Admissions Policy and Procedures

Established in 2006, Dubai Arabian American Private School (DAAPS) serves over 600 students, offering a comprehensive American curriculum from KG1 to Grade 12. Situated in Muhaisnah 1, our school thrives within a community that prioritizes education while honoring traditional Arabic culture and values.

We are dedicated to providing a standards-based US curriculum, aligning with California, NGSS, and MOE standards, to equip students for their academic journey beyond graduation. Our educational approach seamlessly integrates the cultural heritage and values of the Arabic world.

DAAPS is an inclusive school, providing a learning support program that facilitates the admission of students requiring additional assistance at each grade level. We uphold an inclusive admissions policy, considering all students for enrollment.

Committed to fostering student engagement and empowerment, we offer diverse activities and opportunities for our students to actively participate in shaping their educational experience. Our goal is to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to make meaningful contributions to society, both now and in the future.


Admissions Procedures

Step 1

For questions regarding admissions please contact DAAPS’s Registrar:

  • Visit in person Registrar’s Office between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Email Registrar at:
  • Phone 04 288 2222 or mobile 050 418 5928


Step 2 

Complete the DAAPS Online Application on our website and remit the Application (Assessment) fee of AED 350 (inclusive of VAT). This fee is non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deductible and is due at the time of application along with the following documents (a refund may be granted if the school is not able to offer a seat to the applicant):

(3) Recent colored passport-size photographs, Copy of student’s birth certificate, Copy of student’s vaccination card, Copy of student’s passport with valid residence visa (for non-UAE citizens only), Copy of student’s UAE I.D. card, Copy of parent’s UAE I.D. card, Family Book (Kholasat Al Qayd), Copy of School reports for the last 2 years to include the most current report, Copy of recent Standardized Assessment if available (MAP, CAT4, etc.), Reports of any previously identified special education needs including Individual Education Plans (IEP/LP’s), educational psychologist or other therapist reports, Transfer Certificate from the previous school 

Transfer Certificates: The Transfer Certificate (TC) is a document required by KHDA to register a student in any school in Dubai. See Sample Transfer Certificate Click Here

Transfer from a school in Dubai  

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) requires a system-generated Transfer Certificate to register students at a new school in Dubai. If you have not done so already, please inform your current school of your intentions to withdraw. For those joining DAAPS from another school within Dubai, please obtain a TC from your child’s current school in order to complete the registration process at DAAPS. Please bring the Transfer Certificate to School along with the parent and child(ren’s) EIDs before the first day of school. In the absence of a transfer certificate, we are unable to properly register your child.

Transfer from a school outside of Dubai.  
Students transferring from the USA, Canada, Western Europe or New Zealand require a Transfer Certificate with Stamp from the current and Principal signature (see a sample of TC).Students transferring from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries require a Transfer Certificate Stamp from the School, a Principal signature, and a stamp from the Ministry of Education of the GCC country.Children transferring within the UAE Emirates must have their original certificates attested only by the Education Authority of the origin.Students transferring from all other countries require a Transfer Certificate with a School Stamp, Principal Signature, and Stamps from the country’s Ministry of Education and Foreign Affairs and the UAE Embassy in that country.
Step 3  
An Assessment/Entrance Interview will be scheduled upon completion of the Application.

KG1 and KG2 students will undergo an interview with our Early Childhood team to determine eligibility. They will be observed in a play environment to demonstrate developmental skills appropriate for school. Observations and informal assessments seek information on language, cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development.

Grade 1 to Grade 12 students will be given a CAT4 assessment The Academic Leadership Team reserves the right to interview the applicant if more information is needed or to follow up with academic history. The purpose of the interview is to better inform the school of the best learning environment for each individual scholar.

The purpose of the assessment is to determine the student’s readiness to attend Dubai Arabian American Private School and to determine additional Learning Support if required by the student.


Step 4  

Once the assessment has been completed, the student’s file will be sent to our Admissions Committee for review and a communication will be communicated to the parents within 48 hours.

Students who wish to accept the seat will be required to submit a New Student Registration Fee (10% of the annual tuition fee) to secure their seat. The New Student Registration fee is deductible from the annual tuition and not refundable except for special circumstances such as family relocating out of the country/Emirate or other unforeseen circumstances.

Once all documents are submitted and accepted, the student will be formally enrolled in DAAPS. All parents are required to sign the KHDA Parent Contract for DAAPS.

Age Requirement and Grade Placement.  

Dubai Arabian American Private School will place students in age-appropriate grade levels in accordance with the Ministry of Education/KHDA regulations. Please note, that regardless of birth date, students currently attending another school in Grades 1 to 12 will normally be admitted into the Grade level immediately following the Grade they are completing or have completed.

Age as of August 31st DAAPS /12 Grade school British Curriculum Schools/ 13 Year School
4  KG1 FS2 Reception
5  KG2 1
6  1 2
7  2 3
8  3 4
9  4 5
10  5 6
11  6 7
12  7 8
13  8 9
14  9 10
15  10 11
16  11 12
17  12 13
Student Withdrawal  

Students withdrawing from the school must submit written notification of their withdrawal to the Admissions Office. A 30-day notification period is required to ensure all necessary existing documents are ready at departure (Please see School Financial Policies related to Parents for Withdrawal refunds).

For those students moving to another school in Dubai, KHDA guidelines require all students moving to another school within the UAE to obtain a Transfer Certificate from their current school to complete the registration at their new school. Students will be required to remit an AED 120 administrative fee (this fee is collected on behalf of KHDA) to obtain the Transfer Certificate.