Age Requirements

To meet the age requirements of the admission policy for GEMS United School, a student must have turned the age listed next to the grade level by December 31st of the Academic Year.

GEMS United School Admissions Policy requires the student to be potty trained before entering Pre-KG, KG1 or any grade level.  Each application will be assessed against GEMS US' entry requirements. Offers made, will be dependent on a student meeting these requirements and subject to seat availability.
New students entering Kindergarten will have a transition week their first week of attendance.  This will include a customized transition schedule with shorter hours, details will be provided after enrollment or speak with the registrar regarding this program. 
              Grade                            Age (years)
Pre-KG 3
KG 1 4
KG 2 5
Grade 1 6
Grade 2 7
Grade 3 8
Grade 4 9
Grade 5 10
Grade 6 11
Grade 7 12
Grade 8 13
Grade 9 14
Grade 10 15
Grade 11 16
Grade 12 17


Grade Placement

GEMS United School seeks to make the most appropriate grade placement for each student based on his or her age, as well as academic, social and emotional development within policy guidelines. For this reason, new students may be required to complete an appropriate level assessment to determine placement and fit.

Inclusion Policy

GEMS United School is an inclusive school. The GEMS vision for Inclusive Education is that we achieve excellence together by all students receiving the support they need to meaningfully belong to their school and wider community, feel valued for their contributions, engage purposefully in learning and experience academic, cultural, social and emotional success in a common learning environment. 

At GEMS US, we welcome children with a range of learning preferences, including students of determination with special education needs and disabilities (SEND), students who are gifted and talented, and students who are English Language Learners. Our staff are committed to educating all students in common learning environments with similar-aged peers. At GEMS US, diversity is made visible as a strength, respectful relationships are continually enhanced and all children fully participate in learning through adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet the diverse range of learners reflected in wider society. 

When submitting an application, we appreciate receiving full details of any special educational needs, individual education plans (IEPs). and any Educational Psychologist, Pediatric, or other specialist reports (e.g., Speech and Language or Occupational Therapy), if completed. Sharing educational history with GEMS US prior to a place being offered is essential so that staff can ensure that an appropriate assessment of educational need, educational plan and resourcing is in place. Admission is not conditional on the submission of a medical diagnosis and we have effective transition processes in place for all children. 

Students are not refused admission based only on their experience of a special education need or disability and we give sibling priority for admission to students who experience SEND. Staff follow KHDA guidance and procedures for the scenarios in which it may not be in the best interests of the child to be placed at GEMS US. 

For more information, please refer to the Dubai Inclusion Policy Framework set by the KHDA and Law #2 of 2014 by the Dubai government for compliance criteria.

Arabic Language Requirements

All students from Grade 1-9 are required to learn Arabic as per the UAE Ministry of Education by-laws. Classes are differentiated for native and non-native speakers and the programs incorporate the Ministry of Education syllabus within the curriculum. 

As an additional requirement, students who are registered with a passport from one of the Arab countries listed below are required by law to attend Arabic A for native speakers until the end of Grade 12. 

UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Syria, Bahrain, Iraq, Yemen, Oman, Mauritania, Libya, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti and Union of the Comoros.

Islamic Education Requirement

In accordance with the UAE Ministry of Education by-laws, students who are Muslim (as identified on their passport or during the admissions process via the “religion” option) must take Islamic Education from Grade 1 to the end of Grade 12. Students may take Islamic A (in Arabic) or Islamic B (in English) regardless of their nationality based on their Arabic language proficiency. The Islamic A and B courses incorporate the Ministry of Education syllabus for Islamic Education within the curriculum.

Previous Schooling

All new students must provide official documentation of previous school experience, report card, and test scores. All documents provided must be in English. The school may request certification of translation from the Consulate of the country in which the student last attended to meet admission requirements.

Tuition Fee

Tuition and fees are payable in advance of attendance and are assessed in accordance with the fee structure established by GEMS. Tuition and fees are the primary source of the school’s operating budget and therefore prompt payment is necessary to ensure the continuing quality of the school’s programs.

Payment of Fees

Application fee of AED525 is due at the time of application. This processing fee is refundable if placement is not available, non-transferable, and non-deductible.  Once confirmation of admission has been received, a one-time 10% registration deposit of annual tuition fees (non-refundable, adjustable) will also be required to secure enrollment at GEMS United School.

Tuition fee invoices are sent to the fee sponsor on record, two months prior to the start of the academic year.  Tuition payments can be paid in full, or are due on or before the 5th working day of August for Term 1, December for Term 2, and April for Term 3. 

If a student joins in the school in the middle of a term, the tuition fee applicable will be prorated, based on the number of full (commencing from the week of joining) weeks remaining and unexpired in the term.

Failure to pay such fees may result in:

  • Loss of the student’s place in the school
  • Withholding of their school reports, references, and/or examination results
  • Temporary or permanent expulsion or exclusion from school

Payment Method

Payments of fees and tuition are to be paid by cheque or wire transfer directly to the school bank account. 


Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable except when paid for a full year and a student is withdrawn prior to commencement of a term. Attendance for any portion of a term will preclude a refund of tuition fees. Tuition will be refunded only after the parent or guardian has submitted the request in writing to the school admissions office. Tuition refunds are provided to the original payee.

Please note, the application fee and registration deposit are non-refundable.

Student Withdrawals

All students withdrawing from the school must submit notification of their withdrawal in writing to the Registrar office.  A thirty (30) day notification period is required to ensure all necessary documents are ready.

Re-registration Deposit

A re-registration deposit is required to secure your child's seat for the upcoming academic year.  Our re-registration deposit is 5% of annual school fees and is due after Spring Break. This deposit will be credited to your Term 1 school fees for the upcoming academic year.  This deposit is non-refundable for families relocating within Dubai.