School and Community Information
Founded in September 2005, Advanced Learning Schools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is a private, English language, international day school. The K-12 instructional program is coeducational from Kindergarten to Grade 3, and single gender from Grades 4 to 12. The student body consists of 675 children, the majority of whom are Saudi nationals. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). The Class of 2022 contains 51 students, with 34 girls and 17 boys.
Advanced Learning Schools is an IB world school, authorized to teach the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and the Diploma Programme. The first IB class graduated in June 2011.
Corona Virus (Covid-19) Impact Statement
Advanced Learning Schools ceased in-person instruction on 10 March 2020 and transitioned to distance learning immediately. During distance learning, the school day mirrored in-person instruction. The school used a semester grading system and the 2020-2021 final grades were based on a combination of first semester numerical grades and a second semester evaluation. For the 2020-2021 academic year, ALS provided online instruction throughout the year as per Ministry of Education directives. In distance learning, students attended synchronously via live streaming and were expected to be active participants. Our numerical grading policy was in place, along with the entire IB curriculum.
In the 2021-2022 school year, the Ministry has implemented a trimester grading system throughout the Kingdom. Also, as per their instructions, we have returned to the face-to-face classroom for those students who are fully vaccinated (students ages 12 and over). A small number of students, who cannot receive the vaccination, are still being taught remotely.
The Covid restrictions have had a profound impact on the number of clubs and extracurricular activities. In the current year, these activities have still not been launched, thus impacting quantity and quality of the student’s activities that are reported. In addition, academic achievement awards were also not granted in neither the 2019-2020 school year nor the 2020-2021 school year.
Average SAT scores are not being reported last year nor this year due to the small numbers of students who were able to sit for the exams.
The Class of 2022 is required to fulfill at least 26 out of 30 credits: English (4), Arabic (4), Humanities (3), Mathematics (4), Science (3), Physical Education (1), Islamic Studies (2), Social Studies of the Arab World (1), Design Technology (1), Theory of Knowledge (pass/fail), Fine Arts/Modern Languages (3*). * 2 out of the 4 credits are optional. If students opt not to take Fine Arts or modern languages in grades 11 and 12, they must take 2 additional credits of science or humanities.
The 2021-2022 school year now consists of 3 trimesters and the school calendar is aligned with private and international schools. The school day runs from 07:20 to 14:40, Sunday to Thursday. Classes are offered in 55-minute periods.
Grading Scale, Ranking, and GPA
In line with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) grading, student scores at ALS are reported using a 1-7 Scale as is the GPA. Students are not ranked.
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P.O. Box: 221985 Riyadh 11311 Saudi Arabia