Athletic Excellence

GEMS American Academy Qatar believes that a well-structured athletics program is crucial in our student’s physical and social development.  Also, there is a strong emphasis on empowering a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle and acquiring team skills to learn and compete cooperatively with others.

Sports Curriculum

GAAQ’s athletics program offers both interscholastic and afterschool sports for upper-elementary, middle and high school students.  The Physical Education Department gives students from Pre-K to Grade 12 opportunities to take physical education courses which prepare them to transform basic skills to complex abilities that can be applied later in sports.  Apart from regular sports events and competitions, the celebration of GAAQ Sports Day (early February) shines as one of our major annual sporting events.  Our Athletic Department and scholar-athletes continuously represent our core values of leadership, innovation, purpose, tenacity and respect.

A Dynamic Program

The athletic year is structured into two seasons (September – December & January – June); each season provides a range of opportunities for our students.  All sports and activities are guided by skilled, experienced and passionate coaches to help our students reach their personal best in whichever activity they choose.  Our athletes compete locally against other international and local schools across Qatar.

  • Qatar Private Primary Schools Sports Association (Grades 2 – 5)

    As part of QPPSSA (Qatar Private Primary Schools Sports Association), GAAQ competes with other schools throughout the year in a variety of sports such as:

    • Track & Field
    • Soccer
    • Cross Country
    • Basketball
    • Swimming
  • Qatar United English Speaking Schools (Grades 6 – 12)

    As part of QUESS (Qatar United English Speaking Schools), GAAQ competes with other schools throughout the year in a variety of sports such as:

    SEASON 1 (September – December)

    • Volleyball
    • Netball
    • Soccer (u16 & u19 years of age)

    SEASON 2 (January – June)

    • Track & Field
    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Soccer (u12 & u14 years of age)
  • SOP (School Olympic Program)

    Supported by the Qatar School Sport Association and the Qatar Olympic Committee, GAAQ is proudly taking part in SOP for the current year.  With competitions from Grades 2 – 12, athletes represent GAAQ in a variety of sports that are typically celebrated in the Olympics such as:

    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
    • Taekwondo
    • Fencing
    • Track & Field
    • Swimming
  • Mascot and Colors

    A red and navy flying Raptor represents our GAAQ philosophy – flying high!  Raptors are birds of prey (like eagles, hawks, falcons and ravens) that are notable and historically valued in Qatar, especially the falcon.  We are proud to belong to the GAAQ Raptor family.  GO RAPTORS!


State-of-the art infrastructure upon a 20,000 square meter campus.  GEMS American Academy Qatar offers purpose-built facilities where students can pursue their interests and have the chance to develop and explore new ones.

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