ASA Winter Term Registration Now Open!

Dear Parents,

After School Activities (ASA) Registration for elementary, middle school and high school are now open on the UAS Parent Portal.ASA

We are happy to offer more than 24 ASA choices in the high school during this winter session!

Please note these important dates:

  • Winter ASA Term: January 15 – March 15, 2017
  • Winter ASA Registration Deadline: January 5, 2017
  • Winter ASA Payment Due Date: January 8, 2017
  • Parent Registration Confirmations Sent Home: January 9, 2017
  • Winter ASA Term Begins: January 15, 2017

You can find detailed descriptions of the HS ASA activities here:

Please follow the steps below to register your child for an ASA activity:


Log on to your parent portal page here.
Follow the link to view the descriptions and choose the ASA Activity.
After submitting the form, you will receive an immediate confirmation email that you have requested to register you child for an activity.

If you register your child for a paid activity, kindly pay accounts promptly and bring your receipt to the school office. Please note that the registrations for paid ASA activities is not complete until full payment is made and without payment by the above deadline, ASA assignments will be given to other children.

Please note that spaces are limited in some activities and enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions about the activities, please send an email to:
Elementary School:
Middle School:
High School:

For portal support please email

Thank you for your continued support of the ASA Program!

Fall MAP Results Available on the Portal

Dear Universal American School Parents,

The Universal American School of Dubai uses the MAP standardized test for elementary, middle and high school students. UAS will administer the test three times during the academic year; once in the fall, once in the winter and once in the spring. The fall 2016 results are now available on the UAS portal for parents.

The tests help the UAS educational professionals determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading, mathematics, science and language usage. A Normative Data chart is a part of your child’s scores, which shows the average (mean) RIT scores for your child, in comparison to the average for UAS students and all students who took the test worldwide.

A RIT score is a different type of measure than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to others in his or her grade (a percentile ranking). Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, which is independent of grade level. MAP is not a class ranking system as the tests focus on individual student learning growth.

You can find out more about the MAP tests and how to read the results from the following presentation:

MAP Parent Presentation Link:

MAP Report

Sample MAP Report and Key

In some cases a student’s RIT score may have gone down or their growth may be in the negative range from spring to fall testing. If this happened with your child, please do not panic as this is a single snapshot of the child’s progress and cannot be considered as an indication of a lack of learning. Our guide here is the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), which states, “Each assessment is only a snapshot at a single point in time. Negative growth does not necessarily mean a student is not learning, or that classroom instruction has not been effective, or that NWEA data is not reliable. Rather, negative growth allows for additional opportunities to change the way we discuss our students’ learning. Instead of ignoring these instances as anomalies or assigning blame for their results, we should recognize negative growth as an important element in the culture of data driven instruction. Simply put, for unexplained reasons student scores sometimes fall.”

As UAS continues to develop our data driven instructional practices, we believe we can address these anomalies while at the same time meet the needs of the students whose learning challenges may not have been detected before with our old tests. It is our intention at UAS to continue to administer the MAP test and look for trends that can be examined and determined.

Universal American School has put together a website on each of the divisional blogs that will give you information on the MAP test, on reading your child’s test results, and answers most questions you may have concerning MAP testing and test results. Links to other resources for parents are also available on this site. Additional information is also available from Northwest Evaluation Association at

The UAS Administrative Team

Apple Laptop Discount for UAS Until August 1, 2016

Dear UAS Parents of Students in Grades 5-9,

All students enrolled in grades 5 through 9 will be asked to bring an Apple MacBook and case on a daily basis, as part of their normal school supplies. Our Apple Education partner, Computer Direct Access (CDA), has worked with us to provide families with a discount for MacBook purchases. This discount is available for the entire UAS community though, not just students in grades 5 through 9.

All models of Apple laptop (MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro) and currently sold are acceptable for use at UAS if the hard drive/SSD drive is 256GB or greater. Parents may purchase a student MacBook directly from UAS’ Apple Education Partner, CDA, and receive an 8% discount. You may also choose to purchase from another vendor, but without the discount.

Parents may go to the below link between now and August 1, 2016 and choose from a number of UAS approved MacBook computers. Once the form has been filled out and registration is completed, parents will receive an email with a pro forma invoice. A secure payment gateway link to purchase the chosen MacBook will be sent. Students will be able to collect their new MacBook on student orientation day.

Please use the below link to pre-book an Apple MacBook of your choice from our partner CDA.

Technology has become an essential part of education across our world. UAS is committed to providing its students the tools necessary for them to be competitive in the ever-changing job markets. Apple MacBooks best suits the needs of our students and enable UAS to focus on teaching and student-centered learning instead of time having to learn how to use the technology.

If there are any questions, please refer to the UAS Website about the UAS BYOM Program. You may also contact BYOM about the program via email or visit the Technology website for information. Please bookmark for your future reference.

Andrew Torris

Michael Gilliland
Educational Technology Coordinator


Purchasing MacBook discount for UAS Students and Parents

The Director’s Forum Presentation

Mr. Andrew Torris hosted the Spring Director’s Forum in the Secondary Library today for the parents of UAS. Mr. Torris shared important information about the direction of the school, the Leadership of the school and the re-organization of the secondary school into two distinct divisions. Mr. Patrick Hould followed Mr. Torris’ discussion with important information about the induction of the new middle school division at UAS next school year.

While the slides do not completely share the full amount of information conveyed to parents during the 90 minute presentation, nor the fruitfulness of the question and answer time afterwards, they will give you an idea of what was discussed at the Forum.

This is a condensed version of the presentation that contains only the schoolwide and middle school Powerpoints. We know that our Elementary community is most interested in the schoolwide direction as well as the new middle school program in which our elementary students will eventually be moving into over the next few years.

As always, we invite you to come to school to be part of the conversations about OUR community!