Advance Placement Courses

AP Options in Grades 10 - 12

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program at GEMS United School (GEMS US) offers 13 AP courses sponsored by the College Board in the United States. These AP courses are equivalent to first-year college/university courses and are intended for students who have demonstrated the academic ability, individual interest and required motivation to handle the extra workload and study requirements.

Students enrolled in AP courses take the AP College Board exam at the end of the course. Depending on the exam score and the college/university, students can qualify for course credit, course exemption or advanced standing. These exams are scored on a 1-5 scale. Depending on the school, scores of 3, 4 or 5 can result in college or university awarding credit, exemption from courses or advanced standing.  Students should research individual colleges/universities to understand their policies in awarding AP credit.

GEMS US was the first school in the United Arab Emirates to offer AP Computer Science Principles.

2018 - 2019 AP Course Offerings


Calculus AB*


Computer Science Principles

English Language and Composition

English Literature and Composition



Physics 1*


Studio Art: 2D Design

Studio Art: Drawing

US History

*Denotes new course offering. The decision to take an AP course should not be taken lightly. When considering AP courses, students must carefully consider the extra time commitment these courses entail. Students should seek advice from parents, the course teacher, current students enrolled in the particular AP course of interest and their counselor. Students who enroll in an AP course are required to take the AP exam in May. (Note: that there is a fee for each AP exam).

Upon successful completion of an AP course, students receive 0.25 additional weight to their AP course(s). Any semester grades lower than a C- in an AP course will not receive the additional weighting. This also applies if a student fails to take an AP exam in May.