The ISG American School Dhahran (ASD) and British School Dhahran (BSD) 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 ISG. ISG (formerly SAIS – Saudi Arabian International School) was founded in 1962 and operates five schools throughout Saudi Arabia, serving approximately 4,000 students. The school year comprises of two semesters extending from late August to mid-June.
Organization: ISG is governed by a seven-to-13-member board of trustees. It operates under a license granted by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education.
Curriculum: In addition to the two Dhahran campus schools, ISG operates three other schools within two curriculum divisions. A U.S. curriculum is offered at the ASD, Jubail and Dammam school sites. 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, science, Arabic, Spanish, French, technology, physical education, drama, instrumental and vocal music and a variety of AP courses. The IB Diploma program is offered at the ASD and Jubail schools. Students also participate in a full range of co-curricular activities including sports, drama, music festivals, study trips, MUN and Habitat for Humanity. BSD and Sara Village School are the two British curriculum schools within ISG that offer the National Curriculum of England, accredited by the Council of International Schools.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, ASD has 132 total staff including 93 teachers, 51 of whom are U.S. citizens, 4 host-country nationals, and 37 third-country nationals representing 13 countries.
Enrollment: For the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment at ASD is 1,117, including 310 U.S. citizens, 80 host-country nationals, and 727 third-country nationals.
Facilities: ISG’s Dhahran campus transitioned to their new campus over the summer of 2022.The new site is in the up-and-coming area of Aziziyah and has been developed by the Al Rashed Group. Located adjacent to the Canary Vista Compound off Khalediyah Road, it is within close proximity to Dhahran and Khobar. The campus is built over an area of 70,000 square meters. The campus provides for the operational needs of both ASD and BSD, with facilities including elementary and senior libraries, multi-purpose halls, flexible working spaces, medical clinics, a swimming pool, spinning studio and weights room. All facilities are air conditioned. The new campus is the premier education facility for the Eastern Province.
Finances: For the 2022/23 school year, the tuition rates are as follows: kindergarten 1-2: SAR 76,765; grades 1-5: SAR 66,650; grades 6-8: SAR 65,325; grades 9-12: SAR 73,200. Other fees for all grades; new student enrolment fee of SAR 10,000 (excl. VAT) Fees are payable by company reimbursement or direct parent payment. Fees may vary from school to school. ISG Schools are operated on a not-for-profit basis. Fees are payable in Saudi Riyals. (All fees quoted in Saudi Riyals).
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (2023 Special Needs- Saudi Arabia, Dhahran) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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