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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: 30,650 ﷼
to: 63,099 ﷼
Address: Al Farouq Street West Bay, Doha, Zip Code 19716, Qatar
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Number of students

535

Number of nationalities represented in the school

58

Most common nationality

Qatari

Ratio of local students to international students

23% Qatari students

Native English speaking teachers

Mostly

Language support for students not fluent in English

The child must be, at least competent, but preferably fluent in the English language, especially as from Primary.
The school provides support to students for whom English is a second or foreign language. Students requiring support are admitted when adequate support resources are available to address the student’s language learning needs at the time of admission.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, Spanish

Max. number of students per class

22

Average number of students per class

20

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology and innovation are vibrant at SEK International Schools. SEK combines the most up-to-date learning resources and the latest technology, such as iPads, robotics or smart boards, with the innovative Smart Classroom methodology to deliver state-of-the-art student-centred education.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes, SEK-Qatar is prepared to face any possible scenario and continue with classes as normal under any circumstances. We adapt our methods and tools to face-to-face or digital formats depending on the pedagogical purpose, in motivating and enriching physical or virtual spaces, allowing us to create personal development experiences for each student. We have had smooth transitions from face-to-face to online learning, to hybrid-blended learning.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Muslim students have the opportunity to attend Islamic Studies in English or in Arabic.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Non-muslim students devote this time to social-emotional lessons or work on Passion Pursuits time.

External examinations or assessments available

Our students sit the PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS exams as well as IB Diploma exams at the end of grade 12.

Results in these examinations

Our results in the exams show that our school is above world average in PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS. The results of the IBDP exams are also good.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, especially MYP and DP students are expected to continue working at home on some of the tasks.

Approximate hours of homework given

It varies depending on grade level.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100% of our graduates attend a higher educational institution

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

Learning support offered

Support is provided to address educational needs, attending to students’ strengths while helping them to learn compensation strategies in order to independently meet academic demands.
All students are integrated into regular classes and all teachers have a role to play in supporting students with their learning. The school recognises that successful strategies will vary dependent upon the student and situation, whilst remaining committed to our belief in classroom inclusion; differentiated instruction is the most powerful tool when accommodating individual differences.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

These are students who demonstrate outstanding ability or aptitude in one or more areas of creative or academic achievement. These students are on regular basis given differentiated learning instruction which is still within their grade level requirements.

Student access to education psychologist

No

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, there is an interview process that applicants have to go through, it involves an entry exam and an interview with student and parents.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Our primary and secondary students sit a CAT4 exam, to predict student success through the evaluation of verbal, non-verbal, mathematical, and spatial reasoning.

Waiting list

Yes, especially in lower grades (preschool and lower primary)

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

30th March

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, up to 31st January

School start time

07:20h

School finish time

14:30h

Supervised care before/after school

No

School bus service available

No

School provided lunches

Yes, there is a cafeteria where our students can buy food.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, all our food is halal and there are options for vegetarian as well as for allergies.

Uniform required

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities for our students such as Ballet, Football, Basketball, MUN, Fencing, Archery, Taekwondo, Dance, Choir, Dodgeball, Drama, Yoga, Badminton, Chess, Robotics, Qu´ran Club, Yearbook, Photography, English support, maths support and Arabic support among others

Sports activities included

All our PYP and MYP students attend physical education lessons, these lessons embed a wide variety of sports in the curriculum.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, our students take part in local sports competitions.

Facilities at the school

The building includes three laboratories (Biology lab, Chemistry lab and Physics lab), an auditorium, a library, a multimedia room, a large multi-purpose hall, two music rooms, an arts studio, a design work room, a gymnasium and external sports courts, an outside playground for Preschool and an outside playground for primary and secondary, a nurse clinic and a cafeteria.

Sports facilities at the school

There is a gymnasium, a football pitch, a basketball court and a volleyball court.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

SEK International School Qatar was established in 2013 as part of the Qatari Ministry of Education's Outstanding Schools Programme.
SEK-Qatar is an outstanding international school with students and families from nearly 60 different nationalities. SEK-Qatar is an international learning community that enjoys a holistic and skills-based approach to learning, where students are challenged and develop as global citizens and international leaders.
As part of SEK Education Group, established in 1892, there are 10 schools in total (Spain, France, Ireland, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) including its own forward-looking university (Camilo José Cela University in Madrid, Spain).

Teaching approach of the school

SEK-Qatar is a learning community that is centered on developing thinking, research, communication, social and self-management skills. The school offers an academic approach, where students explore and develop their talents in arts, physical health, programming, robotics, sciences, mathematics, humanities and languages (English, Spanish and Arabic).
SEK-Qatar is an IB World School authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). The three programmes develop students' intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills that they crucially need to thrive and serve others in today's challenging world. SEK-Qatar is also a recognised Microsoft Showcase School, accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges).
The PYP caters for students from PreK-grade 5 and the MYP for grades 6-10, whilst the DP is offered for students in grades 11-12. Our teaching approaches and whole school community culture is geared towards learning and attitudes that are centred on developing an internationally minded community made up of students who are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers and are balanced and reflective.
We inspire all students to be creative thinkers, problem solvers, active learners and global citizens who make positive contributions towards a better world. The IB programmes at SEK-Qatar are combined with a family-oriented approach, which involves a culture of care, growth and inspiration whilst developing each student’s talents, interests and dreams. Students learn through the understanding that serving and caring for others brings the highest rewards in life, while ensuring that they become skilled, balanced, productive and creative 21st century global citizens.

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