About Riyadh Schools
Riyadh Schools is one of the most prestigious and well-known schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was established in 1970 by King Farad to meet the growing demand for unique and distinctive education, and is now one of the largest schools in the region.
Its vision is to mould promising and outstanding leaders, and to nurture giftedness and creativity.
Riyadh Schools comprises separate schools for male and female students at a kindergarten, elementary, intermediate, and high school level.
There are approximately 3,500 students, from kindergarten to Year 12, and around 360 teaching staff. Riyadh Schools has nine principals, leading each of the sub-schools, 15 vice principals, 44 instructional leaders and 45 expert teachers.
Teaching takes place in both English and Arabic, however applicants are not required to have languages other than English.
The schools are made up of traditional-style classrooms in concrete buildings. Significant architectural changes are currently being made to create a 21st century learning environment, with redevelopment of the boys’ elementary school having commenced this year.
School facilities include two heated, indoor Olympic-size swimming pools, three gymnasiums and one FIFA accredited soccer oval with an artificial turf. The school also features three auditoriums with up to 1,500 seat capacity, a library, three cafeterias, an examination centre and a VIP room.
School improvement plan
Riyadh Schools is committed to an eight-year improvement and transformation plan to become one of the top five schools in Riyadh by 2015, and to be the most sought-after school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by 2020.
Over the next eight years, Riyadh Schools will focus on radically improving both leadership and teacher capacity in order to develop thoughtful and passionate leaders.
Teachers and leaders at Riyadh Schools are being introduced to best practice techniques by a team of 18 international teaching and learning coaches. These international educators have committed to work at Riyadh Schools for two to three years, and have been embraced by teachers and students alike. Parents too are highly supportive of the change and improvement program.
In the area of ICT, Riyadh Schools is on track to be the most advanced school in the Middle East by 2014.
Riyadh Schools is embarking on one of its most important improvement strategies in 2013, undertaking a US$6 million rebuild of the entire ICT infrastructure to enable an increase in the use of digital technology in classrooms.
Digital technologies play a critical role in supporting the development of essential learning skills and enabling student learning to be personal. They broaden access to and provide multiple ways to present information, build knowledge, and diversify methods of communication and collaboration.
Soon, four Grade 5 classes will begin using iPads in class; the first phase of an initiative that will see over 3,000 students bringing their own parent-bought iPads or laptops to school as tools for learning. By the end of the 2013/14 school year, all elementary students will have iPads and all secondary students will have laptops.
Student-owned laptops and iPads will link wirelessly to the soon to be installed interactive whiteboards, providing further opportunities to learn from digital content and collaborate with classmates.
Students will use digital devices to collect and analyse data, visualise mathematical functions, investigate historical events, and interact with simulations in Science classes. They will use technology to build and test theories, conduct virtual experiments, undertake WebQuests or document their inquiry process and products. Research has found that this type of technology use helps students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and expand their critical thinking skills.
Within two years, all classrooms will have this technology available to improve student learning.
New theories of teaching and learning are emerging with the use of such technologies, and this requires Riyadh Schools to reimagine how learning is constructed both within and beyond our school walls. To support this, Riyadh Schools is embarking on a comprehensive professional learning and coaching program. All staff will be assisted to integrate technology into their classroom practice to achieve the best results for all students.
Riyadh Schools is currently replacing the entire underlying Information and Communication Technology infrastructure to support the implementation of 1:1 learning and to provide fast and reliable services to users.
An ongoing commitment to the use of technology for improving student learning will see Riyadh Schools become one of the most esteemed schools in the Middle East.