International Philippine School in Al Khobar
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|International Saudi School in Al Khobar|
|Chairman||MB James S. Yumul|
As of 2002 it is one of 24 overseas Philippine schools. It received its certification as a Philippine school on October 24, 1989.
The School was founded in September 1988 by a group of Filipino parents, led by Lourdes Dulatre. The founders named it as the Philippine Embassy School in Al-Khobar (PESA). PESA formally started its academic operation in June 1989 with a Temporary Permit No. 001 s. 1989 issued by the Philippine Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) signed by Secretary Lourdes Quisumbing. On July 25, 1989, the Chief of the Philippine Mission in Riyadh, Dr. Mauyag Moh'd. Tamano sent a letter to the Saudi Government Officials assigned in the Eastern Province to inform them of the intent to put up a Philippine Embassy School in Al Khobar under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh. The School would follow the standard Philippine Education Curriculum. PESA was formally recognized by the Philippine Government after granting its Temporary Permit under DECS Recognition No. 01 s. 1995 signed by DECS Secretary Ricardo T. Gloria on January 31, 1995. The Ministry of Education (MOE) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia formally recognized PESA as a Filipino Community School by granting its License No. 2/1937 dated 1415/12/29 [May 8, 1995]. In compliance with the permit issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE), where foreign schools should be named as International Schools in addition to the country of nationals served by the school, PESA was renamed in SY 1995-1996 to "International Philippine School in Al-Khobar (originally acronym "IPS Al-Khobar") and currently known to the Filipino community in the Kingdom as "IPSA" (Member Saudi Arabian International Schools).
From 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, the school also hosted the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Philippine International Schools Athletic Meet (PISAM), respectively. PISAM is an inter-school sporting event of Philippine schools from the Eastern Province, Riyadh, and Jeddah, which runs from 26 December through 30 December annually, with sports/games such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, and chess.
- Blanco, Roland. "9 of 24 Philippine-licensed schools abroad are in KSA" (Archive). Arab News. Tuesday 4 June 2002. Retrieved on 24 September 2015.