About British International School of Jeddah (BISJ)
The British International School of Jeddah is a private community school licensed by the Ministry of Education. We are a not for profit organisation governed by a Board of Trustees.
Our school caters for children from years K-13 and has in excess of 1500 students from over 60 countries. We are accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Additionally we are authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and are a centre for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and also a member school of British Schools in the Middle East (BSME).
In 2015 the school is very different from the original villa school of October 1977. The evolution of the school over its 38 years of existence has, in no small part, been due to the changing nature of the expatriate community in Jeddah and the Ministry decision to allow Saudi students, with special permission, to attend. It is also due to the high demand from both local and expatriate parents for what is perceived to be high-quality education. It is also true to say that some of the changes are due to the changing regulatory framework in which the school operates. Now on a purpose built site, with over 1500 students from over sixty countries and with a staff in excess of 240 from more than 20 countries, what has not changed is the vision to be truly international in its focus.
The perceived high quality of the school has resulted in significant enrollment problems with many year groups now being heavily oversubscribed. The popularity of the school with Saudi families adds an additional dynamic.
Reflecting the international nature of the school, today our primary curriculum is based around the International Primary Curriculum and in Upper School, we follow a programme leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education in Year 11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Year 13.
Ghetto. Wouldn't recommend. Students are emotionally manipulated and neglected by teachers and there are consistent scandals here. As a good students, my time at this school was littered with bad encounters with teachers and other students complaining about the same teachers (all these complaints falling on to the deaf ears of executive figures and leaders). Management and administration were incompetent at best. They took pictures of me without my consent and posted it on their Facebook page... disgusting.
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