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Al Faris International School

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CurriculumInternational, American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): ﷼ 39,000
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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 18 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: ﷼ 39,000
Address: At Taawn Riyadh 12476 Saudi Arabia
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Number of students

2, 015

Number of nationalities represented in the school

26

Most common nationality

Saudi

Ratio of local students to international students

Approximately 60% of our students are Saudi nationals (3:2)

Max. number of students per class

22

Average number of students per class

18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

PreK and KG classes have teaching assistants.

Native English speaking teachers

Yes. Al Faris International School has a global staff including teachers from the Middle East region, South Africa,the United Kingdom and the United States.

Language support for students not fluent in English

No

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic
French

Use of technology in the classroom

All primary students are required to bring a tablet to school daily which is used for interactive learning activities, access to online reading materials, and student research. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards or “smartboards” which allow the teacher to integrate multi-media presentations, video/audio and website content into his/her teaching, thus providing a stimulating learning experience.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

45 min-1 hour

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

No

Entry evaluation for students

All students are required to complete an on -site entrance exam.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Students will be tested on English, math and science knowledge. Study guides per grade level are available on our website.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No specific deadline. Entrance exams for the 2019-20 academic year will begin in March.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

95%

External examinations or assessments available

Required external examinations through the IB Organization are only for those opting for the IB Diploma
MYP students are given the option to complete external examinations to receive an IB MYP certificate.
Students are also prepared to complete optional SAT examinations through the College Board. Our school is an SAT testing center.

Results in these examinations

The following statistics were results for IB Diploma Students 2017-18

Average points obtained by candidates who passed the diploma: 35
Highest diploma points awarded to a candidate: 41
Average grade obtained at the school by who passed the diploma: 5.52

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We are under the direction of the Saudi Ministry of Education. All Muslim students are required to take Islamic Studies.

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

A cornerstone of the IB curriculum is open-mindedness and respect for different beliefs and points of view.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Reading

Learning support offered

We offer reading classes with specialized reading teachers for Grade 1-3 students who require extra reading support.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The IB program is well-suited to gifted and talented students as it allows them to express opinions, direct lines of inquiry, explore their interests and expand their creativity

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

7:15 am

School finish time

1:30 pm for PreK and KG classes
2:20 pm for Grades 1-12

Supervised care before/after school

Our KG Department offers an after school activities program for PreK-KG students from 1:30-2:30 at extra cost

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

After school sports and exercise classes
Varsity and junior varsity sports competitions
Model United Nations, Grades 9-12
CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) is a requirement of our IB program. High school students are involved in a variety of service activities.

School provided lunches

We have a school cateen currently offering sandwiches and pizzas

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

All food served at the school is halal. We have a strict healthy foods policy and do not offer chips, sweets, sugared drinks, etc. Students are expected to adhere to this policy also with lunches brought from home.

Sports activities included

Regular PE classes KG - Grade 12
After school sports activities

Sports facilities at the school

Two swimming pools, indoor and outdoor soccer and basketball courts, a full sized gymnasium, ballet and gymnastics rooms.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Al Faris offers extra-curricular sports competitions for middle and high school students as part of our affiliation with the International Schools Sports League in Riyadh.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Al Faris International School aims to foster an understanding, intercultural and highly effective learning environment that inspires students to become compassionate, knowledgeable, ethical and socially successful global citizens in a world of differences.

Teaching approach of the school

Al Faris is a fully certified IB World School and follows the philosophy and teaching methodology of the IB Programme, which centers on inquiry-based learning whereby students actively guide the learning process through inquiry and discovery, reflect on their learning and translate knowledge into action.

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