Registration for new students in UAE public schools opens

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on March 7, 2021 | Last updated on March 7, 2021 at 08.40 am
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The registration for the next academic year will run until April 1.

In a tweet, the Emirates Schools Establishment said public school registration for UAE nationals for all cycles, from kindergarten till grade 12, for the next academic year has begun on March 7 and will run until April 1.

The officials have reminded parents that the kindergarten enrollment age is calculated for those who have reached the approved age for registration by August 31 of the academic year 2021-2022.

To enroll in first year of Kindergarten KG-1, pupils must be four years old, including children who were born from 1/9/2016 to 31/8/2017.

For the KG-2, students must be five years old, including children who were born from 1/9/2015 to 31/8/2016.

Pupils wanting enroll in Grade-1 must be six years old, and not more than 8 years old, including those who were born from 1/9/2013 to 31/8/2015.

Parents have been advised to register their children online by visiting

Other conditions for registration:

The students should be residing in the vicinity of the school, registration within the specified dates and submission of registration documents on time, and fulfilling any other requirements as stipulated by authorities.

According to authorities, registration in KG-1 and KG-2 is only available for Emirati students and children of female citizens only, with the exception of remote areas in Abu Dhabi emirate.

Officials said enrollment for distinguished non-Emirati students is from the Grade-2 to Grade-12 only, with the exception of remote areas in Abu Dhabi emirate in accordance with the laws and regulations in place.

All required supporting documents must be attached when registering online.

All applications submitted will be verified through the school administration and student affairs team at the Emirates Schools Establishment, and the applicant will be notified of any action taken on the application through text messages (SMS), or through the registration request list page on the website.

Emirates Schools Establishment

The Emirates Schools Establishment is a federal independent entity with its mandate to manage and operate public schools, prioritising the interests of the students and those at the forefront of the educational process.

The establishment is for enhancing the efficiency of the UAE’s public education sector, within the framework of the government’s general policy, while developing strategies and plans for the education sector, in addition to refining students’ skills and enhancing their knowledge.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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