International Schools Group
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International Schools Group (ISG) is a district of accredited international schools providing American and British education to expatriate families and national students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ISG currently operates seven schools in the Kingdom, of which one, Yanbu International School, is located in the Western Province with the remaining six schools located in the Eastern Province: Dhahran British Grammar School, Dhahran Elementary/Middle School, Dhahran High School (formerly Dhahran Academy), ISG Dammam (formerly Rahima Academcy), ISG Jubail (formerly Jubail Academy) and Sara Village School.
ISG is a not-for-profit school district founded in 1962 with six students on what was then called the Consular Academy. Schools are categorized into three divisions: American, British and International and are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS) depending upon the curriculum offered.
Schools are coeducational day schools delivering preschool/prereception to grade 12 and Key Stage Four programs for expatriate children and Saudi nationals. In 2011, ISG's Dhahran Baccalaureate Centre became an official IB World School. ISG students may pursue Advanced Placement (AP) college preparatory courses or elect to pursue an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The District is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees and is licensed by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education.
ISG hires outstanding teachers with proven teaching skills and currently employs over 300 teachers with nearly 3,500 students. Students represent over 40 nationalities and are accepted by some of the world's most prestigious colleges and universities. The incredible[according to whom?] diversity of third culture students and staff fosters a unique culture of caring and acceptance to support learning.
School facilities are excellent[according to whom?] with outstanding technology resources, spacious student activity facilities, and well-equipped classrooms. Quality extra-curricular programs in a wide-variety of athletic, artistic and academic-based programs support student development with annual opportunities for student travel also provided. The school year for teachers is 190 days and 179 for students. Professional development for teachers is considered essential with opportunities and funding provided. The ISG Alumni Network is a worldwide network of former students and staff who make a difference in their respective communities and support current ISG schools and students.
Two Macs and android tablets are available to students to check out free of charge. All students in ISG are given a Google account with many educational capabilities including the Google Apps for education.
- "About International Schools Group". Retrieved 23 August 2013.
- International Schools Group
- US Office of Overseas Schools report on Dhahran campus schools