Yemen, Republic of, Sanaa: Sanaa International School

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Date: 12/21/2011 Location: Sanaa Yemen Description: Sanaa International School - State Dept Image
Date: 12/21/2011 Location: Sanaa Yemen Description: Sanaa International School - State Dept Image
Date: 12/21/2010 Location: Sanaa Description: SIS School building - State Dept Image





The Sanaa International School is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1971. The school year comprises 3 terms extending from September 6 to December 20, from January 7 to March 28, and from March 31 to June 20.

Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 3 to 7 members who are selected and appointed by a committee made up of the founders of Quality Schools International and at least one other member of the Board of Directors of Quality Schools International. An Advisory Board of 5 to 10 persons living in Sanaa assists the School in its operation. The School operates with the approval of the Yemen government.

Curriculum: The School offers a performance-based/mastery learning approach to education with a curriculum similar to that of U.S. public and private schools. Instruction, leading to individual mastery, takes advantage of small class sizes and the diverse educational backgrounds of the students. Instruction is in English. Arabic and French are taught as foreign languages. Arabic is taught as a first languages to Arabic-speaking children. Online courses are available. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools through December 2013.

Faculty: In 2011-2012 school year, there are 7 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 54 (PK-grade 6: 28, grades 7-8: 9; and grades 9-12: 17).

Facilities: In September 1978, the School occupied a new building on a 34-acre site about 7 kilometers from the center of Sanaa. The building incorporates Yemeni architecture with a modern design and includes a library/learning center surrounded by 8 classrooms. Construction of a second new classroom building, including an auditorium/multipurpose area (for basketball, volleyball, and badminton), was completed in the fall of 1992. The site also includes a soccer field, a softball field, an outdoor basketball court, a double tennis court, and ample playground areas.

Finances: In 2011-2012 school year, approximately 74% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $4,000; Kdg.: $11,400; and grades 1-12: $14,700. An annual capital fund fee of $1,600 per student is required. There is a one-time registration fee of $300. Bus transportation is not available at this time. These fees are payable in U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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