff of educators in a purpose built, modern building surrounded by Dubai Sports City and the Sports Academies.



GEMS United School is accredited by Accreditation International and has received Candidate status from New England Association for Schools and Colleges (NEASC).


The Curriculum

As a private, co-educational day school, GEMS US' curriculum is based on AERO Common Core Plus. The language of instruction is English. Following the UAE’s educational guidelines, all students must take Arabic until the end of Grade 9, while students of the Arabic speaking countries are required to study Arabic until graduation. Muslim students are required to study Islamic Education as part of their academic schedule through the end of grade 12. Students in grades 9-12 follow a university preparatory program of study.  

Advanced Placement (AP)courses are offered to students in grades 11 and 12. GEMS US' academic calendar consists of two semesters starting in September and ending in June. Students follow a ten day, eight period rotating schedule. One-half (.5) credit is awarded for the successful completion of each semester course with a minimum passing mark of D-.


High School Diploma Requirements

Graduation requirements include 24 credits. Twenty-five hours of community,service is recommended for graduation at GEMS United School. Courses required to graduate are determined by KHDA, the Ministry of Education in the UAE: English 4, Math 3, Science 3, Social Studies 3,World Languages 2, Physical Education 2, Visual/Performing Arts 1, Technology 1 and 5 Electives. GEMS US offers a variety of AP Courses (see page on Advanced Placement Courses).


All students completing the graduation requirements receive a US High School Diploma. The Class of 2014 was the first graduating class from GEMS United School.  GEMS US' grading scale is based on a 4.0 grading scale. Only grades acquired at GEMS US are on GEMS US' transcript. AP Courses: An additional 0.25 will be added to the weighting.


Class Rank and Grade Point Average:

We do not report class rank due to the mobility of our students and the diversity of their educational backgrounds.

GEMS US students have been accepted to the following Universities: GEMS US University Matriculations 2015-2018

*Denotes more than one acceptance


  • Agnes Scott College
  • American University
  • Arkansas State University
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Arizona State University*        
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • ATP Flight School
  • Auburn University
  • Baylor University
  • Berkeley College NYC
  • Boston University
  • Cal State Los Angeles
  • Capital University
  • College of William and Mary
  • Colorado State University*
  • Cornell College
  • East Carolina University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Fullerton College
  • George Washington University
  • Hofstra University
  • Hope College
  • HULT International Business School – San Francisco
  • Indiana State University*
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Metropolitan State University Denver
  • Michigan State University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University*
  • Northern Arizona State
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Orange Coast College
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Pennsylvania State University, Berks College
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering
  • Purdue University
  • Rider University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Sam Houston State University
  • San Diego State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • South Dakota School of Mines
  • Stony Brook University
  • Texas A & M University
  • Texas State University
  • Suffolk University
  • University of Alabama Birmingham
  • University of Alabama Huntsville
  • University of Anchorage
  • University of Arkansas Little Rock
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California Davis
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • University of Denver
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Houston
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Kansas
  • UMass Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Miami
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Texas –Arlington
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin MadisonVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • Carleton University (Sprott School of Business)
  • Carleton University (Arts and Sciences)
  • Humber College
  • Ryerson University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University


  • American University of Rome
  • European School of Economics
  • Institute of European Design –Barcelona
  • Jacobs University
  • Saint Louis University Madrid
  • Universidad Europea de Madrid

Middle East/Asia

  • American University -Beirut
  • American University-Sharjah
  • American University-Dubai
  • Canadian University-Dubai
  • Carnegie Mellon-Qatar
  • International Horizons College
  • Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi
  • The Emirates Academy of 
  • Hospitality Management
  • University of Wollongong –Dubai
  • American University Beirut
  • American University Dubai
  • American University Sharjah
  • Canadian University Dubai
  • Carnegie Mellon Qatar

United Kingdom 

  • Aston University
  • HULT International Business School
  • Keele University
  • Queen Mary University London
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Warwick
  • Loughborough College
  • University of Westminster
  • University College London


  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Tasmania