Welcome to The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Thank you for visiting our website as you deliberate the critical question as to “Which school fits best with the needs of my child and our family?”

My name is John Conway and it is my privilege to be the Founding Principal at one of the most prestigious schools in Abu Dhabi. I arrived at SZPAB from my previous position as Principal of an outstanding school in London, where I was a qualified inspector and worked as a School Improvement Advisor to schools across the region. The task of leading our wonderful school remains incredibly exciting and a huge privilege. I am looking forward to leading our current students to great achievements.

The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys is a continuation of the success and reputation of The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls, which was established in 2000 to fulfill the vision of the Late President, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. As an inclusive school, SZPAB provides the highest quality of holistic education and development for boys and girls from KG1 – Grade 3, and boys only from Grades 4–12.

The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys is an American Curriculum school, with a strong emphasis on Arabic and Islamic studies, as well as UAE culture and heritage, with programs such as UAE SocialStudies, My Identity, Quran Memorisation and our own Eyal Zayed program. Maintaining an appreciation for the UAE's international community and world at large, the school’s vision aims to secure the future of the UAE by providing strong community role-models who understand their heritage and traditions and are also equipped with the skills and life-long learning dispositions necessary to embrace the challenges of tomorrow and to take on leading roles.

In just four years since opening, The Sheikh Zayed Academy for Boys has been judged by ADEK as being ‘Very Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features; the school has achieved Apple Distinguished School Status (the first school with secondary students in the UAE to do so) and has been awarded the school with the Best Blended Curriculum in the UAE, by Schools Compared, as well as making their Top 10 Best Schools in the UAE.

Our aim is summed up in the school’s motto: Honoring the past. Educating for the future

We achieve this at SZPAB by providing a superb American curriculum that ensures that all students are able to make the most of their talents and abilities. To support this aim we benefit from a ‘state of the art school’ with all the innovation and facilities one would expect from a leading school in the 21st century; excellent extra-curricular opportunities and a faculty of teachers and support staff that are of the highest quality.

I invite you to navigate our site, so that you can begin to develop a sense of why the school is so special and the right place for your children and family.

The Late President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is quoted as saying ‘Education is like a lantern that lights up your way in a dark alley’. That is exactly what happens in our school.

Thank you for considering SZPAB as the school for your child. We would be honored to serve your family.

Mr John Conway