Hi, my daugther is 16y old and will be starting the last 2 years of high school (this corresponds to "diploma" according to IB system, which she is currently studying). I wonder if someone here has a similar experience in changing school during the last 2 years of school? In addition, based on preliminary research, i understand she could follow british curriculum if there is no other IB school available but I'm not sure about american school. Thanks to all in advance! Obs: i will be living in Ras Tanura.
Dhahran High school look as if they offer the IB programme. BISAK and British Grammar so far as I know teach English 'A' levels for the final years which could be an option - both schools in the past were heavily over subscribed do speak to them ASAP. There is some form of transport available, but that's as much as I know. It would be about 1 hour each way for he journey.
There is also the opportunity of assistance for boarding school through the EAP scheme for your daughter if that interests you. There are some very good boarding school out there.
o! I also would like to have more information about the high schools in Dhahran. Some people say most of the students leave after grade 9 and go mainly to boarding schools abroad. Is this true? Is it really hard to find a place at the school in the kingdom? . Many of the posts I see are very old and I don`t know if this is the situation at the moment. Thanks
Not quite what you are after but I thought I would share my thought process and observations on this one.
I am on bachelor status and family are not with me but one of the main reasons for this is that it would have meant disrupting my kids schooling. I also have a late high school daughter and there wasn't really much that could have persuaded her to come over to Saudi at such a critical time in her schooling.
Yes I believe that a large percentage of kids go abroad for their schooling. I don't think that this is primarily due to difficulty in finding a place in Saudi although this may be an issue. I believe the reason on avee is that kids and parents feel that the kids have outgrown Saudi and they need a little taste of outside the cosseted joys of camp before being released into the wild as an adult!
That being the case there are probably fewer of her cohort around in Saudi so if she moved out here she may not find it as rewarding an experience compared to moving at say age 12.
A difficult choice - with the family and possibly slightly fewer friends and culture shock to absorb or alternatively being away from parents in a boarding school with lots of similar kids around... Boarding could be tough though in the beginning. My advice is to consider very carefully what will float your daughter's boat and put that into the mix about how you proceed.