The American curriculum is well-suited to parents who are thinking of moving Stateside before their children graduate. Students aged four start in KG1 and progress through to Grade 12 when, aged 17, they take their High School Diploma exams. There is some variation in US curriculums and students might be tested using a range of methods, from IQ assessments to exams based on understanding and recollection.

Usually private schools in Dubai will choose the curriculum of one of the larger accreditation bodies in the US, such as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges or the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. For younger children, there is a greater emphasis on learning through play, with a gradual move to more formal education as they get older. As well as developing students’ core and essential skills, the American system has a well-regarded holistic approach to learning, cultivating a capacity for critical thinking and creativity as well as promoting students’ characters, their skills as young leaders, and their sense of civic responsibility.


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