May 3, 2024


Greetings DAA Leopard Pride!


We have the distinction of living in historic times as weather threats this week again required a shift to remote learning. Thank you for your fortitude and grace as we made the most of teaching and learning from home. Your support and encouragement helped our students succeed in challenging circumstances. Special thanks go to students and teachers who managed IB assessments under extraordinary circumstances. Well done all. Now, looking forward to our return to campus on Monday!


Challenging times prove character. It is a testament to DAA to see our community rise to the occasion, shoring up those who might be unnerved, anxious, or negatively impacted by recent events. Thanks go to our many pillars of strength who hold up others and help our community thrive. Every difficult situation calls for kindness. In all things strive to be kind. A kind word goes further than you know for a student, a colleague, a parent, or a stranger. Let’s strive to be that person, the one who lifts others up.


As we look to next week, please keep in mind that it is Teacher Appreciation Week. Now is a good time to lift our teachers up. Great thanks go to our amazing teachers who work indefatigably to guide our students to learn and to thrive. Please join me in sharing deep gratitude for all that our teachers and team members accomplish each day.


In our newsletter this week, you can join Middle School Principal Dr Reynolds as he takes us on a virtual tour of the new school block. Construction advances as planned, on-track for Middle School grades 6 thru 8 to enjoy this beautiful new facility with all it has to offer from the start of the new school year. This addition benefits all Divisions as the High School moves into a second floor and the Elementary School gains additional instructional space as well. In short, all students and staff gain additional elbow room in our premium plus school that is second to none.


As I shared earlier this week, KHDA has published official 2024 school ratings. Commendation goes to our whole school community for the great heights achieved in performance and outcomes. We continue to celebrate the exceptional education that our students enjoy at our Outstanding Dubai American Academy. Thank you for all you do for our students and the DAA community. Well done everyone. 


The DAA joy of learning is demonstrated in so many ways. Our KG students, for example, enjoyed a field trip to Jam Jar studios this week, scores of parents joined elementary to experience our Applied Science classes, and students this weekend take part in the Green Power challenge where they test out the electric vehicle they built. These dynamic timely examples are simply a small sample of the many exciting learning events for our students. 


Education enriches the present and paves the path to the future. I know this as an educator, and I know this as a parent. I get to celebrate both roles this spring, congratulating our DAA graduates as Superintendent and celebrating my eldest daughter becoming Dr Hildreth. All graduates have in common that their journey is lined by the many supporters who have encouraged them to success, including parents, teachers, friends, family, and mentors. To everyone who helps learners reach their goals, a heartfelt thank you from DAA.


Wishing you the very best today and every day.


Kindest regards,





two weeks in review

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our middle school build progress!

Our new Middle School building has seen amazing progress since breaking ground in October! 

We are so pleased to be able to have all middle grades move into the spectacular new facility for the upcoming school year. 

Our Middle School adds amenities that will enhance the educational experience of all students - Watch the video to see more! 


We will continue to share the progress of our building, taking us to August opening! 

Green Power 

DAA students designed and built an electric vehicle to take part in the Green Power Challenge. They passed inspection, had a good practice session and they are ready for the race on Saturday!

We wish our Leopards good luck!

Experience es aPPLIED sCIENCES 

This week Elementary parents got to experience what our students get up to in Applied Sciences! 

Thank you to all parents who attended - head to the Elementary Newsletter to find out information about our next parent session. 

Student speaker series

GR 11 Student Andreas Ioannou has ideated and moderated another successful speaker series, with this workshop providing information to HS students on career pathways and insight in banking! He was joined by speaker Richard Van Der Meer, Head of Corporate and Commercial Banking, HSBC. 

An amazing initiative Andreas - Well done! 

Andreas will be hosting another workshop on Sunday, May 12.

artists for the day!

Our KGs had an amazing field trip to Jam Jar Art Studios, becoming artists for the day!

A wonderful experience for our students 🤩

Computer Science Students in Worldwide Competitions

We had several Grade 11 students partake in two computer science competitions at Canadian Coding Contest (Waterloo) and Wharton High School Data Science Competition!

It was their first time doing anything of this nature but they put themselves forward, took a risk and learnt a lot along the way. Please take advantage of these types of opportunities because just like these students, you will grow from it.


-- Mr. Ghosn



DAA Families,

On May 15th, we celebrate the international day of families and the vibrant DAA community. As part of these celebrations we invite you to share your Family Photos.

We can't wait to see you all on the big screen!

Please submit your family photos to by May 13th.


DAA Parents,

Join us for another WISEtalks hosted by the LightHouse. Dr. Daniella Salazar will be discussing Positive Parenting. More information in the flyer!

Thursday, May 9th 


DAA Auditorium 

TLA_Positive Parenting_Flyer_GEN_InPerson_DS.pdf

season 3 sports awards night

Our Season 3 Awards Night takes place next week! Season 3 families will have recieved information this week, and can be found on our Athletics page.

Wednesday, May 8th 


2024/25 Academic Calendar

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

_DAA School Calendar 2024_2025.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