The Gulf International Private Academy (GIPA) was established in 2001 and is a private enterprise, licensed by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), accredited by NCA AdvancED, and is a UNESCO member school. It is located in Al Ain, UAE and is an English-medium, highly academic, non-selective, co-educational organization that operates an American Curriculum. Our students come from over 40 different countries; this multicultural setting of the school helps students develop better understanding of world cultures. Teaching Staff: We take pride in our qualified multinational teaching staff who span from countries such as: Australia, Canada, Egypt, Iraq, Jordon, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and the United States. Our staff undergoes an endless process of professional development through in-service training, seminars, workshops, and participation in school committees and/or learning communities to ensure their constant hand on the pulse of educational/academic growth for themselves and their students. Language Policies: English Language Policy: GIPA adopts an “English Only Policy” i.e. English is used as the medium of communication between students and staff at all times. They are strictly cautioned to avoid the use of Arabic to interact with students in all subject classes -except Arabic/Islamic Studies/ Social Studies in Arabic or even in the playground or hallways. Pride in Arabic Language and Culture: The Arabic language is used with teachers of the Arabic language subject, Islamic Studies, and Social Studies in Arabic. During these classes, teachers use Standard Classic Arabic and avoid the use of slang or particular dialects in order to ensure that students are used to the correct usage of the language. It is important to point out here that we aim to reinforce our students’ pride in their native Arabic language and their cultural heritage as well as instill a joy in the language to our non-native speakers.