GEMS Dubai American Academy Elementary Named Apple Distinguished School
GEMS Dubai American Academy Elementary has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School from 2019 to 2022, for its continuous innovation in teaching and learning and implementation of technology in student learning.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
“We are thrilled that the innovative work of our elementary school educators has been recognized with an Apple Distinguished School designation” said Executive Elementary Principal Craig Cantlie. “At Dubai American Academy we are developing the world’s future leaders and creators and iPad has been impactful in fostering the advancement of our learning journey. We focus on technology in the classroom as a tool for communication and creation and through that lens, our students are incredibly adept at leveraging the power of technology to both elevate their attainment of knowledge and creatively communicate their level of understanding. As a learning community of students, staff and parents we are honored to join the Apple Distinguished Schools community.”
“We are extremely excited to receive this designation.” commented Head of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Dr. Lisa Ramshaw. “This is a true testament to the efforts of our innovation team who work hard to empower our teachers to integrate technology across our curriculum.”
According to Superintendent and CEO Tammy Murphy, the journey toward and designation as an Apple Distinguished School affirms that Dubai American Academy Elementary is truly able to provide a personalized learning journey for each and every one of its students. “We want our students to always remain curious. We can be sure that being curious will certainly be a key disposition in a world of dynamic and rapid changes. We are teaching our students to harness curiosity, use the resources to the best of their abilities and work collaboratively for a better tomorrow. When the content, the tools, the motivation and the processes all line up, then we know that we are on the right road. The integration of technology in our curriculum allows us to truly design a school that is future fluent”.
With 1:1 iPad in its classrooms, the school enables its students to be constantly innovating, creating and thinking critically. Whether it’s creating GIFs in Keynote, using iMovie to make tutorials to share with peers, or creating multimedia eBooks, students and teachers create and collaborate anytime and from anywhere.
About GEMS Dubai American Academy
GEMS Dubai American Academy has a long-standing history with over 20 years of success. It is proud to be recognized as the only American School rated Outstanding by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority since 2011. It is fully accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and CIS (Council of International Schools) and authorized to deliver the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. It provides students with an enriched American curriculum culminating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and/or an American High School Diploma.
Beyond its rigorous academic program, Dubai American Academy prepares students to lead successful lives through the exceptional diversity of its community and extra-curricular experiences that contribute to the development of the whole person. A focus on Future-Fluencies embedded throughout the program provides our students with a world class educational experience, empowering them to become the next generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.
Dubai American Academy is a GEMS Education school, one of the world’s oldest and largest K-12 private education providers. GEMS Education is a highly-regarded choice for quality private education in the Middle East and North Africa region. As a company founded in the UAE in 1959, it holds an unparalleled track-record of providing diverse curricula and educational choices to all socio-economic means. GEMS Education now owns and operates 56 schools and educates over 130,000 students in the MENA region; and through its growing network of schools as well as charitable contributions is fulfilling the founder’s vision of putting a quality education within the reach of every child.
In 1959, two teachers, KS Varkey and his wife Mariamma, arrived in Dubai.
At the time, Dubai was a burgeoning trade centre on the Arabian Gulf. The Varkey family had left Kerala, India to seek a better life for their family. What they found was a real need to educate children arriving in the city from around the world.
Their son, Sunny, added a visionary’s ambition to a practitioner's experience. From simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education, is today an international company with schools and education services across the Middle East. We still share the same mission - to provide a quality education to everyone.