May 27, 2021

Dear Parents,

We are so happy to share that we will be able to hold an in-person graduation ceremony at the Coca-Cola Arena for our class of 2021!  A letter has been sent out to the parents and students with additional details to follow.  This approval is one big step forward to ‘normality’ and a beacon of hope for the future.  

A few months ago we surveyed our students and asked which soft skills they leveraged the most to not just survive, but thrive online/blended learning. The top four skills came out as: 

Communication, Adaptability, Resilience and Perseverance

We turned to our students to then create designs for t-shirts for all of our high school students. We thank Rosa De Vera who came up with the designs below. We aim to provide students with their gift in the coming weeks.  Students will receive this now but will be given a shirt to indicate their next grade level. For example, current Juniors will receive a senior shirt with the Class of 2022 logo.  

Your children have utilized these skills daily and make us proud of how determined they are to remain academically successful and engage in school life.  

We hope you enjoy your weekend with family and friends.

Kind Regards,


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

End of Year dates

We just wanted to communicate to you again the key dates for the end of the academic year. Our second semester report card will be released on Sunday the 27th of June.

Grade 11 end of year dates:

6th-17th June - Grade 11 In-person socially distant exams.

20th - 27th - Normal class schedule, students will go over their assessments and finish up any curriculum elements before the summer break.

28th-30th - IB Mid-course review, extended essay sessions and summer learning programs.

Grade 9 and 10 end of year dates:

Normal classes will run up until the 14th of June

15th-17th June - In-person socially distant exams.

20th - 27th - Normal class schedule, students will go over their assessments and finish up any curriculum elements before the summer break.

28th-30th - Viva Voce and Summer Learning program.

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!

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.

High School Counseling 

Copy of 5.27.21 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