How many students are attending GISAD?

Total: 374

110 Kindergarten children

112 Primary Students (GR. 1-4)

124 Middle School Students (GR. 5-10)

28 High School Students (11-12)

How many classes are in each grade?

Kindergarten: We have a total of 6 groups, averaging a total of 18 children per group

Grades 1-4: In total we have 7 classes, averaging a total of 16 children per class

Grades 5-10: In total we have 8 classes, averaging a total of 16 students per class

Grade 11-12: In total we have 2 classes, averaging a total of 14 students per class

How many teachers are at GISAD?

We currently employ 48 teachers at GISAD


8 teachers are employed that are seconded by the German Government


40 teachers are employed by the school association


Our teachers come from diverse backgrounds and are all fluent in German and English. We also employ native Arabic speakers for Arabic language classes and Islamic Teachings.

How does GISAD compare to other schools in the region?

The GISAD compares very favorably with other schools in the region. We enjoy a long-standing tradition in the UAE due to our founding year in 1976, and we are pleased with the central location of our school building, which is situated in a quiet oasis surrounded by urban life.

In addition, we have been once again rated as one of the best schools (out of over 180) in Abu Dhabi by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) inspection most recently in the 2017/2018 school year. The school was again awarded the “Excellent German School Abroad” seal of approval by the Bund-Länder-Inspektion in the 2018/2019 school year. In 2020, GISAD’s distance learning was ranked in the highest category in an inspection by ADEK.


What time does school start and end?

School starts with the UAE flag raising ceremony at 7.40 a.m. Students who are late for this are asked to wait in the foyer and not disrupt the ceremony in the schoolyard. The first lesson begins at 7.45 a.m. School ends either at 1.20 p.m. or 3.40 p.m. depending on the individual lesson plans and extracurricular programs which the children may be attending.

Is there a bus transport service?

Yes, we hire a private bus company service which allows our students to be supervised by trained staff. With the help of GPS tracking, you may view the bus location of your child on your own behalf at any time. Our route network extends across Abu Dhabi and serves as a safe method of transportation. You will find a detailed overview in downloads

Are there assemblies and where are they held?

Our assemblies are held in our H.E. Mohamed Rubaya Al Mehairi Gymnasium.

Do you provide school lunch, snacks?

Yes, we work with an external service provider, Keita. Keita is well recognized in the UAE and serves a number of different schools. Children may top up their cafeteria card at any time or bring their lunch from home.

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