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Al Hada International School Taif, Saudi Arabia


Presented By Professional Systems & Services, Inc.


Our Mission
As a school committed to excellence, we will educate and inspire our students to be responsible, productive and ethical world citizens with the skills and passion to think creatively, reason critically, communicate effectively and learn continuously.

We accomplish this in an American educational environment characterized by measurable standards implemented by a our staff in partnership with students, parents and the community.


Al Hada International School Today
The Al Hada International School - Taif, KSA (AHIS) is private, co-educational day school. The school provides schooling for dependents of physicians and other non Saudis staff who are employed at Al Hada Hospital. AHIS currently serves students from over 20 different nationalities. The teaching staff is comprised mostly of European/North American teachers who are recruited internationally or who live in the expatriate community. The school year begins in late August and continues through early June.


CURRICULUM
AHIS offers an American curriculum with an International perspective for students in kindergarten through grade 9. The curriculum is based on American (USA) national standards in all subjects.

The core program emphasizes reading and the language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Elementary students receive instruction in health, physical education, computer technology, art, music, and Arabic culture.

Middle school students continue their studies in the core areas.

Instructional objectives are clearly defined in all subject areas, but academic expectations are flexible enough to both support and challenge each individual learner. Homework is an important part of the educational process as a means of reinforcing and reviewing the daily classroom lessons. Instruction in all areas encourages students to grow as creative thinkers, critical reasoners and effective communicators.


Beyond academics, AHIS strives to instill in all students a positive attitude toward lifelong learning, an appreciation for cultural diversity, and the skills necessary to be successful in their future endeavors.

FACILITIES
AHIS's is located on the AlHada Hospital Campus. The school building is a modern building with the requisite amenities and includes 10 classrooms and a few administrative offices.


A Library
A computer room.
Science Lab
Athletic field
Multi-purpose event building




ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Kindergarten I - Grade 5)
In Kindergarten emphasis is placed on the development of a positive self-concept, appropriate socialization and readiness skills. The foundations are laid for a happy and successful school experience. Fundamental skills in reading and mathematics are taught in an active, stimulating and accepting environment.

Curriculum for students in grades 1 through 5 emphasizes basic skills in all subject areas and introduces higher level skills to challenge students and stimulate their interests. The curriculum fosters the concept that learning will be enjoyable and rewarding throughout the students' lives.

In grades K - 5 a continuous progress approach is used in the core curricular areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to the core subjects, students receive instruction in physical education, music, art, Arabic culture, library science and computer education. Our curriculum is essentially traditional, but the instructional program makes a variety of provisions to support individual leaning differences.

Students are provided opportunities to demonstrate their many talents, communication skills and leadership qualities through curricular and co-curricular activities. Teachers encourage and assist students in becoming active learners, integrating their ideas, feelings and experiences into the instructional program. Students are encouraged to accept responsibility for their conduct, thereby enhancing their feelings of self-esteem and self-confidence.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-9)
The Middle School includes grades 6 through 9. It is based on an enriched American instructional model and provides a creative
environment in which all children can be successful. AHIS has incorporated many middle school concepts in recent years as we strive to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of middle level students.

Each student is placed with a team of teachers who teach the core curriculum of language arts, mathematics, science, social science and physical education with computer application integrated into the instructional program. The team meets on a daily basis to plan integrated units, to discuss student concerns and successes and to coordinate testing, assignments and homework. Students in grades 6 through 8 participate in elective programs which include a wide variety of course selections including instrumental music, world languages, art, drama and information technology.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
The school utilizes computers with both Macintosh and IBM platforms. Children work with computers in the computer lab.

LIBRARY
The enjoyment of reading and learning is fostered by the AHIS library which include more than ------ items. The library selects and maintains appropriate material for research projects and a wide selection of leisure books. AHIS library also offer computers with Internet access for teacher and student use. Students are instructed in the necessary skills to locate information in a library and to utilize reference materials.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
AHIS's offers physical education program emphasizes both physical and social development. Physical education is a continuous process to motivate each student to make wise choices. Through this program students will demonstrate understanding of sportsmanship, cooperation, respect for and acceptance of self and others, self discipline and confidence. Concepts of safety, knowledge of rules and game strategies, and the promotion of a lifelong physical fitness program are emphasized.
Activity Days
Wellness Week
Walking/running program
Intramural programs and tournaments


ARABIC STUDIES
Arabic language and culture instruction is provided for all students in grades 2-5. Students learn basic conversational patterns in Arabic that can be applied in everyday situations. Students also learn about the culture and customs of our host country by experiencing music, food, games, art and literature.


THE FINE ARTS
DRAMA The Elementary program incorporate drama skills into their everyday class activities and presentations. In the Middle drama is offered as an elective.The Drama program covers many topics including the history of theater, the principles of stage direction, voice and movement techniques, scene design, dramatic criticism, pantomime and melodrama. AHIS's music program includes creating music through rhythm, listening and analyzing music, understanding music in relation to history and culture, learning to read music notation, the care and use of a variety of instruments, and participation in performances, band, orchestra and choir.

ART All students in KG through grade 5 receive regular instruction in art. Students learn by creating art (studio/production), responding to and making judgments about art (criticism), acquiring historical and cultural knowledge about artists and their works (history), and understanding how people justify judgments about art objects (aesthetics). After grade 5, students may continue to pursue their interest in art through elective classes.

LANGUAGES
In international education, long-term language learning plays a key role in preparing students for a world in which international, multi-lingual, multi-cultural connections will be ever present.


STUDENT GUIDELINES
An important goal of AHIS is to develop responsible and ethical citizens. The classroom teacher, supported by the principal, establishes an atmosphere of respect for classmates, adults and self, to engender an atmosphere conducive to learning. Self-discipline underlies the whole educational structure. It develops self control, character, orderliness and efficiency; it is the key to good conduct and consideration of others.


Student Code Of Conduct
AHIS students are required to adhere to a strict code of conduct that does not allow for disrespect of others or disruptive behavior. Inappropriate conduct will be handled through disciplinary channels according to established guidelines. Refer the school's student handbook for more detailed information.

Student Guardianship
Students enrolled at AHIS must reside with their parents or appointed guardians. If parents are absent from home for even a short time, an adult guardian must take responsibility for the student's day-to-day welfare. Parents should submit written notice of such temporary guardianship to the appropriate school office.

Lost Property
AHIS accumulates items found at school and stores them in the lost and found areas located within the school. Depending upon where the item is lost, it may be located in a lost and found area of any of the schools. Students should check these areas when they have lost or misplaced an item. Items that are not claimed by the start of Winter Break or by the start of Summer Break will be donated to a charity association.

Report Cards And Progress Notes
At the end of each quarter (approximately a nine-week period), a grade report is completed for all students and distributed to parents. In addition to the regularly scheduled reports, teachers may send a progress report to the parent if a student is experiencing difficulties in a specific area.


Attendance
Our belief at AHIS is that regular attendance and punctuality are essential to the academic success of our students. Students are expected to arrive on time and to attend classes regularly.

The school has established minimum attendance regulations for its program. These regulations are designed to emphasize to students the critical importance of good attendance and its relationship to academic success. Parents are required to communicate in writing with the school office regarding any absence of their child including late arrival and early departure. The parent and student must also coordinate with the school to collect the make-up missed work due to absences. poor attendance by a student may result in student retention; however, this issue is reviewed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the principal. Refer to the school's student handbook for more detailed information.



Dress/Appearance Guidelines
Students should dress with modesty and decorum, in keeping with the traditions and customs of our host country. While the school does not wish to apply a rigid dress code, the following are basic guidelines.

Girls wear shirts or dresses with sleeves that cover the shoulders and upper arms. Boys wear shirts with sleeves that cover the shoulders and upper arms. Boys and girls may wear shorts to school. Shorts, dresses or skirts worn by students in grades 3, 4 and 5 should reach the knee. All clothing worn to school must be clean, well maintained and loose-fitting.


Homework
Homework is an important continuation of work that begins in the classroom and can help to fulfill the individual needs of each student. Parental encouragement and interest in student assignments produce a positive influence on student attitudes toward school and school work. Each school sets homework guidelines that can be found in the student handbook. Parents are encouraged to be aware of these guidelines and to closely monitor their child's homework assignments.



SCHOOL SERVICES

English-As-A-Second Language
At AHIS the language of instruction is English. A minimal level of English language proficiency may be required for enrollment. Beginning in KG, supplementary ESL instruction is provided for an additional fee for those students requiring assistance with the English language. In addition to their scheduled ESL classes, students follow a regular schedule. A limit is placed on the number of ESL students per classroom. In order for ESL students to fully benefit from this program, parents are encouraged to support the English program in the home.


Testing Program
Students in grades 2 through 9 participate in a standardized testing program measuring academic achievement and ability (Stanford-Otis-Lennon). More extensive testing is available by referral. Middle School students may take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).

Health Services
All health services are provided by the Hospital on site.

Special Education
We do not have any programs or facilities for students with exceptional needs. Students who have physical, emotional, or learning difficulties that cannot be appropriately re mediated, given the school's limitations, will not be admitted to AHIS. The school may discontinue a student's enrollment if it is determined that, despite the best efforts of the school, the student's needs cannot be met by the existing educational program. In addition, the school does not offer a selective program for gifted children.

Learning Strategies
The school's practice is to accommodate individual student's learning needs to as great an extent as possible. In the primary grades, learning strategies is a supplemental program for students designed to support the classroom teacher in efforts to meet and individual student's needs. At the intermediate grade level, the program is designed to reteach and provide additional skills practice based on the unique learning style of the student using specialized materials. The middle school offers three Learning Support Classes, English, mathematics and study skills. These classes are instructed by core teachers who reinforce basic skills and reteach concepts for students who need academic assistance in these areas.

Transportation
Parents and companies are responsible for providing transportation for students of they reside off campus. There may be a designated bus provided as a courtesy. However must families reside on the hospital campus where the school is located. Please plan transportation schedules that will allow ample time to arrive and depart according to the daily schedule. Students should arrive on the AHIS campus no later that 8:00 am. Parents are asked to send written permission to notify the school when changing transportation arrangements.

Lunch
Occasionally there are opportunities for students to purchase food items on campus for special events. However, a canteen or lunch program is not available at AHIS. All students are asked to bring a nutritious snack and a well-balanced lunch to school each day.




ENROLLMENT
Acceptance to the school is at the sole discretion of the managmenet company of Al Hada Hospital (Currently United Medical Group). The school's main function is to provide education to the children of physicians and other staff employed at Al Hada Hospital. Enrollment of other students and tuition can only be approved by the hospital Administration.
Criteria for enrollment include age, entrance exam, previous school records, English language proficiency, learning achievement, availability of program, ability to make tuition and fee payments, and a verifiable requirement for an American education.

Age Of Students
AHIS uses age guidelines for admission as shown in the table below. The minimum age for admission to Kindergarten I and II must be reached before the first of October in the school year for which the child is to be enrolled. New students will be admitted only after verification of the age has been received in the form of either a birth certificate or passport. In other grades, enrollment may be denied if the student's age significantly exceeds the normal average for his or her grade placement.
Grade Placement
5 years old KG
6 years old Grade 1
7 years old Grade 2
8 years old Grade 3
9 years old Grade 4
10 years old Grade 5
11 years old Grade 6
12 years old Grade 7
13 years old Grade 8
14 years old Grade 9


Grade Placement
AHIS seeks to make the most appropriate grade placement for each student based on his or her age as well as academic and social and emotional development within Board policy guidelines.

Kindergarten and grade 1 students are individually assessed by the principal.

Each new student for grades 2 through 12 will be asked to complete a written entrance test. In some instances, students may be asked to return for additional testing or interviewing. AHIS closely observes and monitors the grade placement for all new students for at least a three-week period to ensure that students have been appropriately placed.

English Language Proficiency
In order for students to fully participate in the school's instructional programs, students are required to have English language proficiency. Students may be admitted without such proficiency provided they satisfy all enrollment regulations and enroll in AHIS's ESL program, subject to availability of space.

Previous Schooling
All new students must provide official documentation of previous school experience, including transcripts, report card and test scores. All documents provided must be in English. AHIS may request certification of translation from the Consulate of the country





PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Back-to-School Programs are held soon after the opening of school in the fall. These events give parents an opportunity to meet their children's teachers and to visit classrooms. AHIS encourages conferences between parents and teachers throughout the school year. These may be arranged by either parents or teachers. All schools have scheduled parent-teacher conferences twice a year. Special events such as holiday programs and cultural presentations are scheduled during the school year. Parents will be notified of these events through the weekly newsletter and are encouraged to attend.

Volunteers
Volunteers provide valuable support to AHIS. AHIS staff members value volunteers highly. Parent volunteers often form long-lasting friendships with other volunteers and the teachers as they work together to educate students. Parents may become involved by contacting the school principal.

Guest Speakers
Parents are encouraged to share their special talents, cultural backgrounds, travel experiences or vocational training as guest speakers. Volunteering to share this special knowledge or talent will help AHIS take students "beyond the curriculum." If you have a specialty to share, please contact the principal.

Visitors
Parents are welcome to schedule an appointment to meet with a teacher, the principal or to visit the school. Please contact the school office to set the appointment time.



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Please see current openings and benefits at the link below:
Teaching Opportunities

AHIS employs a qualified, professionally trained staff. Most of the teachers and the principal are from the United States, Canada or the UK. The remaining faculty members are employed from the local expatriate community. Highly qualified, certified teachers with experience are sought throughout the year.

AHIS also employs staff who provide educational and administrative support throughout the school. All support staff are hired from the local community.

Most of our teaching staff are recruited through Professional Systems & Services, Inc. PS&S has been recruiting for us for since 1992. Interested applicants must complete an employment application form, a DETAILED resume and provide copies of:
* Letters of recommendation from past employers.
* Letters or records verifying full time employment.
* Other paperwork that will support their application.

Each teacher applicant should also provide copies of college transcripts, degree(s) and current valid teacher certification. Prior experience must have been full-time employment in a job with description similar to the position for which the applicant is applying.

SUPPORT STAFF
AHIS also employs staff who provide educational and administrative support throughout the school. All support staff are hired from the local community representing more that 20 different countries.



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Calendar



September 2
First Day of School

October 11-14
Half-term holiday

October 28
End of first term

October 30&31
Half day
Parent Conferences

November 1
Teacher Workday
No school for students

Dec 10 to Jan 7
Ramadan/Winter vacation
25 calendar days

January 17
End of second term

February 3
Report cards!

Feb 28 - Mar 10
Hajj vacation
11 Calendar Days

April 11
End of third term

April 16 & 17
Parent conferences

May 19&20
Stanford Achievement Tests

June 6
Last day of school



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