Misk Claims to be First HPL School in Saudi

Misk Schools is claiming to be the first in Saudi Arabia to become a High Performance Learning (HPL) school, and the first in the world to fully adapt HPL to Arabic.
Misk Claims to be First HPL School in Saudi
By David Westley
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Misk Schools is claiming to be the first in Saudi Arabia to be a High Performance Learning (HPL) school, and the first in the world to fully adapt HPL to Arabic.

The Riyadh based school was founded by HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in 2016. It aims to offer a "modern, progressive education in Saudi Arabia", but does so in separate girls and boys sections. Students are in the main from wealthy Saudi families with fees top end, ranging from 85,000 SAR for PreK and KG to 125,000 SAR for Grade 6+. 

Working with the founder and chair of HPL, Professor Deborah Eyre, Misk Schools said in a statement released this month that "it has tailored the framework to meet the specific needs of its students and community, as well as of the Kingdom".

HPL uses evidence from neuroscience and psychology to challenge the belief that only a minority of children can achieve at high levels of performance. It is an approach to teaching and learning designed to deliver high performance "for the many".

Misk School’s Director General, Dr Steffen Sommer said: 

"HPL won’t change what we teach, it will change how we teach, ensuring that all our students develop into enterprising learners and advanced performers, capable of becoming 21st-century global leaders.”

Professor Deborah Eyre said:

“We are delighted to be working with Misk Schools to help reimagine Saudi education and empower every child.”

Professor Eyre and members of the HPL team will visit Misk Schools regularly to train and support teachers. The process will be overseen by Misk Schools Senior Principal, Jeremy Newton, who led the HPL implementation at King’s College School La Moreleja in Madrid, the first school in Spain to become accredited as an HPL World Class School in 2020.

Misk Schools aims to secure HPL World Class School accreditation within the next two to three years.

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