Emirates National Schools

Emirates National Schools (ENS) was established by Presidential Decree and is owned by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. Our schools currently consist of five campuses. This school year, 2016 -17, we have 9, 000 students enrolled in five campuses. Our established schools in the Abu Dhabi Emirate provide kindergarten through grade 12 education programs for students. ENS instructional programs are based upon the educational requirements prescribed by the UAE Ministry of Education, for Arabic, Islamic and UAE Studies, USA Next Generation, Common Core Standards and Colorado Academic Standards for our American curriculum content. We use an American based high school diploma model for students to earn their high school diploma in all ENS campuses.

The Emirates National School system strives to provide a first-rate education to future leaders while preserving the beliefs that form the national identity.  In preparing future UAE and world leaders, ENS students acquire the knowledge and skills that enable them to navigate successfully in the rapidly changing world. English is the language of instruction for the rigorous American curriculum. Arabic is the language of instruction for Islamic, Arabic, and United Arab Emirates Social Studies in our schools. The ENS learning path begins in Preschool and continues through Kindergarten and Primary School where it rests on the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). The journey continues through the secondary (in separate Boys and Girls Schools), using the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework. Students in grades 11 and 12 have access to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) and College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP). ENS offers the option of the IB Diploma Programme and College Board Advanced Placement Courses because it permits students to earn credits that are recognized by colleges in 58 different countries around the world.

Focused on the needs of each individual, ENS prepares students for working and living in the 21st Century. ENS prepares students to compete in an international marketplace where academic content is important but it is not enough. In this environment skills matter and determine the relative success of the individual in society. Inquiry, critical thinking, and international mindedness are essential skill sets that students must have to be successful as a leader and in the workforce. ENS students see how school connects with the world at large. Our goal is to help students achieve their dreams.

Learning at ENS is a continuous cycle of improvement. Internationally benchmarked learning standards set the target for what is to be learned in each grade. In the ever-changing world in which we live, technology and other resources help facilitate the acquisition of learning within each content and skill area. In the classroom, teachers adjust instruction based on frequent progress monitoring. ENS is accredited by AdvancED, which sees learning as a continuous improvement process and is used to focus achievement for students and to certify the quality of an ENS education.

With tradition as its foundation, the Emirates National Schools strive to ensure students are proud of their heritage and fully prepared to be future leaders in the community, country and world.


Emirates National Schools

Location Category:

Middle East


United Arab Emirates


PO Box 44321
Abu Dhabi 00000
United Arab Emirates




Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma), International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), National, United States


520 faculty members, including 300 U.K. citizens, 150 U.S. citizens, 50 host-country nationals, and 20 third-country nationals


One month salary for each year of employment provided as an end-of-service gratuity toward retirement.

School Year:

September – June

Year Founded:


Average Class Size:

Elementary: 19, Secondary: 19


Badminton, Basketball, Rugby, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Campus Information:

City (or closest city): Abu Dhabi, Location Type: Suburban, Campus Size (hectares): 10.3, No of Buildings: 5, No of Campuses: 5, No of Classrooms: 134, No of volumes in Library: 19, 000, No of computer labs: 10, No of instructional computers: 508

Physical Facilities:

Art Room(s): 4, Auditorium(s): 4, Cafeteria(s): 4, Covered play area(s): 4, Gymnasium(s): 4, Infirmary(ies): 4, Playing field(s): 4, Science lab(s): 4, Swimming pool(s): 4, Air Conditioning: Yes