Frequently Asked Questions
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What age does the school accept students in Pre-school, KG 1, KG 2, Grade 1?
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The statutory age and date age must be reached is determined by the Ministry of Education at the beginning of each school year. The following are general age guidelines:
PreSchool: 2 years and 9 months
KG 1: 3 years and 9 months
KG 2: 4 years and 9 months
Grade 1: 5 years and 9 months
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What are the school's tuition fees?
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Tuition Fees for Academic Year 2017-18 are as follows:
KG Section: 35,000 SR Grade 1 to Grade 5: 37,000 SR Grade 6 to Grade 9: 39,000 SR Grade 10 to Grade 12: 42,500 SR The following discount will be given to families based on the number of children at school:
  • One registered student will pay full tuition fees
  • Second student – 5% discount
  • Third student and more – 10% discount

*Books and transportation fees are not included.
*Tuition fees are subject to change.
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What is the withdrawal policy?
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Students are considered enrolled in the school at the beginning of the first week of the new academic year. Since the withdrawal of a student after his/her admission may deprive another candidate from joining, the school administration requires the transfer request is submitted one month before the end of the year. If a guardian chooses to transfer his son/daughter at the beginning of the new academic year, 25% of the semester fees will be deducted.
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What are the transportation fees?
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Transportation fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 are as follows:
One way: 3,000 SAR's
Two ways: 5,000 SAR's
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AlFaris International School(FIS) is a SAT testing center. Can my student register for the exam through the school?
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All registrations for SAT exams must be through their official website: website: www.collegeboard.org
*It is the student’s responsibility to check for SAT test dates and register for his/her exam(s).* We recommend this to be done well in advance in order to register for the desired test date and testing center.
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My child is registered in another SAT testing center. Can he/she change to your center?
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Test date, test center, and test type (SAT or SAT Subject Test) changes must be made in advance through the College Board official website; these changes cannot be made on test day. Test center and test type changes must be made by the date listed on your ticket in order to test on the same test day. An additional fee is charged for any changes.
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Is Al Faris International Accredited?
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FIS is an authorized IB World School for the PYP, MYP and DP programs. For more information on IB programs, please visit ibo.org. We are also accredited by AdvanceEd, a global accrediting agency which works with a network of schools worldwide to maintain quality standards and assist in implementing improvements.
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Can I pay my fees through a bank transfer?
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Yes, you may pay your fees by cash, check, credit card or debit card.
The following information should be used for bank transfers:
IBAN: SA9030400108056443360011
Arab National Bank
Al Faris International School(FIS)
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What are the school hours?
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School is in session Sunday-Thursday. All students must arrive to school no later than 7:15 a.m. The first period begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. KG classes dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Dismissal time for Grades 1-12 is 2:15 p.m. Our Admissions and Accounting office is open from 7:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. during school days.
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What are the modes of communication between the parents and the school?
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We have implemented the Edmodo connected classroom which will allow parents to directly message teachers with everyday inquiries and keep informed of classroom activities. In addition, parents will receive school messages and may access their student accounts through our Al Faris mobile app. Parents are welcome to arrange a meeting at any time with a teacher to discuss issues of more serious concern. General parent-teacher meetings to discuss student progress are arranged each semester.
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When should I take the SAT?
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Most students take the SAT during the spring of their junior year of high school (Grade 11). Many students choose to take the SAT a second time in the fall of their senior year after becoming familiar with the test day experience.
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Who oversees Al Faris International School(FIS) and makes curriculum decisions?
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Al Faris International School(FIS) is under the auspices of the Saudi Ministry of Education. Curriculum decisions are made by the Director/Owner of Al Faris while adhering to Ministry guidelines and requirements.
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Why should I choose Al Faris over other international schools in Riyadh?
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Al Faris International School(FIS) strives to give our students a comprehensive educational experience which will prepare them to be effective contributors in today’s global arena as well as life-long learners. To this aim, we continuously keep informed of the latest educational programs and trends worldwide and implement those which we feel effective in order to give your child the best in global education. Examples include inquiry-based learning, the Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop, the Daily 5 Literacy Program, Connected online books and our IB World School authorization. At the same time, we offer a strong Arabic language program as well as Islamic studies and regional History and Geography, thus maintaining the crucial balance between our world outreach and our cultural heritage. Our staff of teachers is global, experienced and receive continuous training to implement our curriculum effectively. In addition, Al Faris International School(FIS) has the exceptional facilities for an effective, pleasant and safe learning environment.
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How do I enroll my student at Al Faris?
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All prospective students are required to complete an entrance exam/interview. We also conduct interviews with both parents. Successful applicants will be invited to complete the registration process. Please contact the school to arrange for an entrance exam during our Spring enrollment period in April/May or at the beginning of each semester.
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What academic calendar does Al Faris follow?
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Al Faris International School(FIS) bases our academic calendar on two semesters as outlined by the Saudi Ministry of Education. Semester beginning and ending dates as well as vacations are those designated by the Ministry for each academic year.
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Do you offer extracurricular activities?
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Al Faris offers extra curricular sports activities for boys as part of our affiliation with the International Schools Sports League in Riyadh. In addition, we offer after-school sports opportunities at the school. Students also take part in appropriate school field trips during the year as well as inter-school academic competitions. Grade 7-12 students take part in community service activities as part of their community service requirement for graduation.
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Will my children be able to easily transition to another curriculum if we travel abroad?
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Our basic curriculum is based on American standards and we are now working to implement the internationally-recognized IB programs. Al Faris students will be well-prepared to enter any international curriculum at any grade level.
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What documentation do I need if my student is coming from abroad or transferring from another region in Saudi Arabia?
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Parents are required to present all original, certified report cards from Grade 1 up to the current Grade level.
For students transferring from another region within Saudi Arabia:The two most recent report cards must be stamped by the Ministry of Education in that region.
For students transferring from Arab countries: The two most recent report cards must be stamped by the Ministry of Education, the Saudi Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in that country.
For students transferring from all other countries (U.S.A., EU, etc.): The two most recent report cards must be stamped by the Saudi Embassy in that country.
DOCUMENTS WITHOUT THE PROPER CERTIFICATION FROM ALL REQUIRED AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Only students with valid residency (iqama) for Saudi Arabia can be enrolled. Visiting visas are not accepted.
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How are my primary-age students assessed?
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Students in grades 1-6 are assessed on a periodic basis. Parents are provided with a complete exam, classwork and homework schedule for each learning cycle. Grade 1-5 students are given standardized assessments at the end of the academic year to ensure that they are prepared for success in the next grade level. Students in Grades 6-12 will have mid-term and final exams for each of the two semesters.
Al Faris(FIS) students are given multiple methods and opportunities to demonstrate their comprehension of subject material. These methods include tests, exams and quizzes, individual and group projects, essays and research, performances, portfolios, exhibitions, rubrics and self-reflection.
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What are the modes of communication between parents and the school?
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We have implemented the Edmodo connected classroom which will allow parents to directly message teachers with everyday inquiries and keep informed of classroom activities. In addition, parents will receive notifications and may access their student accounts through our school Student Management System. Parents are welcome to arrange a meeting at any time with a teacher to discuss issues of more serious concern. General parent-teacher meetings to discuss student progress are arranged each semester. Telephone and email inquiries are welcome. Please see our contact information menu.
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Is my student be required to pursue an IB-DP diploma?
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At Grade 11, students will have the choice to pursue an IB full diploma, an IB course certificate or to continue with our curriculum which prepares students for the SAT exams. Entrance to the IB-DP program is subject to diagnostic testing at Grade 10.
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