Welcome from Director
AHLAN WA SAHLAN!
Welcome to The KAUST School, where our students develop as Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators, and Risk-Takers. Through this process, they also grow to be Knowledgeable, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Balanced, and Reflective. TKS provides an exceptional International Baccalaureate education to all of our students through the PYP, MYP, and DP programs. The inquiry-based approach allows each student to progress along their learning journey and to engage in learning experiences which are both personalized and appropriately challenging.
This year TKS is proud to be celebrating its 10 year anniversary and it’s amazing to see all that has been accomplished in these ten short years. We are accredited by the Council of International Schools, The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and authorized to deliver all three IB programs. We have developed a wonderful relationship with the KAUST University and with our host country of Saudi Arabia. These relationships allow us to offer unique experiences for both our faculty and students not be available in other schools around the world.
Strategically the school has been focused on Teaching and Learning, Professional Culture, Engagement, and Organizational Development. This year we look forward to using the re-accreditation process, to lay the foundation for the work of our upcoming strategic plan which will be launched in the fall of 2020.
Our youngest of students (ages 3-5) are fortunate to learn on a dedicated Kindergarten campus in the Harbor area that houses a Reggio Emilia inspired approach to play-based learning. These students engage in deep critical thinking as they navigate complex social relationships and contemplate deep questions through investigation and research in a manner that brings true joy to the learning process. The Garden Elementary School and Secondary Schools are located in the Garden District of the KAUST community. The environment supports a balanced and innovative approach to teaching and learning with technology-equipped classrooms, science laboratories, a design and technology hub, two libraries, two 25 meters pools, two gymnasiums, two auditoriums, multiple creative arts spaces, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, and a soccer pitch. These facilities and the amazing teaching staff help to support a variety of competitive sports, recreational activities, musical and dramatic performances, student government and Model United Nations.
The faculty and staff at TKS come from a variety of different countries and are truly representative of our exceptionally diverse community. They annually engage in deep professional learning that allows them to continue to grow professionally, resulting in more opportunities for students to grow and learn. When I asked a parent what they believed was an indicator of the strength of the KAUST school, the response was that their children were truly excited to go to school every day. The faculty makes learning engaging, fun, and relevant for the students.
We invite our parents to become active in their child’s learning by attending presentations, back to school nights, student-led conferences, and student activities. We know that parents are their child’s first teacher, and we look forward to this partnership to ensure your child is supported, and to help them reach their full potential.
If you are considering a move to KAUST or are already a member of the community, we invite you to explore the website for more information or reach out to our Admissions office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more questions.
Kind regards –
Dr. Michelle Remington began her career teaching internationally in 1996 as a grade 6 classroom teacher on the island of Saipan. In 1998 she and her husband Jesse, also an international teacher, moved to Venezuela where they spent the next eight years. During this time Michelle taught high school English, earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, and later moved into administration. In 2006 Michelle, Jesse and their two young children made the move from Venezuela to the UAE where they lived until June 2019. Michelle worked as an administrator both at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi and the American School of Dubai.
Michelle is joined at KAUST by her husband and three children who are all enrolled in the KAUST School. Michelle enjoys traveling, reading, and participating in almost all sports including volleyball, tennis, basketball, pilates, and yoga. The family home is in Bigfork, Montana in the United States where they enjoy camping, waterskiing, kayaking, and hiking each summer.