May 19, 2021

Dear Parents,

We hope you all enjoyed your Eid break with family and friends.  As we wind down the semester, we will be sending out additional information about our end of the year celebrations including the subject awards and graduation.  

During the last weeks of the semester we will be engaging our freshman and sophomores in a ‘viva voce’ which guides them through a process in which students reflect on how they thrived the year during COVID. 

Our pre-AP/IB sophomores will be given time to review videos about each course they selected and join a Q&A session with a subject teacher to help answer questions about the course ahead of next year.   

The Mid-Course Review is a new end of year process for all IB year 1 students within each of their IB courses. It is a time for students, teachers and yourself to sit down, review the year and speak about the student’s progress and how their Pre-Predicted grade was calculated. These sessions will be scheduled using our usual ‘school bookings’ website. 

All specific dates and times for the sessions above will be communicated within the next few weeks.

We hope you have a relaxing weekend.

Kind Regards,

Tammy Jochinke

High School Principal

Our AP students made it! We hope that students are proud of all their hard work and look forward to demonstrating that on the upcoming AP Exams. Since all exams will be digital this year, students should be sure to have downloaded the AP digital testing platform. If they need some help with that, please have them reach out to their teacher. Good luck!


Graduation from high school is an important milestone for all of our students to look forward to. We have prepared a proposal with multiple options for graduation ceremonies. The proposal is now with KHDA and we are hopeful that one of our options will be approved.

Yearbook Update

While this year’s Yearbook is not yet completed, last year’s yearbook is almost sold out. If you would like to get your 2019-2020 Yearbook copy, please pay 100 aed to our Accounts department and then visit Ms. Roma with our receipt on the 3rd floor to receive your copy.

End of Year Exams

Our end of year exams have been approved for in person examinations by KHDA. We will be following the strict protocols as outlined in our KHDA approval. Please find the links below to the exam schedules.

Grade 11 Exam schedule

Grade 9 and 10 Exam Schedule

The DAA HS Hub has proven to be an effective tool for many of our students with hundreds of regular student and parent users. 

The HS Hub has the School Calendar, HS Assessment Calendar, sections on Wellbeing, Student Government, HSC Week, Subject Selection, CAS, Student Led Club Fair, The Pawprint, etc.

Visit the HS Hub here!

As you know, the Pre-University Program is in full swing for our Senior students. Below you will see the upcoming webinars that are being delivered by our HS teachers. We encourage all Seniors to take part in these webinars as the Pre-University Program will finish on June 2nd.

Visit the Pre-University Website!

High School Counseling 

5.19 SPOTS HS Counseling .pdf


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

Jan Evans/04 704 9831 / j.evans_daa@gemsedu.com 
Gr 9: Ms. JoAnn Porterfield A-Z https://jporterfielddaa.youcanbook.me  
Grades 10-12: Katrina Watson: A-C https://katrinawatson-4.youcanbook.me/  
Rhiana Courlander: D- Kep https://rhiana-2.youcanbook.me  
Steven Johanson: Kh-Q https://sjohanson.youcanbook.me/  
Trisha Johnson: R- 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: Lisa Fosterl.foster_daa@gemsedu.com