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Parent's Review of Saudi Arabian International School or Al Hada International School in Taif, Saudi Arabia

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

Saudi Arabian International School or Al Hada International School

In what town or city is this school located?

Taif

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

American

What grade levels are represented at this school?

k-10

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

Most children live on the compound where the school is located and walk up the hill to the school grounds. Students who live in other areas of the city take one of two buses to the school.

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

The facilities at the school are severely lacking. In the actual school building, there are only 6 classrooms. The rest of the classes (one section of grades 2-5, middle school social studies, math, science, English, Arabic, and French) are in leaky, stinky, small, cramped, poorly heated and cooled portable trailers. The school building has only 2 working toilets for each boys and girls, serving over 350 students. The ceiling leaks when it rains, baboons regularly invade school grounds, scavaging for food. The play area is located in the asphalt/cement covered entrance to the school, is too small for adequate PE or recess activities, and is always shared between 2-3 classes at a time. There have been numerous accidents in the unsafe play area ranging from scraped elbows and knees to a 3rd grade student splitting open her chin.

There are no extra-curricular activities available because the administrative team has failed to organize any.

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

This school makes no efforts to help children transition from the curriculum(s) of students' home countries to the new curriculum. My students are studying for their Egyptian exams, and the school makes no effort to help my students succeed on these national tests.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

There are very few social activities available for parents through the school. The school started a parent-teacher partnership two months ago and have held two meetings.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL.

In addition to the terrible facilities at the school, my child's class does not have enough books for each student to have their own copy, the books are all severely out-of-date (the most recent edition my child has was published in the year 2000). I have reported problems with the books, teachers abusing students, and the principal failing to do her job, and all my complaints have been met with dismissal and no action. I also find the school website to be completely inaccurate and full of lies. They claim that students use computers in a computer lab. My students haven't touched a computer at school all year. Their teacher only has a whiteboard and markers as classroom teaching materials. Part of my students' supply list was to bring reams of printer paper, so that their teacher can make copies for science and math homework. There are also claims of a great PE program. My students play unstructured dodgeball every day in PE, and don't have a PE teacher. This school is extremely lacking in comparison to the school my students were enrolled in in Egypt. I am not satisfied.

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guest
Mar 21, 2012 15:09

Did you mean saudi arabian international school in al-hada?

guest
Jul 2, 2012 20:56

The parent failed to mention that a brand new three story, high tech, school is ready for the fall of 2012. New textbooks have been ordered for all subjects. The school was managed by an incompetent principal who has been fired! I have two children at the school and they love it. There are some really good teachers and a few bad ones.

guest
Aug 7, 2012 13:18

Hi , we moving to Ta'if at the end of august and I am still looking a school for my two kids . What do u suggest?

Slicemoon
Dec 11, 2013 14:02

As of 2013 school year, most of the poster's complaints have been corrected. Building: In September 2012 Al Hada opened it's NEW well appointed 2 story school building at the same location as the old building. The new building easily accommodates the growing number of students. Currently the school covers K-10 but there are plans to extend the program to K-12. Leadership The 2013 School Year kicked off an ongoing improvement program to improve leadership and raise the standards of the staff and the curriculum. All teachers (north America) must be board certified. Many have master's degrees. The new principal is increasing the staff and improving the entire program. Unfortunately ONLY dependents of physicians and select staff of Al Hada Hospital can enroll in this school. They do not accept Saudi students. All instruction is in English. Under the direction of a newly appointed and well credentialed principal the with The school now only employs board certified teachers from the States ir Cnada

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