We welcome students of all nationalities and religions who, in the school’s opinion, will benefit from the rigorous academic, personal and social programmes on offer. We are proud of our visible commitment to diversity and international mindedness.

If you are interested in applying to our school please complete an Online Application Form

Year/Grade Equivalency

Schools around the world use different numbering conventions as well as follow different curriculums. It is common to find North American schools and those following the US Curriculum using a 12 year numbering format, and British schools and those following the National Curriculum for England and Wales using a 13 year numbering format. In addition, there are other numbering conventions as well as those mentioned.

In the UAE there are many schools offering different curriculums and following different numbering conventions. Below is a table indicating Raffles World Academy numbering convention and the equivalent numbered class in schools following a 13 year numbering convention. RWA follows the 12 grade system.

Typical Age of Student12 Grade SystemRaffles World Academy
(12 Grade System)
13 Year System, followed by some schools
17-1812IB Diploma yr 213
16-1711IB Diploma yr 112
15-1610IB MYP11
14-159IB MYP10
13-148IB MYP9
12-137IB MYP8
11-126IB MYP7
10-115IB PYP6
9-104IB PYP5
8-93IB PYP4
7-82IB PYP3
6-71IB PYP2
5-6KG 2IB PYP1
3-4Not ApplicableNot ApplicableKG 1

The ages shown here are typical, and there may be occasional exceptions.


The Admissions team will contact you to arrange an assessment for your child(ren) KG1 to Grade 12. Please note that this will be dependent on the availability of places.

  • For KG and Grade 1, is a paper base test. Kindly contact the Admission department in order to book the assessment.
  • For Grades 2 and above we conduct CAT4 digital testing via an online platform. Assessments take place every working day from 9:00am to 12:00pm by appointment only.

Prospective students studying outside of Dubai may undertake the assessment in their current school, this arrangement is subject to conditions (KG1 to Grade 11 only).

There is an AED1000/- non-refundable assessment fee.


Once the Assessment has taken place and we have received the student’s previous 2 years’ school reports we will evaluate the application.

If your child is accepted into the school you will receive an offer of a place from the Admissions Department, you must respond within 5 days to secure the place.

If your child is accepted but there are no places available at that time your child will be placed on our waitlist. Should a place become available we will contact you immediately.

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