Welcome to Taj Riyadh International School
Taj Riyadh International School prides itself on the quality of its educational programs, the professionalism of its staff, the enthusiasm of its students and the high level of support provided by parents and community members. We actively seek participation and involvement from the whole school community.
Every school has its own story to tell. The context in which teaching and learning takes place influences the processes and procedures through which the school makes decisions around curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The context also impacts the way a school stays faithful to its vision. Many factors contribute to the overall narrative such as an identification of stakeholders, a description of stakeholders’ engagement, the trends and issues affecting the school, and the kinds of programs and services that a school implements to support student learning.
The purpose of the Executive Summary (ES) is to provide a school with an opportunity to describe in narrative form the strengths and challenges it encounters. By doing so, the public and members of the school community will have a more complete picture of how the school perceives itself and the process of self-reflection for continuous improvement. This summary is structured for the school to reflect on how it provides teaching and learning on a daily basis.
Description of the School
The school campus is in a distinguished residential quarter of Sulaymaniya, in Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh. The school facilities include 46 classrooms, 7 staffrooms, 2 Science Labs, 2 Computer Labs, 1 library, 2 art rooms, and an indoor basketball court in the boys’ section. The school is made up of 3 campuses, they house the four sections as the following:
1-Preschool campus is made up of one building and one indoor playground.
2-1-2-3-section campus has 1 building and one indoor playground.
3- The girls’ section has 2 buildings with 2 playgrounds.
4- The boys’ section has a three-floor building and 1 playground.
Taj Riyadh International School had its beginnings in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It started as a small nursery for child care, owned and managed by Princess Fahda Bint Hathlool Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.
In 1993, the school was named Riyadh Montessori and started to accommodate students to its nursery and preparatory programs. The school’s enrolls gradually increased and several changes of location had to be made to cater this growth.
As the school population increased, it also had to relocate. It also undertook changes in name, from Riyadh Montessori to Al Taj Private School to Al Taj National Elementary School, and finally to Al Taj International School, in 2001.
Through the leadership of School Administrator, Dr. Amelita P. dela Cruz, the school was granted the Provisional Government Permit by the Philippine Department of Education on 3 April 2006.
On 15 March 2007, the Philippine Department of Education granted the Al Taj International School the Government Permit to operate pre-elementary, elementary, and secondary courses under Government Permit No. 004, s. 2007.
After getting the Government Permit No.520-5302 in June, 2021, the school has adopted and started teaching an American curriculum.
The school commenced on the August 5, 2021with student numbers which totaled 600. We currently have 21 classes and two preschool groups with enrolments around 600.
TIS recognizes the need to offer a balanced instructional menu. Therefore, in addition to core academic subjects, students are experiencing new subjects like,Elective courses. All students attend the mentioned subjects for 40-minutes classes on a rotating schedule. Concerning lower graders, some students attend a learning support class for 120 minutes d daily. Furthermore, a Kg 3 Montessori class is established in Kindergarten Section. Regarding students’ activities, it includes arts and crafts, outdoor games, sports competition, Spelling Bee activity, Math and Science Competitions, Computer Fair, English Day, Arabic Day and field trips.
TIS staff are qualified and of a great teaching experience, approximately, eighty percent (80%) of Taj Riyadh International School’s’ faculty have Bachelor degrees, 5% Master and PHD degrees and 15% Diploma degrees, although the school provides continuous trainings inside and outside the school.
The school works according to clear vision and mission on providing an environment that effectively nurture giftedness and creativity through a school wide approach. Besides, creating unique and effective provision for learners across the school is in place within the parameters of
- Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
- Environment and Ethos
- Partnerships and Services
We strive to equip our students with the knowledge and skills that help them unleash their creativity, make the most of their strengths, and meet the challenges of the ever-changing world.
We seek to create a challenging learning environment through high quality instruction that inspires students to optimize their full potential and be passionate lifelong learners.
Our school has a committee that develops the school’s mission and vision statements. We also adopt a new challenge of (“Be the Best Me I Can Be”). This is often heard throughout the school’s building. So as to have independent students who can show the best of their abilities. Furthermore, the school’s faculty and staff believe that every student learns in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional approaches that help get an equitable learning. We are not all the same nor do we have the same goals.
Notable Achievements and Areas of Improvement
Taj Riyadh International School renewed the building as safety is a top priority for us at the TIS and our maintenance plans are always focused on providing safe places for our students and staff. The school also established a computer lab, a library, CCTV Cameras in the boys’ section, and updated the curriculum of the following subjects: English, Math, and Science. Other new subjects were added as it has been mentioned: Elective (High school) and KG3 Montessori class which is recognized as one of the school improvements. Social workers have been recruited to have each in every building to deal with students’ problems. For the seek of communication between the boys and girls’ sections, the school works on implementing identical plans to guarantee teaching effectiveness.
TIS is currently improving the strategies of common grading and common assessments; it intends to create a wide professional development plan based on the already done evaluation forms. As well as it embraces comprehensive library and laboratory development plan as well as increasing the number of parental surveys to provide stakeholders with opportunities to be engaged in learning process. Furthermore, a college and career counseling program will be implemented in the coming year.