On the Path to Building Legacy

Founded in 2014, GEMS American Academy Qatar has been labeled as a “Top Ten International School in Qatar” as well as one of the “Most Valuable Schools to Watch in the Middle East” by several publications.


School Timeline


GEMS American Academy opened its doors for the 2014 – 2015 academic year


First graduating class at GAAQ started as Grade 9 students during the 2015 – 2016 academic year


  • Mascot Selection: “We Are the Raptors!”
  • Introduction of Writing Workshop across Elementary School
  • Introduction of the curriculum alignment process
  • Officially admitted into first competitive sports league through Qatar Private Primary Schools Sports Association (QPPSSA) league


  •  Officially admitted into second competitive sports league through Qatar United English Speaking Schools (QUESS) league


  • Introduction of first Advanced Placement (AP) classes
  • Named “Top Ten Best International Schools in Qatar” by The Knowledge Review magazine
  • Officially admitted into Qatar School Olympic Program (QSOP)


  • Received full New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation
  • The first GAAQ graduating class, the Class of 2019 


  • Recipient of the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) “School Sustainability Award”


  • Recipient of the prestigious, international Eco-Schools Green Flag Award (only 3rd school in Qatar to receive this award)
  • Named “Most Valuable Schools to Watch – Middle East” by The Knowledge Review magazine
  • Recognized as having one of the “Ten Most Empowering Women in Education – Middle East”


  • Received the Qatar Culture & Identity Accreditation by the Ministry of Education Higher Education (MOEHE)
  • Approved as a Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) center for processing applications for British universities
  • Selected as a National Honor Society (NHS) school


  • One of only three schools outside of the United States designated as a Creative Curriculum Ambassador School

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