Khaled International Schools is a moderately-priced US curriculum school located in the Ar Rabwa district of Riyadh. The school appears to have made some important strategic decisions in recent years, including its membership of Lebanon-based LWIS Network and its decision to offer the IB Diploma Program in addition to the US AP subjects for Senior students.
Founded in 1995, Khaled International Schools (KiS) offers mainly the US curriculum for Saudi and non-Saudi children from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. The school is organised into Pre-School (where classes are housed in the Girls’ School and are co-educational), Elementary (Grades 1 to 6), Middle School (Grades 7 to 10) and High School (Grades 11 and 12). The school is separated into an independent Girls’ School from Kindergarten to Grade 12, where Grades 1, 2 and 3 boys are also housed in independent classes. There is a separate Boys’ School from Grades 4 to 12.
KiS has clearly taken steps to ensure the quality of the education delivered, through its global partnerships and accreditations which have been established in recent years. The school has been a member of the LWIS (Learner’s World International Schools) Network since 2012 and received accreditation from US-based accreditation board Cognia in 2013.
The LWIS Network is operated by School Development Consultants (SDC LLC) in Lebanon and by SDC Offshore outside Lebanon, with projects across the Middle East and Africa. The Network includes seven schools, located in Lebanon (four schools), Turkey (one school), and Dubai, UAE in addition to KiS. In the case of KiS, LWIS is involved in creating and enhancing a tailor-made US Curriculum and is leading the way to integrate the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, for which KiS is a candidate school.
The school is managed through a Board of Trustees, appointed by owners Al-Surat Educational Corporation LLC. The Board composition is made up of experts in education, business and public relations, with a total of 7 members. The Chairman of Al-Surat Educational Corporation LLC is required to be on the board and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
According to the school, Khaled International Schools, KiS – Riyadh are a community of learners, where education is child-focused, and learner-centered.
The school Vision is “To nurture the leaders of tomorrow, one learner at a time.” KiS believe that every child/learner can learn and will learn differently to the best of his/her ability once properly guided, respected and challenged.
Its Mission statement informs parents that “At Khaled International Schools we are committed to provide a safe, collaborative and nurturing learning environment, where our community of learners, faculty and parents can foster a culture of academic excellence, to contribute to positive change on a social, environmental and economic level.”
The school also outlines its Guiding values and philosophy:
Little information is provided about the nationalities of students or staff (though there is clearly a strong Lebanese influence). The school is led by Leaders of both the Boys’ and Girls’ sections – Mr. Rami Farah and Ms. Manal Abdullah AlOrabi respectively - together with an Academic Director for each school.
According to the school, it delivers a strong American curriculum “within a learner-centered educational system” which is based on global English educational standards and a range of foreign languages, including Chinese, English, Arabic, and French. There is a focus also on STEM subjects, AI and Robotics.
Following the decision of the American College Board to eliminate SAT 2 Subject Tests, KiS seniors studying in the High School are given the opportunity to choose standardized AP courses as an alternative. The school is also a candidate school for the IB Diploma Program, and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
Little information is provided about co-curricular or extra-curricular activities, though some can be gleaned from the Girls' and Boys' Yearbooks published in early 2023.
Sports activities include football, basketball, ping pong and volleyball.
The school does not publish any information about its students’ academic achievements. Students are entered for AP, TOEFL, and SAT tests. In 2022, approximately 110 students graduated from the school with a slightly higher proportion of male students.
The school facilities have been renovated with the Girls’ school comprised of four main buildings and the Boys’ school of three. These include preschool and daycare learners' facilities, ICT labs, Biology, Physics and Chemistry labs, Robotic labs, libraries, Art and crafts rooms, PE rooms, assembly halls, and a theatre, in addition to classrooms, a canteen, an infirmary, and counseling office.
Exterior facilities include sports areas and playgrounds.
Asked what sets the school apart from others in Riyadh, KiS identifies that:
Clearly KiS is keen to include both its student and parent community in the management of the schools.
Students vote for a Student Council to represent them, and teachers and parents form a Parent Teacher Association (PTA). This allows the Board of Trustees to form an Advisory Council to include the Head/s of the Student Council, PTA, and Management as well as recognized educators from the local and expat communities. The school says it adheres to an open-door policy where all stakeholders’ input is valued.
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Fees start at 18,000SAR in KG 1,2 and 3, rising to 21,000SAR for Grades 1, 2 and 3. Fees are differentiated between the Boys and Girls' schools, with those for boys being 23,000SAR from Grades 4 to 9, whilst they are 21,000SAR for Girls in Grades 4, 5 and 6, and 22,000 SAR in Grades, 7, 8 and 9. For Grades 10, 11 and 12, fees are 25,000 SAR in both schools. Non-Saudi nationals pay 15% VAT in addition to the amounts shown.
There is a fee of 2,000 SAR for a Diagnostic test taken by new students to join the school.
Tuition fees exclude transportation, books, stationery, art materials and copy books; (uniforms are sold to parents by an external supplier).
Bus fees are 5,000 SAR per year for Two Ways and 4,000 SAR per year for One Way. (Bus registration fees of 2,500 SAR must be paid before June 1st, to ensure a place on the bus and are deducted from total fees).
A family discount is offered to families who have siblings in school with a discount of 10% of the tuition fees for the child in the second higher grade, 15% of the tuition fees for the third child in the lowest grade and 20% of the tuition fees for the fourth, fifth and sixth child in the lowest grade
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