About Us

The Advanced Learning Schools are private, English language, international day schools that offer a full instructional programme, from Kindergarten to grade 12, for boys and girls who meet the admission requirements. Twenty percent of the curriculum is studied in Arabic: Arabic Language, Arabic Social Studies and Islamic Studies.

The school year consists of two semesters: September to January and February to June. The school calendar is aligned with state, private and international schools. The school day runs from 0730 to 1545, Sunday to Thursday

All of us at ALS strive to create international schools in which attention is paid to the language, culture and history of our host nation. This means that, while local students maintain and develop their place in Saudi society, students from other countries are able to gain first-hand experience of the culture of their host country and all ALS students benefit from being exposed to variety, new experiences and differences of many kinds.

Our Mission

Advanced Learning Schools provides 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 the global community.

ALS Students Appreciate

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    Arabic culture, language and literature

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    Developing personal values while appreciating the values of others;

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    Valuing one’s own culture while understanding and demonstrating respect for the culture of others

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    Understanding multiculturalism within a global society.

We encourage students to:

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    Take part

    Share, cooperate and contribute responsibly to a global society;

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    Develop sensitivity to appropriate work and social relationships consistent with the principle of equal rights, including gender equality;

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    Display sound decision-making skills by reflecting on choices and consequences;

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    Lead a positive, healthy life

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    Care for others as they would have others care for them

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    Share resources

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    Build understanding and trust

ALS students strive for academic excellence by:

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    learning how to learn and discovering the joy of learning;

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    attaining depth and breadth of academic knowledge and understanding;

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    Understanding modern technologies and using them wisely and effectively; and

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    acquiring the academic skills and knowledge required to gain entrance to and success at competitive local and international universities.

ALS students benefit from an international education whereby they:

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    gain historic and contemporary knowledge and understanding of the world through intellectual Endeavour;

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    acquire international understanding by studying and experiencing other cultures while, at the same time, acquiring knowledge of, and appreciation for, their own cultural heritage; and

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    maintain the fluency of their mother tongue while valuing the acquisition of other languages.

ALS students are committed to the spirit of internationalism by:

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    demonstrating respect for human rights and for the principle of equal rights, irrespective of race or gender;

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    Practising tolerance and living together in peace and developing skills for the peaceful resolution of conflict;

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    Understanding their individual responsibilities within society and the relationship between rights and responsibilities; and

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    Providing leadership that demonstrates an awareness of ethical and moral issues.

Organisational Structure

The Advanced Learning Schools have been granted recognition by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education and operate under the governance of a Board of Trustees comprising distinguished professionals involved in government, commerce and education. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the development of the policies that control and direct the nature and the mission of the schools. The Superintendent is the chief administrator of the schools and is responsible for the implementation of policies and practices established by the Board of Trustees; the selection, hiring and placement of staff; and the full complement of day-to-day operational activities necessary for the effective functioning of the schools.
The ALS campus is located in the residential area of Riyadh known as Western Al- Nakheel district, north of King Saud University. The current temporary facility is in a complex of ten purposefully renovated villas and twelve temporary classrooms. These provide accommodation for administration offices, thirty classrooms, three science laboratories, two computer science laboratories, a library, two multi-purpose recreation rooms, two prayer rooms and a staff room. Adjoining the original campus are a soccer field, a volleyball court and a basketball court. In order to accommodate two classes per grade level from Kindergarten to grade 3, a new extension, next to the sports area, was opened in August 2007. The Advanced Learning Schools’ facilities are currently capable of hosting 420 students. Further building will take place as needed until ALS moves to its planned purpose-built facility, which will be able to accommodate 1200 students.
“Our school prides itself in the fact that whilst being an IB World School, it also holds true Islamic values with an emphasis placed on offering a high quality of education in all areas including both Arabic and Islamic Studies for all Muslim students.”Neil Hugo, Superintendent.


ALS Curriculum

The ALS curriculum is organized within four divisions:

  1. Early Primary Years (Kindergarten – grade 3),
  2. Upper Primary Years (grades 4 – 6),
  3. Middle Years (grades 7 – 10), and
  4. Diploma Years (grades 11 – 12).

Performance expectations for each division are specified according to standards and benchmarks recommended by the McREL Institute and the International Baccalaureate, with adaptations for the particular needs and expectations of the Advanced Learning Schools. Each standard defines the essential knowledge and skills students are expected to have acquired by the end of grade 12. The benchmarks state, in more specific language, the skills and knowledge a student should gain by the end of each grade.

These clear statements of standards and benchmarks help to clarify expectations for students and facilitate better communication among teachers, administrators, parents and the larger community.

After-School Activities

As many as twenty-eight different after-school activities are organized each year for all school divisions, ranging from photography to badminton and from Spanish lanuguage to Arabic poetry. Boxing and rugby are more recent additions to the list and the Newspaper Club will soon be going into its third year at ALS. Students may elect to subscribe to more than one activity per semester and may swap after the first week. Teachers donate their time to guide these activities after school.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The school which is recognized by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education is owned and operated under the auspices of the Advanced Learning Company which vests the governance of the schools in a Board of Trustees comprised of highly professional and distinguished members of the Saudi Arabian international, commercial, educational and financial sectors.
The Advanced Learning Schools draws on the best of modern educational practices found throughout the progressive schools of the international network and apply then to a curriculum that is responsive to the needs of the student community. It promotes excellence and focus on the student as a learner in all areas of Endeavour: academic, sports, the arts and student life and at the same time maintaining the essential balance with the family and cultural values of Saudi Arabian society within an international framework.
The Advanced Learning Schools is licensed by the Ministry of Education and is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB).
The schools uniform is worn by students in KG.1, KG.2, Grades 1 to 12 and arrangements have been made for the uniforms to be purchased at the schools.
The annual all-inclusive fee for attendance at the Advanced Learning Schools is SR 60,000. This fee included tuition fees and all textbooks. After a first enrolment, a discount of 10% will be applied to the fees of subsequent enrollees in the same immediate family.
Registration and application forms may be obtained from the schools’ Admissions office in Riyadh, by either contacting the office at:
Tel. number: 2070926 – Ext 102
Fax number: 2070927
Or requesting the forms be mailed, or by emailing the schools at ealdajani@nullalsschools.com
the Advanced Learning Schools strongly believes that school related trips which enhance learning and foster an appreciation for applied learning, are an essential part of the curriculum. Consequently, the schools organize appropriate field trips, both of an academic and social nature, designed to give extended meaning to instruction and to provide the opportunity for students to extend their individual scope and views of life and culture within and outside of Saudi Arabia. Additional student activities such as sports teams, academic contests, performing arts and clubs are organized by the after school activities (ASA) coordinators.
Appropriate arrangements are made within the scope of the schools daily schedule to provide for prayer time.
Since our educational programmes are similar to those of most international schools, transferring to schools abroad should not present any problems.
The schools have experienced counsellors who provide the appropriate advice and counselling to help parents and their children make the right choices for university application. In addition, we have established relationships with the admission offices of universities, to ensure that our students receive whatever assistance is available to help them in the admission process.
The Advanced Learning Schools grants either of two awards. Advanced Learning Schools’ certificate and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Both of these will indicate successful completion of prescribed courses of study, recognized by universities.
The Advanced Learning Schools certifies that a student has satisfactorily completed the requirements of the schools’ standard College Preparatory programme, i.e., the schools’ prescribed units of study in the areas of English, Arabic, Mathematics, Natural Science ICT, Social Science, Islamic Studies, History of the Kingdom and French.
There are numerous advantages to taking the IB curriculum. First, the IB curriculum was originally designed to insure a cohesive, comprehensive education for students, no matter where they lived in the world. Today, that goal is still at the forefront of the IB mission. Students who complete this programme are preparing, not only for success in university, but also for success in life. Students gain a broader world view; follow in-depth approaches to the academic disciplines, and develop time management, problem solving, research, and organizational skills that will remain with them long after the IB experience is over. An additional benefit is that student work is assessed over a two-year period using internationally accepted performance standards.


Name Position E-mail
1 Neil Hugo Superintendent nhugo@nullalsschools.com
2 Zahra Loubani PA Superintendent & Executive
3 Chris Espinosa ICT Systems Officer cespinosa@nullalsschools.com
4 Saad Alanazi ICT Systems Officer salanazi@nullalsschools.com
5 Murshed Alkharji Boys Schools Manager malkhaji@nullalsschools.com
6 Moneer Al Ghamdi Human Resources Officer mghamdi@nullalsschools.com
7 Obaid Al-Soubai Government Relations Officer oalsoubai@nullalsschools.com
8 Essam ElSoubky Business Manager soubky@nullalsschools.com
9 Mohammed Abdul Basith Accountant mbasith@nullalsschools.com
10 Ameer Ali Purchasing Officer aali@nullalsschools.com
11 Enas Mustafa Aldajani Admissions and Marketing Manager ealdajani@nullalsschools.com
12 Fatima Ahmed Admissions Officer fahmed@nullalsschools.com
13 Gerard Steiert Boys’ School Principal gsteiert@nullalsschools.com
14 Ahmad Zedan Boys' Principal Assistant azedan@nullalsschools.com
15 Ahmad Al Khuzai CAS Coordinator/Boys Coordinator akhuzai@nullalsschools.com
16 Oliver Jamie Turay Boys Counselor oturay@nullalsschools.com
17 Kathy Khayatt Girls’ School Principal kkhayatt@nullalsschools.com
18 Joanna Matta Girls' Principal Assistant jmatta@nullalsschools.com
19 Huda Dodge Vice Principal 4-12/CAS
Coordinator/College Counselor
20 Carmen Hill Vice Principal K-3/PYP Coordinator chill@nullalsschools.com
21 Hussa Al Assimi    Administrative Assistant halassimi@nullalsschools.com
22 Maysoun Al Salehy IB Officer malsalhy@nullalsschools.com
23 Jodi Styre Yaseen IB MYP Coordinator jstyre@nullalsschools.com
24 Leslie Pickett IB DP Coordinator lpickett@nullalsschools.com
25 Basma Al Jammal Arabic Coordinator baljammal@nullalsschools.com
26 Latifa Eladas Nurse (4-12) leladas@nullalsschools.com
27 Rosemarie Castro Nurse (K-3) rcastro@nullalsschools.com
28 Vernie Bacayo   Librarian vbacayo@nullalsschools.com
29 Andrea Pilski      Library Assistant apilski@nullalsschools.com

K-3 & Girls School

Name Position E-mail
1 Rasha Osman  HRT KG1A osman@nullalsschools.com
2 Helen Manning HRT KG2A hmanning@nullalsschools.com
3 Hala Al-Dukheil Teacher Assistant haldukheil@nullalsschools.com
4 Husa Bin Shulayyil Teacher Assistant Shulayyil@nullalsschools.com
5 Zeina El Baba HRT KG2B zelbaba@nullalsschools.com
6 Jayne Hugo HRT GR1A jarundell@nullalsschools.com
7 Iman Abou Ammo HRT GR1B Iammo@nullalsschools.com
8 Rima Sarieddine HRT GR2A rsarieddine@nullalsschools.com
9 Dana Al Kurdi HRT GR2B dalkurdi@nullalsschools.com
10 Yamama Saleh HRT GR3A ysaleh@nullalsschools.com
11 Sali Abbas HRT GR3B sabbas@nullalsschools.com
12 Debora Adam PE KG1-GR2 dadam@nullalsschools.com
13 Debora Adam Art GR1-GR3 dadam@nullalsschools.com
14 Riman Al Khalaf Arabic KG1-GR1 ralkhalaf@nullalsschools.com
15 Zinat Al-Madwar Arabic KG2,GR2,GR3 zabdulaziz@nullalsschools.com
16 Rufayda Bani Hamad IT GR2-GR3 rhamad@nullalsschools.com
17 Sara Alshuwayrid Islamic Studies KG1-GR3 salshuwayrid@nullalsschools.com

Boys School

Name Position E-mail
1 Gerard Steiert Boys' School Principal gsteiert@nullalsschools.com
2 Ahmad Zedan Boys' Principal Assistant  azedan@nullalsschools.com
3 Joanna Matta Boys' Principal Assistant jmatta@nullalsschools.com
4 Oliver Jamie Turay Boys Counselor oturay@nullalsschools.com
5 Ahmad Al Khuzai CAS Coordinator/Boys Vice Principal akhuzai@nullalsschools.com

IB Coordinators

Name Position E-mail
1 Basma Khaleel Al Jammal Arabic, Social Studies for Arab World Teacher& Arabic Coordinator baljammal@nullalsschools.com
2 Carmen Hill PYP Coordinator/Homeroom Teacher chill@nullalsschools.com
3 Leslie C. Pickett DP Coordinator Lpickett@nullalsschools.com
4 Jodi Styre Yaseen MYP Programme Coordinator jstyre@nullalsschools.com

Academic Staff

GR4-5 Teachers  
  Name Position E-mail
1 Agathe El Deek French GR4&5 Girls adeek@nullalsschools.com
2 Ahmad Al Hawari HRT GR5 Boys ahawari@nullalsschools.com
3 Ahmad Basha HRT GR4 Boys abasha@nullalsschools.com
4 Amal Al Barraq Islamic Studies GR4&5 Girls aalbarraq@nullalsschools.com
5 Areej Khouli Arabic GR4&5 Girls akouli@nullalsschools.com
6 Claude Sgro French GR4&5 Boys csgro@nullalsschools.com
7 Debrah Mc Roberts HRT GR4 Girls dmcroberts@nullalsschools.com
8 Debrah Mc Roberts ICT GR4 dmcroberts@nullalsschools.com
9 Haya Abdulrahim  HRT GR5A Girls hamin@nullalsschools.com
10 Haya Abdulrahim  ICT GR5AGirls hamin@nullalsschools.com
11 Ioan Pisoc PE GR4&5 Boys Ipisoc@nullalsschools.com
12 Jacob Evans English GR4 Boys jevans@nullalsschools.com
13 Jacob Evans Art GR4&5 Boys jevans@nullalsschools.com
14 Jennifer Pickering Art GR4&5 Girls jpickering@nullalsschools.com
15 Mahmoud  Salem ICT GR5 Boys msalem@nullalsschools.com
16 Mohammad Abu Ayyad Arabic GR4&5 Boys Mayad@nullalsschools.com
17 Mohammad Akour ICT GR4 Boys makour@nullalsschools.com
18 Mohammad Al Amri Islamic Studies GR4&5 Boys malamri@nullalsschools.com
19 Mohammad Al Amri History & SSAW GR4&5 Boys malamri@nullalsschools.com
20 Sara Al Shuwaired SSAW GR4&5 Girls salshuwayrid@nullalsschools.com
21 Sheila Millar PE GR4&5 Girls sanders@nullalsschools.com
22 Sophia Komets HRT GR5B Girls Skomets@nullalsschools.com
23 Sophia Komets ICT GR5B Girls Skomets@nullalsschools.com
GR6-12 Girls Teachers  
Name Position E-mail
1 Amal AL Barraq Islamic  aalbarraq@nullalsschools.com
2 Agathe El Deek French adeek@nullalsschools.com
3 Areej Khouli Arabic akouli@nullalsschools.com
4 Basma Al Jammal Arabic baljammal@nullalsschools.com
5 Fatimah  Ammori Arabic fammouri@nullalsschools.com
6 Basma Al Jammal History and Geography of KSA  baljammal@nullalsschools.com
7 Amal AL Barraq History and Geography of KSA  aalbarraq@nullalsschools.com
8 Fatimah  Ammori History and Geography of KSA  fammouri@nullalsschools.com
9 Zehra Imam English zimam@nullalsschools.com
10 Jodi Styre Yaseen English jstyre@nullalsschools.com
11 Sandra Bouhamdan English sbouhamdan@nullalsschools.com
12 Elizabeth Steiert English/Learning support Teacher bsteiert@nullalsschools.com
13 Hana Zain Science hzain@nullalsschools.com
14 Kiyra Holt Biology Kholt@nullalsschools.com
15 Kiyra Holt Chemistry Kholt@nullalsschools.com
16 Tania Maana Physics tmaana@nullalsschools.com
17 Hana Zain Mathematics hzain@nullalsschools.com
18 Tania Maana Mathematics tmaana@nullalsschools.com
19 Sofia Oprinoiu Mathematics soprinoiu@nullalsschools.com
20 Tania Maana Math Studies tmaana@nullalsschools.com
21 Sofia Oprinoiu Business & Management  soprinoiu@nullalsschools.com
22 Michael Barnes Humanities  mbarnes@nullalsschools.com
23 Kimberley Scoville Humanities  kscoville@nullalsschools.com
24 Sandra Bouhamdan Humanities  sbouhamdan@nullalsschools.com
25 Zehra Imam Humanities  zimam@nullalsschools.com
26 Kimberley Scoville Psychology kscoville@nullalsschools.com
27 Michael Barnes Psychology mbarnes@nullalsschools.com
28 Michael Barnes TOK mbarnes@nullalsschools.com
29 Rufayda Bani Hamad DT rhamad@nullalsschools.com
30 Rufayda Bani Hamad ITGS rhamad@nullalsschools.com
31 Sheila Millar PE sanders@nullalsschools.com
32 Haya Abdulrahim Drama  hamin@nullalsschools.com
33 Jennifer Pickering Art jpickering@nullalsschools.com
GR6-12 Boys Teachers  
Name Position E-mail
1 Ahmad AL Razouk Islamic  arazouk@nullalsschools.com
2 Ahmad AL Razouk History and Geography of KSA arazouk@nullalsschools.com
3 Basma Al Jammal Arabic  baljammal@nullalsschools.com
4 Claude Sgro French  csgro@nullalsschools.com
5 Daniel Cartlidge  English  dcartlidge@nullalsschools.com
6 Daniel Cartlidge Drama dcartlidge@nullalsschools.com
7 Evan Gillis  English  egillis@nullalsschools.com
8 Farouq Hamdan Science  fhamdan@nullalsschools.com
9 Farouq Hamdan Biology fhamdan@nullalsschools.com
10 Farouq Hamdan Chemistry fhamdan@nullalsschools.com
11 Farouq Hamdan Math fhamdan@nullalsschools.com
12 Hasan Al-Khatib Arabic  halkhatib@nullalsschools.com
13 Ioan Pisoc PE  Ipisoc@nullalsschools.com
14 Jacob Evans Art  jevans@nullalsschools.com
15 Leslie Pickett Biology lpickett@nullalsschools.com
16 Maher Qanbaz Humanities mqanbaz@nullalsschools.com
17 Mahmoud  Salem Business & Management  msalem@nullalsschools.com
18 Mahmoud  Salem ITGS & DT  msalem@nullalsschools.com
19 Michael Barnes Humanities mbarnes@nullalsschools.com
20 Michael Barnes Psychology mbarnes@nullalsschools.com
21 Michael Barnes TOK mbarnes@nullalsschools.com
22 Mohammad Abu Ayyad Arabic  mabuayyad@nullalsschools.com
23 Mohammad Akour Math makour@nullalsschools.com
24 Mohammad Akour ITGS & DT  makour@nullalsschools.com
25 Mohammad Al Amri Islamic  malamri@nullalsschools.com
26 Mohammad Al Amri History and Geography of KSA malamri@nullalsschools.com
27 Mohammad Saleh Science  msaleh@nullalsschools.com
28 Mohammad Saleh Chemistry msaleh@nullalsschools.com
29 Mohammad Yaseen Math myaseen@nullalsschools.com
30 Mohammad Yaseen Math Studies myaseen@nullalsschools.com
31 Wassim  Fakih Physics wfakih@nullalsschools.com
32 Wassim  Fakih Mathematics wfakih@nullalsschools.com

Media Centre

Name Position E-mail
1 Andrea Pilski Librarian apilski@alsschools.com
2 Vernie Bacayo Library Assistant vbacayo@nullalsschools.com

Support Staff

Name Position E-mail
1 Aster Worker
2 Amjad Bkht Zada Driver
3 Essa Habib Facilities Supervisor
4 Faisal Hazeel Security Superviser
5 Ghulam M. Mohammad Driver
6 Jameela Saleh Worker
7 Jamila Mohammad Worker
8 Manoj Mathew Facilities Officer mmathew@nullalsschools.com
9 Mohamed Ahmed Ib Ouf Uniform Supply
10 Muhammad Asif Alam HVAC Technician / Driver aalam@nullalsschools.com
11 Mustafa Nurhussen Berhan Driver mburhan@nullalsschools.com
12 Naser Bakht Zada Doorman for Girls Campus
13 Shroog Najem Albeeshi Security on Girls' Campus
14 Suad Mohammed Worker
15 Zeyneb Ahmed Ibrahim Worker
16 Aish Alharbi Security on K3 Campus
17 Bernabe Gare Facilities Officer bgare@nullalsschools.com