One of the biggest concerns of parents when they learn that they will be relocating overseas is how their children will adjust and be educated. “Will they be happy? Will they be safe? Will they be able to reintegrate when they return home?” These are all questions that parents ask themselves before departure.
All expat children in Abu Dhabi attend private schools, and in spite of the fact that many new establishments have opened up over the past couple of years, competition for places is still stiff. Schools can have waiting lists in certain year levels, and parents may have to wait to receive an offer. However, school places do become available throughout the year, so parents are advised to be patient and to stay in touch with the admissions staff at the school.
It’s a good idea to apply for places at the schools of your choice as early as possible – visit the schools in your area and talk to other parents before you make a choice, as some schools have far better reputations than others. All schools, universities and colleges are overseen by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).