Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
  • 08 Mar, 2017
  • Aldar Academies


Economies of the Middle East and the wider world are evolving at a great pace, shaped by changing energy demands, new technology, and a need for innovation. While these changes signal a bright future here in Abu Dhabi, they’ve also brought about the challenge of a skills shortage.

Last year, Cisco warned the UAE needed over 100,000 more IT professionals to plug a skills gap. Meanwhile, 50 percent of the world’s oil industry engineers are expected to retire within the next decade, causing a shortfall in the sector. 

As a result, the STEAM skills of science, technology, engineering, art (which incorporates creative design), and maths are highly sought after among new graduates.

These topics have become crucial to modern society, especially in Abu Dhabi where the government’s Economic Vision 2030 mandate demands more engineers, scientists, and innovators. 

It’s therefore up to Aldar Academies and others to excite and educate the next generations about STEAM subjects, so they can make a meaningful contribution to society.

However, while all of Aldar Academies’ Foundation Stage and primary students are taught science, technology, art and maths, many others at the same stages aren’t. If all children are to help shape the future, this needs to change. 

The challenge for Aldar Academies has been to constantly evolve our curriculum over the past eight years to keep up with a changing world, and we’ve met this challenge by developing brilliant teachers. How? Through carefully prepared teacher-training programmes, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) schemes, and the sharing of best practice, which make sure our teachers never stop learning.

What’s more, by recognising the importance of STEAM subjects early, we were able to create structured curriculum plans and employ specialist staff to deliver these subjects in the most exciting way. 

For example, the complexity of the STEAM skills we teach across Foundation stages and primary years get progressively more complex based on the pupil’s previous knowledge. Meanwhile, students can participate in highly specialised extra-curricular activities focused on coding, gaming, ICT, and engineering, to increase their level of interest and ability.

To develop creative thinking, we also teach innovation and design skills through specific projects. One project sees our primary-aged students invent new tools for a policeman or doctor to use, which encourages them to think critically and imaginatively when solving problems. 

But today, how we teach is just as important as what we teach. We’ve incorporated state-of-the-art 3D technology including 3D projectors and green screens into the curriculum to help students better understand abstract ideas. Using the technology, they can visualise, inspect, and decipher study materials right in front of them, which is a far more effective way to retain knowledge than transcribing a lecture.

The potential for educational technology such as this is massive, and today, we use it to assess students and apply teaching methodologies in a creative way across the curricula. In fact, our dedicated Director of Innovation and Special Projects, Michelle Forbes, spearheads the use of innovation and technology to enhance our students’ educational experience. 

Ultimately, we see leading-edge teaching methods and a forward-looking curriculum as fundamental to our student’s success, and our results suggest the same. 

When ADEK last inspected our English National Curriculum and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, three of our academies - Al Muna, Al Bateen and Al Mushrif - were rated ‘Outstanding’. This was largely because our curriculum met the needs of our diverse group of international students, and had evolved to remain relevant in a changing society. 

This highly relevant curriculum, coupled with innovative teaching methods, enables Aldar Academies to educate beyond expectations, so our students can achieve the very highest standards. With the ability to think big and turn this ambition into reality, every student is well prepared for the future that lies ahead, whether it involves STEAM skills or others.