August 24, 2022
Welcome from your DAA High School Senior Leadership Team

Dear DAA Parents, 

August is a time of excitement at DAA, as teachers, administration, and support staff arrive and prepare for another amazing school year. Our team is incredibly excited to welcome students and parents to campus for new student orientation on Friday, August 26, 2022 at 8am in the Auditorium. Though we will welcome several new team members, the vast majority of our accomplished staff returns. Over the summer, we received news that our 154 IB candidates within the Class of 2022 earned a 99.35% passage rate for the full diploma, with 84% receiving over 30 points, and one student with a perfect 45 score. Our DAA average was a 35 compared to the 31.98 global average. We are so proud of their achievements!

Last year, the school embarked on an educational journey to become inspired, individualized, and interconnected. This year, students will have opportunities to grow and develop in each of these areas. We look forward to welcoming the students back to full-time, in-person school next week. 

High School Specific Information:


Monday-Thursday: 7:40-2:55 

Friday: 7:40-12:00

Morning Drop Off and Pick Up: 

Students may enter school starting at 7:15 in the morning. 

Please drop off and pick up students at the Pedestrian Gate 3. 

We remind parents that traffic can be busy during drop off and pick up and to plan accordingly.


Student schedules will be sent through parent and student email by Thursday, August 25th. 


Lockers and locks will not be distributed by DAA. Students are welcome to bring their own locks and choose a locker. 



Students are expected to wear their DAA uniforms beginning on the first day of school. Please make sure your child arrives each school day in the proper uniform. 

Communication Forthcoming: 

Students will receive a welcome email from their CREW teachers with pertinent course information late this week. You can be sure to follow us on social media outlets such as Instagram and Facebook, as well as reading SPOTS and our Grade Level Newsletters to see the great things happening in the high school! 

Kind regards,

DAA High School Senior Leadership Team

Dr. Cody Yocom - High School Principal

Mr. Josh Doubleday - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Ashley Szar - Assistant Principal

Ms. Tara Oswald - Dean of Students

Ms. Chelsea Bystrak - Director of Academic Pathways

Ms. Clare Boyes - IB Coordinator 

upcoming dates of importance

hIGH SCHOOL (gRADE 9 - 12) 8.00AM

FIRST Day of School 

Wednesday September 14th:

High School Back to school night 

GEMS Alumni app

Step into this exciting world of connectivity with over 400,000 alumni worldwide in over 80 countries. This is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and fellow GEMS students to establish a valuable social and professional network. Take advantage of this opportunity today! Click on the GEMS For Life Alumni Network link above and download the app so that DAA can confirm your request to join the Alumni Network. 

technical issues

If you are having technical troubles, please make sure to raise a ticket if the teacher is unable to help your child with a fix.  Send an email to helpdesk@gemsdaa.net and they will help you to resolve the issue.


HS General Email: 


HS Attendance Secretary

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

HS Secretary to Principal

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

HS Secretary to Counselors

Alvin Agtarap/04 704 9831 / a.agtarap_daa@gemsedu.com 

HS Principal: Dr. Cody Yocom
Assistant HS Principal: Mr. Josh Doublebay
Assistant HS Principal: Mrs. Ashley Szar
Director of Academic Pathways: Ms. Chelsea Bystra 
High School Dean of Students: Ms. Tara Oswald

IB Coordinator: Ms. Clare Boyes

High school RESOURCES