About Us

The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls, was established in 2000 to fulfill the vision of the late President, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to provide the very highest quality of education in the United Arab Emirates.  

SZPAG is a prestigious school based in Abu Dhabi providing a high quality education for students from KG1 through to Grade 12.  The exclusive Academy accepts applications for registration from international and UAE students of good standing. The Academy offers a holistic K-12 bilingual learning program based on the Ministry of Education and American Curriculum standards.  The school is accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and CIS (Council of International Schools).

The education provided at SZPAG ensures we are realizing our commitment to our community to ‘Honor the past and Educate for the the future.’

Message from the Principal

Welcome to The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls (SZPAG).

Selecting the right education for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent will make. Since opening in September 2000, SZPAG has been an advocate of girls’ education and our students and staff take great pride in being part of a rich and vibrant community which bears the founding father’s name and supports his vision for education.

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The school’s buildings are modern, high quality and enhance the learning opportunities for students. They are all spacious, well equipped and aligned to the educational needs of the age groups they serve. 

- Playing areas for KG.

- Gymnasium in each building.

- Knowledge Centre in the Secondary school.

- Library in Elementary School.

- ICT laboratory in Elementary & Secondary schools.

- 2 prayer rooms, one in each of the Elementary and - Secondary schools.

- 3 science laboratories in the Secondary School and 1 in the Elementary School. 

Events & Activites

Spring MAP Testing Elementary (G2-5)

May 28th - June 9th 2017

Spring MAP Testing Secondary (6-11)

April 26th - May 25th  2017

Last day of term 3

June 22nd 2017

Leadership Team

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    Lisa Hewitt

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    Amirah Salah
    Head of Arabic

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    Patricia Elmer
    Head of Student Achievement

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    Gayle Marshall
    Head of Secondary

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    Melissa Hartsfield
    Assistant Head of Elementary

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    Debbie Lappen
    Assistant Head of Early Childhood

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    Jacky Boulos
    Assistant Head of Arabic

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    Tracie Hamilton
    Head of Elementary

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    Stephanie Rolle
    Curriculum Coordinator


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Address: The Sheikh Zayed Academy for Girls, PO Box 42989 Abu Dhabi,
Phone: Phone: +971 2 619 5555 | Fax:+971 2 619 5610
Hours: 8:00am - 3:45pm