Guide to International Schools in Saudi Arabia

Guide to International Schools in Saudi Arabia

International schools in Saudi Arabia offer various types of curriculums, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.  Given the number of expats required to fill the country’s workforce – especially in the oil sector – the private international school sector is quite sizeable.  Campuses are concentrated in the capital Riyadh and the coastal cities of Jeddah and Al Khobar.  In addition to the many schools following British, American and international curriculums, there are German, Italian, Pakistani and Filipino foundations, serving the children of nationals working in the Kingdom.  A total of eight schools are accredited by the Council of International Schools, while the Council of British International Schools has two members. There are 18 IB World Schools that offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma, 12 of which offer the Diploma Programme.


Some international schools in Saudi Arabia

British International School Riyadh

PO Box 85769,

Al Hamra, Riyadh, 11612, Saudi Arabia

+966 11 248 2387/0386

Website: http://www.bisr.com.sa/

Tuition

Follows the National Curriculum for England to the end of Year 9, GCSE courses in Years 10 and 11, and A levels courses in Years 12-13, benchmarked against private and leading state schools in Britain. Staff frequently go on training courses in the U.K. and bring British trainers, speakers and facilitators into school to work directly with staff and students. The school has a strong and valued relationship with the British embassy and with the RGBB. Adherence to a modified National Curriculum for England enables students to transfer seamlessly to U.K. schools or universities if or when they return to Britain.

Extra-curricular

Extracurricular activities are plentiful, aiming to nurture interpersonal and social skills. Examples include Anatomy and Dissection Club, Chess Club, Cooking For Fun, History, Film and Documentary Club, Creating Comics, Bollywood, Tapestry, Programming Club and many others. A wide variety of Sports are on offer, with ample opportunities for students to participate in competitive tournaments in KSA and abroad. 

Admissions

The decision whether to accept a child will be based on information contained in the application form, reports from a child’s previous school plus on-line assessments.

Jeddah Prep and Grammar School

PO Box 6316, 

Jeddah 21442,  Saudi Arabia

+966 2 654 2354

Website: http://jpgs.org/

Tuition

The school offers facilities for all stages of education from kindergarten to prep and senior years. The school’s kindergarten follows Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which are a set of standards for the development of children in FS1 and FS2.

The school follows the national curriculum for England and Wales up to the age of 14. From there an international GSCE programme is undertaken and students can be given the option to pursue A-levels after the age of 16.

Extra-curricular

The school offers a large range of extracurricular opportunities including sports, academic and art clubs.  Activities are on offer to pupils in Year One and above.  All pupils should aim to do at least two clubs each phase, and pupils sign up for the programme at the beginning of that phase. Sport has a high profile with numerous matches played during the week and sometimes at weekends. The activities programme is largely free, though some special activities or those off-site may incur a charge. There are drama productions, art competitions, and other academic activities. 

Admissions

An academic assessment and interview with the Head of School and/or Headmaster are required before admission. Entry is by competitive assessment using a series of externally verified assessments provided by GL Assessments in conjunction with Cambridge.  Admission depends largely on performance in the assessment and interview. Ability in spoken and written English, Mathematics and other skills will be taken into consideration before an offer of a place at the school will be made.

For younger children, a gentle assessment takes place, designed to test basic skills and knowledge through creative play and social interaction. The assessment consists of English language analysis, which checks recognition of the alphabet colours and animals. Maths skills are checked by recall of numbers to ten, recognition of numbers and shapes. Hand-eye coordination is tested by completion of puzzles. Knowledge of spoken English is assessed, and general behaviour and social skills are noted.


More reputable schools in Saudi Arabia

New World International School 

PO Box 3682, 

Dammam 31481, Saudi Arabia

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Website:  http://www.newworldschool.com.sa/

Multinational School - Riyadh 

Al Barkah x7, 

Al Falah District, Othman Bin Affah Main Road, Saudi Arabia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Preparatory, Senior.

Website:  https://mns-r.com/

The British International School of Jeddah

PO Box 6453, 

Jeddah, 21442, Saudi Arabia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Website:  https://www.bisj.com/

The World Academy - King Abdullah Economic City 

P.O. Box 8299, 

Jeddah, 21482, Saudi Arabia

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Website: http://www.theworldacademy-kaec.com/

Manarat Jeddah International School - Girls

PO Box 40513, 

Jeddah, 21511, Saudi Arabia

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Website: https://manaratjeddahgirls.edupage.org/

Manarat Jeddah International School - Boys

PO Box 40513, 

Jeddah, 21511, Saudi Arabia

Co-educational, Day, Senior.

Website:  www.manaratjeddah.edu.sa/

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