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Is there an application deadline? Can my child be enrolled outside of the ISG admissions window?

If you want your child to begin the academic school year at ISG, we recommend that you submit a complete application during the December to February enrollment period.  This allows ISG to properly review the application before all seats have been allocated.

We understand many families will move to KSA outside of the usual academic windows and we will work with your family to find arrangements for your child. While ISG does have a rolling enrollment throughout the year, seat availability and KSA Ministry of Education requirements must be considered.

How long does it take to know if my child has been accepted at ISG?

Once an application is complete and any additional requirements are met, we aim to give you an acceptance decision within ten working days.

Can I schedule a visit?

We encourage you to visit one of our campuses and see the amazing facilities that ISG offers. We have both virtual and in-person options to match your needs.

Weekly tours are available every Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. by appointment only.  If you’re scheduling an in-person visit, you must bring a valid ID to clear security.  A visitor's badge will be provided and must be worn visibly during your time with us.  We are excited to see you!

To schedule a visit, please do so from the Book a Tour page.

How old does my child need to be to join ISG?

ISG accepts students that meet the Saudi Ministry of Education age requirements.  Kindly check this table to see which grade your child will be enrolled in.

Will there be an orientation session for new students and families?

At the start of the school year, ISG will schedule an orientation day for all new students and families.  For those who join through our rolling admissions, the school will schedule similar information sessions with counselors.

Does my child have to be fluent in English?

For students entering elementary and primary school, no.  We cater to students who are non-English speakers and to students who have a basic use of English, and will work with them on improving their language skills.  Since we assess older students, it becomes increasingly important that they have a strong use of the English language.  We will assess your child's English language skills during the application process.

Does ISG offer learning support to students with special learning needs?

ISG offers limited learning support.  Kindly contact the admissions department to discuss your specific requirements.

Are students required to bring their own device to school?

ISG offers a technically advanced learning environment which requires students to access a personal device.  Please check with your admissions team on specific requirements.

What are ISG’s accreditations?

ISG schools are recognised by the world’s top education accreditation bodies:

  • All our ISG schools are accredited by The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)
  • British School Dhahran and Sara Village School are accredited by British School Overseas (BSO)
  • American School Dhahran and ISG Jubail are authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Is ISG a member of any educational networks and organizations?

Yes. ISG is a proud member of some of the most recognized educational networks and organizations in the world including:

  • Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA)
  • The Council of International Schools (CIS)
  • British Schools of the Middle East (BSME)
  • Association of the Advancement of International Education (AAEI)

Do students have to wear a school uniform?

The ISG dress policy is outlined in our student handbook and reviewed each year.  Please make sure you are familiar with our current requirements before your child begins the school year.

The British School of Dhahran (BSD) and the Sara Village School (SVS) require students to wear a school uniform each day.  Please make arrangements to purchase your child’s uniform in advance of their start date.  School uniform information can be found in the Student Parent Handbook.  While the American School Dhahran (ASD), ISG Dammam and ISG Jubail do not have uniform requirements, they do have a dress code.

Students are required to wear school branded Physical Education clothing for P.E. classes and competitions. P.E. uniforms can be purchased from the school store.

Do ISG schools offer lunch facilities?

The American School Dhahran (ASD) and the British School Dhahran (BSD) host cafeterias that offer daily lunch options including hot meals, salads, soups and vegetarian meals.  Both ASD and BSD also have a Starbucks vendor on site with drink options available to senior students, parents and staff.  Lunch on campus is approximately SAR 15 to 20.

ISG Jubail and ISG Dammam students have access to a Joffrey’s kiosk that sells healthy lunch items.  Students at these campuses also have access to a cafe with hot drinks and snacks available.

Sara Village School students must bring their lunch to school each day.

What transportation options are available?

ISG offers limited school transportation options to some campuses.  Most residential compounds offer daily transportation to and from school and some even offer transportation when students have after school activities.  Please check with your employer and compound to see if this is a service they support.

Does ISG offer after school activities?

Yes.  Activities include art, programming, mindfulness, yoga, board games, chess, public speaking, Model United Nations, debate, fun with math, dance, zumba and much more. We make sure to include activities that engage students, develop their interests, explore their creativity and learn new skills.

Middle school and high school students also have the option of joining sports that include Volleyball, Football, Badminton, Basketball, Table Tennis, Cross Country and Swimming.  Teams go on to participate in competitions against other schools in the district and the Kingdom, with some overseas travel for competitions on occasion.  We have a strong athletic program with world class facilities on offer.  Intra-school and inter-school competition sees many of our students compete in different parts of the GCC region.  ISG offers a range of after school activities to our students, and we encourage everyone to get involved. 

Music, drama and art classes provide ISG students with an outlet to express themselves; with guidance from incredibly passionate staff.  Arts exhibits, performance opportunities and international exchanges offer growth opportunities away from the classroom, exposing students to cultural and curricular challenges.

ISG students are encouraged to join established clubs or start their own groups that attract similar minded peers.  More information about after school activities can be found on the schools' pages.

How can parents get involved with ISG?

Parents are an important part of our ISG family and we offer a number of ways parents can engage with us.  Each school has a parent volunteer group that helps organize and support larger events throughout the year such as International Day, bake sales and seasonal celebrations.  In our elementary classes, teachers often request support from parents for special celebrations during the year.