The KAUST School
Safaa Gardens School, Office 1132, 4700 KAUST, Thuwal, 23955-6900, Saudi Arabia
+966 12 808 6803
|Director||Leny de Ruijter|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP|
|Diploma Coordinator||Susan Rhodes|
|MYP Coordinator||Peter Powell|
|PYP Coordinator||Jon Davidson|
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The KAUST School (TKS) proudly serves a thriving multi-cultural University community, with an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students from more than 60 nations. As an International Baccalaureate World School authorized in three programs: Primary years, Middle years and the Diploma program, we share a common philosophy and a commitment to high quality, challenging international education for children from K1 through to Grade 12. TKS is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
The school is uniquely located within the university campus of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a destination of choice for world-class scientific and technological graduate education and research, north of Jeddah on the shores of the Red Sea.
The School is purpose built with a design that supports a balanced curriculum. The Gardens Campus which houses the Elementary and Secondary School, has technology equipped classrooms, science laboratories, a design and technology hub, two library media centers, two indoor gymnasiums, two performance theatres, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and soccer pitch. The Kindergarten Campus is filled with natural light, color and materials that stimulate learning. The buildings include activity rooms, two libraries and several specialized rooms for Art, Music, Arabic and Islamic studies.
The School offers a state-of-the-art technology environment that incorporates a broad spectrum of educational solutions while maintaining a 1:1 Apple computing environment.
Our students are the children of KAUST academic and professional staff, TKS staff, graduate students and University partners.
TKS Staff consists of over 330 teachers, specialist support staff and administrators from across the globe, with over 70% having advanced degrees and the majority with previous international school experience.
The school maintains classroom ratios of one teacher to 15 students in early childhood; to 18 students in Elementary; and to 22 students in Secondary.
Our IB Diploma Curriculum
TKS offers a co-educational IB academic program in English. Targeted support is provided for students with instructional needs, including intensive English language support, as required. Both Arabic and French are offered as a first language to native speakers and as a second language to non-native speakers in Secondary. In Kindergarten and Elementary only Arabic language is offered.
With the benefit of being located on a university campus and enclosed community, TKS utilizes all university and community facilities enriching the co-curricular programs.