HIGH SCHOOL highlights


January 31, 2019

Dear HS Students and Parents

Semester One has come to a close. Congratulations to all students who had exams.

Teachers are now in the process of marking exams and preparing grades. Report cards will be prepared and will be emailed home on Thursday, February 7th. If you do not receive a report card please let us know so we can verify that we have the correct email on record.

Sunday, February 3rd marks the start of semester two. Schedules will be available for students on PowerSchool on Sunday morning. There will be some minor changes for grades 11 and 12 and new electives will appear for grade 9 and 10. Please remember that the 8 day add-drop period starts on Sunday for those students who would like to meet with counselors to make changes to their schedule. The first two days of the add-drop are dedicated to quick meeting with counselors and students will need to collect an add-drop form to take home for parents. Please be patient in this process as we would to ensure that students are happy with their new schedule.

MAP Test Section on Report Card

In an effort to be more transparent about your child's progress on the MAP assessment, as of Spring 2019, you will see your child's Fall, Winter and Spring Reading, Language Usage, Math and Science RIT scores on the report card. These scores do not factor into the GPA but do give us an indication about progress over time and potential level/course placements for the following year. We will send a detailed report home shortly, and if you want more information about what these scores mean, visit https://www.nwea.org/

Gr 12. GRADUATION Cap and Gown - A new tradition

An email including a form will be sent out to all Gr 12 students on Sunday, Feb 3rd. The form will contain important information about the Graduation cap/gown. Please discuss with your child which option would pertain to you. The deadline for payment for any option is Feb 10th.

Wishing everyone the best of luck in Semester 2.

Marc Starr and Tammy Jochinke

High School Administration.

AP Courses and exams - Update

Students currently enrolled in an AP Psychology, Statistics or World History class need to go to the school Accounts office for the payment of the fee to sit the AP exams taking place on:

The fee is AED 500 for each exam for which students sit.

Please, pass by the accounts office before February,15th 2019.

More information will be provided soon regarding Mock exams, which will take place after Spring break, in April. We will also meet to discuss the procedures to follow for the final exams in May.

Students interested in taking an AP exam, without following an AP course at school, please email Cynthia Frey, AP coordinator (c.frey_daa@gemsdaa.com) or pass by T64 at break time, or second lunch.

Grade 10 Annual Career Conference

Dubai American Academy (DAA) will be hosting our annual Career Conference on Thursday, March 7, 2019, which is run specifically for our Sophomore Students. While students are in the thick of course registration and deciding what IB/AP classes are best for them, we are happy to provide these same students an opportunity to learn about different careers and job paths.

This is a closed event to just grade 10 students. We ask that you please click on the link below to complete the short survey to let us know if you can contribute to this Career Conference.

This year’s conference theme is “Discover Your Passion-Turn That Into Your Career". You can either volunteer yourself as a speaker or share contact information of someone you know who would be willing to speak at the Career Conference.

Please RSVP no later than Thursday, January 31st, 2019. Career Conference Volunteer Form

Thank you very much for your continued support of your students and DAA.

High School Counseling & DAA Career Conference Committee


HS Counseling

For 12th Grade Students and Parents:

Just a reminder to our Class of 2019 students and parents that the High School Counseling Office has internal deadlines established to support those students with upcoming university deadlines.

These deadlines allow both counselors and teachers to carefully prepare university documents, and give us time to best support students during this important time in their lives.

Your Successful 12th Grade Student

Your successful 12th grade student should be thinking about:

  • Getting excited about university acceptances and putting university rejections behind them.
  • Preparing for the future. Does the university or college you applied to or you have been accepted to need anything else? If so, please send those materials immediately or let your counselor know what needs to be sent on your behalf.
  • What will I need next year? Do you know how to do laundry? Cook a basic meal? How to budget expenses? If not, ask your parents or another trusted adult (maybe your counselor or your teachers) how to do these things. We are all here to help!
  • Regularly checking grades in Power School. Many colleges and universities will want to see that an applicant’s end of semester 1 and end of semester 2 grades are similar to those they applied with. If grades drop significantly during the senior year, a student’s application or acceptance could be in jeopardy.
  • Meeting with teachers during their free periods to review homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and any other assessments if they need more support in a particular area to maintain grades and to move toward meeting graduation requirements.
  • Completing all assignments, regardless of whether this assignment is graded, in order to understand information and to prepare (vs. cram) for upcoming assessments, mock exams and official IB/AP examinations.
  • Thanking those teachers who wrote letters of recommendation for university applications. A simple thank you either verbally or written in a note can really go a long way with a teacher who used their personal time to write a recommendation.
  • Meeting with their counselor if they have a question about how to accept an offer, how to handle a wait list offer, or how to manage a rejection. We are here to support our students as they navigate this challenging time of their high school career.
  • Getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night and eating healthy foods to promote health, well-being, and to retain learned information.
  • Spending time with family and friends. Soon you will be heading off to your next phase in life – college or the work force. Make sure you spend quality time with those who are special to you before you start on this next journey!
  • Again, expressing gratitude to all of those people in your life who support you – your parents, your friends, your teachers. All of these people love and support you, particularly your parents, so it’s important that they know how appreciative you are of all they have done for you.

The High School Counseling Office Contact Information

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s counselor:

Surname A-C - Katrina Watson, k.watson_daa@gemsedu.com

Surname D-Kat – Shana Russell, s.russell_daa@gemsedu.com

Surname Kay-Ria – Robert Duff, r.duff_daa@gemsedu.com

Surname Rib-Z – Trisha Johnson, t.johnson_daa@gemsedu.com

For appointments, please contact Mrs. Jan Evans, j.evans_daa@gemsedu.com

february 20th PArent coffee morning

On February 20th, the GEMS UniConnect, Student Employment and Elite Scholarships team will be at DAA to speak to High School Parents about university scholarships, work and internship opportunities as well as other initiatives available exclusively to our students and families. The session will take place at 8am in the DAA Auditorium.

On hand will be Ms. Kierstan Connors, Associate Director, College & Career Counseling Worldwide, and Mr. Christophe Savard, Vice President Career and Future Employment Architect, to speak about:

  • GEMS UniConnect Scholarships, Partners and Opportunities
  • Summer Opportunities - globally
  • GEMS Elite Scholarships Program
  • Enhancements to GEMS College & Career Counseling Services for GEMS Families

We hope you will join us!

summer 2019


If you know your child will be away from school, please contact Roma Agtarap, our HS Attendance Secretary at r.agtarap_daa@gemsedu.com or call her at 047049777 ext 747.

For general High School Inquiries, please contact Nashmia Saleem, High School Secretary at n.saleem1_daa@gemsedu.com