List of Top 10 Secondary Schools in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ms. Shabista Surve
Nov 1, 2021
Secondary Schools

Abu Dhabi is sprawling with new opportunities for the locals as well as expats. The increasing modernity and enhanced lifestyle bring education to the forefront in the city. But, this was not always the case in Abu Dhabi. Education was religious, and until almost a decade ago the education system was lacking.

But, the Abu Dhabi education department has made sure that education gets its due importance and this has increasingly become apparent with the increased number of schools, teachers from abroad as well as an increase in professional trainers within Abu Dhabi.

Though secondary education is also at the forefront in the past decade, with the pandemic, however, it has become important to reassess the best schools in Abu Dhabi based on various factors like their educational model, infrastructure, technology, quality of teachers, exchange programs, diversity and inclusion apart from the focus on both STEM and STEAM.

Extracurricular activities, sports, gaming, leadership, entrepreneurship, are all important marks of importance when looking at a potential Abu Dhabi Secondary school for your child.

This list of top 10 secondary schools in Abu Dhabi will help you pick the right school for your child. Please ensure to apply for the desired school in advance and look at various perspectives and financial aids that might be required to provide your child with the best education. It is important to remember that the best for every child is different since each of them is a unique individual.

At the end of the day, an international school makes up for almost all these important characteristics required for your child. Abu Dhabi International schools are however mostly private and children of expats opt for these schools to a large extent.

List of Secondary Schools in Abu Dhabi

1. Global Indian International School, Baniyas East, Abu Dhabi

2. Ryan International School, Masdar, Abu Dhabi

3. Mayoor Private School, Abu Dhabi

4. Private International English School, Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi

5. Bright Riders School, Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi

6. ABC Private School, Al Shamkha, Abu Dhabi

7. Emirates National School, Abu Dhabi

8. British International School, Abu Dhabi

9. Horizon Private School, Khalifa City 

10. Virginia International Private School

Global Indian International School, Baniyas East, Abu Dhabi

GIIS is an Indian International Abu Dhabi Secondary school in Abu Dhabi, which is a favourite among the expats. It has an award-winning Montessori program for toddlers, CBSE courses for Primary and Secondary classes that are blended with 9 GEMS and it caters to a Co-ed population.

GIIS is operational from kindergarten to senior secondary and provides some of the best infrastructures, focuses on holistic development of the child and extracurricular activities unlike any other school on the list. The school builds a truly global citizen out of every student who is head-on with challenges, a divergent thinker and successful in life.

The average cost of getting your child educated at GIIS is AED 11,575.

Ryan International School, Masdar, Abu Dhabi

Ryan International School, Masdar, Abu Dhabi is a Coed Day School with classes from KG 1 to VIII located in Masdar Abu Dhabi.

Ryan International School has classes from Pre Primary School to Middle School i.e. VI-VIII with a CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) based curriculum.

The motto of Ryan International School is "Excellence in Education & All-Round Development". It has extracurricular activities and sports like handball, basketball, judo, skating, etc.

Mayoor Private School, Abu Dhabi

Mayoor Private School is located in Al-Wathba South in Abu Dhabi. It is a CBSE school. The school has classes from KG I to class X. It is a day school for coed education. The vision of the school is to provide holistic education to students in all domains of knowledge.

The annual fees of Mayoor Private School are around AED 17,500 to AED 25,000.

Private International English School, Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi

Private International English School is located in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi and is a Co-ed Day School following the Central Board of Secondary Curriculum (CBSE) from India.

It also starts from Pre Primary and extends to Senior Secondary classes (XI and XII).

This school does not provide boarding facilities but is equipped with state of an art auditorium,  medical facility, canteen, transportation and encourages its students to take part in extracurricular activities like music, dance, badminton, football, basketball, table tennis. It charges around AED 15,500 to AED 17,000.

Bright Riders School, Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi

Bright Riders School, Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi has a CBSE board-based curriculum and is Co-ed. The school is a day school and is open to classes KG 1 to X11 (Senior Secondary). The school’s vision is to nurture young students and help them grow into full-fledged personalities of the 21st century.

It has over 4100 students and charges fees between AED 17,200 to AED 19,100.

ABC Private School, Al Shamkha, Abu Dhabi

ABC Private School is located in Al Shamkha, Abu Dhabi. It is a Co-ed Day school and has extracurriculars like baseball, basketball, football, swimming, etc.

The school has classes from Pre School to Senior Secondary School (XI-XII) and follows the curriculum prescribed by the UK (British Curriculum), Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), and Pearson Edexcel (Edexcel) curriculum.

It charges around AED 21,500 to AED 26,000.

Emirates National School, Abu Dhabi

Emirates National School is located in Abu Dhabi and is a day Co-ed school.

The school has classes from Pre Primary School (Pre School) to Senior Secondary School (XI-XII) and follows the curriculum prescribed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.

The school is equipped with a transport facility, swimming area, library, computer labs and medical facilities. It charges around AED 52,050 to AED 68,700.

British International School, Abu Dhabi

British International School is located near Abu Dhabi University and is a day Co-ed school. It follows International Baccalaureate (IB), British English National Curriculum,  and the IGCSE Curriculum.

It has classes from Pre Primary School to Senior Secondary School, i.e., XI-XII-XIII and XIII being a diploma.

The school charges around AED 40,000 to AED 60,000 and has different opportunities for extracurricular activities and facilities like swimming, computer labs, science labs, and a library. The school has also partnered with Nord Anglia Education and The Juilliard School in New York.

Horizon Private School, Khalifa City

Horizon Private School is located in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi and follows the American Curriculum. It is an English Medium, Co-ed school.

Horizon Private School was founded in 2008 and has more than 1700 students from Pre Primary (KG 1) to Senior Secondary (XII-XII).

It charges around AED 34,000 and focuses on the unique needs of every student and follows a high academic standard and vigorous extracurricular activities. It follows the Common Core State Standards.

Virginia International Private School

Virginia International Private School is located in Shakhbout City, Abu Dhabi. It is a Co-ed school with classes from Pre Primary to Senior Secondary. It follows the American Curriculum of education.

It was founded in 2015, the same year which was announced to be ‘Year of Innovation’ by H.H Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

It is a futuristic school, with collaborative learning and an emphasis on art, dance, music, community participation. It follows the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) approach of learning with state-of-the-art facilities.

It charges around AED 25,170 to AED 39,800 and applies a responsive classroom approach.

Also Read:- How to choose a suitable school for your child in Abu Dhabi?

Conclusion

All the schools in this list of Abu Dhabi Secondary Schools have been carefully vetted, however, it is advised that you go to their website, take a virtual tour and place an enquiry in case of doubt. It is important not only to find the best school in the place but the best school that suits your child’s needs.


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