17Jan2018 IPS Community Note: Master Schedule & Calendar Changes

Dear IPS Families,


Thank you for your attention to the following items:


New School Schedules

Earlier this school year (in October) the Ministry of Education made changes in the number of course sections required for Islamic Studies, Arabic and Saudi History Government.  The administrative team here at IPS has been working to “problem solve” this matter in a thoughtful and strategic manner.

Beginning on Sunday, January 21, 2018:

·         New schedules will be implemented across the school and distributed to students through homerooms on Sunday.  ALL current classes will continue to meet (many with different timings).  Additional classes to meet Ministry requirements will be added.

·         Classes will begin at 7:45 AM - thank you for leaving a bit earlier to get to school on time!

·         The school day will end at 2:50 PM Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and

o    at 1:25 PM on Tuesday.

While there will be a variety of changes, most will look and feel very familiar!


IPS School Calendar

As this school year started the Ministry of Education issued a Five (5) year calendar which differed in a number of ways from IPS Calendars and plans.  With this in mind, the following adjustments must be implemented:

·  For 2017-2018

o 10May2018 - holiday is cancelled

o 14 May 2018 - Final School Day for Students

o Students and families can expect that classes will adjust to ensure students learn what is expected for each subject and grade level.  We can all expect some work on weekends and perhaps a slight increase in learning work outside school hours.

o A revised calendar will be posted on the IPS Website.

o The Activities & Events “live” calendar on the website remains a good source of current information.

·  For 2018-19 -

o 26 Aug 2018 - First Day Classes for Students

o 1 May 2019 - Final School Day for Students

o A calendar for the 2018-19 school year will be posted on the IPS Website.



IPS Administration


International Programs School

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Saudi Arabia


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