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Rowad Al Khaleej International Schools Jeddah Obhour Review

Rowad Al Khaleej International Schools (RAIS) is the educational arm of Al Khaleej Training and Education Company which has been providing educational services to students in Saudi Arabia for 30 years.
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School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2022/23
Availability 2023/24
Annual fee average
SAR 42,000
Annual fees
SAR 40,000–45,000
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Mr Majed Alghamdi
Owner
Al Khaleej Training and Education Company
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Rowad Al Khaleej International Schools Jeddah Obhour

Rowad Al Khaleej International Schools Jeddah Obhour Review

School type
International
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
No rating
Curricula taught
Availability 2022/23
Availability 2023/24
Annual fee average
SAR 42,000
Annual fees
SAR 40,000–45,000
Price band help
Mid-range
Status
Open
School year
Sep to Jul
Principal
Mr Majed Alghamdi
Owner
Al Khaleej Training and Education Company
Community
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Rowad Al Khaleej International Schools (RAIS) is the educational arm of Al Khaleej Training and Education Company which has been providing educational services to students in Saudi Arabia for 30 years.

The story so far...

Rowad Al Khaleej International Schools was established in 1993 and celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2023. The group claims to operate 11 branches in total, though these are made up of three schools with Girls’ and Boys’ sections (one each in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah), and two International curriculum nurseries (one each in Riyadh and Dhahran), although this is not an entirely accurate description as all extend beyond KG grades. There is also one further Elementary school (in Riyadh). In addition, there is a Saudi National Curriculum nursery in Dammam and a Special Educational Needs school in Riyadh. In total the group educates approximately 5,000 students across its schools.

Rowad AlKhaleej International Schools in Jeddah are located in the Al Shera'a area, where both the Boys School and Girls School share a common campus. The school specifically seeks to appeal to international residents as well as Saudi nationals.

Boys and girls initially attend the Kindergarten section of the schools which is mixed-gender from Nursery to KG2.  Male students enter the Boys' Upper Elementary section in the Boys' School building from Grade 4, moving into the Middle School for Grades 6 to 8, and to the High School for Grades 9 to 13. Girls join the school in Nursery and move on to their separate Elementary School from Grade 1, completing their first phase of education at Grade 5. They then join the Middle School for Grades 6 to 8, and the High School for Grades 9 to 12. The capacity of the two schools is approximately 1,900 students.

According to Dr. Khaled Al-Suhaim, Senior Vice President of the Education Sector, 

“Believing in the power of education in the development and upgrading of countries and civilizations, we are committed to providing the highest educational standards to build educated and trained youth at the highest level, to graduate generations capable of realizing their dreams and aspirations, and to challenge any obstacles they may face after graduation, qualified to confront them and able to create new levels of technological and scientific development that Our country deserves.”

The schools seek to provide a “comprehensive learning environment” under the slogan “Education for Life”, in order to raise and nurture a conscious generation that owns the future.  Their Mission is “To empower students to think creatively, to value diversity, to pursue a passion for learning and to contribute in a positive way to society while continuing to embrace the values of society” whilst their Vision is “To be the first choice for k-12 education in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The staffing of the schools is a mixture of qualified teachers with a total of 670 Saudi citizens and international staff who speak English as their mother tongue.  Teachers include those with extensive experience in Arabic and Islamic studies subjects. 

At RAIS Obhour, each school has a team of more than 30 teachers and educational employees made up of Native English speakers, Saudi and other Arab nationals. The Boys School is led by Majed Alghamdi, whilst the Principal of the Girls School is Salwa Jamil. The Academic Supervisor for the RAIS schools, Robert Sawyer, is also based at Obhour.  

What about the curriculum?

RAIS teaches the American Pearson Curriculum, using the California Common Core Standards, in all its international schools.

At RAIS Obhour, students are offered the Common Core Standards Syllabus including Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Non-Core subjects include Art, Information Technology and Physical Education.

In addition, all schools follow the guidelines and regulations of the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Ministry of Education curricula for subjects of national identity, the Holy Qur’an, Islamic education, and the Arabic language. 

The US curriculum is accredited by Cognia, a non-profit organization umbrella grouping of four accrediting bodies within the United States, the North Central Commission on Accreditation, the Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the Northwest Accrediting Commission, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Cognia has accredited schools in 85 countries, serving 36,000 institutions and this serves to ensure that the High School Diplomas granted to graduates of their accredited schools are recognised by colleges and universities internationally.

The schools have adopted a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) curriculum designed to deliver an integrated educational system, including the latest learning technologies. The integrated, cross-curricular approach aims to “achieve academic harmony based on creativity, to remove the barriers between the different basic sciences and mix them into one entity based on simulation of reality and scrutiny and provide unprecedented educational experiences.”  

The RAIS schools aim to provide a professional academic environment whilst integrating academic learning with personal development and the development of talents, whether in music, in sports, in public speaking and dialogue platforms, or on stage, which enhances the health and their mental and physical abilities of students. 

In addition to the formal academic curriculum, all students are exposed to Stephen Covey’s Leader in Me programme, which focuses on teaching students the Seven Habits of success to build and develop successful students and future leaders. The LIM curriculum is taught to students from the Kindergarten level and integrated into the High school curriculum. 

Each school also has an Activity Department which is responsible for the provision of extracurricular activities and which seeks to create talent and develop students’ talents. Students are provided with the opportunity to practice hobbies that are suitable for their abilities, talents and tendencies, and develop students from a personal, practical, scientific and social respect. 

What about the facilities?

According to the group, Rowad Al Khaleej International Schools enjoy facilities and services specifically designed to assist the students' education and provide the appropriate environment for them. Buildings are designed to the highest international standards, with large classrooms, a central playground, and an interactive environment. 

The RAIS Obhour schools operate from Nursery to Grade 12.  Facilities are modern and include a campus spread over 30,000 m2, which offers approximately 40 classrooms in each school and 3 specialist laboratories in each building.

Key facilities include school libraries, information technology labs, science laboratories, art rooms, school cafeterias, playgrounds equipped with modern equipment, indoor gymnasia, and recording halls equipped with theaters, lighting and recording equipment. Outdoor spaces include grassed football pitches. 

The Buzz

RAIS says that it is “proud of the integrated educational orientation in our schools, which combines the latest learning technologies that contribute to building and developing our students’ innovative ideas and developing their personalities and thoughts to be future leaders.”

There is little independent information about the views of parents, teachers or students at RAIS Obhour.  If you are a parent, teacher or senior student, please share your opinions and experience with other potential members of your community and complete our Survey.

 What about the fees?

RAIS Obhour is clearly keen to recruit new students for the school. Fees have been reduced across the school with discounts as high as 45%!

Fees for Nursery are officially 38,000 SAR but are currently reduced by a substantial 42% at 22,000 SAR. Pre and KG fees are officially 40,000 SAR but are similarly reduced by 45% to 22,000 SAR. In the Elementary schools, fees for students in Grades 1 to 5 have been reduced to  30,600 SAR from the official rate of 40,600 SAR. Middle School fees for Grades 6 to 8 are reduced from 43,000 SAR to 31,000 SAR, whilst High School fees for Grades 9 to 12 are reduced by 29%, from 45,000 SAR to 32,000 SAR.  

For families interested in the Girls School, details can be found on their website and they can be contacted by telephone on +966 920033044.

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