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The best schools in Abu Dhabi
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Education is one of the essential elements in the development of your children, so choosing the right school becomes one of the most challenging decisions parents have to make. When you select the school, you will also start building your life around this area so it’s important to choose wisely. So, where are the best schools in Abu Dhabi? We analysed the data and compiled a list.

1. Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

Named as one of the top private schools in the world, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi is a British curriculum school that is steeped in history and draws from 150 years of teaching practices from their school in the United Kingdom. They aim to provide a blend of tradition and innovation. The school offers IGCSE’s and A-Levels, as well as BTEC qualifications. This school is located in the cultural hotspot of Saadiyat Island, which has a range of beautiful, luxury villas as well as apartments. Al Reem is also just a 15-minute drive away and offers families gorgeous yet affordable sea-front apartments.

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

2. Brighton College Abu Dhabi

Brighton College Abu Dhabi

This prestigious school offers its students a British curriculum from pre-prep (age 3) to 6th form (age 18).  In line with their school’s ethos and vision, the school aims to turn out well-educated, confident, and respectful students who are intellectually curious and willing to learn. The high expectations the school sets themselves is evident from their alumni going to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. The school is co-educational throughout all years. The school is nearby to several of Abu Dhabi’s most popular communities, including Khalifa City, Al Raha and Al Reem, all of which are between 15-20minute drive away. Al Raha allows residents to enjoy the best of seaside living. The area offers a mix of luxury seafront apartments, as well as larger, ‘townhouse’ style villas which are perfect for families.

Brighton College Abu Dhabi

3. British School of Khubairat

British School of Khubairat

This British, not-for-profit school emphasises its supportive, community spirit, with their core values being; empathy and care, respect and inclusion, honesty and integrity and, endeavour and resilience. To further the community spirit, the school has implemented the ‘Friends of BSAK’, which organises events for parents and children to meet with each other, as well as to allow parents to have a higher level of involvement with the school. The school offers a co-educational British curriculum, with the secondary students taking IGCSE’s and A Levels.
The school is located in the residential area of Mushrif, on Abu Dhabi Island. The area contains many big villas, perfect for families.

British School of Khubairat

4. Al Muna Academy

Al Muna Academy

Al Muna Academy offers primary school education and aims to provide its students with a safe, nurturing environment where diversity is celebrated. The school endeavour to provide a rich and varied curriculum, in a creative and inspiring way. Al Muna Academy is centrally situated, very near to Abu Dhabi Corniche, which is home to several beautiful sea-front apartments whilst still being close to the bustling heart of Abu Dhabi.

Al Muna Academy

5. Merryland International School

Merryland International School

Merryland International School is a co-educational British curriculum school. The school has been praised for having a wide range of high-quality learning resources, as well as for providing innovative opportunities for students to research and to enrich their understanding of the world.  Located in the residential community of Mohammed Bin Zayed City. This area is home to many villas in a range of sizes and offers a slice of quiet suburban life, whilst still being in close proximity to the thriving hot spots that Abu Dhabi has to offer.

Merryland International School

6. Raha International School

Raha International School

Raha International School is an International Baccalaureate World School and aims to nurture their students into becoming global citizens. The school has been noted for the outstanding quality of its curriculum, as well as the quality of care, guidance and support for its students.
The school is located in Khalifa A, a quiet, suburban residential community that, whilst being outside of Abu Dhabi’s main hub, is still conveniently situated so that all of Abu Dhabi’s hot spots are just a short drive away.

Raha International School

7. The Pearl Academy

The Pearl Academy

The Pearl Academy is a British curriculum primary school that prides itself in delivering the highest standard of education and inspiring a love of learning. The school has made an effort in developing an innovative, thematic curriculum that inspires creativity within their students. Located in the centre of Abu Dhabi Island, the school is just a short drive away from many of the residential communities on the island. The nearest of these is Manhal, which offers affordable apartments in the heart of the city. 

The Pearl Academy

8. Al Yasmina Academy

Al Yasmina Academy

Al Yasmeena Academy is a British curriculum school that caters from Nursery to 18-year-olds. The school prides the academic achievements of its students, with some of them achieving the best IGCSE and A-Level results in the country. The school has also been praised on its ability to foster the students personal and social development, with much effort being placed on relationship building. The school is conveniently located next to Khalifa A, and as such, is just a short distance away from the residential areas of Al Raha, Khalifa City and Al Reem. 

Al Yasmina Academy

9. American International School

American International School

This American curriculum school is one of the longest-running private schools in the Emirate, with its doors being open for over 20 years. Whilst based off of American standards, the American International School offers the International Baccalaureate system and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. The school is co-educational up until secondary school, thereafter learning is segregated with boys and girls learning separately.

Ideally situated on Airport Road, it is in a convenient location for several nearby residential areas. Al Reem, Khalifa City, and Masdar are all within a 20-minute drive.
Al reem offers families gorgeous yet affordable sea-front apartments. For the more eco-conscious, nearby Masdar is a ‘green’ city, that offers sustainable living in the form of lovely, modern apartments. For families wanting something bigger, then Khalifa city features some great townhouses and villas.

American International School




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