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American and International
Ages 3 to 16

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CurriculumsAmerican and International
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 16
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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 22 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: 55,000 ﷼
to: 75,000 ﷼
Address: Building 1 Mesaimeer 23512، Doha, Qatar
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All the details about this school in their own words

We have organised the information available for this school into 10 sections and 34 questions. Click or tap on the name of each section to read more.
Number of nationalities represented in the school

Currently, over 76 nationalities are represented at The Hamilton International School.

Ratio of local students to international students

20% of our school population are national/local students.

Native English speaking teachers

Yes, all our teachers are Native English speakers

Language support for students not fluent in English

At Hamilton, we have EAL teachers who will work with you and your child to make accelerated progress in English proficiency.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish, French and Arabic.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

All classes are equipped with smart boards,
Our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) offerings are among the best in Doha, with some of the best digital learning technology available.

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)

Hamilton currently utilizes several on-line platforms to engage and interact with students and parents. There is an on-line platform system with video capability for distance learning that we incorporate into teaching.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

It is compulsory for all Muslim students to study Islamic Studies.

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

It is only compulsory for all Muslim students to study Islamic Studies.

External examinations or assessments available

We offer an innovative and exciting bespoke international curriculum through the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) and International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

The IEYC and IPC curriculum is taught in over 2,000 schools and 98 countries, making it a truly global and international curriculum. The school will offer a NEASC accredited US High School Diploma or IB Diploma to students who are preparing for entry into the best international universities.

Kindergarten Years
Pre-Kindergarten (PreK), KG 1 and KG 2 will follow the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC). The IEYC uses international best practices, holistic inquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development.

Elementary Grades
Elementary Grades will follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), an internationally recognized and renowned curriculum. It is a comprehensive, thematic curriculum which is creative, develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning. The Mathematics and English basics will be guided by the English National Curriculum, with rigorous learning goals, in these subjects. Arabic, Islamic and Qatar History will be taught in line with the Qatar National Standards.

Middle School Grades
The Middle School Grades will incorporate the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), which is a challenging, internationally minded and concept-focused curriculum. The IMYC encourages creative and critical thinking skills in a thematic based curriculum to develop active and engaged learners. With specific subject and personal learning goals, it provides a clear structure to develop knowledge, skills and understanding whilst connecting subject learning to their own cultural context. Mathematics and English basics will continue to be guided by the English National Curriculum along with the subjects required for Qatar and their guidelines.

Senior Grades
Students in Grades 9 and 10 will be able to choose to complete the IGCSE exams or they can follow the school-based curriculum which will be accredited by NEASC, a US accreditation organization. Students in Grades 11 and 12 will continue to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) curriculum or they can pursue the school-based curriculum. Students will be able to choose to complete country-specific exams, such as the SAT if required by their university of choice. Both pathways will provide The Hamilton International School graduates with a school-based High School Diploma, accredited by NEASC, a US accreditation organization. This diploma will prepare them for and allow entrance into universities around the world.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

We promise that:
Your children will love coming to our school;
We will actively build a strong parent/school partnership through regular communication and we will keep you informed every step of the way;
Your children will learn at levels that will amaze both them and you;
Your children will leave our school able to move confidently into the next stage of their lives, becoming true global citizens who will make an impact on the world;
Our broad curriculum will inspire your children to be innovative, resilient and critical thinkers;
Our school will be at the heart of the community with a shared sense of purpose.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Our school prides itself on being an inclusive school. We have a dedicated Inclusion Department with specialized teachers, therapists and learning assistants.

Learning support offered

Please contact our Head of Admissions & Marketing, Thouraya El Bouz, on +974 3329 6569 for more details.

Entry evaluation for students

Our admissions policy has been written to ensure that the school is following fair and appropriate procedures regarding the selection of children.

STEP 1 Submit your application

Register your interest now for Pre-KG to Grade 11.

STEP 2 Meet our admissions team:

Once we have reviewed your application, we will invite you to come to tour our facilities and meet with one of our admissions specialists to give you the opportunity to ask questions about the school and understand more about us. This meeting is also a chance for us to learn and understand what is important to you and your family. These meetings can be virtual or onsite.

STEP 3 Assessment:

A member of our admissions team will provide information on the playdate/assessment date and time. Please note if you are applying from overseas, applicants will sit an online assessment.

STEP 4 Offer:

Successful applicants will receive an offer letter for a seat at The Hamilton International School within 2 working days of attending the interview.

STEP 5 Securing Your Child’s Place:

Once you receive an offer, you have one week to complete registration and pay the registration fee to secure your place. The registration fee is QAR 5,000. This fee is non-refundable. By this stage, your child’s documents will have all been submitted.

STEP 6 Starting School:

The school fees should be cleared for the term before the first day of school. Placement of our students in their new class is carried out by our academic staff and senior leadership team. You will be invited to visit the school before term begins to meet us and to find out about the day-to-day running of our new school. We then look forward to welcoming you on your first day!

Brief description of entry evaluation required

A virtual or on-site assessment is required for all new applicants. This assessment takes a maximum of 30 minutes to complete with one of our specialized teachers or trained staff.

Waiting list

There is not a waiting list at this time.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Our deadline will extend to 3rd October 2020 for students transferring within Qatar for the new 2020/2021 academic year.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, depending on a case-to-case basis.

School start time

Our school day starts at 7:20 am. You can view the School Day schedule on https://hamiltoninternationalschool.qa/school-day/

School finish time

School ends at 1:45 pm.
Depending on ECAs your child/children are enrolled in, we finish by 2.45 pm.

School bus service available

Yes, the bus will update new areas in September 2020 for the new 2020/2021 academic year on the main Hamilton website.

School provided lunches

Yes, please contact the Admissions team on https://hamiltoninternationalschool.qa/enquire-now/ to find out more.

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

Yes, please contact the Admissions team on https://hamiltoninternationalschool.qa/enquire-now/ to find out more.

Uniform required

We want students to feel a sense of belonging and pride and to represent the school in an appropriate manner whilst still wearing clothes that are comfortable and suitable. Students should maintain a modest, neat, and clean appearance at all times. Our comfortable and smart school uniform is mandatory for all pupils.
Find out more on https://hamiltoninternationalschool.qa/uniform/

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Extracurricular activities are an important part of a child’s development while at school. For this reason, we offer a variety of activities after school such as football, swimming, tap dancing, and music to name a few.

Sports activities included

We have a variety of sports and physical activities for our students, utilizing our world-class facilities. Please contact the Admissions team on https://hamiltoninternationalschool.qa/enquire-now/ to find out more.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

We have a variety of sports teams available to our students, utilizing our world-class facilities. Please contact the Admissions team on https://hamiltoninternationalschool.qa/enquire-now/ to find out more.

Facilities at the school

As a brand new purpose-built school, we are privileged to have a range of world-class facilities, and our spacious, well-resourced classrooms and learning areas will be filled with natural light, providing excellent conditions for learning.\

• The largest theatre in any school in Qatar – with an auditorium and balcony to seat over 850 guests, an orchestra pit, a large stage, and a fully equipped production room, we are nurturing a fully-fledged performing arts program and it is used to host concerts, performances, and other events.

• World-class science laboratories and ICT suites equipped with the latest digital learning technology will deliver an outstanding and broad education to our students.

• A large black box performing space.

• Exceptional music and production facilities with soundproof rooms, practice rooms, and a sound editing suite, enabling our students to fully experience and appreciate all aspects of producing and executing a performance.

• STEM and creative arts-focused breakout rooms, an interactive space in our libraries for collaboration and group work, a media room with a TV studio, and a green screen and editing suite.

Sports facilities at the school

A dedicated indoor sports center with a full-sized basketball court, two swimming pools, tennis courts, dance studios, and a fitness center, as well as seating for large sporting events.
Outside sporting facilities include a professional standard football pitch and an athletics track that will set a new standard for schools in Doha.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Hamilton International School is part of International Schools Partnership (ISP), a UK-based owner and operator of over 62 schools globally. Hamilton first opened its doors in August 2019. Today, the school caters to over 80 different nationalities with 150 staff members from 26 different nationalities.
The Hamilton International School is open on a large state-of-the-art campus in Mesaimeer, Doha. Hamilton boasts a range of world-class facilities, including the largest theatre of any school in Qatar, a dedicated indoor sports center, outside sporting facilities, state-of-the-art science laboratories, ICT suites, music and production facilities, STEM and creative arts-focused rooms. Fully-fledged music and performing arts programs are nurtured to give every child the opportunity to explore their creativity and develop their confidence.
Currently open to children from Pre-KG to Grade 10, the school will grow each year to eventually offer education from Pre-KG to Grade 12.

The school’s vision is 'to ignite students’ passion, to pursue their purpose and forever chase a limitless potential. This has been the cornerstone of the school since it was established in 2019 and drives many school-based decisions. As a school, we are committed to developing the spirit of excellence and sound character in our students through innovative, well-balanced education. Last year, we reviewed our core values through consultation with staff and SLT. The seven core values essentially give our learner profile and are represented by the seven stars on our school badge. Moving forward, we will create a values rubric with milestones for each value showing how this will be evidenced as a child moves from PreKG to Grade 12.
At Hamilton, we are committed to providing amazing learning which embraces the individuality of each learner and is centered around getting better. We support student learning through a robust, children-focused curriculum, and enriching extra-curricular programs. At Hamilton, we focus relentlessly on each child's ability to amaze. We are a lively, busy, happy, and hardworking school where we support our students to develop a love of learning and achieve to the best of their ability.

Teaching approach of the school

Our Hamilton Teaching Principles are outlined below:
Every Learner receives:
1. Challenge – Activities that challenge me, so I am in my ‘good struggle zone’. I am getting better.
2. Explanation – I understand what I have to do; the explanation really helped me. I am getting better.
3. Modelling – The different ways the teacher has supported me is helping me meet my objective. I am getting better.
4. Practice – I am motivated to practice and have the right amount of time. I am getting better.
5. Questioning – The questions I have asked and have been asked have really challenged my thinking and helped me. I am getting better.
6. Feedback – The feedback from my teachers and peers is specific and personal to me. I am getting better.

Being part of ISP, allows the students to have access to a plethora of co-curricular activities from ISP Quran competition, I am scientist, Math Challenge, Reading Challenge, Chess Competition, VR Buddy Exchange, VR MUN, Futures, and Film Festival… At Hamilton, students elect a student council for primary and another for secondary. Students take part in art competitions, sports competitions, and an extra-curricular program that runs daily after school.


Contact the admissions team at The Hamilton International School