Our History

Abu Dhabi International School (AIS) is a private, coeducational K-12 day school licensed by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education. Mrs. Jihan Nasr founded the school in 1992 as part of her mission to provide excellence in education. AIS is home to 4000 students from over 60 nationalities and caters to the needs of all student learning needs, reserving 5% to students to special needs and learning difficulties. The AIS curriculum emphasizes the individual students needs while preparing them to be life long learners. This strategy has gained AIS a reputation for successfully developing students with learning difficulties and disabilities through a well-structured Special Education Department.

In addition to its multiple rewarding academic programs; AIS is reputed for its personal approach, fostering a “familial atmosphere” promoting the active participation of parents, students and staff members. From its inception parents, students, and staff have fostered a perennial sense of commitment to the school and community- a commitment celebrated for over 25 years as a leading educational institution.

To ensure the highest quality education AIS provides its students the opportunity to progress within the American (core curriculum, AP), the British (IGCSE and A-Levels) or the International Baccalaureate (IBDP) programs. The curriculums offered coupled with innovative teaching has culminated in student acceptances at top tier international institutions including Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, Sorbonne of France, as well as, regional universities in Lebanon, Egypt, and the UAE. AIS prides itself on the outstanding performance of its students in external examinations and assessments: including ACT, AP, A-levels, IGCSE, TOEFL, SAT, SAT Subjects Tests and the IB Diploma Program, as well as other achievement tests.

Abu Dhabi International School is also an authorized testing center of :

  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
  • Advanced Supplementary (AS) and Advanced Level (A-Level) Examinations
  • SAT, SAT Subject Tests (formally SATII), PSAT, and Advanced Placement (AP) examinations
  • ACT Assessment Test
  • IB Diploma Programme

The Family of AIS

AIS is a coeducational PreK-12 institution that was founded in 1992. Mrs. Jihan Nasr, the founder, has ever since had an earnest desire to educate each and every child, irrespective of background or ability. She strongly believes that every individual has the potential to positively impact the world. Over the years, she has brought together a family of 3,500 students from over 70 nationalities. Despite its diversity, AIS is reputed for its family atmosphere. Students, parents, and staff are committed to preserving its caring learning environment and collegial work environment.

At AIS, we believe in supporting each and every child in becoming a lifelong learner. The AIS educational system includes academic and co-curricular programs designed to promote academic excellence and physical well-being, through which students discover and develop their interests and talents. The school has developed and maintained a culture aimed at promoting good habits of character through active citizenship, community service and global awareness.

AIS encourages its students to discover the world through their immersion in varsity sports teams, theatrical productions, cultural and fundraising events, community service, field trips, travel, and a myriad of extra-curricular activities.

Abu Dhabi International School fosters a culture of continuous improvement not only for our students. The administrative team consistently engages in school-wide evaluations, from individual teachers and teaching methods to curriculum improvements to ensure the competitiveness of our students. Established affiliations with international educational organizations and institutions ensure quality education is delivered. Our school was accredited by the Commissions on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA), and is currently accredited by the American International Accreditation Association (AIAA).