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It is our belief that all children deserve a quality education. At the AIS we have high expectations in the classroom and around the campus. We instil confidence, discipline and good Islamic virtues into our students’ personalities while promoting academic excellence through safe and welcoming environment.

In the past few years, AIS made big leaps. This was achieved through the hard work of our outstanding students, dedicated staff, active parents, and supportive community that includes our partners in education.

Together we form a strong partnership to ensure that all AIS students receive an exceptional education. We encourage you to participate in school activities and special occasions as well as volunteer in your child’s classroom as your schedule allows. We look forward to continuing to work with you this year and many years to come.

With kind regards !

To be one of the leading international Islamic schools in the world

To continuously improve the educational environment through understanding and acting on the needs and expectations of our school community. To implement advanced teaching methods and technology as well as established good practices, all of which are essential tools that enhance students’ performance. To realize the maximum potential of each student, AIS is not only dedicated to develop academic achievement, but also to nurture physical development, social skills and Islamic values.

We aspire to realise the maximum potential of each student, not only developing outstanding academic achievement, but also nurturing physical development, social skills and Islamic values.

We at AIS believe in

  • Cultural diversity and global awareness.
  • A safe, nurturing and inclusive environment.
  • Advanced learning environment that enhances students critical thinking.
  • A school that encourages moral and academic development of each student.
  • Partnership between school administration, teachers, parents, students and community.
  • Each student’s uniqueness, right to learn and potential.

Dear Parents,

Thank you for selecting AIS for your children. There is nothing more precious than children and nothing more important than preparing them for the future. We at the AIS believe that the provision of quality education is a long term investment. We never compromise our commitment to provide high quality education and sustained investment to ensure that parents and children benefit from an education of the highest standard.

The very foundation of the AIS is based on its commitment to support and sustain the development its educational infrastructure. This year we made a major investment in improving the infrastructure including hiring highly qualified teaching staff and launching a full-fledged ERP system.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children to the AIS and working together to help prepare your child for a brilliant future.

The AIS leadership is responsible about joining all forces towards achieving the schools’ vision. Our leaders are passionate about teaching and learning and show great commitment to children; while having great determination in challenging under-performance or poor behaviour. They take an active interest in their pupils’ work and that of their staff. Furthermore, AIS leaders are team-builders. They understand the importance of relationships, empower their staff and pupils and show great empathy. AIS leaders are optimistic, resilient, calm, energetic, outward-looking and positive at all times.

The AIS quality indicators are implemented in the following contexts: School Context (leadership, goals, professional community, discipline, and academic environment), Classrooms Context (course content, pedagogy, technology, and class size), and Teachers Context (skills, assignment, experience, and professional development).

We also take educational outputs into consideration such as educational attainment, graduation and learning achievement, gender, and social outcomes of education. Other dimensions that we pay attention to include financial and human resource, learning environment and organisation of AIS, which provides indicators on teacher characteristics, salaries, teaching time, class size, school decision-making, and examinations.

Below are 4 basic quality indicators collected form AIS enterprise resource planner (myAIS). We will be displaying here various updated indicators from time to time.

The founder of AIS is Mr. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Khalaf.

Al-Khalaf is an educationalist with long experience in establishing renowned educational institutes. In the past he worked in the Saudi Ministry of Education in a number of posts up to the Assistant Director General for Educational Affairs. He made numerous contributions to the national education system. The pinnacle of these contributions was founding Arrowad Educational Establishment in 1990. This endeavour started by establishing Arrowad Schools in Riyadh then expanded to include a number of schools offering national and international curricula in the Kingdom and in the Arab World.

Our Profile in Brief

Al-Rowad International Schools was established at the beginning of the academic year 1420/1421 AH (1999/2000) in Riyadh by Shaikh Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Khalaf.

Al-Rowad International Schools is located in Riyadh, the capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and now rivals any modern city in the world in the splendor of its architecture. Broad highways sweep through the city, passing over or under each other in an impressive and still growing road network. Trees now bedeck the broad streets and avenues, giving pleasure to passers-by and shade to those who linger beneath them. Today the city extends for some 600 square miles (1600 square kilometers) and has a population of more than 4.7 million. The name Riyadh is derived from the Arabic word meaning a place of gardens and trees (“rawdah”). With many wadis (a former water course, now dry) in the vicinity, Riyadh has been since antiquity a fertile area set in the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula.

With regards to children in Kindergarten and the first three grades, the School has adopted the class teacher system, in which all the core subjects are taught by the homeroom teacher.

The School prepares its students to sit for international British and/or American exams such as IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). The IGCSE is a two-year programme, offered to students aged between fourteen and sixteen. These exams enable the students to join the most reputable Arab and International universities.

Extra support classes are offered for grades 3 through to 11 (AS level). These are primarily in subjects such as English, Mathematics, science and Arabic. The classes take place usually on Saturday morning.

Our Facilities Include

  • 300 class rooms with the capacity of around 6000 students with 160 toilets.
  • 156 car parking facility around its premises.
  • Semi central air conditioning system.
  • Ceramics, marbles and tiles used for roof and floors.
  • 8 Science Laboratories – 2 in each section, fully equipped with some of the latest technology.
  • 12 Networked Computer Labs (ICT) Suites – 6 in the boys’ section and the 6 in the girls’ section.
  • 4 Libraries, 2 in each section.
  • A clinic (situated in the girls’ section) with a certified pediatrician available at all times.

Sporting Facilities

  • Various sports playground, including two sets of goal-posts and nets;
  • Basketball posts; table tennis;
  • Swimming pool;
  • 2 gymnasiums.

Students of all ages, including siblings may participate in the activities. The supervisors of the program are qualified teachers and trainers. Prizes and awards are granted for distinguished participants.

  • The school year is divided into two semesters; each semester comprises 18 weeks of instructional teaching and exams. The typical school day constitutes 8 lessons – 40 minutes each – totaling 5 hours 20 minutes of daily teaching. Therefore, there are 480 hours of teaching each semester – about 91 days; thereby giving a grand total of 960 hours of teaching in the year – 180 days. The school day starts at 7 a.m. and till 1:10 p.m.

International Involvement

Al-Rowad International School participated in “The First Forum for the International Schools in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries” in Dubai – United Arab Emirates. This event took place between 10th to the 12th April 2006.

Accreditation Awarding Bodies

In the beginning of academic year 1425/1426 (2004/2005), Al-Rowad International Schools obtained the Accreditation of Cambridge Board of Examinations. The school was recognized as an academic centre under license number (SA-169). The Deputy Principal, Mr. Asr Salem, was nominated as the Programme Coordinator to manage the academic programme with the British Council in Riyadh. It was also accredited by AdvancED (formally known as CITA) in 2006-2007 and College Board in 2007-2008 academic year respectively.

Academic Achievement

  • AIS achieved excellent results in the IGCSE in 2011, just over 86% of male students scored from A* to C and nearly 37% of students scored A*. In June 2010, 92.51% male students scored A* to C
  • Concerning the girls section: Almost 93% of female students scored from A* to C in June 2011.
  • The overall number of students achieving grades A* – C has increased in the past two years. The proportion of students achieving these grades in June 2010 is 83.72%; in June 2011 the proportion was 90%.

Higher Education

The first batch of students who graduated from the school was in 2006. Over the last 3 years, the number of our students entering universities has increased tremendously. Last year alone, the total number of graduates from our school was 91 students and all of them were accepted in universities various universities around the world.

Strengths

  • The school’s achievements in the IGCSE examinations have been an upward trend over the last three years. Every year more and more students are achieving higher grades than in the previous year.
  • The number of enrollees increased tremendously over the past three years.
  • The school has introduced a scholarship program which started this academic year. The program is offered to students with an outstanding academic record.
  • The school provides textbooks and supplies that are current and in good condition.
  • The school is committed to continuous improvement focused on improving students’ learning.
  • Our school provides adequate facilities to support students’ learning needs

Code Of Conduct

  • Every student at the AIS has the right to enjoy a healthy social and educational environment. AIS Code of Conduct is meant to support and maintain this educational environment, therefore this code must be respected by all students, parents, staff.
     

All students should attend the morning assembly, teaching periods, praying, and school activities. If the student is not present for any of these activities he/she would need to have a valid excuse from the parent to the school administration. If you know that your child is going to be absent please inform the school management by phone between 6:30 – 9:00 A.M. If the parent or guardian does not phone then a written letter must accompany the child on the day of return explaining the reasons for his/her absence. The observer will carry out daily checks on your child’s attendance after 8:00 A.M. If the school does not receive such a call then the child will be recorded as being absent and an SMS will be sent to the parents’ mobile.

The school day starts at 6:30 A.M. with the morning assembly. Any student who arrives later than this time will be registered late. If the parent expects his/her child to arrive late he must inform the school of the expected time of arrival before 6:45 A.M. in order to avoid recording of lateness which in turn could lead to a deduction of marks of the particular subject period.

  • The Assembly is part of the school curriculum and every student is required to attend and take part in the physical exercises; failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
  • All primary students should depart the building 1:05 P.M. for school transportation and 1:10 P.M. for private transportation.
  • All students should depart the campus no later than 2:15 P.M. without failure and the school holds no liability after that time. An additional fee of 800 SAR per semester will be charged for late pick up or early arrival.

The School prepares its students to sit for international British and/or American exams such as IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). The IGCSE is a two-year programme, offered to students aged between fourteen and sixteen. These exams enable the students to join the most reputable Arab and International universities.

Extra support classes are offered for grades 3 through to 11 (AS level). These are primarily in subjects such as English, Mathematics, science and Arabic. The classes take place usually on Saturday morning.

If the parent needs to take his/her child from school before the end of the school day, he/she should inform the school secretary or the Students Counsellor previously in writing with reasons of such circumstance. No child will be allowed to leave the school premises for any reason including sickness until the school management has contacted the parents. We urge all parents to make medical appointments after the periods or homework due to his/her early departure.

  • The Students Counsellor is mainly responsible for pupils’ Islamic, moral, social, cultural, and academic training and development in the school. The Students Counsellor also follows pupils’ attendance and punctuality in the school and in the lessons as well. He also analyses exam results, and makes strategies to improve the weak students.

     
     

Disciplinary Policy

  • AIS staff receives regular orientation on the schools’ discipline policy. Empathy, friendliness and fairness are the main themes of the orientation. The Disciplinary Committee follows this discipline policy to enforce the AIS Code of Conduct.

A verbal warning given to a student by his/her teacher must be recorded and dated on the student’s behaviour record.

If the student does not follow the class rules, he/she will be asked to leave the class accompanied by the Students Counsellor to a destined area in the school. The student will be given written work to do, and this measure will be recorded in the child’s behaviour record.

After four times of “Expulsion for a Class Period” and the student’s behaviour continues to be improper in or outside the classroom, a detention will be applied for a maximum time of 45 minutes. The student’s parent will be notified at least one day before the application of any detention measures in order to arrange transportation for their son/daughter.

  • The student’s parent will be asked to meet with his/her child’s classroom tutor in the presence of the school administration to discuss the student’s behaviour. The main purpose of this conference is to make both parties aware of any special circumstances the student may be going through. A plan of action will be implemented to help the student cope with the problem.

A written warning will be the most serious of these procedures. If your child receives a written warning this means he/she will be suspended for maximum period of 5 days. If this should occur he/she will be responsible for any work missed during this time.

If the student does not improve with these measures the school administration has the right to ask the parents to remove their child from school with no obligation on the school’s part to refund any funds.

 
 
 

Academic Honesty Policy

  • We expect all of our students to be honest. When you are admitted to the AIS, you accept to adhere to the AIS Academic Honesty Policy and you understand that failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary actions. You also have an ethical obligation to report violations of the AIS Academic Honesty Policy you may witness. Any of the following acts is in violation of the AIS Academic Honesty Policies:

The improper use of others material to determine academic credit such as copying from another student’s test or homework paper, allowing another student to copy from a test or homework assignment, using disallowed materials or equipment during tests, or asking others do a test or submit work on your behalf.

Presenting others work as the product of your own thought. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use others work. You can always use and build upon others words, ideas, or data to derive new work of your own. You only need to acknowledge them through complete, accurate, and specific references.

Offering or receiving of any materials or services to gain academic credit. This does not apply to AIS approved remedial classes.

  • Planning or acting with one or more persons to commit any form of academic dishonesty to gain academic advantage for yourself or another.

The use of invented or fabricated information, the falsification of research or other findings with the intent to deceive for academic advantage, or also fabrication of experimental data.

The act of working with another person on a project for which a student is individually responsible. On group projects, students must stay within the guidelines set by the teacher.

 
 
 

The intentional violation of AIS policies by tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a test, quiz, or graded assignment. Examples of such misconduct is stealing, buying, selling, downloading, or otherwise obtaining all or part of a test and/or test answers.

The act of interfering with the teaching/learning process, including chatting in the classroom or disrespecting the rights of others or their opportunity to learn, or bringing in cell phones.

Discipline Guidelines

  • The purpose of the AIS discipline policy is to facilitate a positive school climate students and staff members feel safe and secure in an environment conducive to learning.

The Disciplinary Committee consists of seven members: Deputy Principal as Head of Discipline Committee, Students’ Counsellors of Lower and Higher Grades, two heads of departments, and two teachers from different departments. The responsibilities of the Disciplinary Committee include:

  • Detecting and examining behavioural problems among students.
  • Meeting with misbehaving students and clarifying the negative affects of bad behaviour on their life.
  • Promoting good behaviour among students and rewarding those with good conduct.
  • Promoting the Islamic moral values.
  • Taking suitable action towards students’ misconduct.

  • It is impermissible to let the students enter the classroom without uniform. Tight and coloured clothes as well as decorated ones are unacceptable. Swimming trousers must be long and cover the knees.
  • It is impermissible to let the students enter the classrooms before the morning assembly. Their bags must be with them during the assembly.
  • It is impermissible to let the students enter the classroom during the breaks. Eating is not allowed inside the classrooms.
  • Students are to be accompanied to Salah with the teacher who covers the lesson prior to that break.
  • Muslims Students should perform Salah in properly.
  • Muslim Students should worship Allah in the best manner as we’ve been ordered to in the Holy Quran and Sunnah.
  • It is impermissible to have the students’ hair cut unacceptably, i.e. non-Islamic haircut. The haircut should be short and equal in length for the whole sides of the head.
  • It is impermissible to bring telecom machines or cellular phones to the school premises. For urgent calls, students can contact their parents through the school administration.
  • Students are allowed to buy from the school canteen during breaks only.
  • It is not allowed for any student to leave the classroom without taking permission from the teacher.
  • After breaks and Salah students must go directly to their classrooms.
  • Students accompanied with their teacher must lineup quietly and properly when they leave their classroom to Science Lab, Salah or P.E periods.
  • If the subject teacher does not reach his lesson on time or is absent, students must wait inside the classroom. The class prefect should inform the Student Counsellor about the teacher’s absence.
  • Students are not allowed to leave their classroom to the playground if they have a free period. The school administration should get a substitute teacher to cover that period.
  • Resting, napping or sleeping is not allowed inside the classroom.
  • Students should participate in the morning assembly and must take part in the physical exercises.
  • Students must bring all their required books, copybooks and pencil cases according to their timetable.
  • Homework assignments must be done as assigned on time.
  • Students are not allowed to touch or keep dangerous or harmful objects.
  • Students are not allowed to throw objects around the school.
  • Students respect other’s feelings – no teasing, name calling, swearing, etc.
  • Students respect other’s person – no rough play, fighting, bullying, threats, harassing, etc.
  • Students respect other’s property – no theft, vandalism, etc.
  • Students should use polite words and a respectful tone of voice.
  • Gum chewing is not allowed inside school at any time.
  • Keep your school clean just as you would keep your house clean.
  • Throw rubbish in the bin, keep the place clean always.

  • Arrive to class on time with the necessary equipment.
  • Listen to teachers or other students without interruption.
  • Complete all assignments on time.
  • Treat the teacher and other students with respect.
  • No eating or drinking allowed in class (water is acceptable.)
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself.
  • Respect the property of the school. Don’t draw on walls or tables.
  • Respect the rights and property of others.
  • Act in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Resting, napping or sleeping is not allowed inside the classroom.

    • Sit properly in the Musallah.
    • Keep quiet, respect the Musallah and Salah.
    • Move in an orderly manner to and from Musallah with your teacher.
    • Don’t talk; listen carefully to the speech after the prayer.
    • Don’t forget to say the prayer’s supplications.

Our school encourages all the students and staff to observe the Islamic dress code. Boys must keep their pants pulled up and use a belt if necessary. Pants are not to be dragging on the ground. Undershirts are to be tucked in at all times. Boys may not wear any jewellery.

  • The wearing of chains is not permitted.
  • Short trousers are not permitted.
  • Clothing or materials which display obscene messages refer to drugs, or pictures of cigarettes and/or alcohol statements are not permitted.

  • 1st Offence: Student will wait in the office and parent will be notified to bring a change of clothes.
  • 2nd Offence: Student will wait in the office and parent will be notified to bring a change of clothes. Student will receive a written warning.
  • 3rd Offence: Student will wait in the office and parent will be notified to bring a change of clothes. The student will be suspended for at least one day.
 
 
 

  • Say the Dua’ (supplication) for entering the toilet.
  • Sit down when you relieve yourself.
  • Use water for cleaning.
  • Leave the toilet clean and wash the seat when you finish.
  • Say the Dua (supplication) for leaving the toilet.
  • Make the Wudhu’ (ablution) according to the prophetic Sunnah.
  • Don’t waste water.

  • Mobile phones are prohibited within the school premises.
  • Parents should discourage their sons from bringing mobile phones to schools.
  • If a student is found using a mobile phone, for any purpose, the phone will be confiscated from the pupil and returned to the parent only.
  • As a general rule, students are not allowed to use the school phones except for emergencies. To use the phone, students should request permission from the Student Counsellor or a teacher. However, the student can refer to the student Counsellor to request either a mobile or a land-phone number. Phone calls should be short and to the point. Mobile phones are prohibited inside the school premises.

A lost and found property box is located near the Student Counsellor’s office. If a student finds something, he/she is requested to put it in the box. So, the student is advised to refer to the Student Counsellor to check his/her missing properties.

 
 

Penalty List

  • Below are the schools penalties against violations up to the 4th incident. When a student repeats violation for more than 4 times, the school administration has the right to refer him to the Disciplinary Committee to take the appropriate procedures.

Type of Violation1st Time2nd Time3rd Time4th Time
School uniformVerbal notificationWritten undertakingRetuning student homeSuspension for 5 days
Disruption during classVerbal notificationWritten undertakingLetter to parent + suspension for one dayUndertaking by parent + suspension from 3-5 days
Entering or leaving class without permissionVerbal warningWritten undertaking with copy to parentSuspension for 1 daySuspension from 3-5 days
Bringing mobile phonesWritten warning & confiscation of mobile for 1 daysConfiscation of mobile for 3 days and written undertakingConfiscation of mobile for one week and a letter to parentConfiscation of mobile until end of semester
Disturbing and/or non-participating in the Morning AssemblyVerbal notificationWritten undertaking & deprivation from one P.E. periodDeprivation from P.E for 1 weekDeprivation from P.E for 2 weeks
Break away from the classWritten warning & a letter to parentDeprivation from breaks, detention for half day & a letter to parentLast warning, Suspension for 1 day & informing parentsuspension from one to three days & a letter to parent

  • Type of ViolationIn the 1st TimeIn the 2nd TimeIn the 3rd TimeIn the 4th Time
    Negligence in performing SalahFor its great importance in our religion, Salah has special instructions (as attached)
    Break away from the schoolVerbal warning & Written undertaking & a letter to parentSuspension for one day & a letter to parentsuspension from one to three days & Final warning & Letter to parentsuspension from five to ten days & Undertaking by the parent & suspension until the parent arrives to school
    Creating disruption inside the schoolWritten undertakingSuspension & parent is to refer to schoolsuspension from one to three days & Final warningsuspension from four to ten days & Undertaking by the student
    Quarrelling and bullying with studentsWritten warning & a letter to parent & written undertakingSuspension & parent is to refer to schoolsuspension from three to five days & Undertaking by the parentFive-day suspension & two-day break off & Undertaking by the parent & warning of dismissal
    Bringing prohibited media stuffWritten warning & a letter to parent & written undertakingSuspension from three to five days & a written undertaken by the parentsuspension from four to ten days & Final warning of dismissalFinal decision of dismissal
    Writing on walls or causing damage to school property or misuse of computerscausing damage to school property or misuse of computers Suspension for one day & written undertaking & a letter to parentFixing the damaged property & suspensionFixing the damaged property & one day suspensionOne-week suspension & final warning of dismissal

  • Type of Violation1st Timethe 2nd Time3rd Time4th Time
    Damaging the school machines deliberatelyOne-day suspension & fixing the damaged property & a letter to parentThree-day suspension & fixing the damaged property & a letter to parentsuspension from four to ten days & fixing the damaged property & a letter to parent & & final warning of dismissalFinal decision of dismissal
    Bringing dangerous objectsOne-day suspension & a letter to parent & Written undertakingSuspension from one to three days & a letter to parent & Written undertakingsuspension from four to ten days & final warning of dismissalFinal decision of dismissal
    Uttering nasty wordsOne-day detention & a letter to parent & Written warningDeprivation from breaks for one day & detention for day & a letter to parentsuspension from one to three days & warning of final decision of dismissalsuspension from three to five days & warning of final decision of dismissal
    Offering prohibited objectsOne-day suspension & a letter to parent & Written undertakingSuspension from three to five days & a letter to parent & Written warningsuspension from six to ten days & a letter to parent & Written warningFinal decision of dismissal
    Robbery & misusing property of othersRetrieving the property robbed or compensating the damage & a letter to parent & written warningRetrieving the property robbed or compensating the damage & a letter to parent & written warningRetrieving the property robbed or compensating the damage & a letter to parent & one-day suspensionRetrieving the robbed property or compensating the damage & a letter to parent & three-day suspension & warning of final decision of dismissal

    • Type of Violation1st Time2nd Time3rd Time4th Time
      Misbehaving against to a school staff member verbally or by gestureOne-day suspension & a letter to parent & Written undertakingThree-day suspension & a letter to parent & Written warningOne-week suspension & a letter to parent & & final warning of dismissalFinal decision of dismissal
      Distributing prohibited or illegal mediaTrashing the prohibited objects & one-day suspension & a letter to parentTrashing the prohibited objects & three-day suspension & a letter to parentTrashing the prohibited objects & One-week suspension & a letter to parent & Final decision of dismissalFinal decision of dismissal
      Purposely attacking or bullying a student inside or outside the premises and/or forming gangs for fightingOne-day detention for all the students involved & a letter to parent & Written warningTwo-day detention for all the students involved & Written undertaking & a letter to parentThree-day suspension for all the students involved & written undertaking & a letter to parentOne-week suspension for all the students involved & written undertaking & a letter to parent
      Threatening one of the school staff membersOne-day suspension & Apologizing to the staff member & a letter to parentThree-day suspension & Apologizing to the staff member & a letter to parentOne-week suspension & Apologizing to the staff member & a letter to parent & final warning of dismissalFinal decision of dismissal
      Playing with dangerous materialsOne-day suspension & a letter to parent & Written undertakingThree-day suspension & warning of final decision of dismissal & a letter to parentFinal decision of dismissalFinal decision of dismissal

Type of Violation1st Time2nd Time3rd TimeShowing contempt against the rituals and of IslamThree-day suspension & a letter to parent & Written warningOne-week suspension & a letter to parent & Final written warning letterFinal decision of dismissalAggression against a school staff memberThree-day suspension & a letter to parent & Written warning & Written undertakingOne-week suspension & a letter to parent & Final written warning letterFinal decision of dismissalPossessing and using weaponsThree-day suspension & reporting to authorities & a letter to parentOne-week suspension & reporting to authorities & Final written warning letter & a letter to parentFinal decision of dismissalForging official papers and stampsOne-day suspension & a letter to parent & Written undertakingThree-day suspension & warning of final decision of dismissal & a letter to parentFinal decision of dismissal

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