Academic Calendar

Approved Academic Calendar for 2019-2020

Approved Academic Calendar for 2019-2020

GEMS US 2019-20 School Calendar as of August 29th, 2019

Sunday, September 1st 

Public Holiday: Islamic New Year - No school

Monday, September 2nd

First day of School for Gr. 1 - Gr. 12, Hopes & Dreams Conf. Pre-K - KG2; Middle & High School Start of Quarter 1, Semester 1; Elementary School start Trimester 1

Tuesday, September 3rd Hopes and Dreams Conferences Gr. 1-5
September 8-19th

CAT4 Testing for Grades 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 10

Wednesday, September 11th

Secondary Back to School Night - 6:00-8:30pm. Meetings begin in the Auditorium

Tuesday, September 17th

Elementary Back to School Night - 6:00-7:30pm. Meetings begin in the Auditorium 

September 22-October 10 MAP testing
Sunday September 22 - 26th Seniors University focus week
September 24 -26th  Student School Photos
Tuesday, October 15th Professional Learning Day – faculty in attendance; no school for students
Wednesday, October 16th Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test for Grades 10 and 11 (PSAT)
Sunday, October 27th ** Diwali, school dismissal at 12:00 pm
Thursday, October 31st Middle and High School: End Quarter 1
Sunday, November 3rd Middle and High School: Start Quarter 2
Sunday, November 19th Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences Pre-KG-12, 2pm – 6pm
Thursday, November 21st  Elementary Trimester 1 Ends
Tuesday, November 26th Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences Pre-KG-12, 2pm – 6pm
Thursday, November 28th Professional Learning Day – faculty in attendance; no school for students
Sunday, December 1st * UAE National Day (related school closure only if announced by KHDA)
Sunday, January 5th  Classes resume after Winter Holiday
January 19-21st

High School Semester 1 Exams 

Thursday, January 23rd Middle and High School: End of Quarter 2; End First Semester
Sunday, January 26th Middle and High School: Start of Quarter 3; Start Second Semester
January 26 - February 6

MAP testing

January 28 - 30th  Stu Williamson Sports Pictures & Picture Retakes
Tuesday, February 4th Professional Learning Day – faculty in attendance; no school for students
February 16-27th Elementary School Middle of Year Internal Assessments
February 23-28th Week Without Walls – Middle & High School
Thursday, March 5th  Elementary Trimester 2 Ends
Sunday, March 8th Elementary Trimester 3 Starts
Tuesday, March 10th Optional Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences Pre-Kg to 5 – 2:00-6:00 pm
Thursday, March 12th Professional Learning Day – faculty in attendance; no school for students
Thursday, March 26th Beginning of Spring Holiday; student dismissal at 12:00 pm
Sunday, April 12th Classes resume after Spring Holiday
Tuesday, April 21st OPTIONAL Student- Parent-Teacher Conferences 6 -12 – 2:00-6:00 pm
Thursday, April 23rd * Anticipated beginning of Ramadan – school hours shortened
Thursday, April 23rd Middle & High School: End Quarter 3
Sunday, April 26th Middle & High School: Start Quarter 4
May 4 - 15th AP Exams
May 18-21st Senior Exams
May 24-26th  *Eid Al Fitr (related school closure only if announced by KHDA)
Thursday, May 28th Graduation – Class of 2020 (Grade 12)
May 31 - June 11

MAP Testing; Elementary School End Of Year Internal Assessments

June 14-18th High School Semester 2 Exams
Thursday, June 18th Elementary School Trimester 3 Ends
Thursday, June 25th

Middle & High School: End of Quarter 4; End of Second Semester

Final Report Cards sent home

Thursday, June 25th Last day of school - student dismissal at 12:00 pm
  *subject to change due to Lunar sighting/government declaration

Approved Academic Calendar for 2019-2020

You may also download the PDF version of the 2019-20 calendar, click here.

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