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Below are Frequently Asked Questions about the TKS admissions process, academic program, and community. For additional questions on admissions, please contact schooladmissions@kaust.edu.sa.

TKS Community

What are the demographics of the students?
Current enrollment is approximately 1,700 students with 73 nationalities represented. Comprehensive demographics https://tks.kaust.edu.sa  

How long is the school day?
The start times time vary slightly for each division, ranging from 7.50 to 8.15am.  K1 students finish their day at 12:00 p.m., K2 at 1pm, K3 at 2pm. Students in Grade 1-5 finish at 3:00 p.m., and Grade 6-12 at 3.10pm. Tuesday is early release day: KG ends at 12pm, GES at 2pm and GSS at 1pm. School holidays for the current academic year are listed on the TKS School Calendar.

Where do TKS families live?
TKS families live on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus.

Does TKS provide a bus service?
Yes, for KG and Elementary students. TKS's bus transportation provider is SAPTCO. Availability may be limited due to current health restrictions.  

Are students required to wear uniforms?
No, students can wear clothing compliant with the dress code. Secondary School students wear PE uniforms starting in Grade 6, that are available for purchase at the Matjar Store on the Spine.

Does TKS help with a new student's transition?
TKS conducts a new student and parent orientation as well as divisional transition programs from the Counseling Offices.

What is the governing structure of TKS?
TKS is a not-for-profit private school governed by a Board of Education and is part of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Is TKS affiliated with any other schools?
TKS has no “sister schools" but is a part of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA). TKS collaborates with other NESA schools in a variety of areas.

Application & admission Process

What are TKS age requirements for K1-K3 admission?

In determining grades TKS uses a strict cut-off date of by August 31 of the academic year for which they are applying.

  • 3 years of age – K1
  • 4 years of age – K2
  • 5 years of age – K3

Does TKS only admit students at the beginning of the school year?
No, TKS admits students throughout the year, preferably by the end of March. It is recommended for high school students to start at the beginning of each semester due to graduation and credit requirements.

Is there a deadline for applications?
K1 admissions applications are accepted beginning in March for the upcoming school year. Applications for K1 will only be accepted from the time the child is 2.5 years old and above.

There are priority deadlines for K1 (May 1) and Grades K2-G12 (May 1 for first semester and December 1 for second semester).  

How are K1 places allocated?
All applications are given the same consideration. For applications received after the priority deadlines there may be a slight delay in starting school.

Is there a fee to apply?
No, there is no fee with the application for admission.

What happens after my child's application is submitted?
After a completed application is submitted, the Admissions team processes and reviews the application. Emails are sent acknowledging receipt of the application and will contain information about the next steps. Parents have access to all the application information in their admission portal account.

Will my child be assessed for admission?
All applications will be assessed during the admissions process and this may include taking an entrance and/or placement test. Assessment and selection criteria include a review of report cards, grades, transcripts, recommendations, and standardized test results from the current and two most recent academic years.

Does TKS have a waiting list?
No, all applications are processed and offered a place if eligible. Offers remain valid for one year, with academic records needing to be updated every 6 months to maintain an open application.

How is my child's grade-level placement determined?

Grade-level placement takes into account the children’s previous academic background (i.e. have they already completed the same grade in an IB school or equivalent), their academic progress and social and emotional factors.

How can I schedule a tour?
If you are already on campus, school tours are available by contact the Admissions Office at +966 12 808 6248 or email admissions@thekaustschool.org  

Are there additional expenses aside from tuition and fees?
Yes, beyond expenses associated with PHE uniforms, school supplies, and IT & Materials charge laptops for Grades 6-12, TKS offers a number of required and/or optional learning experiences that families should plan for. Examples include school trips for arts,  athletics, and additional activities for students during KAUST Winter Enrichment Program week.

Academic program & school year

 What curriculum does TKS offer?
TKS is an independent not-for-profit IB World School that offers the Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate

Graduates earn an American high school diploma, accredited by MSA (Middle States Association). TKS offers an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in addition to the TKS graduation diploma, for qualified candidates.

My child has specific learning needs. What services does TKS offer?
TKS accepts students with specific learning needs on an individual basis. TKS does not offer admission to students with learning support needs which are beyond mild-to-moderate. If a child has specific learning needs, please follow the steps outlined in the application form.

What is the background and credentials of TKS teachers?
TKS faculty are certified to teach the IB curriculum and have many years of international teaching experience.

What is the average class size?
TKS enjoys the benefit of personalized classroom instruction through small classroom sizes. Grades K1 – G2 have a homeroom teacher plus an instructional assistant for each class. Grades 3-5 share instructional assistants. Middle and High School classes enjoy additional science, design, art, and physical and health education instructional assistants.

Kindergarten maintains a classroom size of up to 16, the Elementary School maintains a maximum of 18 students per class and the Secondary School a maximum of 22 students.

Does TKS have an Arabic language program?
Arabic is offered as part of the World Language Program at TKS at all levels.

What is the general schedule for the TKS School Year?
The TKS school year runs from August to June in two semesters, with the following breaks: one-week Eid al-Fitr, one-week Eid al-Adha, Saudi National Day, one-week fall break in October, a winter break in late December- early January and a one-week spring break, which is usually in March. TKS Academic calendar