Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma ProgrammeAbu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi

Considered the benefits of a single gender school?

At Aldar Academies, we know that the decision to send a child to an all-girls' school has largely been motivated by culture and values of tradition. However, there are several very important academic and developmental factors parents should consider before making a decision on a mixed or single gender school.

Recent studies have highlighted the benefits of all-girls education that has resonated with educators from all backgrounds. Why is that?

Research recently conducted by Ofsted has shown that boys and girls often mature at different rates, which has resulted in the need for alternatives to mixed gender schools. Some girls have been shown to thrive more in a single gender environment, requiring us to offer an all-girls alternative. Girls sometimes display greater open curiosity and participation in a girls-only setting, allowing for increased confidence and an academic environment geared specifically towards the specific needs of their intellectual, physical and psychological development.

Girls' schools have a proven track record of helping their students gain admission to students' first choice for university. In fact, according to the Independent School Council's census, a greater percentage of students from Girls' Schools Association institutions continue their higher education than in the case of co-educational independent schools.

This is not to say that girls do not thrive in mixed gender environments – quite the contrary. In co-educational institutions, boys and girls learn together, interact together and develop together. This has immense lifelong value for both girls and boys. Socially, they become comfortable with one another and often times more comfortable with themselves. This prepares girls for the mixed gender environments of university, the workforce, and indeed the world at large.

Ultimately, each child is different, and there is no definitive metric to determine which educational format is superior – different environments are better for different students. What matters is that as parents you have the best choices available in order to make the right decision on what is best for your child.

Considering this, the all-girls' option has a proven record of maximizing performance and offering students with a nurturing and engaging environment that will cater to their individual needs, whereas the co-educational environment fosters valuable social experience and intuition, and often serves as an incubator and instigator for the development of individual character. It comes down to assessing where your child will best thrive.

To this end, in addition to the multiple mixed-gender curriculum options we offer, Aldar Academies has opened Al Mamoura Academy, a mixed primary girls-only secondary school, offering the English National Curriculum. Our new academy is centrally located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, in order to offer parents yet another choice.