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Saudi Arabian International School (Dhahran Academy)

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Saudi Arabian Intl School Dr. Brent Mutsch, Superintendent
Dhahran Academy
International Schools Group
ISG Box 677
Dhahran International Airport
Dhahran 31932, Saudi Arabia
Tel: 966-3-891-1616
Fax: 966-3-891-2450
E-mail: bmutsch@isgdh.org


The Dhahran Academy (founded in 1962) is a coeducational day school delivering preschool-grade 12 programs for expatriate students in 3 schools in a shared 40-acre campus. Dhahran Academy is also the location of the District Office of the International Schools Group (ISG) which was organized in 1974 and operates 9 schools throughout Saudi Arabia, serving more than 3,300 students. Muslims are allowed to attend only after obtaining the approval of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from the end of August to the middle of June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees. The School operates under a license granted by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education.

Curriculum: ISG operates 9 schools within 3 divisions. A U.S.-style curriculum is offered at Asir Academy, Dhahran Academy Elementary and Junior High School, Dhahran Academy High School, Jubail International School, and Yanbu International School. English is the language of instruction. Two schools - the Dhahran British Grammar School and the Jubail British School - are operated within a British Division and offer an educational program modeled after the English National Curriculum. The British schools were inspected in the fall of 1997 by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED). Abqaiq Academy and Rahima Academy are operated within the International Division and deliver a modified American curriculum with an emphasis on a national language program which teaches a variety of languages to fluency to accommodate students transitioning to their home of origin at the conclusion of their educational experience in Saudi Arabia. These Schools are accredited by the Middle Sstates Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: There are 81 full-time faculty members at the Dhahran Academy in the 2000-2001 school year, including 38 U.S. citizens and 43 third country nationals..

Enrollment: Enrollment on the Dhahran campus at the opening of the 2000-2001 school year was 994 (PS-grade 12), including 331 U.S. citizens and 663 third country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 7 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, and 324 were dependents of other U.S. private citizens, including U.S. business and foundation employees.

Facilities: Dhahran Academy operates a 40-acre campus adjacent to the U.S. Consulate. The campus provides for the operational needs of Dhahran Academy Elementary/Junior High School, Dhahran Academy High School, and Dhahran British Grammar School in air conditioned facilities. A library resource center with 58,000 volumes serves the entire campus. A new cafeteria/auditorium, a multipurpose gymnasium and a clinic opened in the fall of 2000.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, the Dhahran Academy's income derives from regular day school tuition, as follows: PS (half day): $ 2,131; PS (full day): $ 4,261; Elementary and British Key Stage 1 and 2: $7,990; Junior High and British Key Stage 3 and 4: $9,042; and High School: $: 10,707. The School also charges an initial enrollment fee of $1,998. Fees are payable by company reimbursement or direct parent payment. All schools are operated on a nonprofit basis. These fees are payable in Saudi riyals. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs, and the like.