What is it about International Programs School that is unlike any other school I’ve work in?

By Mr. Bill Cooke

Students here are involved learners.  Students enthusiastically ask questions. As we spend more time together, students evolve from stating, “I don’t understand!” They ask, “Will you please help me to understand?”

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Life in Saudi Arabia

By Ms. C. Wachtler

Saudi Arabia is different than I thought it would be.  It's very commercialized with many Westernized goods, clothes, places to eat,etc. Within 15 minutes of the compound & IPS, there's an IKEA, 2 malls, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Japanese 100 yen shops, the usual US food chains (Applebee's, Chilis, Outback, etc), and places like Mothercare, Zara, Zulilly, etc.  It's not hard to find something, just ask.  There are cheap places to get things for classrooms like the 2 riyal shop or Mishwar, souks in Al Khobar & the surrounding area, and small rug galleries.  It's pretty cool to live near the Gulf of Arabia!

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Working at IPS

By Ms. Phillipa Boyd

I joined IPS in January 2015. I’m an Elementary teacher, originally from England but  have been teaching on the International circuit since 1998. ”Yikes! Saudi – Are you sure?” was the reaction of many people when I announced I was coming to work here. I joined IPS as a teacher of grade 2 boys.  IPS has a concept curriculum that allows the children to learn by inquiry. IPS encourages children to be lifelong learners and to make discoveries and connections across the subjects.

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Working at IPS

By Ms. Carolyn Grace

I’ve been working at IPS for four years now and love it. We have a great team of elementary teachers and the children are great. Plus our administration really knows how to look after their staff. Working here has given me the opportunity to undertake some high-quality professional development, so I’ve continued to grow as a teacher. 

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Life in Saudi

By Ms. Yasmine Ahmad

I moved here 6 years ago with my husband and children and haven’t looked back since. I thought it would be a difficult transition but I can honestly say it isn’t bad at all. Just remember ladies, wear an abaya when you leave the compound. I wear the ones designed like dresses and don’t have to worry about wearing anything underneath. They are now making them in different colors so that’s a plus.

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