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|
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|Number of students||
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
British, Australian, Canadian, American, Colombian, Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Lebanese, Pakistani, Egyptian
|Ratio of local students to international students||
Over 80% of our students are international.
|Max. number of students per class||
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
Yes, each class or grade up to grade 5 has their own teaching assistant plus learning support teacher.
|Native English speaking teachers||
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
English as an Additional Language
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
Arabic, French, Spanish, German
|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)||
During at-home learning during COVID, we seamlessly pivoted to online learning through the use of Google Meet, Google Classroom and Seesaw.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
Yes, but is grade dependent.
Yes, we have a dress code.
Yes, for specific grades.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Students applying for Kindergarten 1- Grade 5 may be invited to visit a classroom as part of the admissions process.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
Our families require flexibility as they await visas and travel confirmation so we accept registrations year-round.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
Yes, we do.
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
|External examinations or assessments available||
|Results in these examinations||
ABA is a non-selective school. On top of two perfect scores on the IB Diploma Programme, the class average surpassing the worldwide average by over 3 points and 34% of the graduating class (23 students) scoring 40 or more points putting them in the top 9% of global IB DP graduates, the Class of 2021 have capped their learning at ABA with such successful scholarship results. Over a third of students enrolling in undergraduate university programs, received a combination of full and partial scholarships.
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
The student's religion of choice is respected at ABA.
|How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?||
We celebrate our similarities and our differences.
|School bus service available||
Transportation is available through an outside supplier.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Yes, we have a Student Support team focusing on learning needs and English as an Additional Language.
|Learning support offered||
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
The IB curriculum and the ABA teachers are able to meet the student where they are in their learning and to set the child up for success regardless of their starting point. We are a non-selective school with world-class IB DP results.
|Student access to education psychologist||
Our Student Support team will facilitate access to tests as appropriate.
|School start time||
|School finish time||
|Supervised care before/after school||
Not at this time.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
Arts and crafts, construction club, cooking, drawing techniques inspired by stories, Lego, scrapbooking, sewing, Arabic, chess, science, first aid, drama, ukulele, athletics, gymnastics, basketball, cricket, bench ball, soccer, fitness, yoga.
|School provided lunches||
Not at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions.
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
Not at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions.
|Sports activities included||
Swimming, Soccer, Volleyball, Hiking, Camping, Track
|Sports facilities at the school||
Outdoor sports field, playground, swimming pool
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
Yes, we are part of the Muscat Primary Sports League, Muscat Secondary Sports League and MESAC.
|Other facilities at the school||
Performing Arts Theatre, Art Studios, Tennis Courts, Grass Pitch, Swimming Pool
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
We are a diverse and inclusive environment of globally minded leaders and learners committed to shaping a better world.
Founded in 1987, ABA educates the next generation of leaders and innovators, inspiring them to make a positive impact on their world. The only International Baccalaureate World Continuum School in Oman, and a non-profit, ABA enrols over 920 students from Kindergarten through Grade 12, representing over 75 countries. Located in central Muscat, ABA is grounded in its mission to deliver an international education of the highest quality to enable students to be confident, responsible, caring, life-long learners.
For over 30 years, we've been providing students with the skills for an ever-changing future. Today, we must plan for technologies and professions not yet invented that will likely be key to defining global interaction in the future. We need to help our students find comfort with change and develop a genuine sense of flexibility and adaptability. Experiences as members of problem-solving teams and meaningful opportunities to travel and to see and experience the rich diversity of our world build this foundation.
At ABA, we meet students where they are and provide them with the tools they need for success. We focus on the whole child to ensure balance, support, and success. Our small class sizes allow faculty to get to know students on a personal level and understand how to help them best. ABA promotes academic excellence within a context of intercultural understanding and respect.
ABA students will discover amazing learning experiences, inspirational faculty members, countless sports and clubs, and a wide range of supports that care for their academic, social and emotional needs — not to mention a lifelong, global network of friends.
|Teaching approach of the school||
Rather than learning how to answers questions on standardised tests - How often do those pop up in real life? - The IB Programme encourages students to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.