Charter Schools

Charter Schools

Charter Schools

About Charter Schools

Charter Schools is a third education model in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and it is the outcome of a unique partnership between the government and the private sectors. This strategic partnership between the public and private sector stimulates an exceptional exchange of global experiences and supports the UAE national agenda to create a sustainable, knowledge-based and competitive economy.
Charter Schools education model is dedicated to public school students based in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and offer American-based curriculum to kindergarten and cycle one, with more grades to be introduced as students progress in their educational journey.  

Registration Criteria

Eligible students:

  • UAE nationals
  • Children of UAE mothers
  • Holders of decrees to obtain citizenship issued by His Highness the President of the UAE or his deputy
  • Citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (for registration in Grade 1 and above only)

The student must meet the following eligibility Criteria:

  • Reside in the school’s catchment area as defined by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) (view all catchments areas).
  • Meet the age criteria
  • Register during the designated registration period
  • Submit the required registration documents
  • Any other requirements set by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) 

Age and Required Documents                  

  • 4-5 years old: KG 1
  • 5-6 years old: KG 2
  • 6-7 years old: Grade 1
  • 7-8 years old: Grade 2
  • 8-9 years old: Grade 3
  • 9-10 years old: Grade 4
  • 10-11 years old: Grade 5
  • Proof of residence, such as:
    • Ownership Deed
    • Attested tenancy contract
    • Electricity bill
    • Tenancy contract from Abu Dhabi Police
    • Tenancy contract from the General Head Quarter of Armed Forces
  • Student’s UAE ID
  • Student’s birth certificate
  • Parent’s UAE ID
  • UAE national mother’s family book (holders of UAE citizenship)
  • Supporting documents in the event the parent is not the father
  • Copy of the decree to obtain citizenship issued by His Highness the President of the UAE or his deputy
  • Transfer certificate for transfers from other Emirates
  • Attested academic certificate for transfers from outside the UAE
  • Completed registration form
  • Completed SOD registration form, for Students of Determination, and required relevant documents

Charter Schools List and Catchment Areas  


Academic Calendar 2020/21


  Event Date  
Term 1

Start of Academic Year

30 August 2020
  Winter Break (3 weeks) 13 - 31 December 2020  
Term 2

Return from Winter Break

03 January 2021
  Spring Break (3 weeks) 28 March - 15 April 2021  
Term 3

Return from Spring Break
End of Academic Year

18 April 2021
1 July 2021