Course Options

Course Options

Primary School

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5

Age: 3 years old to 10 years old

Our Primary children are nurtured in a stimulating and secure environment with warm, caring and qualified teachers, who give individual attention to each child. A separate wing with indoor and outdoor play areas and colourful classrooms ensure that our younger ones are engaged in learning in an invigorating ambience.

The Primary School consist of two years of Pre-School (KG 1 and KG 2) devoted mainly to learning through play, followed by a further two years of early Primary (Grades 1 and 2) where study is based on the environmental approach.

In the late Primary Stage (Grades 3 and 4) the emphasis is clearly on concept formation.

Students in these grades become more confident with their abilities and begin to use their knowledge of core subjects to interpret and understand their world. However the structure of learning is still heavily based on understanding concepts. Communication skills are developed in all areas of learning.

Middle School (Grade 6 to Grade 8)

Age: 11 years old to 13 years old

In the middle school, students become involved in a formal, comprehensive programme where they apply themselves more fully, to the process of learning. Activities outside the classroom become increasingly important during these ‘growing’ years and emphasis is laid on personal and group skills.

All learning in the Middle School is geared towards preparing students for the next stage in Grades 9 and 10 where, at the end of Grade 10, they appear for the first of their Board Examinations.

Senior School (Grade 9 to Grade 12)

Age: 14 years old to 17 years old

Grade 9 and 10

Specialist teaching in the Secondary School guides students towards their choices for higher education, and enables them to focus on their eventual career choice. Students at the ICSE level (Grade 9) may either choose the Commerce or Science Stream.

Subjects offered in the Commerce Stream includes

  • English
  • Second Language (Hindi / Malayalam / French)
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies (History – Civics & Geography)
  • Economics
  • Computer Applications OR Commercial Application OR Environment Application OR Music OR Phy. Education OR Art (For Girls only) - Select any one.

Subjects offered in the Science Stream includes

  • English
  • Second Language (Hindi / Malayalam / French)
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies (History – Civics & Geography)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  • Computer Applications OR Economic Application OR Environment Application OR Music OR Phy. Education OR Art (For Girls only) - Select any one.

Note: Arabic & UAE Social Studies are compulsory for All Grade 9 students, while Muslim students are also required to have Islamic Studies.

Students will be granted admission to the Science Stream and Computer Applications only if they have secured 65% or above in each of these subjects in the previous year’s aggregate.

Grade 11 and 12

Students are prepared to appear for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISC) in the Science or Commerce Stream in the Grade 12 to enable them to focus on their eventual career choice.

Subjects offered in the Commerce Stream includes

  • English
  • Commerce
  • Accounts
  • Economics
  • Any one - Mathematics OR Art OR Environmental Science OR Psychology OR Physical Education.

Subjects offered in the Science Stream includes

  • English
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Any one - Mathematics OR Art OR Environmental Science OR Psychology OR Physical Education.
  • Any one - Biology OR Computer Science OR Economics

Subjects offered in the Humanities Stream includes

  • English
  • Economics
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Any one - Mathematics OR Art OR Environmental Science OR Physical Education.

Note: In Grade 11, the Science Stream will be offered to students who secure a minimum aggregate of 65% marks in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the Preliminary Examination conducted by the school in Grade 10.

Bridge Programme

IB DP Bridge Programme

GMA will run a Bridge Programme from April to June for students who opt to take the IB Diploma Programme in Grade 11. The Bridge Programme has been designed to ensure that students will be fully equipped to effectively undertake the practices and methodologies expected within the IB Diploma Programme. This will ensure they acquire the skills necessary to derive the full benefit of the IB experience.

The 3 month intensive Bridge Programme will be undertaken in the months of April, May and June during the first term of Grade 11. Opportunities for honing independent research skills will be built into the programme. IB trained teachers will deliver the Bridge Programme. Modules will include:

  • Mathematical and Statistical base requirements
  • Critical thinking and analysis and interpretation of data
  • Research methods
  • The scientific method
  • Time management skills
  • Introduction to Theory of Knowledge
  • Plagiarism

Please feel free to contact the IB Diploma Programme Assistant Coordinator for more details.

If you would like to know more about the IB/Indian curriculum offered at GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai, please contact us on 04 326 3339.