Dunecrest American School in Dubai



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With projects that extend across Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, our STEAM program provides cutting edge learning, allowing students to collaborate, think critically, communicate effectively, and creatively solve problems through activities that foster true innovation, combining the mind of a scientist with that of a designer.


As an Esol Education school, Dunecrest American School enjoys a legacy of over 43 years of educational excellence, part of a global community of over 10,000 students. Thousands of graduates from Esol schools have matriculated to leading universities, with recent graduates currently attending the world’s top 50 schools (as ranked by Reuters and the Times Education Supplement) including Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Yale, MIT and Columbia University.

Welcome to Dunecrest American School in Dubai. We are a learning community which celebrates individualism, fuels excitement, and opens up a world of limitless opportunities to our students and their families. Our holistic American international education inspires students to discover their talents, pursue their passions, and make a positive impact on their communities and the world beyond.

A Community of Excellence

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Our experienced team of international educators works in partnership with parents to create a supportive learning environment that inspires, empowers and enables students to pursue excellence while at Dunecrest. As an Esol Education school, Dunecrest has a rich heritage of experienced leadership and world-class facilities. Our certified, professional and caring teachers have been serving a global community of over 10,500 students over the past 40 years.

A Modern, Spacious Campus

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Our purpose-built campus, located near the Al Barari and Living Legends in Dubailand, is designed in line with the latest education research to create a state-of-the-art learning environment for our students. As an American international school, Dunecrest offers the K-12 American curriculum, with the option of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Grades 11 and 12.

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The current pandemic has pushed the bounds of innovation in education and Dunecrest is no exception.   We are embracing project-based learning's harmonious relationship with technology, the ability to live stream experts into class discussions and the renewed value we all place on being together at Dunecrest.

Playful Learning: Covid's Impact on Early Years

Dunecrest teachers have sought to promote the social and emotional wellbeing wherever possible. Knowing that joining a new class can be intimidating for any young child (even prior to the Covid restrictions) the team began engaging with children on Zoom well before the start of term.

Secrets of the UAE’s most highly successful students

Covid or no Covid, success takes focus, perseverance  and balance.  Congratulations to Year 2, IBDP candidate, Maya El-Chal for being recognized by Gulf News' Baby & Child Magazine as one of the UAE's most successful students.   Thank you for sharing your wisdom with others. 


Dunecrest has capped its enrolment in the 2020-21 school year in order to keep its students safe while attending to students' physical and mental well-being.   This responsive community school will use its free space to carry out socially distanced physical education classes and active recesses and brain breaks. 

Dubai Student Shortlisted for Prestigious Oxford-Princeton Essay Competition

Dunecrest American School is proud to announce a Year 2 IBDP candidate at the school, has been shortlisted for the prestigious John Locke Institute 2020 Essay competition. The student competed with almost 3,000 applicants from around the world; professors from Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard and Chicago adjudicated the competition. 

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