American curriculum school all set to open

 27 Aug 2014 - 2:09

An artist’s rendering of the GEMS American Academy-Qatar building in Al Wakra.

DOHA: GEMS Education, a leading education provider in the region, will open the first school owned and operated by it in Qatar next month. 
GEMS American Academy-Qatar, which will have an American curriculum, will welcome up to 1,550 students from kindergarten through to Grade 5 in the first year, the school said in a statement yesterday.
Located in Al Wakra, GEMS American Academy-Qatar will be based on the United States Common Core State Standards. It will join the GEMS’ American Curriculum school network, which includes GEMS’ flagship American curriculum school, Dubai American Academy (DAA). Founded in 1997, DAA was recently rated by the Dubai Government’s School Inspection Bureau as ‘outstanding’ for the third consecutive academic year. In the last two years, students from DAA have been accepted into over 160 universities in the US, including 37 of the top 50 universities in the country and six out of the eight Ivy League colleges.
GEMS Education country head for Qatar, Kenneth Jones, said: “At GEMS, we put values first and for students who will join us at GEMS American Academy-Qatar in September, this means that we focus on their personal, academic and overall development. The school will empower our students to develop the necessary intellectual, emotional, social, creative and physical skills they will need to lead successful and fulfilling lives.”
Michael Wood, Principal of GEMS American Academy, explained what parents can look forward to in the new school. “It is my belief that an educator’s mission is to make school enjoyable and exciting – if students look forward to attending school, they will want to learn. This is what will be at the heart of GEMS American Academy-Qatar. The school will actively encourage all students to be a part of sporting and physical activity, as well as cultural and artistic activities, which will all be delivered in state- of-the-art facilities, by our internationally experienced teachers.
“Our students will learn to make decisions independently, solve problems effectively, and interact positively with tolerance, while pursuing academic excellence. This will create life-long learners who are developing the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century.”
Parents interested in registering their children for the coming academic year can contact the school registrar, Bernadette Riemer-Harris, at [email protected] or visit for more information.