Principal grade 6-12 at Advanced Learning Schools in Saudi Arabia
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Principal grade 6-12
Advanced Learning Schools (Saudi Arabia)

Jan 11, 23
Feb 10, 23

 

 

Advanced Learning Schools

Grade 6 – 12 Principal

The Opportunity

Founded in 2005, Advanced Learning Schools (ALS) is seeking a grade 6 – 12 male Principal to assume the leadership role on the boys’ campus starting in August of 2023. 

 

The School

ALS is one of only 150 schools in the world offering three IB programs as a full IB World School.  In offering the Primary Years Program, the Middle Years Program and the Diploma Program, ALS provides students with the opportunity to access a comprehensive and coherent curriculum from KG to Grade 12.  ALS prides itself in the fact that while being an IB World School, the school also holds true Islamic values with an emphasis placed on offering a high-quality education in all areas including Arabic, Islamic Studies and Arabic social studies for all students. ALS will be moving into a new purpose-built school in 2023 and expects to increase in time to an enrollment of 1,200 students Pk-12. The current enrollment stands at 850.

ALS is a private, English language, international day school serving primarily Saudi national students from Pre-K through Grade 12. ALS is accredited by CIS and completed its last on-site accreditation review in 2014. The school is currently preparing for its next on-site IBO / CIS combined review in February 2023.  Nearly all ASL graduates attend a college or university program and are accepted into excellent schools in Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, United States and Canada. 

ALS provides opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular academic and athletic events with students from other international schools in Riyadh.

 

The Mission

The mission of ALS is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire and demonstrate knowledge, appreciation, and respect for their own cultural heritage, integrated with an understanding of, curiosity about, and compassion and tolerance towards other cultures of the world.  It provides an environment that encourages moral development, active and independent learning, analytical thinking, life-long learning, respect for individual differences and sensitivity to the moral, social and environmental requirements of global community.

 

The Campus and Facilities

The school currently operates in accommodations next to King Saud University but aspires to relocate to a new state-of-the-art campus in the near future. Over the past several school years, ALS has undertaken a number of renovation projects on the current campus. A multi-purpose facility has been created which seats 400 and accommodates a variety of student activities and performances. ALS has campus-wide wireless access, science and computer labs, two libraries, covered outdoor spaces, and a grass soccer field.

 

The Curriculum

The school made a strategic commitment at its founding to embrace the IB program.  The Primary Years Program, the Middle Years Program, and the Diploma Program, serve the 850-student population in their preparation for post-secondary learning pathways.  20% of the curriculum is delivered in Arabic (Arabic language, Arabic social studies and Islamic Studies).

 

The Faculty and Administration

The PK- 12 ALS professional staff consists of 74 members.  40% are overseas-hired teachers (mostly from other Arabic speaking countries) and the balance of the faculty are locally hired due to Saudi labor law.  There is a strong administrative team in place consisting of a superintendent, a Principal and an Assistant Principal who lead the Early Childhood through 5th grade program, a Principal and Assistant Principal for the 6th through 12th grade program for females, and a Principal and Assistant Principal on the boys’ side for grades 6 - 12. 

 

The Academic Calendar

The school year follows a calendar dictated by the Ministry of Education with classes beginning early September and ending in June. ALS observes Muslim holidays. There are 180 instructional days plus some additional days for professional development for the faculty and staff.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree or similar in educational administration / leadership
  • A minimum of three years’ leadership experience
  • International education experience
  • Training and experience with an IB Educator Network role: Workshop Leader, School Visit Team Member, etc
  • Prior experience with international school accreditation
  • High level of professional proficiency in written and oral English and Arabic

 

Salary and Benefits

The salary will be competitive and will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The package includes:

  • Competitive salary
  • Housing allowance to include all utilities
  • World-wide medical insurance
  • Shipping allowance.
  • Annual home-leave travel allowance
  • Tuition for dependent children.
  • Support for professional development
  • Annual transportation allowance

 

Procedure for Filing an Application

The deadline for submission of applications is February 10.  However, candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and the application materials as early as possible as ALS reserves the right to accelerate the selection process if the right candidate is identified in advance of the application deadline. 

  • A letter of application, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are specifically interested in the ALS principal position.
  • A current resume not to exceed two pages.
  • A one or two page statement outlining your philosophy of education.
  • A one-page list of at least four references who have served in the role of directly supervising your performance with current phone numbers and email addresses.
  • A maximum of four letters of recommendation which you already have in your possession may be included in the application but are not required.

Please send application materials in a single pdf attachment to: Dr. Larry Molacek at lmolacek@alsschools.com

Additional information about the Advanced Learning Schools may be accessed on the school’s web site at: www.alsschools.com

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Bill Turner’s international teaching career has taken him to Sudan, Italy, Qatar and the UAE as well as his home country of England. His very first teaching position was in rural Sudan.