Course Options

We offer an expansive range of subjects to cater for all of our students’ strengths, interests and aspirations

The Primary (KG- Grade 2) - Elementary (Grade 3- 5) School Program

The Elementary School program at GEMS AKNS is offered from Kindergarten to Grade 5 for students from 4 to 11 years. Students grow and develop in an environment which encourages them to learn a variety of skills both academically and socially. Our approach is completely child-centered and the curriculum is planned in a way that enables children of various abilities to learn as a group, as well as individually.

Our Kindergarten program includes songs, rhymes, art and craft, pictures and stories to enable students to learn new skills such as phonics, numbers and conversation. We focus on an activity-based approach where learning and social development through field trips and structured games form an integral part of the curriculum.

From Grades 1 to 5 the students build on their foundations in reading, writing, Mathematics, Science, ICT and a structured Physical Education program. The students in the Elementary Department are encouraged to develop the skills and abilities that they need to interact and integrate effectively in today’s world.

A child’s progress is of greatest importance and every support is given to help children achieve their full potential.  At the completion of Grade 5, apart from developing skills in reading, writing, Science, Mathematics and ICT, students will also have developed an appreciation for their culture and community, an understanding outlook towards fellow human beings and love for the world in which they live.

The Middle School

Grade 6 to 8

The Middle School Program consolidates and reinforces the educational foundations established in the Elementary School. The learning process in the Middle School focuses on individualized student needs and extends academic expectations. Students are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their learning as they mature and they will be expected to work with increasing independence.

The Academic Program at Middle School consists of two facets, the Core Program and the Enrichment Program:

Core Program

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Arabic
  • Islamic Studies
  • and Computer Studies

Enrichment Program

  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • and Cultural Enrichment

GEMS Al Khaleej National School is committed to providing a child-centered learning environment that values diversity and embraces a whole child approach to develop well-educated citizens.

The High School Program

Grade 9 to 12

During the GEMS AKNS High School program students are motivated to make a difference; to learn how they can affect real change across the community, the nation, and the planet. We mold young people who are ready to take the lead, to take advantage of the breadth and depth of opportunities that we offer.

We promote an atmosphere that fosters creativity, self-reliance, and academic success, with students graduating with a High School Diploma upon satisfactory completion of a specific number of courses. Students are usually graded from A to F in each course they take on the basis of performance in tests given at intervals throughout the year, participation in class discussions, and completion of written and oral assignments and end-of-the year examinations.

High School Credit System

To earn a High School Diploma, two terms each year for four years of full-time attendance are required.  As per the American system, students complete their High School Diploma when they have accumulated a pre-designated number of credits. This credit system gives students ownership of their course of studies, and prepares them for choosing a suitable path for their degree when attending university. Just as importantly, it also allows them to choose the subjects they enjoy studying, dropping the ones they have little interest in.

Regular attendance and consistent completion of homework, tests, and other assigned course work is essential for a high level of achievement.

To be eligible for graduation from GEMS Al Khaleej National School, a minimum of 22 credits must be earned. Main subjects and their minimum required credits are shown in the table below.

Grading System

Grade points earned at GEMS AKNS are based on a system of continual assessment, assigning grades for each course taken.  We want our students to enjoy their childhood to the full and to have developed and pursued passions, both academic and extra-curricular, because almost everything a student does will influence the final grade. This includes examinations and tests, essays and written assignments, laboratory work and reports, class attendance and class participation.

Universities, colleges and other institutions value grades over all else, particularly in the USA, and will frequently specify minimum GPAs of grade point averages to gain admission.

Academic Standing


Percentage Average


3.67 - 4.00

84 - 100

Very Good

2.67 - 3.66

76 - <84


2.00 - 2.66

68 - <76


1.67 - 1.99

60    - <68


* Each student completes the semester with a GPA, which is calculated to represent numerically a student's quality of performance.A cumulative grade point average is calculated at the end of each year and helps tertiary providers compare a student’s results with those of other students.