Welcome to the 2016-17 AISJ School Year
I am pleased to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year at the American International School of Jeddah (AISJ). We expect to have 1250 students this year and this year will prove to be a “Hallmark” year filled with events that do not happen every year. I am excited about the future of our school and even more excited to see what I feel is a great staff. We have hire 20 new foreign hire employees along with 12 new local hire employees and I believe we have our strongest educational team since I have been here.
We are excited to present to you our Strategic Plan that was the work of over 100 members from our school community. See our webpage description of our strategic plan under the About Us section of our website. This is something that will serve as our roadmap to the future and will change the face of our school with our new mission statement, vision statement and core values. You can also see our action plans and profile of a graduate that we will continuously measure individual progress toward this Graduate Profile that is strategically aligned with our Mission Statement.
Also this year we will undergo a re-accreditation review from the Middle States Association of College and Schools out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This team will visit our school for three days in November and this will require much participation from all AISJ Community Members including students, staff, parents and Community Members. This takes place once every 5-6 years and we have strategically planned our re-accreditation around our Strategic Planning process.
You will see new security measures as you enter the school this year and new pedestrian entrance from the outside. Another milestone for the year is our new campus. We still are hopeful to have a new campus by 2018 and are awaiting final approval in the coming weeks and see our new school growing from the ground this year. We will see the new airport in Jeddah move toward their final stages.
Please note that Monday, August 21st is the first day of school but is designed for parents to bring their child to school to get new uniforms, schedules, meet their child’s teacher(s), get a student ID, security passes, settle lunch accounts and other fees. Returning students are to attend in the morning for about one hour anytime between 8 to 11AM and New STUDENTS are invited to come with their parents from 12:30 to 3:30PM. Yearbooks are also available to pick up from last year. We also have a revised one-page calendar that we are posting on our website and we have our 2016-17 Activity Calendars available with student artwork and detailed activities for each month of the school year. On Monday, August 22nd regular classes will begin at 8AM for all of our students.
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We look forward to see the smiling faces of our students this year and help prepare them to pursue their dreams.