King Faisal School (KFS)

“One of my father’s deeply held principles was that a well-educated population was the foundation for a strong nation. This conviction reflects the Quran’s emphasis on the importance of learning which, in turn, reinforces the lessons of history.”

Prince Saud Al-Faisal
Chairman, Board of Directors, King Faisal School

IN THE WORDS OF PRINCE KHALED ALFAISAL
Chairman, Board of Directors
King Faisal School


My Dear Graduate Sons,

I would like to congratulate you on the completion of an important phase of your life which was aimed to be the start of a bright future. Furthermore, I would like to congratulate all parents on the long-anticipated ripening of another cohort of scholars that marks the attainment of a long-awaited dream.










KFS AT A GLANCE

KFS AT A GLANCE

PIONEERS

To apply IB curriculum in Saudi Arabia in all levels (PYP-Preschool, PYP, MYP and DP)

to launch the Civics Education Program resulting in nation-wide application of the course

to translate the Montessori Program + IB documents into Arabic

to have an international outlook as a Saudi national private school

to be pictured by NASA from outer sapace

to participate in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Translation competition

PIONEERS

1st

  • to have an international outlook as a Saudi national private school
  • To apply IB curriculum in Saudi Arabia in all levels (PYP-Preschool, PYP, MYP and DP)
  • to launch the Civics Education Program resulting in nation-wide application of the course
  • to be pictured by NASA from outer sapace
  • to translate the Montessori program + IB documents into Arabic
  • to participate in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Translation competition

OVERVIEW

Sports day at KFS and bicycle ride competition, where students were placed in groups according to their age and distance travelled.

KFS students in the science lab practicing a practical side of their science lesson.

Campus of King Faisal School.

Children celebrating Saudi Arabia's National Day.

Sports events on campus and outside the school encourage healthy competition amongst the students and in turn enrich their educational journey.

The school campus is located in Riyadh's Diplomatic quarter and boasts a healthy environment with extensive greenery and large open areas for the students to enjoy.

The school's many classrooms utilize their space and visual aids to provide rich and comfortable learning environments for the students.

The school's many labs allow for and promote scientific research and discovery among the students from an early age.

PYP primary school students at the 4th annual Science Fair

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP) students in the classroom, where they are acquiring skills that prepare them for success at the university level.

Grade Five students on stage after receiving their graduation certificates during the annual elementary graduation ceremony.

King Faisal School holds a literary month of cultural activities aimed at promoting the love for reading and encouraging students to increase their knowledge from various sources and at different levels.

The End of Year Celebration for preschool students allowed students to showcase their skills and helped foster teamwork and cooperation in the school community.

King Faisal School celebrates National Day with a number of national songs, presentations and speeches highlighting the achievements of the founder of the country, the late King Abdulaziz; may God bless his soul.

A CONSTANT PURSUIT OF ACHIEVEMENT

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1991

2001

2002

2003

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Present

Year

1991–2007

Program

The Full-Day Schooling System

Reason

To fulfill the MOE curriculum, extra-curricular activities, study hours, etc.

Details

KFS was unique in applying the Full-Day Schooling System in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It included morning assembly, class periods, meals, breaks, prayer times, and field trips, in addition to the Study Hall Program which allows students to do their homework at school under the supervision of teachers, and the Thursdays Program which provides athletic, cultural, and academic activities.

Year

2012-present

Program

Riyadh Region College Counsellors Association

Reason

To provide a platform for members to discuss recent issues pertaining to admissions to local and international universities

Details

In cooperation with the US Education Department at the American Embassy in Riyadh, KFS founded the Riyadh Region College Counsellors Association and hosted its first meeting. This association has rapidly expanded to include 13 schools.

Year

2013–2014

Program

Hour of Code (HOC)

Reason

To prove that anyone can build future technologies and not only use them

Details

HOC is organized by Code.org, an organization supported by various partners (i.e. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon), dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools to enable every student to learn it. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any career path. 1000 students of grades 1 to 10 at KFS joined this program spending one hour learning computer science, and doing online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Angry Birds.

Year

2011–present

Program

ManageBac (MB)

Reason

To be used as the main communication software between teachers, students and parents.

Details

MB was initially bought in (2011-2012) to be used for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program and strictly for students to write their reflections on Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) activities. In 2014-2015, the school decided to use it as the main software for communications with parents and students as well as the program that teachers use for grade books and assignments. Teachers use MB to take attendance and record tests, quizzes, and homework, while parents can monitor their son's progress on a daily basis. The school decided to use MB because it is user friendly and customized for IB courses, which makes it easier for teachers to write their unit planners.

Year

2001–present

Program

E-Learning

Reason

To integrate technology in education.

Details

KFS was provided with an IT Network infrastructure that allows internet access in addition to various educational programs.

Year

2002–2008

Program

University Preparation Program (UPP)

Reason

To develop the students’ English language and research skills in preparation for university admission.

Details

KFS created the UPP in collaboration with Brown University, a United States Ivy League university with a long prestigious history. Using interactive methodologies, educational technology, and a well-designed curriculum, the international UPP teaching staff created a learning environment which is both challenging and stimulating for students. Learners were guided through the acquisition of those skills necessary to succeed at university and beyond.

Year

2001–present

Program

Development of Thinking Skills

Reason

To present new educational strategies depending on thinking.

Details

In collaboration with a national institution for teaching basic and higher thinking skills, KFS held a special workshop led by Dr. Swartz from the National Centre for Teaching Thinking in the United States. Teachers were able to apply what they learned in different academic stages and in various subjects through spontaneous follow-up from the School’s administration. KFS also prepared a Guide for Teaching Thinking Skills to assist teachers in implementing this program on students.

Year

2007–present

Program

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Reason

KFS adopted the IB Program, one of the most prominent international programs offering a distinguished educational philosophy.

Details

The IB Program is divided into 3 levels:
1) The Primary Years Program (PYP), which focuses on all the aspects of early childhood development.
2) The Middle Years Program (MYP), which emphasizes the development of skills, attitudes, knowledge, and understanding.
3) The Diploma Program (DP) through which students participate in Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) courses.

Year

2008–2011

Program

American Diploma (AD) Program

Reason

To provide an alternative program for students in the secondary school who are not capable of following the IB Diploma program.

Details

It is a SAT-based American program with an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for successful university entry, encouraging them to be active learners and enquirers, well-rounded individuals, and engaged world citizens.

Year

2001

Organizing Space and Aviation Day for better knowledge on the latest space-related achievements

Year

2002

Organizing Environment Day which included lectures, shows, models, posters, and pamphlets

Year

2003

Organizing Health Day in collaboration with Prince Sultan Health Campaign and other hospitals.

Year

2015

• Receiving an achievement of excellence certificate from the Ministry of Education to the Preschool for outstanding performance for 3 consecutive years.
• Presenting a workshop at the IB Regional Conference in Rome by the preschool PYP principal and coordinator talking about bridging the gap between the PYP and the Ministry of Education.

Year

2005

Representing Saudi Arabia in the Arabian Swimming Competition in Algeria and receiving the Ministry of Education award for outstanding performance

Year

2006

Hosting the meeting of the Sports Committee for International Schools

Year

2009

Achieving first runner position at the MYP Mathematics Competition

Year

2012

Participating in the National Olympiad and the Model United Nations Conference

A CONSTANT PURSUIT OF ACHIEVEMENT

Year

1991–2007

Program

The Full-Day Schooling System

Reason

To fulfill the MOE curriculum, extra-curricular activities, study hours, etc.

Details

KFS was unique in applying the Full-Day Schooling System in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It included morning assembly, class periods, meals, breaks, prayer times, and field trips, in addition to the Study Hall Program which allows students to do their homework at school under the supervision of teachers, and the Thursdays Program which provides athletic, cultural, and academic activities.

Year

2012-present

Program

Riyadh Region College Counsellors Association

Reason

To provide a platform for members to discuss recent issues pertaining to admissions to local and international universities

Details

In cooperation with the US Education Department at the American Embassy in Riyadh, KFS founded the Riyadh Region College Counsellors Association and hosted its first meeting. This association has rapidly expanded to include 13 schools.

Year

2013–2014

Program

Hour of Code (HOC)

Reason

To prove that anyone can build future technologies and not only use them

Details

HOC is organized by Code.org, an organization supported by various partners (i.e. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon), dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools to enable every student to learn it. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any career path. 1000 students of grades 1 to 10 at KFS joined this program spending one hour learning computer science, and doing online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Angry Birds.

Year

2011–present

Program

ManageBac (MB)

Reason

To be used as the main communication software between teachers, students and parents.

Details

MB was initially bought in (2011-2012) to be used for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program and strictly for students to write their reflections on Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) activities. In 2014-2015, the school decided to use it as the main software for communications with parents and students as well as the program that teachers use for grade books and assignments. Teachers use MB to take attendance and record tests, quizzes, and homework, while parents can monitor their son's progress on a daily basis. The school decided to use MB because it is user friendly and customized for IB courses, which makes it easier for teachers to write their unit planners.

Year

2001–present

Program

E-Learning

Reason

To integrate technology in education.

Details

KFS was provided with an IT Network infrastructure that allows internet access in addition to various educational programs.

Year

2002–2008

Program

University Preparation Program (UPP)

Reason

To develop the students’ English language and research skills in preparation for university admission.

Details

KFS created the UPP in collaboration with Brown University, a United States Ivy League university with a long prestigious history. Using interactive methodologies, educational technology, and a well-designed curriculum, the international UPP teaching staff created a learning environment which is both challenging and stimulating for students. Learners were guided through the acquisition of those skills necessary to succeed at university and beyond.

Year

2001–present

Program

Development of Thinking Skills

Reason

To present new educational strategies depending on thinking.

Details

In collaboration with a national institution for teaching basic and higher thinking skills, KFS held a special workshop led by Dr. Swartz from the National Centre for Teaching Thinking in the United States. Teachers were able to apply what they learned in different academic stages and in various subjects through spontaneous follow-up from the School’s administration. KFS also prepared a Guide for Teaching Thinking Skills to assist teachers in implementing this program on students.

Year

2007–present

Program

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Reason

KFS adopted the IB Program, one of the most prominent international programs offering a distinguished educational philosophy.

Details

The IB Program is divided into 3 levels:
1) The Primary Years Program (PYP), which focuses on all the aspects of early childhood development.
2) The Middle Years Program (MYP), which emphasizes the development of skills, attitudes, knowledge, and understanding.
3) The Diploma Program (DP) through which students participate in Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) courses.

Year

2008–2011

Program

American Diploma (AD) Program

Reason

To provide an alternative program for students in the secondary school who are not capable of following the IB Diploma program.

Details

It is a SAT-based American program with an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for successful university entry, encouraging them to be active learners and enquirers, well-rounded individuals, and engaged world citizens.

Year

2001

Organizing Space and Aviation Day for better knowledge on the latest space-related achievements

Year

2002

Organizing Environment Day which included lectures, shows, models, posters, and pamphlets

Year

2003

Organizing Health Day in collaboration with Prince Sultan Health Campaign and other hospitals.

Year

2015

• Receiving an achievement of excellence certificate from the Ministry of Education to the Preschool for outstanding performance for 3 consecutive years.
• Presenting a workshop at the IB Regional Conference in Rome by the preschool PYP principal and coordinator talking about bridging the gap between the PYP and the Ministry of Education.

Year

2005

Representing Saudi Arabia in the Arabian Swimming Competition in Algeria and receiving the Ministry of Education award for outstanding performance

Year

2006

Hosting the meeting of the Sports Committee for International Schools

Year

2009

Achieving first runner position at the MYP Mathematics Competition

Year

2012

Participating in the National Olympiad and the Model United Nations Conference

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES & VISITS

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USA

  • 2002 Participation in Summer Camp with Brown University
  • 2004 Visit by KFS Educational Delegation headed by Secretary-General of King Faisal Foundation to various schools in Boston, New York, and Princeton
  • 2004 Visit by KFS Educational Delegation to distinguished international universities in Switzerland and USA
  • 2016 Participation in the Harvard Leadership Summer Program by 8 students from KFS, under the full sponsorship of the MISK foundation

UNITED KINGDOM

  • 2004 Participation in summer camp with the American School in England
  • 2008 Participation in second Summer Recreational Program in Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain
  • 2010 Participation in third Summer Recreational Program in Italy, Switzerland, and Britain

Korea

  • 2009 Participation in the International Robot Competition

Lebanon

  • 2005 Participation in the Approaching Knowledge in the 21st Century Workshop under the auspices of the United Nations

Germany

  • 2012 Participation in the first Saudi-German Youth Forum on Renewable Energy in Hamburg and Berlin

KSA

  • 2012 Participation in the International Educational Forum and Exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Education
  • 2012 Participation in the National Olympiad
  • 2012 Visit by 3 astronauts; Randolph Bresnik, Scott Kelly & Daniel Brandenstein to KFS during their visit to KSA to attend the Saudi International Space and Aeronautics Technology Conference
  • 2016 Hosting the UK Universities Fair in cooperation with the British Council to introduce students to the admission requirements and the IB admission policy of these universities

Arctic

  • 2005 Connecting Cultures Arctic Wilderness Expedition

Switzerland

  • 2004 Visit by KFS educational delegation to distinguished international universities in Switzerland and USA
  • 2006 Participation in an educational program at the Leysin American School
  • 2006 Attendance by KFS students in summer camp with the International Union of Muslim Scouts
  • 2010 Participationin third Summer Recreational Program in Italy, Switzerland, and Britain

ITALY

  • 2008 Participation in second Summer Recreational Program in Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain
  • 2009 Participation in third Summer Recreational Program in Italy, Switzerland, and Britain
  • 2016 Participation of KFS delegation in the Model United Nations Forum in Genoa

MOROCCO

  • 2008 Second KFS Summer Recreational Program to Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain

SPAIN

  • 2008 Participation in second Summer Recreational Program in Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain
  • 2008 Participation in second Summer Recreational Program in Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain

France

  • 2008 Participation in second Summer Recreational Program in Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain

UAE

  • 2014 Participation of KFS delegation in the Model United Nations Forum in Abu Dhabi

Taiwan

  • 2015 Participation of KFS delegation in the Model United Nations Forum

Greece

  • 2015 Participation of KFS delegation in the Model United Nations Forum in Thessaloniki

INTERNATIONAL VISITS

USA

  • 2002 Participation in Summer Camp with Brown University
  • 2004 Visit by KFS Educational Delegation headed by Secretary-General of King Faisal Foundation to various schools in Boston, New York, and Princeton
  • 2004 Visit by KFS Educational Delegation to distinguished international universities in Switzerland and USA
  • 2016 Participation in the Harvard Leadership Summer Program by 8 students from KFS, under the full sponsorship of the MISK foundation

UNITED KINGDOM

  • 2004 Participation in summer camp with the American School in England
  • 2008 Participation in second Summer Recreational Program in Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain
  • 2010 Participation in third Summer Recreational Program in Italy, Switzerland, and Britain

Korea

  • 2009 Participation in the International Robot Competition

Lebanon

  • 2005 Participation in the Approaching Knowledge in the 21st Century Workshop under the auspices of the United Nations

Germany

  • 2012 Participation in the first Saudi-German Youth Forum on Renewable Energy in Hamburg and Berlin

KSA

  • 2012 Participation in the International Educational Forum and Exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Education
  • 2012 Participation in the National Olympiad
  • 2012 Visit by 3 astronauts; Randolph Bresnik, Scott Kelly & Daniel Brandenstein to KFS during their visit to KSA to attend the Saudi International Space and Aeronautics Technology Conference
  • 2016 Hosting the UK Universities Fair in cooperation with the British Council to introduce students to the admission requirements and the IB admission policy of these universities

Arctic

  • 2005 Connecting Cultures Arctic Wilderness Expedition

Switzerland

  • 2004 Visit by KFS educational delegation to distinguished international universities in Switzerland and USA
  • 2006 Participation in an educational program at the Leysin American School
  • 2006 Attendance by KFS students in summer camp with the International Union of Muslim Scouts
  • 2010 Participationin third Summer Recreational Program in Italy, Switzerland, and Britain

ITALY

  • 2008 Participation in second Summer Recreational Program in Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain
  • 2009 Participation in third Summer Recreational Program in Italy, Switzerland, and Britain
  • 2016 Participation of KFS delegation in the Model United Nations Forum in Genoa

MOROCCO

  • 2008 Second KFS Summer Recreational Program to Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain

SPAIN

  • 2008 Participation in second Summer Recreational Program in Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain
  • 2008 Participation in second Summer Recreational Program in Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain

France

  • 2008 Participation in second Summer Recreational Program in Italy, France, Morocco, Spain, and Britain

UAE

  • 2014 Participation of KFS delegation in the Model United Nations Forum in Abu Dhabi

Taiwan

  • 2015 Participation of KFS delegation in the Model United Nations Forum

Greece

  • 2015 Participation of KFS delegation in the Model United Nations Forum in Thessaloniki

GRADUATES OF THE KFS








A STUDENT-CENTERED BODY

  • DEDICATED FACULTY

    KFS students enjoy the highest standards of education with qualified and well-trained educators from all over the world. Specialized in several majors, KFS teachers constantly undergo training workshops and programs on and off campus to remain up-to-date, and thus, properly deliver a rigorous educational program.
  • COLLEGE ADMISSION GUIDANCE

    KFS is keen on offering students informed orientation to guide them after they graduate. It has set up the College Admission Office where students have access to career-related books and study materials and can consult an advisor about solving problems as well as setting goals. The Office also organizes educational summer camps.
  • INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

    KFS students are offered several opportunities to connect with international cultures and exchange knowledge. Numerous delegations from Europe, the USA, as well as the Middle and the Far East have visited the campus, and KFS students have participated in many recreational camps in European and American countries.Since 2008, KFS has also been offering summer enrichment IB courses at Oxford and Cambridge to students in grades 11 and 12, in cooperation with Oxford Study Courses (OSC/UK).
  • SOCIALLY COMMITTED

    KFS students are constantly encouraged to be actively involved in their community. Therefore, according to IB standards, KFS developed the “Creativity, Action, and Service” Program which is awarded as a stand-alone certificate and motivates students to demonstrate their creativity, participate in sports, and carry out social service activities.Social service is also an essential component of the IB MYP program.
  • ACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

    Students develop at both the educational and physical levels throughout their academic years at KFS. In addition to their studies, they get to take part in a variety of sports activities. Students can also participate in summer programs, races, and events that allow them a break from their ample schedule and an opportunity to stay fit and energetic. Also, KFS conducts sports tournaments regularly, and is an active member of the International School Sports League in Riyadh (ISSLR).
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