GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

In keeping with the vision of GEMS Education the founder and chairman, Mr. Sunny Varkey, GEMS Modern Academy (GMA) assures every student a world-class education that is wholesome and exciting. Spread over 120,000 square meters, this state-of-the-art institution is located in the heart of Dubai and has been making its mark on the local and global education scene for the last 30 years. The school is recognized and accredited by Ministry of Education, Dubai, UAE, the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE – New Delhi, India) and the International Baccalaureate. ‘Modern’ as it is fondly called, lives up to its name as it strives ceaselessly to nurture 21st-century learners who will become active, sensitive and responsible world citizens. Our educational philosophy aims at making students independent and lifelong learners who will contribute positively to society. The faculty and management work passionately to keep the balance between modern educational demands and the wholesome traditional values that the institution embodies. In addition to being rated as an ‘Outstanding’ school for six consecutive years by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority of Dubai, the school has also been awarded the coveted Hamdan Award for Distinguished Academic Excellence and School Administration. The highly qualified and committed faculty ensures that all pupils at Modern strive to reach their goals and prepares them to take their place in the world. Modern’s alumni receive admission to Ivy League and other world renowned universities and the school boasts of a 100% placement record. Modern offers the IBDP to students of grades 11 and 12, with twenty individual subject options available. We are especially proud of the achievements of our first graduating batches of May 2016 and 2017, achieving overall Diploma averages of 34 and 33 points respectively. This balance between strong academic performance and fantastic experiential outcomes from areas such as CAS is a hallmark of our growing Diploma Programme. Modern also has a unique advantage that sets it apart from other IB schools – our bespoke “Bridge Programme”. This consists of 12 modules designed and delivered by our teachers prior to students entering the Diploma Programme. The Bridge helps students develop a clear idea of the philosophy behind Diploma programme and the skills needed to be successful in it. This is accomplished through modules such as “Critical Thinking”, “Culture of Collaboration”, “Academic Honesty” and “Investigative Science” which are directly linked to key IB themes like the learner profile, approaches to teaching and learning, international-mindedness, and CAS. By proactively engaging students in these interactive modules, we aim to ensure that they hit the ground running in the Diploma Programme and aspire to be lifelong learners afterward.

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