Welcome to the Secondary School section of Dubai International Academy Al Barsha. Students join our Secondary phase at the start of Grade 6 (11 years old) and study until the end of their schooling in Grade 12 (18 years old). We currently offer the IB Middle Years Programme in Grades 6-10 (ages 11-16), and the IB Diploma in Grades 11 & 12 (16-18). We are a truly international school, with over 60 different nationalities represented in our student body, and 12 different nationalities in our Secondary school teaching staff. 

Our Secondary programme is underpinned by the IB learner profile which, amongst other things, challenges our students to be open-minded and to take risks; and indeed to tackle all challenges presented to them in a balanced and reflective way. In doing this, our expert teachers promote the devlopment of our student’s natural potential and nurture their individual talents and passions so that they may excel in the world of tomorrow.

Our IB Middle Years Programme is rigorous, and the curriculum is further enhanced by a wide range of Co-Curricular activities, aimed at developing students’ skills and experiences in areas such as leadership, sport, arts, adventure, language, service and advanced academics. Some of these programmes follow a school defined approach, whilst others, are accredited by external bodies.

Schools around the world differ in curricula and approach, but great schools have one thing in common; a focus on the student at the heart of everything that is done. At Dubai International Academy Al Barsha we aim to be at the forefront of developments in education for just this reason, we pride ourselves on developing students that leave us with a competitive advantage that puts them significantly ahead of their peers both locally and globally.

The best way to get a ‘feel’ for a school is to see it for yourself, and so I invite you to come and see us in action. I’m confident you’ll be amazed at what you see.

Sean Quigley
Head of Secondary

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