International Schools Group (ISG), formerly Saudi Arabian International Schools (SAIS) consists of three divisions: the American Division based on a U.S. model curriculum; the British Division delivering the British National curriculum; and the International Division patterned after a U.S. curriculum with the addition of a National Languages Program offering Arabic, Hindi, Filipino, and Urdu.
Our programs accommodate every level of elementary and secondary education beginning with Pre-reception or Pre-KG and culminating in full High School and Key Stage Four programmes. Students also have the option of enrolling in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
American Division schools (Dhahran Elementary / Middle School, Dhahran High School, ISG Jubail School, and Yanbu International School) follow a typical American curriculum, inclusive of courses in English/language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics. Additionally, electives are offered at each site. These include art, photography, instrumental music, choral music, AP classes, technology, and physical education. Global languages offered are French, Arabic, and Spanish. The philosophy, program and learner outcomes developed in curricular areas are similar to those found in schools in the United States. Please contact our individual school sites for specific course offerings.
Our International Division school (ISG Dammam) follows a curriculum model that includes components of an American curriculum as well as those from other countries. Core courses include English/language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics. Additionally, students may participate in elective courses such as journalism, English Plus, and desktop publications. Students have the opportunity to study global languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, and Filipino. Please contact ISG Dammam for specific course information.
Our British Division schools, Dhahran British Grammar School and Sara Village School, follow the National Curriculum of England.
Dhahran British Grammar School is organized into Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1, 2, 3, and 4. Pupils are class-based while in Foundation Stage through Key Stages 1 and 2 and taught in specialist lessons in Key Stages 3 and 4. Specialist subjects including English, mathematics, science, design technology, information and communication technology, history, geography, art, music, physical education, business studies, French, Arabic and PSHE (personal, social and health education). KS4 pupils (Years 10 and 11) undertake an (I)GCSE course of study leading to examinations in Year 11. Please contact the DBGS office for further information.
Sara Village School offers Foundation Stage through Year 6 education on the purpose-built BAE Systems compound south of Dhahran.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
The Dhahran Baccalaureate Centre is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the rigorous and comprehensive two-year curricular programme leading to the IB Diploma. Students begin the programme in Grade 11 (American) and Year 12 (United Kingdom).
Successful completion of the programme will lead to the highly regarded IB Diploma, recognized by universities worldwide.