A guide to the schools in Khalifa and Zayed City

A helping hand in your search for your child’s school.

One of the up-and-coming areas of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City is popular for residents due to the abundance of affordable accommodation as well as top class sporting facilities at Abu Dhabi Cricket and Al Forsan International Sports Resort.

However, the area also has one of the highest concentrations of schools in Abu Dhabi.

From primary to senior, there are plenty of education institutions in which your child can enroll.

Here is a guide to the schools in Khalifa and Zayed City.


The British International School Abu Dhabi


The British International School (BIS) Abu Dhabi is an ‘outstanding’ rated international school, offering a blend of English and international curricula, including the English National Curriculum through to the Cambridge and Pearson Edexcel IGCSE in Year 11. In Years 12 and 13, students can pursue the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), the BTEC Diploma, or a combined pathway option. At BIS Abu Dhabi, families join an inclusive and diverse community where their child can thrive and experience life-changing opportunities that promote creativity, critical thinking, social responsibility and cultural awareness. As part of Nord Anglia Education, students benefit from collaborations with institutions like The Juilliard School, and MIT, along with transformative trips and activities. This holistic approach ensures academic and personal growth, leading to superb exam results and access to top universities worldwide.

For more information visit bisabudhabi.com


Raha International School


Don’t be fooled by the name as this well-regarded school has campuses in Al Raha as well as Khalifa City. Teaching students from primary years to school leavers, Raha International School’s mission is to empower and equip their students with skills and knowledge to excel as well as creating a passion for lifelong, inquiry-based learning. With almost 3,000 students enrolled, this school in Khalifa City is one of the biggest in the entire emirate.

For more information visit ris.ae


Al Yasmina Academy


A school that is based right in the heart of Khalifa City, students undertake the English National Curriculum. With a reputation for producing superb academic results, Al Yasmina Academy has been rated as Outstanding by the Department of Education and Knowledge. And there are exciting times ahead as the school opens a new campus for primary school pupils in September 2022.

For more information visit alyasminaacademy.sch.ae


GEMS American Academy – Khalifa City


This school in Khalifa City offers a blend of American and International Baccalaureate programmes so students can graduate with US and IB Diplomas. With a focus on developing each child’s personal feelings of safety, competence and self-worth, an emphasis is placed on the development of caring and respectful attitudes towards others.

For more information visit gemsaa-abudhabi.com


Horizon Private School


With close on 50 nationalities attending, Horizon Private School places great emphasis on diversity and inclusion with languages taught including English, French and Arabic. Adopting the Common Core State Standards, the school in Khalifa City serves more than 1,900 students from KG1 to Grade 12 and reached a ranking of ‘Very Good’ in the Irtiqa’a inspection rating scale in October 2018.

For more information visit horizonandmissions.com


The International School of Chouefait


Opening its doors in 2006, this spacious campus on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi boasts a student population of 3,329 students from 65 nationalities. Teaching pupils from KG1 to Grade 12, The International School of Chouefait facilities are some of the best in Khalifa City with outdoor courts, a green football pitch, shaded play areas, car tracks, a large multipurpose air-conditioned sports hall; a gymnasium and a ballet room; two swimming pools; four computer labs; biology, physics and chemistry labs.

For more information visit isckhalifacity.sabis.net


Canadian International School


Following the Alberta Education Curriculum, this school in Khalifa City teaches children from early years through to school leavers. Canadian International School offers Advanced Placement Courses to students who are looking for more in-depth learning of a particular subject. Available for those in grades 10, 11 and 12, you can study AP Studio Art 2-D, 3-D and Drawing, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP French, AP World History, AP Microeconomics, and AP Comparative Government and Politics.

For more information visit cisabudhabi.com


Italian International School


One of the newest educational institutions in Abu Dhabi, this school in Khalifa City teaches students aged KG1 to Grade 5. At the Italian International School, your child will be able to learn independence in the kitchen. The school promotes healthy nutritional habits with even parents invited to take part under the tutelage of a professional Italian chef.

For more information visit ilschool.ae


Redwood Montessori Nursery – Khalifa City


If you are choosing your child’s first school in Khalifa City, then Redwood Montessori Nursery will no doubt be high on your list. Familiar to parents of young children throughout Abu Dhabi, this nursery school in Khalifa City encourages students to build skills such as concentration, coordination, respect and language.

For more information visit theredwoodnursery.com


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