The weakest part of this powerful Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is its poorly administered educational system when that compared with that of the western world. Only the children of local Saudis and naturalized Arabs are allowed to send their children to Saudi public schools. As far as the expats children living in Saudi Arabia are concerned, there are quite a few of international schools governed by embassies while the others are privately organized, are offering diverse curricula but they are not allowed to enroll their children in the Saudi public schools. So basically they have the choice to either send their children to private international schools or plan on sending them to boarding schools back in their hometown.
The schools in this Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have boys and girls segregated, while the international schools are usually co-educational with quite not the ‘halal environment’. Mostly international schools aren’t really selective but in some cases; like the American and the British schools, institutes administered by the embassy do give preference to their respective nationalities priority to some extent. The school year in Saudi Arabia runs from September to June, and is normally divided into two or three semesters, depending on the school. The school week is Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being the weekend. If you want to enroll your child to the these schools then I would suggest that you call the school office and check out the administration requirement, as it varies from school to school and get it done as soon as possible since due to the rapidly increasing expat community in the Saudi Arabia, it is going to be a bit hard to obtain a suitable slot here. Just for the record, all the schools throughout will charge a non-refundable fee for this service.
When finding the perfect school for your child, there are these certain types of aspects you need to keep in mind. The main factor is obviously the fee of these schools. The American and British international schools are charging about SAR 15,000 to SAR 25,000 per annum. This is just the basic fee structure. There are also additional needs of a school going child which is the cost of uniforms, text books and extra-curricular activities, which isn’t involved in this fee structure. The cheapest an organization is charging is SAR 8,000 per annum. Despite the flying fee of these international educational in Saudi Arabia, the high turnover rate and general shortage of suitably qualified teachers leaves something to be desired in the standard of secondary school education that students receive. What leads to poor administration is the lack of qualified, experienced and professional teachers. Parents are expected to pay immense amount but when their children don’t receive that high quality education, there’s no point of spending so much. Well at times the local headmasters also make tutor recommendations as well which range from about SAR 100 to SAR 200 hourly which might help the child but then again these are all money making institutions.