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"The International Schools Group (ISG) is one of the leading international schools in Saudi Arabia. It provides high quality education to students from Pre-Kindergarten through secondary school in an international setting. It has five schools in different locations around the country, each offering a different curriculum, including the International Baccalaureate Programme, the US Common Core State Standards, and a programme of Arabic and Islamic Studies. ISG also has an online virtual school and a range of after school activities, as well as strong partnerships with local universities for further studies. The British International School Riyadh is another top international school in Saudi Arabia. The school offers an innovative and exciting British curriculum that has been adapted to meet the needs of the local context. The school has a strong focus on extracurricular activities, and provides students with extensive facilities, including beautiful outdoor spaces and a theatre. There is also an extensive Islamic Studies programme which is tailored to the needs of the local students. Brighton College Al Ain is a bilingual school in Saudi Arabia, offering a bilingual education in both English and Arabic. The school also has a holistic approach to education, promoting equal learning outcomes across different disciplines. Students are also encouraged to develop strong leadership and team-working skills, as well as exploration and creativity. There is a strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities, and the school offers sports, music, drama, art and a range of field trips," said one expat in with children at .

"It is a very good school. It has had some troubled times over the last six years or so. Up until 2011 it had has a number of heads in a short period, but now the principal and the heads of senior and primary seem to be established and making a real difference. Some posts suggest that the school is a mess, and I hear it was for a while but now I think it has settled and all the parents I have met seem to think it is very quickly getting better and better. Most teachers really do seem to care a lot and there are even catch up classes at the weekends. They seem to be able to attract very good teachers which can't be easy in Riyadh! and they seem to stay a while. Exam results are very good, and all leavers seem to go to good universities. Classes are small - I think they have a maximum of 20 in a class, but it is not easy to get into unless you are British. The wait lists are very long I hear. There are loads of activities after school - my youngest is busy every night, though the oldest does less. He has quite a lot of homework. but he does go on trips - and is booked on a ski trip for next year. We toyed with the idea of sending the children to boarding schools in the UK but I am really pleased that we didn't - they love BISR, and if they are happy, so are we," remarked one parent with kids at British International School Riyad in Riyadh.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

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