Al-Khobar Saudi Arabia
ISG - American School Dhahran


Dhahran High School follows the American Curriculum. DHS has adopted a number of curriculum frameworks and standards from systems and best practices around the United States. Much emphasis has been placed on moving away from the traditional model of teaching from a textbook to designing courses based on standards. The backward model of course and unit design has brought many challenges for teachers but has shown to be more innovative in terms of moving to increased student-centered classrooms focused on learner agency. Coupled with this have been newly adopted standards that have been carefully implemented to maximize professional learning and support. Our welcoming environment offers outstanding facilities where we seek to turn ideas into reality, encouraging students to develop their intellectual potential while inspiring them to become self-motivated, life-long learners. Our community flourishes, supported by an exciting range of enrichment programs, additional academic support for those who need it and a carefully-tailored college preparation program. DHS offers a broad array of subjects including English, math, science, social studies, global languages, physical education, fine arts, technology, health, and various electives. Each student must be enrolled in 16 semester classes and have a minimum total of 24.0 (recommended 27.5) credits in order to graduate from DHS.A required course to be taken by all students is Arabic culture (one year course). This course fulfills the Saudi Ministry of Education requirement to provide conversational Arabic and designated cultural topics that provide cultural awareness of the host country. Students enrolled in an Arabic Global Language course will not need to enroll in this course.Our Learning Principles* Students learn best with voice and choice* Learning is a reflective practice* Learning requires a safe, collaborative environment* Learning requires feedback for growth* Learning inspires passionate engagement* Learning from failure requires a growth mindset* Appropriate challenge engages and motivates learnersCollege Preparatory ProgramsDhahran High School is pleased to offer both the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma. Both programs provide rigorous programs of study for university-bound graduates.The International Baccalaureate began in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a two-year holistic program of study that incorporates six courses of study as well as three courses known as the core. In these core courses, students study the theory of knowledge, write a 4000-word extended essay, and complete a program of creativity, activity, and service. The purpose of the program is to offer students a broad spectrum of coursework with high academic rigor, as well as a focus on character development, global-mindedness, and international perspective.The AP Capstone program began in 2014 and was developed by the College Board to improve college readiness and critical thinking skills for university-bound students. Students earn an AP Capstone diploma by taking any four AP courses in addition to two required courses, AP Seminar, and AP Research. Students complete university-level coursework focused on content related to the student’s interests while developing their skills of research, critical thinking, and communication.Both the IB Program and the AP Capstone programs are academically challenging courses of study and receive the “most demanding” classification from university admissions departments.

  • Day school tuition No Information
  • Grades for day school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Year founded 1962
  • Boarding school tuition No Information
  • Curricula Advanced Placement, AP Capstone, IB Diploma, US National
  • Type Co-ed


American Curriculum

Admissions Information


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Language of instruction English

School Life

  • Max class size 25
  • Average class size 18