International School of Choueifat

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The International School of Choueifat (ISC) is a collection of international private schools run by the SABIS[1] school system in various countries of the Middle East. The first International School of Choueifat was founded in Choueifat, Lebanon in 1886 and later expanded to various parts of the Persian Gulf region. The first Choueifat school in the Persian Gulf opened in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates in 1975 and subsequently others opened in other cities across the Middle East. Since 1983 the School has also had a branch at Ashwicke Hall on the old Roman Fosse Way near Bath in England, which is also used as a summer school where students can study and learn sports during the harsh summers in the Middle East. In 1985 a branch was opened at Minneapolis in the US.[2]

The education of women has been an emphasis of the School since its inception. Prominent alumni include the educator Leila Saad, the novelist Emily Nasrallah, and the science communicator Ayesha Ahmed, who was a two-time finalist in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge. As she was the only finalist from the UAE, her place in this global science competition put her school in the run for a 100,000USD Cold Spring Harbor science laboratory.[3] [4] [5] [6] The school has a strong academic framework with a focus on mathematics and the English language, providing courses in Edexcel and Cambridge A-level mathematics, AP Calculus BC, and AP English Language which the majority of students partake in.

List of schools in the Middle East[edit]

  • Choueifat, Lebanon
  • Sharjah, U.A.E.
  • Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Ajman, U.A.E.
  • Al Ain, U.A.E.
  • Ras al Khaimah, U.A.E.
  • Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Dubai Ivestments Park, Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Umm al Quwain, U.A.E.
  • International School of Choueifat – Lebanon, Koura, Lebanon
  • El-Mtein, Lebanon
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Al-Sulaimaniah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Al-Wadi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Damascus, Syria
  • Homs, Syria
  • Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Muscat, Oman
  • Adma, Lebanon
  • Manama, Bahrain
  • Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Dream City, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Kalar, Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Duhok, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Soran, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Zakho, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Abu Dhabi Khalifa City "A", U.A.E.
  • Green Community, Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • City of 6 October, Egypt
  • International School of Choueifat, Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan

Charter Schools

  • SABIS International School - Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
  • Holyoke Community Charter School - Holyoke Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Collegiate Charter School of Lowell - Lowell Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • SABIS International Charter School - Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • International Academy of Flint - Flint, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy - Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • International Academy of Saginaw - Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • International Academy of Atlantic City Charter School - Pleasantville, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • International Academy of Trenton Charter School - Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.A. (charter revoked)
  • Mt. Auburn International Academy - Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.

Licensed Schools

  • International School on the Rhine - Neuss, Germany
  • Cambridge School of Bucharest - Bucharest, Romania

Public/Private Partnership Schools

  • Sardam International School- Duhok, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Fakhir Mergasori International School - Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Sarwaran International School - Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Kala International School - Kalar, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Soran International School - Soran, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Suleimaniah International School - Suleimaniah, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Zakho International School - Zakho, Kurdistan, Iraq
  • Military High School - Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Ruwais Private School - Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Military High School - Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Military High School - Al Dhaid, Sharjah, U.A.E.


  1. ^ "ISC - Part of the SABIS network". SABIS. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  2. ^ Cochran, Judith. "Leadership in the Middle East: The Story of Women in Lebanon". Middle East Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Ayesha Ahmed: The Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2018, The P vs. NP problem". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Ayesha Ahmed: The Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2017, The String Theory". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Finalists Announced in Breakthrough Junior Challenge". Higher Education Review. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ "The P vs. NP problem, Ayesha Ahmed". Ayesha Ahmed. Retrieved 1 July 2018.

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