GEMS Education, one of the world’s largest K-12 private education providers, is set to open its first proprietary school in the Kingdom in Dhahran. Offering the American curriculum, GEMS Saudi International Schools — Dhahran aims to present students with exceptional academic, athletic and aesthetic opportunities as well as world-class educational facilities.
The new school has a total capacity of 3,100 students and has already commenced enrollment of students for the 2020-21 academic year, with classes to start in September.
With the goal of driving the all-around development of students and attaining outstanding student outcomes, the school will offer highly engaging, hands-on learning that endorses strong problem solving and communication skills, preparing pupils for the challenges of the future.
Dino Varkey, chief executive of GEMS Education and board member of GEMS KSA, said: “We are honored to open our first school in the Kingdom, especially as Saudi Arabia embarks on a new era of transformational growth led by the goals outlined in Saudi Vision 2030. We see this as an ideal opportunity to bring our world-class standards in education to the Kingdom and share our competencies in offering an excellent academic program for young Saudis and residents. We believe that quality education is the cornerstone of a student’s personal development, and we focus on nurturing core values that make them responsible citizens of the future, who will contribute to the Kingdom’s prosperous future.”
Souzan Hachem, chief education officer at GEMS KSA, said: “GEMS Saudi International Schools — Dhahran will offer an outstanding education experience in the heart of the Eastern Province where every child will thrive. The school will offer a progressive, personalized curriculum that meets the needs of all students regardless of their starting points. Our young people will grow in a nurturing, dynamic, innovative learning environment within a state-of-the-art building supported by expert educators. We know our community will have the highest expectations and we are committed to meeting them, with our students achieving the highest possible outcomes across academics, sports and the arts.”
Set on a campus with a total built-up area of 33,000 square meters, the school features a number of facilities, including science laboratories, media rooms, information and communication technology laboratories, libraries and spacious reading areas along with a 600-seat auditorium.
Over the last five years, GEMS Education students have been accepted into more than 1,050 universities in 53 countries. These include all eight Ivy League universities in the US and 24 Russell Group universities and colleges across the UK.