The Principal’s Statement

Dear parents

It is with great honour that I welcome you to the International High School for Boys at Riyadh Schools. As our school continues to grow, we now reach over 420 students studying for the American High School Diploma. This includes more than 70 students on various scholarships for their proven high abilities.

We welcome you and your family to the International High School for Boys and wish to extend our invitation to you to be an active and informed member of our school community.

Our students graduate to study at the best universities in Saudi Arabia and abroad. Our school continues to excel in the national Qiyas as well as American SAT exams. The International High School has also had much success in the Maths and Science Olympiad competitions with regular members from our school in the Saudi Arabian National teams.

We offer a balanced English and Arabic medium curriculum with an emphasis on Science in the higher grades. Dedicated academic support is provided by having tutorials for students in different subjects according to their needs. This allows students and teachers to focus in on targeted curriculum areas to ensure all students make good progress. Further programs are also provided after school according to need. ICT is a core requirement in every lesson through our 1:1 program and permeates much of what the students do. We supplement this IT provision with a further specialized Computer Science lesson. In this way, we try and provide the diversity needed for our students to be 21st century learners.

To develop the whole character, we provide wellbeing lessons which address non-academic topics essential to succeed in life not just at university. Our students are mature and with very high aspirations. They are confident and determined to succeed. We have active student council and volunteer groups that help out in the community. Our fencing and robotics teams are well established and regularly succeed at National levels.

We believe that students need the best physical environment to support their success. Thus the school boasts a spacious building with strong IT facilities allowing fast network speeds and interactive whiteboards in each classroom. A dedicated canteen and café with onsite kitchens provides breakfast at break times. There is a large library that has been recently refurbished to include a new stock of English books also available for online reservation. The school theatres are used for guest lectures and events. There are dedicated laboratories on each floor, including one for Robotics. Physical Education is taken onsite in our indoor and outdoor all purpose sports pitches. Our disabled students have full access across the school with the lifts and ramps in all areas.

Parents are always welcome to discuss their son’s progress with teachers and/or with the administration. Please phone or write for a suitable appointment time. If you believe it’s a problem or have a concern, so do we and we will listen!

I look forward to meeting you soon.

School Principal

Mr. Kif Khan

School structure

هيكل المرحلة

International Stream

In the international stream, Riyadh Schools for boys and girls adopts the international schools’ curriculums in national subjects (Arabic Language, Islamic Education, Social Studies) from grades 1-12. In addition to that, Riyadh Schools also adopts the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and English Language and math curriculums according to California Core Standards. Riyadh Schools also applies the 21th century skills rubrics as these are common skills that will be needed for the future labor market. The international stream is being accredited by AdvancED.

Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities:

  • Be on time for all classes, student assemblies and scheduled appointments
  • Arrive at school well rested and prepared to actively engage in all classes and activities.
  • Complete and submit all homework and tasks on due time.
  • Adhere to and obey all Riyadh Schools’ guidelines and regulations governing behavior in and out of classrooms.
  • As a part of the learning process, listen and respond positively to constructive feedback and use it to improve learning.
  • Always strive for academic excellence.
  • Show respect, care and concern for all members of Riyadh Schools’ community.
  • Help to keep a safe and positive school environment for everyone.

Student Rights

  • A broad based quality curriculum that, when coupled with quality teaching, meets the differentiated and developmental needs of each student.
  • All students have a right to receive instruction that encourages and reinforces the qualities of honesty, integrity, compassion, sincerity, hard work that are central to Saudi culture and Saudi Islamic identity.
  • Students have a right to a safe and non-abusive environment that fosters learning and to beneficial relationships with all members of the Riyadh Schools’ community.
  • Students are entitled to individualized constructive feedback that takes into consideration the strengths, weaknesses and success of each student while developing improvement strategies.
  • When appropriate, students have a right to intervention programs. Students should support these programs as they are in their best interest.

Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

  • You are expected to attend every day of school unless you are sick, had a death in the family, need to appear in court or have a medical appointment
  • If you need to leave school early, your parent/guardian must inform the school beforehand, latest by 8:00 am on that day (except for bereavements, when your parents can request your leave at any time). You must not leave school until a vice principal has given you permission to leave.
  • In all other cases, you will not be allowed to leave school until 1:30 pm. Requests on the same day after 8:00 am cannot be accepted.
  • On returning to school after any absence, you must hand in a letter (with any medical certificates/doctors notes, appointment cards) from your parent/guardian explaining the reason for your absence, to your homeroom tutor.
  • Any work missed due to an absence must be caught up with.

Lateness Policy

  • It is your responsibility to arrive to all of your lessons on time.
  • Late students will be given detentions for lateness on the next school day for up to 30 minutes
  • If you are late on more than three occasions in one semester the school will discuss with your parents your future at the school.

Leaving School due to Sandstorm/Dust storms/Rain

  • As per the instructions of the Ministry of Education, the school can only release those students who are registered with the school’s doctor with certain illness. The doctor may recommend that certain students leave school early

Seeing the Schools’ Doctor

  • Except for emergencies, students can only visit the doctor during lessons if they have been given written permission by a teacher
  • If the doctor decides you should go home or to the hospital, he will call your parent and inform the school admin office. You should wait for your parent in the medical room


If a student is unable to attend school, parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to call the school before 7:30 AM on each day of the absence or obtain approval before the absence. Disciplinary action will be taken against the student if the school is not notified.

In exceptional cases, students may be granted authorised leave from school for one of the following reasons:

  • Illness
  • An immediate family bereavement
  • Religious holidays
  • An emergency case in the family, or any emergency a student might face (decided/approved by the school admin office)
  • A filed trip organized by the school
  • Any other reasons, e.g. appearing before a court of law or seeing a doctor