When I first walked into AIS as an 11th Grader, I was quite nervous as I knew that I had to adapt to a new environment just like I did when I moved to Canada from Syria. Making friends was never an issue for me but I thought that making friends in Grade 11 would be quite difficult as other students have been in AIS for a long time and have already made their group of friends. However, this was not the case as everyone in my class was very welcoming, from the students all the way to the cafeteria ladies. From the first week of school, I had already made tens of friends and expanded my Facebook friends list. The 2 years I spent in AIS introduced me to a lot of diverse cultures as I was never exposed to people from different backgrounds back in Syria. This helped me build on my character and accept people for who they truly are. I really do owe AIS a lot, not just in terms of a sincere education but also in making me a better global citizen
It is no lie when they say that AIS becomes your second home. At AIS, I managed to forge friendships that have lasted over a decade and are still growing strong. You truly feel your class is your family. As for the education, all I can say is that it is exceptional. I never truly realized that until I graduated and moved to the United States to continue my education. Most of my freshman year at university consisted of material I already learned and mastered thanks to the amazing teachers, which goes to show that the education at AIS is always ahead of the game to prepare students for the next big step in their lives. AIS was the only school I had the privilege of attending and if I were to go back in time and repeat my experience, I would not change a thing.
I am impressed with the quality of education and the preparedness of applicants from your school. They are exceptionally dedicated to their studies and I have found, once they reach the university campus, they are engaged and perform well. Their transition from secondary school to university studies is smooth and with ease – thanks to the IB and the quality of students that AIS has. Over the years I have always made visiting your school my first priority as I know the quality of education is there. I have awarded merit scholarships to your students in the past and hope to continue in the future.
Although I’ve only been a student in AIS for two years, the experience I gained is invaluable. It broadened my mind and my perspective on life; it shaped me into someone I can be proud of, someone who’s ready to confront the world and face whatever life throws at her. AIS became a platform where I could hone and discover abilities I didn’t think I had. A platform where I could do what I love while learning at the same time. It was a place where I could meet people that inspire me to persevere and make my high school and IB experience unforgettable. AIS is definitely a memory I can look back fondly on and an experience I wouldn’t dare trade for anything.
As the International Recruitment Coordinator at the University of Alberta in Canada, I have had the pleasure of visiting Abu Dhabi International Private School a number of times over the last three years. I can say with certainty that every time I visit, I am impressed with the respectful, courteous and friendly nature of the students and staff. The counselling staff has always been helpful and always has the best interests of their students in mind. The students are attentive, responsive and ask the type of questions that will assist them in finding the right university for them.
Every year, we receive numerous applicants from high quality AIS students in both IB and GCE streams to our competitive, world-ranking degree programs. Many applicants have received multiple scholarships for academic excellence and leadership. We are proud that many ADIS alumni have chosen to study at UAlberta in a variety of fields. Their presence on our campus enriches the student experience for all, and the character of the students is a testament to the dedication of the staff. I look forward to my next visit and to strengthening the relationship between our institutions.