National Orthodox School
|National Orthodox School - Shmaisani|
المدرسة الوطنية الأرثوذكسية - الشميساني
|Type||Private, co-educational, day school|
|Motto||Nurturing and Empowering the Young Leaders of Today|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Christian - Greek Orthodox|
|Oversight||Orthodox Educational Society|
|Head of Principal's Body||May Goussous (in Arabic: مي قسوس)|
The National Orthodox School-Shmaisani (NOS) is a private, non-profit, co-educational day school in Amman, Jordan. NOS recently became a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme which it plans to start offering for Grades 11 and 12 students starting the academic year 2018/2019.
NOS was founded by – and operates under the umbrella of – the Orthodox Educational Society (OES), a national not-profit, charitable organization which has among its philanthropic aims the establishment and administration of schools and other educational institutions throughout Jordan.
Established in 1957, NOS was the first co-educational school in the country. Operating out of a rented building in the Jabal Amman, they began with only 70 students and four teachers in three grades (KG1 - Grade One). In 1965, they moved to their permanent premises in the Shmaisani area of West Amman, and they continued to grow until they celebrated their first graduating class in 1972. Today, the school's population has grown to around 2400 students (from KG1 – Grade 12), with more than 360 staff members.
The school is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS).
NOS has also been accredited by the Healthy Schools National Accreditation Project, since 2014. The Health Schools project was initiated by The Royal Health Awareness Society in cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).
On the academic front, NOS is an Certified Examination Centre for Edexcel Programmes and Cambridge International Programme. In April 2016, NOS became a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate Programme.
There are five academic stages at NOS:
- Kindergarten (KG1 and KG2) – known as Whabeh Tamari Kindergarten, in a separate but nearby location.
Stages at the NOS-Shmaisani Campus
- · Lower Primary Stage (Grades 1-3)
- · Upper Primary Stage (Grades 4-5)
- · Middle Stage (Grades 6-8)
- · High school Stage (Grades 9-12)
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