Jubail Academy International School
The Jubail International School is a member of the Al-Hussan network of schools, including its sister school Al-Hussan Academy in Al-Khobar. It opened in September 1999 and has KGI to grade 12 with students representing around 18 nationalities. The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education, General Administration, approves the school for expatriate education. The language of instruction is English.
The Jubail International School is a university preparatory school educating students primarily for American, British, and Arab universities. The first graduating class, in 2002-2003, grade 12, completed course requirements for a high school diploma. Students at Jubail International School are prepared to take the American College Board Examinations (TOEFL, SAT I, SAT II, Advanced Placement) and the British IGCSE, A Level and AS Level examinations. The preparation for SAT, SAT subject tests, TOEFL, and Advanced Placement are not held by teachers. Students are forced to take tuition for all the courses that are being taught in school.
The tradition of Al-Hussan education in Saudi Arabia began in 1956 when Sheikh Abdel Aziz Rashid Al-Hussan started the Arab Cultural Institute for adult education. In the following year Al-Hussan Modern Girls School, the first girls’ school in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, was opened.
Today there are twelve schools and other educational institutes throughout the Eastern Province rated among the best in Saudi Arabia, with enrolment of over 6,000 students.
Al-Hussan International Schools are the most recent addition to the organization. Although they are still young in age, they have grown steadily and their occupancy is increasing rapidly. The occupancy for the year 2001-2002 was 540 students in the Khobar School and 285 students in the Jubail School, and waiting lists are now in existence for several grades -a testament to parental belief in the standard of education offered in these establishments. Both Al-Hussan International Schools are English medium day schools, enrolling students from Kindergarten through Grade 12.
The Jubail International School is housed in a purpose-built centrally air-conditioned school building. The single-level facility includes 24 classrooms, library, fully equipped science laboratory, multi-purpose room, computer laboratory and large art room. The outdoor play area consists of two basketball courts, soccer ground and protected kindergarten playground on spacious grounds.
On 1 January 2011, the building of the school was changed. The new building is centrally air-conditioned with an indoor gym.
With the oil boom in early 2000s, Jubail Industrial City saw a huge increase in population. The number of students grew rapidly in the school; the administration decided to split the school in two sections, one separate for boys and another separate for girls. The change was completed successfully in late 2008. Initially the teachers commuted but later new teachers were hired to cover up the gap. Both of the new sections are closely situated and there is usual traffic of teachers between the schools to discuss important matters regarding exams and preparation.
The student body has its own well-structured union to represent it. The structure is typical of that of any International School. It consists of a President and Vice President along with the Secretary and there are members, called reps, from all grades. It is a very democratic type of system and elections are held each year to elect the council. The motto of the student council, as it is depicted on the logo is "Making it happen..."
The Jubail International School admission policy is competitive. All students are required to take a diagnostic exam for grade/level placement in English and Mathematics. All students must choose a second language: French, Arabic or Urdu.
The school is endorsed by some of highly respected organisations. These include CITA (Commission on Trans Regional Accreditation) and CIS (Council of International Schools). The school is also the testing centre for British IGCSE, AS Level and A Level examinations.
Two of the students among the six students who excelled in CIE Examination board in Saudi Arabia were from Jubail International School. Georges Obied ranked top in the world in IGCSE Physics. Saman Ishtiaq Malik ranked top in the world in AS Applied ICT.
- 6 students from schools in Saudi Arabia excel in CIE http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=118984&d=8&m=2&y=2009 and http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2009021529316
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