October 7, 2021

Dear Parents,

We are excited to announce that on October 12th students from Grades 9 - 12 will begin their college journey through Arizona State University (ASU). GEMS Education and ASU have entered into a partnership to offer foundational college courses to GEMS students. Dubai American Academy (DAA) is privileged to host the pilot program, allowing our students to be the first in the GEMS Education Network to earn college credit through ASU.

The ASU Universal Learner Courses (ULCs) program offers over 25 college-level courses. Through successful completion of ULCs, students gain valuable experience, grow as learners, and leave the course better prepared for their post-secondary education. Courses completed with a “C” or above result in college credit, which is reflected on an ASU transcript. ASU credits are not only a valuable addition to future university applications, but are also highly transferable to other universities.

Of the 25 available ASU courses, four were selected for the pilot program. These include:

We are very proud of our pilot group of nearly 30 students and will ensure their success with both ASU and DAA support structures in place. For our Full IB students and those taking more than 2 AP subjects, we will revisit the possible enrollment of interested students after their external exams. These opportunities will continue to be available to those eligible across the year and we will keep our parent community informed as always.

Thank you for your continued support,

Tammy Jochinke

 High School Principal

MAP Testing

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing will take place for students in Grade 9 and Grade 10 as well as those in Grade 11 and 12 English and AP classes. Testing in Reading, Language Usage, Science and Math will begin on October 10th. Students are encouraged to get a good night's sleep as well as a nutritious meal prior to writing. These tests help give us a picture of student progress and attainment over time at DAA. These test results may also help to determine eligibility into certain courses or programs. 

Please assist in ensuring that your child’s computer is fully charged and that they also bring their charging cable.

Students have also been asked to ensure their computer settings are correct by following the following directions: Preparing for Fall 2021 MAP Testing

For more information on MAP testing, click on the Parent Information document here,

hs student and parent hub

Dear DAA Community,

We would like to introduce you to the DAA High School Student and Parent HUB. This site aims to provide you with pertinent and timely information on upcoming events, Student Led Clubs, Athletics and Activities, and the Course selection process to name a few.

Students will find DAA High School Student and Parent HUB useful as it includes Assessment Calendars, Assessment Policy as well as the HS Handbook.

We hope you find it useful. 

Please scan the QR Code above to access the DAA HS Student and Parent Hub.

Student Photos

This week, we had the Stu Williams photographers in school to take student school photos. Make up photos took place on October 7th.

clubs fair

The annual Dubai American Academy clubs and activities fair took place on the morning of October 5th. This year’s fair boasted over 70 clubs and activities: everything from anime club to table tennis. The student club leaders set up informational tables and advertised their club to the student body. The fair had an electric energy fueled by both the club leaders’ and the attendees' enthusiasm. Club leaders sang karaoke, provided chocolate, and there was even a Pepper the robot sighting. The club and activities fair continues to be a great way for our students to get involved and to enrich their educational experience.

The Draw 2 Heal club’s display at the fair. There were over 70 clubs and activities available for students to sign up for.

A student receives information about the popular Model United Nations Club.

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High School Counseling

10.6.21 SPOTS HS Counseling.pdf

Legally blonde production

Want to audition for the CAST?

A reminder that this coming Sunday 10th October is the deadline for audition applications to be submitted if you are interested in being part of the cast for our combined Middle and High School Musical. Full details are available on the google slides.

Please read through all the information carefully, complete the application form and upload the required audition videos. 

Do you have what it takes to be in the BAND?

Mr. Holland is recruiting the finest musicians to join the ‘Legally Blonde’ band. The application process will require you to complete an introductory Google Form and upload a short recording. This application for audition closes at 3pm on Sunday, 10th October. The application form has been distributed via CREW but can be found here.

Interested in being part of the CREW? 

Set painting, costume designing, publicity, tech crew, props and backstage are all important roles behind the scenes. Crew sign up sheet is now open; please complete this google form

GEMS Alumni app

Seniors! Have you registered for the alumni APP?  Remember to stay connected beyond DAA using the app.  Here's a link to register for an upcoming session.   Register for the alumni webinar HERE.


HS General Email: 


HS Attendance Secretary

Roma Agtarap / 04 704 9747 / r.agtarap_daa@gemsedu.com

HS Secretary to Principals

Nashmia Saleem/ 04 704 9723 / n.saleem1_daa@gemsedu.com 

HS Secretary to Counselors

Alvin Agtarap/04 704 9831 / a.agtarap_daa@gemsedu.com 
Gr 9: Ms. JoAnn Porterfield A-Z https://jporterfielddaa.youcanbook.me  
Grades 10-12: Katrina Watson: (A-B) https://katrinawatson-4.youcanbook.me/  
Rhiana Courlander: (C-I) https://rhiana-2.youcanbook.me  
Phillip Wenturine: (J-Phi) https://mrphillipwenturine.youcanbook.me/  
Trisha Johnson: (Phil-Z) https://mstrishajohnson.youcanbook.me/  
HS Principal: Tammy Jochinket.jochinke_daa@gemsedu.com
Assistant HS Principal: Jim Atkinsonj.atkinson_daa@gemsedu.com
Assistant HS Principal: Joshua Doubledayj.doubleday_daa@gemsedu.com
High School IB Coordinator: Katie Sheffieldk.sheffield_daa@gemsedu.com
High School Dean of Students: Tara Oswaldt.oswald_daa@gemsedu.com