It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Dubai International Academy Al Barsha. Opened in 2018, we are an IB continuum school in Dubai and a leading education provider in the region, offering all IB PYP, MYP and DP programmes from Pre-KG to Grade 12.

We are a truly international school with highly qualified and experienced staff from more than 20 different countries welcoming students of over 70 nationalities. We pride ourselves on delivering a world-class international education encompassing strong academics, holistic development, extensive pastoral care and wide-ranging opportunities for sport, the arts and adventure learning, where every child can be the best they can.

Relationships are the bedrock of our success and we encourage students, parents and staff to play an active role in our community and we aim to build partnerships with local and international agencies. We aim to inspire all students to dream big, understanding that hard work is key to outstanding academic achievement. Equally important is the sense of belonging and students are offered a plethora of opportunities to participate and compete in activities to support their social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

We place a huge emphasis on developing students’ mindsets to encourage them to be positive, aspirational and resilient. It is important that they develop self-belief and confidence. The concept of international-mindedness and the benefits of being a global lifelong learner are key attributes to achievement in an ever-changing world.

Our students benefit from a safe, nurturing environment where they are challenged to reach their potential and step out of their comfort zone, preparing them for the rigours of life ahead. Our core values permeate everyday life and lead many to describe us as “a happy school”. These embedded values allow students to become role models to each other and positive, well-grounded citizens who develop as future leaders capable of positively impacting our world.

Our outstanding facilities, well-resourced and technologically advanced learning environments allow students and staff to explore learning in a variety of ways, personalising learning to maximise the student experience.

I encourage you to visit and experience DIA Al Barsha for yourself to feel our culture. I am confident that you’ll be impressed by the students, staff and facilities. Our students are the leaders of the future and everything that we do is centred on their development in what are the most important years of their life.

I look forward to you joining our community!

Ian Thurston
The Principal

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