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CurriculumAmerican
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
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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 15 students / class
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: Dinar 2,434
to: Dinar 4,770
Address: Hawally, Beirut Street, Behind Dar Al-Shifa Hospital P.O Box 356 Hawally 32004, Kuwait
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Number of students

379

Number of nationalities represented in the school

22 nationalities

Most common nationality

Kuwait

Ratio of local students to international students

84

Max. number of students per class

Classes sizes are maximum 18 students in a class.

Average number of students per class

15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

All homeroom teachers have educational assistants to support the teacher with the development of a student’s academic, behavioural and personal growth through the implementation of an appropriate, student-centered educational program that meets the student’s needs and builds on areas of difficulty.

Native English speaking teachers

Yes.

Language support for students not fluent in English

Resource Room Support.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, AFL.

Use of technology in the classroom

The Instructional Technology program is designed to assist all students in learning the computer skills needed to be successful in school and in the real world. The elementary aged students use computer software to practice basic computer skills, develop appropriate technology vocabulary, learn touch-typing skills, conduct authentic research, select and utilize appropriate software to support learning, and become familiar with productivity software such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and photo-editing software.

Middle school and high school students continue to learn touch-typing, but also develop advanced skills in research and presentation skills, word processing, database, spreadsheets, internet research, web page design, photo editing, and desktop publishing. In addition, the use of various software programs, internet resources, and various other technologies assist students in their learning through school-based projects, organizational management, and career planning.

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)

E-learning at BIS is activated from last Spring due to a prolonged forced school closure.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Assignment requirements outside of live class sessions will be limited and effort will be made to make the learning experience comparable to traditional class schedules.

Approximate hours of homework given

It does not exceed 20 minutes each school day.

Uniform required

Student uniforms are mandatory for students at BIS from KG1 until grade 12.

Waiting list

Depends on the grade level, generally yes.

Entry evaluation for students

Entrance evaluation.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

English and Math entrance evaluations have been designed by the school to evaluate basic language and math skills reflecting our curriculum. The English evaluation assesses reading, writing and oral language skills; while the Math evaluation assesses basic grade level mathematical skills.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

October.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%.

External examinations or assessments available

Currently our students who apply for university abroad have the option to take either the IELTS or TOEFL exam for English language proficiency. All students at BIS generally take the IELTS exam. If students go abroad to the US, the university may require SAT or ACT exam scores. Only one student take the ACT in the last two years. About 4 students took the SAT last year.

Results in these examinations

Students at BIS average between 5.0-6.0 overall on the IELTS exam. For the SAT exam, the average score was between 800-1000 for last year's graduates.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Islamic religion, classes for muslim students.

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

All non-religious students are in AFL class and there are 2 teachers teaching them AFL. When the AFL students have Islamic, the non-religious students move to Arabic AFL class.

School bus service available

Yes.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes.

Learning support offered

Inclusion program guarantees all students to receive high quality instruction, interventions, and supports that enable them to meet social and academic success regardless of challenges and without restrictions or limitations.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Teachers receive coaching support from the instructional support and provide intervention for students.

Student access to education psychologist

The educational psychologist works closely with the entire school community: students, staff, and parents. The responsibilities include assessing student’s cognitive, achievement, social, and emotional functioning; recommending to teachers specific techniques to meet students' individual needs; and collaborating with teachers to design classroom behavior plans.

The educational psychologist also provide students with short-term counseling for issues that are negatively affecting their academic performance, and when necessary, make referrals to outside mental health professionals.

School start time

7:25 AM.

School finish time

Kindergarten: 12:35
G1 - G12: 14:00

Supervised care before/after school

1. Morning duty begins at 7:00 A.M. Each classroom assistant is assigned an area to supervise. The staff member should circulate within the assigned area, monitoring the activities of students. 2. Afternoon duty begins at 2:00 P.M. and ends at 2:30 P.M. All Elementary and Middle School students are to be escorted to the school’s gate by the Classroom Assistant. Children must not stand outside in the parking area. All staff members must remain at their duty location until 2:30 P.M.

3. Break: Proper supervision by staff is expected, with staff circulating among students. Supervision will be scheduled by the Principal and Assistant Principal.

4. Lunch: Staff are assigned regular lunch duty; a schedule will be created by the Principal and Assistant Principal.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Art, Music, Drama, Sport, Fitness and Academics.

School provided lunches

Yes, through the canteen.

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

No. The Healthy Canteen has been developed to support students making healthy food choices at school. All meals are Halal.

Sports activities included

The Sports and Physical Education program at Al-Bayan International School teaches students a wide variety of skills and places emphasis firmly upon enjoyment and active participation. In the KG program the students learn a variety of generic skills such as catching, throwing, rolling, jumping etc., all designed to improve awareness and hand-eye coordination.

As students move through the grade levels, are exposed to an extensive variety of team games. They have the opportunity to learn games such as soccer, basketball, short tennis and many more. They also have the opportunity to learn basic gymnastic and movement skills. The skills acquired in lower elementary are carried through Grades 4 and 5 and also expanded upon. Enjoyment and sportsmanship are emphasized in the students’ learning, as is the importance of teamwork and cooperation.

In middle and high school, students explore sports in blocks of 6-week activities. The sports include soccer, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, badminton, baseball, athletics, and tag rugby. Once again, emphasis is placed on participation, sportsmanship and enjoyment.

Sports facilities at the school

Big Sports Hall, 2 Small Sports Halls and Basketball Hall.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Al-Bayan International School is a private co-educational international non-profit, KG-12, American curriculum school dedicated to serving the individual needs of all children. BIS believes in a student-centered approach that is collaborative and plans cross-curricular.

Teaching approach of the school

BIS' students benefit from an American curriculum program that is designed to best meet each student’s individual learning needs. All students participate in a rigorous academic program, as well as having opportunities to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities. Students who attend BIS compete successfully with other students in the world. In addition, they exhibit strong character, leadership, and demonstrate compassion for others. BIS is committed to ensuring that its students not only get a personalized education, but also a life changing experience!

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