March 22, 2024


Dear DAA Community,


May you have a spectacular spring break, and wishing you the very best during this time of rest, reflection, and fellowship. I hope you enjoy time with family and friends, with safe travels whether local or abroad. We will return for a brilliant finish to our 2023-24 school year during the final months! For our seniors, we wish them a splendid triumphal march during their final few school days and all events leading to a wonderful graduation.


Great thanks are due to our amazing DAAPA for the beautiful Iftar for the DAA community. The opportunity to break bread together was a gift during this special time. In addition, the many examples of charity and kindness among our students and our entire Leopard Pride have been uplifting during the Holy Month of Ramadan. 


Our calendar for the upcoming school year has been completed, and I am happy to share the 2024-25 DAA Calendar in this edition of SPOTS. Among other benefits, this calendar provides a week-long break in October, giving a helpful pace of work and rest in the fall.


Families, during the weeks ahead please encourage one another to read great books together, whether sharing good discoveries with one another or enjoying a read-aloud regardless of age! Few things draw people together more than a fascinating story. 


As we part for spring break, Ramadan Kareem!





Spring Break and eid 

DAA Community, please be reminded Spring Break and Eid Holiday is confirmed as March 25 to April 12, with a return date of April 15 2024. School will resume Monday, April 15th with normal hours.

Enjoy your Spring Break!

two weeks in review

ramadan care packages 

This week we delivered our Ramadan Care Packages to the incredible support staff at DAA, as well as local schools in Dubai. This act of kindness and gratitude wouldn't have been possible without our entire community, Students, Parents, Staff, who generously donated items that will make a difference. 

Thank you to our Student Councils in ES, MS, HS, Our Zayed Crew, ES Wellness Ambassadors and teachers who helped organize, pack and deliver over 300 care packages! 

The Ramadan

Ramadan performances and assemblies 

Throughout the week, our students have been actively engaged in celebrating The Holy Month of Ramadan through a series of inspiring activities and events. From captivating performances to informative sessions, our students have passionately shared their knowledge and experiences with their peers to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of this sacred month, promoting unity and cultural awareness within our school community. 

We are incredibly proud of our students! 

DAA students take part in one of the region's largest MUN conferences!

Last week, students from Dubai American Academy had the opportunity to take part in one of the region’s largest Model United Nations conferences, GWAMUN 2024. Model United Nations (MUN) is a worldwide curriculum that encourages students to develop skills in public speaking, debate, and eloquence. 

DAA’s students took on the roles of countries and had to advocate for their assigned country’s policy. These assignments require them to be referred to exclusively as “delegates.” Delegates learn to speak in third person, and put their own personal beliefs aside and challenge themselves to advocate in the best interests of their country.

This year’s GWAMUN conference challenged delegates to explore the theme of exploring technology in an advancing world. Topics ranged from the weaponization of AI to regulating biotechnology. Our delegates took home 6 awards! More than any other school – with 3 of our delegates selected for the showcase and our Secretary-General, Alexander Ghorayeb, winning the prestigious Ban-ki Moon Award for Best Overall Delegate.

Building upon this success, Dubai American Academy Model United Nations (DAAMUN) looks forward to venturing to New York City and taking part in Change the World MUN, which will allow delegates to go into the United Nations’ headquarters.

If your child is interested in joining DAAMUN, which has entered its 10th anniversary, please feel free to reach out to DAAMUN engages delegates through hands-on learning with student-led presentations and workshops every Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in T28.

Shoutout and thanks to Ms. Molly Gaudette, the Faculty Sponsor of DAAMUN, for her incredible support!

IB Visual arts

The showcase of artwork created by this year's Visual Art IB students opened this week! 

Our opening event was a fantastic opportunity to engage with the artists, celebrate their hard work, and marvel at their creativity. Each piece showcased individual themes chosen by the students, resulting in a diverse and captivating exhibition.

Our students poured their hearts and souls into these artworks, and the support of our audience truly made the event special. We're immensely grateful for your presence and encouragement.


2024/24 Academic Calendar

DAA Community, please see our 2024-25 Academic School Calendar. 

_DAA School Calendar 2024_2025.pdf


DAA Leopards, thank you all for confirming you re-enrollment intentions for 2024/25. 

You have until April 15th, 2024 to complete the fee process of re-enrollment.

Get in touch with Admissions team if you require any further assistance. 

We look forward to continuing to be partners in your child's education! 

If you have not yet confirmed your re-enrollment intentions, please do so via the GEMS Connect App (Communication > Service Requests > Re-enrollment) or contact Gabrielle Keane.

A Ramadan message to our community 

DAA Community, please take the time to read this message from our Islamic Department. 

2024 _ Ramadan Letter .pdf

A Ramadan message from our clinic

DAA Community, please see this guide from our DAA Health Clinic for eating habits during Ramadan.

Balanced healthy eating habits during Ramadan_.pdf


A friendly reminder to please wear your family pass and yellow lanyards when visiting on our school campus. This simple act helps ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone, helping our staff easily identify members of our community.

If you do not have a family pass, please ensure you have photos uploaded onto your GEMSConnect App and visit our reception team who can provide you with passes. 


Registration for our School Bus Program with STS is still open! 

Please contact Kelvin / 04 704 9755 or visit our STS representatives on campus in the main atrium for any questions or to discuss available options.


From Grab&Go sandwiches and salads to hot meals and live stations, Slices offers healthy and tasty meals to our students.

We are operating a completely cashless system in our multiple dining spaces for Grades 3 to 12. For lower elementary classroom delivery is available, pre-ordered by parents.

For instructions on how to top-up the Student Card and Term 2 menus, see HERE.

GEMS Family first

We are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative, Family First. 

For the past 65 years, GEMS Education has put ‘Family First’ at the heart of its teaching and will now incorporate this core principle into its holistic classroom learning for students across the network in a ground-breaking new program.

Family First will play a pivotal role in students’ wellbeing and success as they reap the benefits of deeper connections and an engaged and supportive community.


DAA Listens

At DAA we are committed to communicating effectively with our families. We believe that open communication between home and school is a vital component of our student’s success.

We are excited to continue our communication channel within our school community, DAA Listens. By scanning this QR code you will be able to share your compliments, comments or concerns directly with our Superintendent Dr Hildreth. There are 6 mailboxes located around the school, where students and parents can drop a postcard. Either method will ensure that Dr. Hildreth will receive the communication and that a member of staff will be back in touch with you quickly.

Your voice is highly valued and we look forward to listening to your feedback as we collectively seek to enhance every student’s experience at our school.

Parents & Students Cybersecurity Guide

Parents & Students Cybersecurity Guide.pdf



Dubai American Academy Main Landline: 04 704 9777 Main Email:
DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONSGabrielle Keane / 04 704 9706 04 704 9740 / 04 704 9744 / 04 704 9761
SLICES / 054  792 7509
STS BUS SERVICEKelvin Sicat / 04 704 9755