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SAIS-Abu Dhabi offers a safe, supportive, and challenging place to make the transition from elementary to middle school level smooth and successful. Students find the guidance of caring teachers who appreciate this age group.

By offering a variety of electives, outdoor education, and service experiences, students learn to give voice to their opinions, questions, and personal passions. Project-based learning reinforces the importance of cooperation and collective achievement, while interdisciplinary learning helps students make meaningful connections between coursework and real life, and helps foster understanding and concern for others.

Middle School

Elective Subjects

Electives offered to our Grade 6 students are in the wheelhouse of the arts. Students in Grade 6 can choose to take French, Art, or Music. Electives offered to our Grade 7 and 8 students expand on the arts and introduce new fields of interest thru course offerings of Art, Music, French, Creative Writing, Speech and Debate, Personal Finance, and Cyber Security and Engineering Technology.

Field trips, participating in MUN, Science Fairs assemblies, and other events expose our students to the outside world; Students leave the Middle School fully prepared as ambitious, creative, self-motivated learners.


Personal Finance:

In this introductory finance course, students learn basic principles of economics and best practices for managing their own finances. Students learn core skills in creating budgets, developing long-term financial plans to meet their goals, and making responsible choices about income and expenses.


They gain a deeper understanding of investments, stock markets, and other systems so they can better understand their role in the economy of society.

Students are inspired by the experiences of finance professionals and stories of everyday people and the choices they make to manage their money.

Shark Tank:

This course is designed to expose students as young entrepreneurs. Students will have the opportunity to pick pre-existing issues in the world, through their previous knowledge they will create their own product/service. Real-world entrepreneurs and business experts from inside and outside UAE will serve as mentors and coaches to guide the teams through the process of ideation, scientific research, and business plan development. 
Over the course of the year, students will work in a team to make their idea come to life and then pitch their idea to a group of judges that is composed of different professionals from different fields – similar to the concept of “Shark Tank”.

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