International Schools Group (ISG), formerly Saudi Arabian International Schools (SAIS), consists of two divisions: the American Division based on a U.S. model curriculum and the British Division delivering the British National curriculum.
Our five schools are coeducational day schools delivering Kindergarten 1 to Grade 12 in the American program and Foundation Stage 1 through Year 13 in the British program.
Students also have the option of enrolling in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
American Division schools follow a typical standards-based U.S. 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.
All schools are accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Our British Division schools follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales.
British School Dhahran 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.
Sara Village School offers Foundation Stage 2 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) / Year 12 (United Kingdom).
Successful completion of the programme will lead to the highly regarded IB Diploma, recognized by universities worldwide.
- Dhahran Baccalaureate Centre (offers the two-year IB Diploma Programme)
DBC is organized under the auspices of ASD (formerly Dhahran High School) and recognized as a IB World School by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).