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The first ever school in Riyadh is the International Philippine School in Riyadh (formerly the Philippine Embassy School in Riyadh). In the late 90′s, other International Schools were established. As of press time, the schools that are still in operation in Riyadh are:
2. Second Philippine International School (SPIS)
3. Elite International School (EIS)
4. Riyadh International School (RIS)
5. Future Generation Philippine International School (FGPIS)
6. Al Danah International School (ADIS)
7. Millenium International School (MIS)
8. Al Taj International School (ATIS)
9. Palm Crest International School (PCIS)
10. Fawaq International School (FIS)
Most schools offer Pre-Elementary, Elementary and High School education, however some schools like IPSR offer Post-Secondary Courses such as Computer Science, Business Management and Liberal Arts. SPIS also offer IT Occupational Courses such as CISCO training courses and introductory computer courses.
2. Iqama of Parents (Photocopy)
3. Passport of Parents (Photocopy)
4. 6 pcs of colored 1×1 ID picture
5. Student’s Passport
6. Original Report Card
7. Form 137
8. Honorable Dismissal from last school attended
9. Certificate of Good Moral Character
Again this depends if the school is actually offering a scholarship grant. For example, RIS offers scholarships and tuition fee deductibles for consistent top-notchers in class.
Philippine schools in Riyadh follow the prescribed curriculum from DepEd. Your child will still be studying English, Math, Science, Araling Panlipunan or Sibika, Filipino, MAPE, THE and Computer. Most of the time, they will also be required to study Saudi History, Islamic Studies and Arabic Language, which are mandated by the Saudi Ministry of Education.
Schools offer a wide range of extracurricular activities like Intramurals, Field Demonstrations during the schools’ Foundation Week, Quizbees, Literary Contests, Science Congress and JS Promenades among others. Students may also join non-academic clubs, school newspapers, CAT, basketball and volleyball varsities and Student Council Organizations.
School Facilities and Services
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Most schools would have a Clinic, Science laboratory, AVR room, Computer room, Home Economics room, Bookstores and Canteen. Quadrangles are also used for school activities and ball games like basketball and volleyball. School bus service is also offered by most Philippine schools.
Some schools will offer tutoring service for children who are having a hard time coping with lessons. The rates vary per school but rates would be around 200 SR per subject.
The average number of students per class would be around 20-30 students. Some schools provide armchairs, while others provide desks and chairs for each student. Most rooms are air-conditioned and use white board instead of the traditional blackboards.
Well, there you have it. I think this covers most of the basic details about Philippine schools in Riyadh. We hope this post will prove helpful to our Kababayans who are planning to bring their children to Saudi Arabia.