Welcome from Principal Stuart Bryan
On behalf of the entire staff, students and parents, I would like to welcome you to the Amman Baccalaureate School. There is no question that the ABS has established an excellent and well-deserved reputation in the Kingdom, regionally and internationally for providing an outstanding quality education for students from Primary School to the International Baccalaureate College.
Our staff embodies a wide range of experience and a wealth of enthusiasm. Our parents are tremendously supportive and contribute a huge amount of time and energy to the School. Our students throughout the School are lively, enthusiastic and highly motivated, with the graduating class securing places at the most prestigious tertiary institutions in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe and Jordan. I look forward to meeting you in person and welcoming you to ABS!
Stuart Bryan MA (St Andrews), PGCE (Oxon), Principal
ABS Vision Statement
The Amman Baccalaureate School is recognised as a leading pioneer school in the region for fostering a stimulating learning environment based upon the International Baccalaureate philosophy and enhanced by appropriate educational technologies and a rigorous differentiated curriculum.
The Amman Baccalaureate School is an IB World School that provides a bilingual education in Arabic and English, which, whilst meeting the highest international standards, remains firmly rooted in the Arab heritage. The School is a Jordanian, non-profit, institution that promotes international understanding, communication and awareness through embracing other cultures. The Amman Baccalaureate School works towards developing well rounded responsible world citizens.
The Teaching Objectives of the Amman Baccalaureate School are adapted from the IB Learner Profile. As a Jordanian IB World School, ABS aims to provide an educational environment where students aspire to become:
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives- intellectual, physical, and emotional- to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
The Amman Baccalaureate School is a non-profit IB World School, bilingual, coeducational day school for grades K-12. It offers an academically rigorous programme which, while remaining firmly rooted in the Arab heritage and culture, aspires to meet the highest international standards. The Amman Baccalaureate School welcomes students of all nationalities and backgrounds whose academic aptitude is suited to the education it offers.
The School promotes an appreciation of the students’ own as well as other cultures and faiths, thereby enhancing tolerance and mutual respect. Within its practices, the School models and fosters ethical behaviour and a sense of justice, equality and individual worth.
The School provides a stimulating learning environment with emphasis on learning as a skill and encourages the positive involvement of all its stakeholders. Students engage in intellectual, aesthetic, creative and physical activities to enable them to grow as responsible individuals towards themselves, the society and the environment. They are encouraged to become involved in service to the local and wider global community and to develop an informed awareness of national and international issues.
Through its programmes, The Amman Baccalaureate School believes it equips its students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they need in order to assume future roles of responsibility in all walks of life.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of the Amman Baccalaureate School is comprised of 12 members, who are appointed at the invitation of the Chairperson after nomination and voting by the Board members. The PTA representative serves a fixed term of one year, which may be renewed through election for one further year. The Principal is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees.
Members of the current Board of Trustees:
• HRH Princess Sarvath El Hassan – Chairwoman
• HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan
• HE Dr. Adnan Badran
• Mr. Mahdi Saifi
• Mr. Issam Salfiti
• Mr. Ghassan Nuqul
• Dr. Ahmed Attiga
• HE Mr. Hazem Malhas
• Mr. Shahm Al Wir
• Mr. Waseem Zurub
• Mrs. Tamara Al-Qadi
• Mrs. Tamam Mango Alazzeh (PTA Representative)
Left to right back row: Mrs Iman Awwad Director of Whole School IB Continuum, Mr Russell Peagram Director of Whole School Student Achievement and Well-being/Whole School Accreditation Co-ordinator, Ms Dima Masri Director of Additional Educational Needs, Mr Stuart Bryan Principal, Mrs Dima Qubain Deputy Head of Primary/IBPYP Co-ordinator, Mr Fiyaz Ahmed Vice Principal (English) and Head of Primary KG1-Grade 5, Mrs Sarah Byham Head of Middle Years School, Mr Chris Webb Assistant Principal (Administration).
Front row: Mrs Sandy Abu-Arja Assistant Principal (Development), Mrs Cathy Souob Head of IB College, Mrs Bassma Nimri Vice Principal (Arabic Programme and Secondary Gr 6-12)
The accreditation process has long been recognised in international school circles as a highly effective means of initiating and maintaining school improvement and demonstrating alignment with a set of publicly stated standards. There are a number of benefits associated with the award of accreditation to a school, but the main aim is to provide an opportunity to improve the quality of the education offered at the school through a rigorous process of self-examination followed by an objective external appraisal by a team of trained evaluators. ABS has acquired and maintained a number of internationally recognised accreditations, as outlined below.
Council of International School’s (CIS) Accreditation:
ABS was first accredited jointly by CIS (Council of International Schools) and NEASC (New England Association for Schools & Colleges) in 1997, and reaccredited in 2007. The five-year report was sent in March 2012 and was considered a model report by the CIS. More recently, ABS hosted the CIS again for the Preparatory Visit before our next reaccreditation in September 2017. ABS was rated as “impressive” and “outstanding” in all evaluated domains. We are now seen as a pioneering School, as we will be the first school in the world to go through the new, and more rigorous, 2016 Accreditation Protocol.
ABS was one of the first Schools in the world to attain IB Accreditation, as we acquired IB Diploma accreditation in 1986. Since then, ABS went on to be become accredited to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in 2002, and the IB Career-related Programme in 2014 and finally the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 2015, which was the first bilingual PYP programme to be authorised in the world for English and Arabic. In 2015, therefore, we became an IB World School as we offered all four IB programmes.
ABS is fully accredited by the Round Square Organisation to offer their Co-Curricular programmes that enrich our students so as to become Round Square Explorers. ABS is at the forefront of the next chapter in the RS Organisation, as we have forged ahead with integrating the RS Discovery Framework into our curriculum and daily life. This is visually depicted within the ABS Experience Model.
ABS is also a centre for offering BTech in Media Studies, which compliments the IB Career-related Programme. ABS has trained adjudicators who oversee the standards within the programme.
World Academy of Sports
In 2015, ABS became accredited to be a World Academy of Sports School. This means we are a sports friendly School that can accommodate so that elite sportsmen and women can continue with their rigorous sports training whilst granting them the flexibility in completing their IB Diploma course requirements over a three year period rather than doing so in two years.
The Amman Baccalaureate School is an IB World School that provides a bilingual education in Arabic and English, which, whilst meeting the highest international standards, remains firmly rooted in the Arab heritage. The School is a Jordanian, non-profit institution that promotes international understanding, communication and awareness through embracing other cultures. The Amman Baccalaureate School works towards developing well rounded responsible world citizens.
Working at ABS means working at an IB pioneer school in an exciting, enriching locality. It means working side by side with local Jordanians and international staff to maintain ABS’s high educational standards while preparing the next generation of youth for their positions as world changers and innovative creators.
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Benefits to Working at ABS: Introduction
- Experienced and Highly Qualified Teaching staff, with exceptional level of stability – only 3% turnover
- Generous Financial Support for Excellent and Deserving students – over 8% on Scholarships or Bursaries
- Highly Experienced and Qualified Leadership and Management Teams, with exceptional stability – no turnover
- Vision Driven and Mission Led School, with embedded acronym of “Al Tarbiyeh” throughout the school
- Highly distinguished and eminent voluntary Board of Trustees, chaired by HRH Princess Sarvath El Hassan
- Superb university placements for graduating classes in most competitive institutions world-wide eg, Ivy League, Russell Group etc
- Exceptional IB MYP and IBDP results, with averages way above world-wide and Jordanian benchmarks
- Focus on Bilingual education and importance of Arab heritage