Al-Hussan International School (AHISK) is a private English language day school with 1,318 students, situated in three buildings in the city of Al-Khobar.
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A total of 10 schools are accredited by the Council of International Schools, while the Council of British International Schools has three members. There are 28 IB World Schools, of which 15 offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma and six teach all three stages of the IB curriculum. For a full list of IB World Schools in Saudi Arabia, see the IB's website.
International schools are divided into two types: those owned by Saudi citizens, which are supervised by the Ministry of Education and must conform to its regulations, such as mandatory segregation by gender, and those owned by foreign nationals, which are not.
However, the mould was broken in 2016, when the Nün Academy, a through-train international school teaching in English and Arabic, was set up by Sweden’s Kunskapsskolan Education Group in partnership with a Saudi schools group.
Arabic and religious subjects are taught in the early stages to meet Ministry of Education guidelines, with more instruction in English at secondary level as students progress towards IGCSEs. The school uses KEG’s personalised education model.
Children in Saudi Arabia must attend school from age six to 15 and are entitled to 12 years of free education in the public school system, which is made up of elementary, intermediate and secondary stages. Public provision for education of girls began in 1960.
All public schools are single sex and Islamic studies are compulsory at all levels, with a specialist religious track offered at secondary schools. In 2021, gross enrolment rates exceeded 100 per cent for primary students, including boys and girls, while gross enrolment in tertiary education was more than 70 per cent for both genders.
The country’s first higher education institution, King Saud University, was set up in 1957 and by 2013 there were 25 public universities, including many Islamic studies institutes. A university for women, which evolved out of an all-female teacher training college, is the largest women-only university in the world.
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