The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls is a unique and highly prestigious school. Built in the grounds of the Palace, it opened in 2000 to provide an international education for girls, while ensuring they have a deep understanding of their culture, heritage and Islamic faith. 


Approximately 95% of our students are Emirati whose parents have specifically chosen our school because of its mission: Honoring the past. Educating for the future. Our parents tell us this is something we truly deliver on a daily basis. It is the golden thread that’s weaves through everything we do.

We have exceptionally high standards in all aspects of school life. Students at our school work very hard and behave to very high standards. 


SZPAG has been accredited by CIS and NEASC and is recognized by the College Board as designated to offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses. It achieved a rating of Very Good in the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) inspections in 2021, 2018 and 2016.

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Outstanding National Identity Mark

Outstanding National Identity Mark

At SZPAG innovation and a strong sense of national identity are interwoven. We take immense pride in being recognized as one of the select few schools to receive the prestigious "Outstanding" grade for National Identity.


At SZPAG, we understand the significance of nurturing a deep connection to the UAE's rich heritage while preparing our students for the future. Choosing SZPAG means choosing an institution that goes beyond imparting academic knowledge; it means selecting a school where your children will be intricately woven into the fabric of their UAE identity.


Our commitment to "honoring the past; educating for the future" is not just a mission statement – it's a way of life at SZPAG. We believe that a strong foundation in the cultural and historical context of the UAE is crucial for shaping responsible global citizens. Our “Outstanding” grade for National Identity reflects our unwavering dedication to instilling a profound sense of pride, respect and understanding of the heritage that defines us.


At SZPAG, we go beyond textbooks and classrooms; we immerse our students in experiences that celebrate the UAE's rich traditions. From special events to innovative curriculum modules, we ensure that every child not only learns about their cultural roots, but also lives them. Our educators are passionate about creating an environment where students not only excel academically but also grow into individuals who carry the essence of their UAE identity with them, wherever life takes them.

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Apple Distinguished School

Apple Distinguished School

Apple Distinguished School

SZPAG is a school where excellence meets innovation. We take great pride in holding the prestigious Apple Distinguished School Award, a recognition that sets us apart in the realm of education.


Being an Apple Distinguished School means that we have demonstrated a commitment to providing an exceptional learning environment through the integration of Apple technology. At SZPAG, our educators leverage cutting-edge tech tools and apps which have been woven into the curriculum to inspire creativity, foster collaboration and elevate the overall educational experience for our students. Our Gr. 3 to Gr. 12 one-to-one iPad scheme means that all children can access more personalized learning through the support and integration of tech and assistive technology. In our middle and high school phases, we are a paperless school.


At SZPAG we embrace the Apple Distinguished School status as a testament to our dedication to educational excellence and forward-thinking approaches. Through the seamless integration of Apple products and other leading technology apps and platforms, we empower our students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers and lifelong learners. Our teachers use innovative teaching methods that leverage technology to enhance the learning journey, preparing our students for success in a rapidly evolving digital world.

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Meet the team

Carolyn Bailey

Carolyn Bailey


Lyndsey Bryden

Lyndsey Bryden

Head of Secondary

Jacquie Boulos

Jacquie Boulos

Head of Arabic Studies

Amirah Salah

Amirah Salah

Vice Principal

Deborah Sharifi

Deborah Sharifi

Vice Principal

Caz Jude

Caz Jude

Head of Early Childhood

Nicola Matthews

Nicola Matthews

Head of Elementary

Early Childhood Pre K - Grade 1

Early Childhood Pre K - Grade 1

Our early years program is specifically designed by our team of experienced international early years educators for the children of Abu Dhabi ‘to honor the past and educate for the future’. We ensure that our students have a strong sense of their own culture, values and traditions while fostering an active awareness and appreciation of global languages.

Our Early Years program is built on a comprehensive, integrated curriculum that combines the most current research on teaching and learning. This is underpinned by the high standards of achievement in the Massachusetts State Curriculum which is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious educational programs in the United States, with strong connections to renowned universities such MIT and Harvard. Its reputation is based on its thorough, challenging and progressive approach. This is complimented by the Arabic Ministry of Education (MOE) curriculum for the teaching of Arabic, Islamic Studies and Moral Education.

Our program of learning focuses on self, physical and intellectual development. Learning is multi-sensory, collaborative and stimulating. Using the Kathy Walker framework, children come to understand that learning is fun through purposeful play and inquiry-based activities. The curriculum is designed to enable students to work at their own level and pace. It provides children with the opportunity to work together sharing resources and ideas. Our students learn to interact with each other, develop their own questions and seek answers to these questions. The Early Years curriculum supports children in engaging and applying the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st Century, as it values each child as a learner and allows each child to do their very best.

Our practitioners work in close partnership with parents to ensure that all students have the best start to their educational journey. We strongly believe that parents are their child’s first educator, and our practitioners work in close partnership with parents to ensure that all students have the best start to their educational journey.  

Wellbeing and Pastoral support 

Children in Early Childhood are supported by their Homeroom teacher and also have access to the school counselor should they require this support. 

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Elementary Grades 2 - 5

Elementary Grades 2 - 5

SZPAG curriculum is a blend of the Massachusetts Common Core standards with the MoE Arabic Curriculum. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum including social studies, art, PE and music. Our pedagogical approach is shaped by combining best practices and the most up-to-date research, with programs that have been tried and tested in successfully supporting students' development and growth. 

Programs that we have successfully integrated into our common core curriculum include ‘Talk for Writing’, ‘Dimensions Math’ and the ‘Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)’. We also use the Shape America Physical Education Program.

Talk for Writing

Talk for Writing offers a structured method for oral language development and storytelling. By combining these approaches, we create a powerful writing program that promotes creativity, critical thinking and effective communication. Through Talk for Writing, your child will gain confidence in expressing ideas orally and transferring them to the written form. 

Dimensions Math

To support the teaching of Westford Benchmarks, we have implemented Singapore Dimensions Math. Using Singapore Math has provided a valuable resource, guiding our curriculum and ensuring a comprehensive and rigorous learning experience for the students. The Dimensions Math program allows us to provide the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) approach. This method empowers students to develop a strong foundation in math by first engaging with concrete materials, then transitioning to pictorial representations and finally progressing to abstract concepts.

Next generation Science Standards 

Our science program empowers students to explore the world around them, ask questions, make observations and develop critical thinking skills. Students will delve into three key dimensions of science learning: disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts as well as science and engineering practices. In our classrooms, students become scientists as they engage in inquiry-based investigations, collaborative group work and exciting experiments. We believe in the power of integrating science with other disciplines, allowing students to make connections between science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Our students have opportunities to engage in hands-on engineering challenges, explore real-world applications of scientific concepts and embrace the interdisciplinary nature of modern scientific exploration. 

Wellbeing and Pastoral support 

Children in the elementary school are supported by their Homeroom teacher and also have access to the school counselor should they require this support. 

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Middle School Grades 6 - 8

Middle School Grades 6 - 8

The Middle School phase of a young person’s life is often challenging. Young adolescents go through a significant period of change, physically, socially and emotionally. Transitioning from being a small and highly dependent child to an independent young adult is a complex process which must be managed alongside maintaining an eye on academic growth. 

Peer, societal and media influence play a huge part in our middle school students’ lives. Our students enter Grade 6 as elementary students and exit Grade 8 as high school students. The transformation which occurs during those few years is hugely important in shaping the minds, self-esteem and direction of our students. As such, SZPAG views middle school as a distinct phase within the secondary school and adopts appropriate teaching, assessments and wellbeing activities to support our middle school students.

Assessment in the Middle School 

SZPAG follows the Massachusetts Framework of the Common Core Standards for English medium subjects. Assessment in the middle school consists of continuous Standards Based Assessment (SBA). The curriculum at each grade level focuses on the grade level standards for that subject, which clearly indicates the level of complexity of thought for each given task. Students will have opportunities to revisit skills so that deeper embedding of concepts can occur.

All standards are assessed against rubrics and follow a 1-4 scale. The table below outlines the descriptor for each level.

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SZPAG has a live grade book which is accessible to both our students and parents via Schoology. Regularly visiting the gradebook of your daughter is actively encouraged. It is essential that all of our students and parents have access to the Schoology app: Schoology app for Apple and Schoology app for Android.


In addition to the internal assessments, our students will also sit the external MAP test in Reading, Language, Math and Science twice a year. MAP is the Measure of Academic Progress and is used by American Curriculum schools worldwide to benchmark student performance at any given time against expected US norms. MAP tests are individual and each time a student sits a MAP test they are given a personal Rasch UnIT (RIT) score and target for their next test.

Wellbeing and Pastoral support


Students in the high school are supported by their Homeroom teacher, their Head of Grade and the school counselor.

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High School Grades 9 - 12

High School Grades 9 - 12

The high school years make up the last phase of a SZPAG student’s school career. Making good academic choices and creating an individual educational pathway becomes very important. Over the four years, a student will gain 33 credit hours through following a set number of core subjects plus a range of electives. SZPAG arranges its high school curriculum in a way that ensures that all students can gain Ministerial Equivalency upon graduation. 

Our high school students receive regular guidance in choosing their programs, course levels, and electives from their subject teachers, Head of Student Potential, Pastoral Leads and the Senior Leadership Team.  

SZPAG offers three levels of courses in High School:

● College Prep (CP) – these are the standard courses that most students will take. They are designed internally and assessed against internally set rubrics.

● Honors (H) – these are more rigorous courses which have higher academic demands than CP courses. They are designed internally and assessed against internally set rubrics.

● Advanced Placement (AP) – these are challenging courses set by College Board. They are university level courses designed to stretch and challenge more academically inclined students and help them to be ready for university. The curriculum and assessments are created by the College Board and is one of the few externally moderated assessments in the American Curriculum.

The Arabic and Islamic program of studies at SZPAG are aligned to the UAE Ministry of Education Standards.

Assessment in High School 

Assessment in the high school is by continuous assessment. SZPAG believes that a student should be credited for the work they do on a daily basis. This day-to-day work is a far better assessment of their understanding than a traditional exam, which is a ‘one off’ performance. Furthermore, in developing our students’ approach to work and preparing them for the demands of life beyond school, we believe it is important to emphasize the stamina and commitment needed to be successful in life. 

However, we also recognize that formal exams can place a positive pressure on a student’s skillset. Therefore, formal exams are taken in Honors and AP courses. The number of exams and the weighting of these on the yearly grade is dependent upon the level of course taken. The yearly weighting of exams in each level of course is outlined below:

● Honors (H) courses have two exams. One at the end of term 1 and one at the end of term 3. They contribute 40% of the year’s grade.

● Advanced Placement (AP) courses have TWO exams, one at the end of term 2, and one at the end of term 3. They contribute 40% of the year’s grade. AP students will also sit the external AP exam at the end of the year. 

SZPAG has a live grade book which is accessible to both our students and parents via Schoology. Regularly visiting the gradebook of your daughter is actively encouraged. It is essential that all of our students and parents have access to the Schoology app: Schoology app for Apple and Schoology app for Android.

External Assessments in High School 

In addition to the internal assessments, our students will also sit the external MAP test in Reading, Language, Math, and Science twice a year. MAP is the Measure of Academic Progress and is used by American Curriculum schools worldwide to benchmark student performance at any given time against expected US norms. MAP tests are individual and each time a student sits a MAP test they are given a personal Rasch UnIT (RIT) score and target for their next test. 

As part of SZPAG Graduation requirement all of our students must sit the SAT exam. SZPAG supports our students in preparation for this exam both through curriculum delivered and in specific preparatory classes. All Grade 10 sit the PSAT and students are encouraged to register for and sit the SAT exam in Grade 11. 

SZPAG has 4 graduation classification levels: 

● High School Certificate 

● High School Diploma

● High school Diploma with Honors 

● High School Diploma with Honors Distinction 

Wellbeing and Pastoral support 

Students in the high school are supported by their Homeroom teacher, their Head of Grade and the school counselor.

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Extra Curricular Program

Extra Curricular Program

SZPAG students actively engage in a well-rounded education through a combination of challenging coursework and diverse extra curricular activities. They develop their leadership skills by participating in workshops, lectures and community service with organizations like the Red Crescent. The students also take an active role in shaping their school's development through the Student Council.

At SZPAG, we believe extracurricular activities are essential for our students. They allow our students to learn about themselves and their interests and develop skills that will help them in their future careers and life.

Our ECAs allow our students to make friends, improve their social skills and get involved in new activities that might not otherwise be accessible to them.

Our ECAs also provide a channel for reinforcing lessons learned in the classroom. They offer students opportunities to apply academic skills in real-world contexts and are thus considered part of a well-rounded education.

Grade 1 to Grade 5 ECA’s offer a variety of clubs in many subject areas including science, math, sports, the arts and technology. We also offer partnership programs such as Formula 1 in Schools race car building, internationally recognized Junior Duke Awards and Unified Robotics in partnership with Unified Champion Schools.

For the academic year 2023 – 2024, Elementary ECA’s will have the following themes:

Term 1 – Past, Present and Future

Term 2 – Self Improvement “be the best me.”

Term 3 – Global Explorers

In secondary school, we offer a variety of clubs with different focuses, including art, creativity and support clubs, ensuring that there is something to appeal to everyone. Additionally, we have external examination preparation clubs to guide our students and support them in preparation for acceptance into their universities such as SAT, MAP, EmSAT and AP exams preparations.

The Secondary clubs include:

  • Sports (Soccer Club, Basketball Club, Active Club and Badminton)
  • Arts (School Show, Canva Painting, Mindful Coloring, Knitting and Crochet and Music Ensemble)
  • Leadership Opportunities (SZPA Future Leaders Program)
  • Clubs (Reading Club, Young Historian, Helping Hands, Creative Writing, prophets’ Stories, Problem-Solving Club, Recycling Club, Tilawa and Tajweed and Speaking Classical Arabic)
  • Support Clubs (All Subjects)

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Enrichment Programs

The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls (SZPAG) aims to develop a generation of young women who are proud of their identity, culture and heritage. Our students are well-educated and prepared to meet the challenges in an ever-changing world. The Academy provides a range of unique enrichment programs that are specifically designed for students to develop their characters in all aspects; enhance their skills; help them acquire a greater knowledge; and prepare them in their journey to become active citizens.

● The "Arabi "Program for Enhancement of the Arabic Language Skills 

Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, The Sheikh Zayed Private Academies launched the Arabi program at the beginning of the academic year 2022-2023. In support of the UAE leadership’s efforts to preserve the Arabic language and to reinforce it among students, this program seeks to strengthen the Arabic language from KG 1 to Grade 12. This will enhance students’ skills and confidence enabling them to use it in their daily lives. The program has been designed in accordance with the best practices and research in the field of Arabic language pedagogy.

● Helping Hands Program

In pursuit of enhancing the spirit of cooperation and community service, the school adopted the idea of helping needy families through a project named “Helping Hands”. This is a joint program between SZPAG and the UAE Red Crescent. This initiative aims to provide help to needy families by refurbishing and furnishing their homes, catering to their needs through the support of the academy’s students and their families.

● Student Council 

SZPAG runs both elementary and secondary student councils. The council representatives are chosen through student elections. Throughout the year, student council members meet to discuss a variety of topics and coordinate events for the student body.

● First Aid and CPR Program

This is a mandatory training program for Grade 12 students. It is provided by AAEI and approved by Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and the American Heart Association. At the end of the training program, students receive an approved license that entitles them to practice first aid and save the lives of people 

who need CPR where required.

● My Identity Program

The My Identity Program is an exclusive program for all students from KG to Grade 12 which seeks to promote UAE national identity and equip students with moral values to ensure their comprehensive self and social growth.

● Quran Program

A free optional activity for students in Grades 1 through Grade 9. The program is led by qualified instructors licensed and approved by AWQAF.

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SZPAG is a large and beautiful site. The school is fortunate to have some amazing facilities such as:

  • The learning environment covers 66,000 square meters.
  • It includes more than 25,000 square meters of outdoor green areas.
  • The school has three different buildings to accommodate the students’ ages and needs.
  • The facilities are exceptionally safe and secure.
  • The facilities are maintained by a large team of cleaners, gardeners, security and maintenace staff.


As part of our drive to educate for the future, the school includes green screen facilities and a digital music suite. Our high spec IT infrastructure compliments our one-to-one iPad program. 

Our four science laboratories engage students in daily hands-on learning and experiments. SZPAG is equipped with two prayer rooms and two clinics, one each for elementary and secondary students, as well as classrooms for teaching Arabic, drama, art, music and technology.

We have two gyms and a large sports hall. We also have an indoor swimming pool. 


SZPAG offers a wide range of activities for its students. The girls have access to athletic facilities including a sports and athletic field, basketball court and tennis courts. 

There are 4 outside quads each with ample shading. The ground are landscaped and are a beautiful addition to the school environment.  

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SZPAG is an Inclusive School

Being an inclusive school means that we foster an environment of respect for all, regardless of background, abilities or differences. Inclusivity is also a cornerstone of our school mission ‘Honoring the past, Educating for the future’. The nation’s past has been modeled through the contributions of diverse people. Looking to the future, we wish to equip all of our students with the crucial values and life skills of empathy and open-mindedness so they can thrive in a globalized and diverse society, which considers one anothers varied perspectives and experiences.


At SZPAG we have various avenues to support inclusion:

  • Inclusion Department
  • Gifted and Talented provision
  • SZPAG and its partnership as a Unified Schools member.

English as an additional language

The majority of students at SZPAG are students with English as an additional language (EAL). As a result, the school invests heavily in language support through its literacy coordinators and through regular PD for our teachers. Students identified specifically for their EAL deficiency will fall under the Action Monitoring level of intervention, which is outlined in greater detail below.


SZPAG Inclusion Department

Students with mild to moderate additional learning or behavioral needs

Students needing support can be identified in the following ways:

  • Students of Determination - Students of Determination who require additional support in order to make the best progress.
  • Gifted and Talented - Those demonstrating exceptional ability and/or attainment or talent. See separate policy.
  • Action Monitoring Students who have been raised as a concern by their class teacher and require some intervention and monitoring.


SZPAG’s Inclusion register

 Students who have undergone an external evaluation and been diagnosed with a recognized learning need are placed on our school’s inclusion register and identified on eSIS as a ‘Student of Determination’. Students can be referred to the Inclusion Department on entry or at any point during their education at SZPAG.


Categories of Disabilities / Special Education Need

In line with the UAE Ministry of Education, SZPAG recognizes the following categories of Disabilities/ Special Educational Needs:


?On Entry / Application to SZPAG

SZPAG does not discriminate against any student applying to the school. All students are welcomed to be assessed and places are offered based on the school’s ability to provide for the needs of the child. In order to make the best decision possible, the following measures are used to help assess the level of individual need:

  • Parents/ Carers are asked to disclose any special educational need that has previously been identified.
  • If a child has an identified need the application needs to have supporting documentation, including but not limited to; previous medical /psychological assessments; a previous Individual Education Plan (IEP): and academic reports.
  • For PreK and KG students all applicants are invited to a ‘stay and play’ session, observed by staff. If during this time a need is observed, then further discussion with the parents and the Inclusion team will take place.


Students identified once enrolled at SZPAG 

At SZPAG the expectation is that all our teachers differentiate and recognize that a class of students is made up of a varied mix of learners and abilities. Some students are identified as needing additional support. Before an enrolled student is referred for an external assessment, certain procedures and steps are taken to delve deeper into the area of concern. An existing student will first be placed on an Action Monitoring program.

Action Monitoring

Students who teachers identify as potentially having a learning or behavioral need will be referred to the inclusion department as Action Monitoring. At this stage the class teacher/ subject teacher and Grade Level Lead/ Head of Department will devise some action plans and a time frame to monitor this student. If after a period of time, and the gathering of evidence, such as work sample and test scores, there is still a concern, then the student is referred to the Inclusion Team and the need for an external evaluation is considered.

At the point of placing any student on an Action Monitoring program, parents will be contacted and these important home-school conversations will continue. SZPAG recognizes and values the importance of a strong relationship between home and school.

External Evaluation

Where it is considered to be applicable based on evidence with results of Action Monitoring and professional judgement, SZPAG Inclusion Department may recommend that the student undergo an external evaluation. At this stage SZPAG will recommend centers it works with and guide parents through this process.

Once the evaluation has been carried out and the diagnosis has been sent to school, the Inclusion Team will then draw up a formal IEP for the student. Parents will be consulted during this process and parents are required to sign their agreement for the goals set in their child’s IEP.

Who’s who and responsibilities

Inclusion Lead for each phase and IEP case Manager 

The Inclusion Lead for each phase is responsible:

  • To work with the Inclusion Leads from other phases of the school (EC, Elementary, Secondary) sharing ideas, strategies and creating consistency in approach, where applicable. 
  • To coordinate with their own phase team to ensure that the needs of the whole student are identified and addressed including the social and emotional aspects of learning.
  • To work with the Grade Level Lead/ Head of Year to monitor the overall progress of students and identify students that may have need of additional provision.
  • To assess referred students in line with the Referral Process
  • To give advice to teachers and parents on how students with additional needs can be included in the mainstream classroom and supported at home.
  • To work collaboratively with teachers, parents and students on setting targets, recommend effective strategies and outline provision for the individual student for students placed on an Action Monitoring program.
  • To work collaboratively with teachers, parents and students and be responsible for developing and ensuring the implementation and Individual Education Plan for students of determination across all curriculum areas.
  • To help plan and oversee intervention, and monitor progress of the students receiving intervention.
  • To work with and Inclusion Learning Assistants to ensure that the identified students are making progress.
  • To ensure that up-to-date and accurate files and records are kept to monitor progress in line with the guidelines of the department.


Inclusion Learning Assistant (ILA) 

ILAs are employed by the school to help address the needs of students with special needs. They are an integral part of our Inclusion Team and hold a special education qualification. The ILA’s support students through one to one intervention, classroom push in’s and group pullout’s.

Individual Assistant (IA’s)

IAs are employed by families of students who require a one-to-one level of support as identified in their IEP and external comprehensive report. At SZPAG we provide training to our IA’s and view them as a very valuable resource.



SZPAG Gifted and Talented program of support

The identification of students who show exceptional aptitude towards certain aspects of learning needs to be encouraged and provided for so that their talents can be nurtured and enriched. At SZPAG we offer a gifted and talented program and strategy that is a healthy balance of in school provision and extracurricular activities (ECA). 

Identification of gifted and talented students at SZPAG

Our school uses CAT4 data to help us identify students who are gifted and talented. SAS scores within the individual areas of verbal, quantitative, non-verbal and spatial awareness are looked at as well as the overall SAS. Students falling between 120-129 are considered highly able and student scoring 130+ are considered gifted and talented. Both groups are the students who make up our gifted and talented register. Teacher input is also considered in identifying our students who have special talents.

Below are just some of the things we do as a school to support, encourage, challenge and enrich our gifted and talented students’ experiences.

AP courses

In high school our dedicated team encourage students identified as gifted and talented to embark upon AP courses throughout their high school years. The route to graduating with honors or honors distinction is clearly communicated to them and a close eye is kept on their progress throughout their 4 years in high school.

Swift intervention

Where a student who is identified as gifted and talented appears to be underachieving, swift intervention is put in place via our academic and pastoral teams. Through swift intervention, the root cause of problems can be discovered and solutions found so that students are supported to reach their full potential.

Academic Mentors

For students in high school, academic mentors are in place to provide dedicated one-to-one time for our students. Often this will take place through study hall, but it is not limited to this.


Future Leaders

Students who have a particular gifts or talents are encouraged to become part of the Future Leaders program to develop crucial leadership skills. This is run as an ECA and an elective.

Elementary ECA’s

Aside from providing challenging and appropriately leveled work within the curriculum, the elementary school offers a variety of ECA groups, which are by invitation only. These groups take part in specific STEAM style project-based work and challenges suitable to their particular talent.

External competitions

The school is actively involved in a wide range of external competitions. Our gifted and talented students are always encouraged to join in with these activities to develop their talents further and enjoy the external and wider recognition that they may receive.

SZPAG as a Unified Champion Schools member (UCS)

SZPAG is a Unified Champion School. The definition of what this means is below and is attributed to the Unified Champion Schools website:

‘The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools ® is a program that is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting universal change. With sports as the foundation, the three-component model offers a unique combination of effective inclusive sports, youth leadership opportunities with tools and trainings, and whole school engagement to create climates of acceptance. Students with intellectual disabilities feel welcome and are routinely included in all activities, opportunities and functions.’


SZPAG works in partnership with the Mohamed bin Rashid Center for Special Education (New England Center for Children – Abu Dhabi) (MRC- NECC) and throughout the year students from MRC are invited to take part in events with our students. For example: Unified Sports Day, Unified Robotics Competitions and Unified Choir.


SZPAG organizes student events aimed at raising awareness about issues that promote tolerance, acceptance and an open-minded perspective, all within the framework of fostering equality. At the beginning of each year, we create a calendar which is shared throughout the year with our whole community. Examples of events include such things as:


·        World Kindness Day

·        World Down Syndrome Day

·        International Day of Tolerance

·        World Mental Health Day

·        International Day of Persons with disabilities

·        World Autism Day


Through the continual promotion of inclusion, and educating our students on treating everyone as equal and valued, we hope to promote future leaders who have empathy, tolerance and understanding who can shape their future to be rich with diversity. 

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