Saudi Arabia, Dhahran: - Dhahran Campus Schools, International Schools Group

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Date: 12/21/2011 Location: Dhahran Saudi Arabia Description: International Schools Group - State Dept Image

The three Dhahran Campus Schools (Dhahran Elementary/Middle School, Dhahran High School, and Dhahran British Grammar School) are coeducational day schools delivering preschool through grade 12 programs for expatriate students on a shared 40-acre campus. The site is also the location of the District Office of the International Schools Group (ISG). ISG (formerly SAIS-Saudi Arabian International Schools) was founded in 1962 and operates seven schools throughout Saudi Arabia, serving more than 3,500 students. The school year comprises two semesters extending from late August to mid-June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees. The School operates under a license granted by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education.

Curriculum: In addition to the three Dhahran Campus Schools, ISG operates four other schools within three curriculum divisions. A U.S. curriculum is offered at Dhahran Elementary/Middle School, Dhahran High School, ISG Jubail, and Yanbu International School. These Schools are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Students in the American Division have a course of studies typical to that of North American schools. Subjects offered include the core curricular areas of mathematics, social studies, English/language arts, and science, as well as Arabic, Spanish, French, technology, physical education, drama, instrumental and vocal music, and a variety of AP courses. An IB Diploma program (Dhahran Baccalaureate Centre), under the auspices of Dhahran High School, began in August 2011. Students also participate in a full range of cocurricular activities including sports, drama, music festivals, study trips, MUN, and Habitat for Humanity. ISG Dammam, a MSA accredited school, is operated within the International division and delivers a modified U.S. curriculum. Sara Village School and Dhahran British Grammar School are the two British curriculum schools within ISG that offer the National Curriculum of England.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 74 full-time equivalent educators at Dhahran Elementary/Middle and High Schools.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment in the Dhahran Elementary/Middle and High Schools was 907.

Facilities: Dhahran Campus is located on a 40-acre compound. The campus provides for the operational needs of Dhahran Elementary/Middle School and Dhahran High School, and Dhahran British Grammar School. A library resource center with approximately 100,000 items serves the three schools. Other facilities include a dining hall, 3 multipurpose gymnasiums, mini-theater, auditorium, preschool, and a clinic. All facilities are air–conditioned.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the tuition rates are as follows: PS (full day): $5,863; elementary: $11,998; middle school: $12,848; and high school: $14,565. Additionally, there is a $2000 new student enrollment fee. Fees are payable by company reimbursement or direct parent payment. ISG Schools are operated on a not-for-profit basis. Fees are payable in Saudi Riyals. (All fees are quoted in US dollars.)

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