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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


About BIS

About BIS plus

Originally founded in 1993, Al-Bayan International School (BIS) opened with the new name and fully restored campus in the Fall of 2017. Al-Bayan International School is a private co-educational international non-profit, KG-12, American curriculum school dedicated to serving the individual needs of all children. BIS believes in a student-centered approach that is collaborative and plans cross-curricular.

To view the BIS Profile, please click on the following link

Why choose Al-Bayan International School? plus

Al-Bayan International School is:

  1. A school that strives to understand and know your child's individual needs and ambitions.
  2. A school that integrates the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards which are supported by the U.S. State Department's Office of Overseas Schools.
  3. A school that maintains small class size to ensure personalized learning for students.
  4. Diversity is honored and celebrated among students, teachers, parents and support staff.
  5. One of the few schools led by a non-profit company in Kuwait, which ensures that our educational principles are not compromised by business interests.
  6. Owned and supported by FAWSEC, an experienced Educational Company that has been in the educational business for over 40 years.
Which system does BIS follow?plus

BIS follows an American system, and integrates the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards. AERO English/Language Arts and Mathematics Frameworks are fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). AERO Science is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which target science, engineering and cross-cutting concepts.

Fore more details about the curriculum at BIS, you can click the following link

Which subjects are taught in Arabic? Which ones are taught in English?plus

All subjects at BIS are taught in English, except Arabic and Islamic Studies.

For more details about the Arabic & Islamic curriculum, you can click here.

How many times are Arabic and Islamic Studies taught per week?plus

Arabic:

  1. KG1: 3 times per week
  2. KG2: 4 times per week
  3. ES, MS & HS: 5 times per week (a class daily)

Islamic Studies:

  1. KG1: None
  2. KG2: None
  3. ES: 4 times per week
  4. MS & HS: 3 times per week

Does BIS offer Arabic for foreigners program?plus

Yes, BIS offers Arabic as a Second Language program (AFL) for foreigners and the Arabs who have the Ministry approval letter.

Where is BIS accredited from and what international affiliations do they have?plus

Al-Bayan International School (BIS) is accredited from:

  1. Ministry of Education [KUWAIT]
  2. BIS is a CIS (Council of International Schools) member school and has been awarded candidacy for accreditation in May 2020. We are in the final stages of being accredited by CIS [Netherlands]
  3. Affiliate School of: Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA)
  4. Invitational Institutional Membership (AAIE)
What are the different faculty nationalities at BIS? What are their educational qualifications?plus

BIS has highly qualified staff who are recruited locally and overseas. In the SY 20-21, there are 85 full time teachers, faculty and support members representing 21 nationalities, who are mostly from the United States of America, Canada, Australia, South Africa, United Kingdom, Middle East and Eastern Europe. You can click here to view our staff demographics. All teachers have a teaching certificate, and many of them have an advanced degree. Teachers and support staff are characterized by their compassion and commitment to education.

What is the difference between BBS & BIS?plus

Both BBS and BIS fall under the umbrella of one owner company “FAWSEC Educational Company”. However, the major difference between both schools is the curriculum. The Arabic subject in BBS is compulsory and the Social Studies course is also taught in Arabic, and the student must pass the Arabic language entrance exam in order to be able to enroll at the school. As for BIS, the admissions test is in English and Math only and they have a non-Arabic speaking program (AFL), so Arabic language is not compulsory in the entrance test. In addition, the number of students in BBS is bigger and reaches a maximum of 25 students in each class; while BIS has a fewer number of students, with a maximum of 18 students in each class. It is also worth mentioning that BIS has a higher diversity rate in its student population. You can click here to view our student demographics.
You can click here to view our student demographics.

Students Related

What are the school hours for students?plus
  1. Kindergarten from 7:25 to 12:35
  2. Elementary, Middle and High school from 7:25 to 2:00
What is the number of students in each class?plus

The maximum number of students in each class is 18 in all our regular education classes.

How many sections are in each grade? plus

There are 2 sections in each grade level which creates a family atmosphere.

What is the total number of the student population? plus

About 450 students in total.

Is BIS Mixed gender for all divisions?plus

Yes, the school is mixed for all grades.

Student Support Services

Are there Orientation Days for students?plus

Yes, our teachers and staff members look forward to meeting the parents and their children during the Student Orientation Day. It is a great opportunity for the parent and the child to meet the teacher, see the classroom, and to begin to feel comfortable at school. Teachers will introduce themselves to the parent and welcome the child to the classroom to help them feel safe, happy and secure in their new learning environment. Children can enjoy exploring their new classroom at various centers supervised by the teacher assistants, allowing parents time to become acquainted with the student’s daily routine and schedule.

What learning support does the school provide?plus

The Learning Support (Inclusion Program) at BIS seeks to support all students and ensure that all students have access to quality instruction, intervention and support, so that they experience success in the learning environment. Our team of Inclusions Specialists, School Counselors and the Educational Psychologist work with teachers, supporting staff, administration, students and families to provide and plan for both students personal, educational and career pathways and further seek to meet their diverse educational needs with supportive strategies and recommendations as necessary.

Is there an after-school care program provided for kindergarten children?plus

Kindergarten optional after-school club is available daily from 12:35 to 2:00 P.M for an additional fee. Interested parents need to fill out the form at the beginning of the school year.

About BIS High School

What type of certificate is given to students at the end of BIS high school?plus

Students are granted the American High School Diploma Certificate upon graduating from BIS high school.

How many counselors are there in BIS?plus

BIS has 3 counselors, 1 of which is a College Counselor and we also employ one educational psychologist.

BIS Facilities & Services

What are the available facilities at BIS?plus

Recently renovated in the summer of 2017, Al-Bayan International School is a purpose-built building set in an urban setting. Some of the school’s highlights are classrooms that support the learning of our students, computer labs for all levels, a well-resourced library, excellent indoor gym and fitness area, cafeteria, art and music rooms. The renovation added a multi-purpose room that also serves as a second gym, an outdoor garden area, 3 outdoor play spaces and upgraded science labs.

Does BIS provide transportation services?plus

Bus service is available to most areas in Kuwait through a private bus company. Parents who wish to sign up for the bus service must make the necessary arrangement with the Business Office, FAWSEC Educational company. For inquiries, please contact: 22275000 Ext. 7801

How can we purchase the school uniform?plus

All students should be dressed in the official uniform with BIS logo. Uniform can only be purchased online through Uniform School Center Link. The Uniform Center for pick up and exchange only is located at BBS campus near Gate 6. Please visit the school’s website and Instagram account for announcements on uniform sale.

Technology at BIS

Instructional Technology at BIS plus

BIS is a well-resourced school in which technology (interactive white boards, Google Suite for Education, BYOD program, 3D printer, etc.) is used to enhance student learning. Students use iPads and computers to develop the skills necessary to be successful in the global community. All classrooms are equipped with a computer, IWB (interactive white board), and Wi-Fi access. Middle School students may bring their own devices and use the Wi-Fi provided by the school for any classroom assignments/projects. High School students are required to bring their own devices. Teachers use PowerSchool software to keep track of grades, attendance and IEPs. Students and parents also have access to their own PowerSchool accounts, so that they can view all their grades. IPads are available for classroom students and also used for various assessments throughout the year.

What is the E-Learning platform that BIS uses where parents can follow up the progress of their children?plus

BIS has adopted the PowerSchool school management and student information system (SIS) for students in KG1 to grade 12. Currently, the following functions are active on PowerSchool:

  1. Student course registration
  2. Report cards and transcripts
  3. Attendance, health and discipline records and alerts
  4. Health records
  5. School event calendar
  6. Gradebook and weekly teacher schedules
  7. Students and Parents Portal
  8. Timetables
To login to PowerSchool
PowerSchool Parents User Guide

Sports & Activities

What are the sport athletics & activities?plus

The Sports and Physical Education program at Al-Bayan International School teaches students a wide variety of skills and places emphasis firmly upon enjoyment and active participation. It establishes a foundation for competent and confident participation in a range of physical activities. To view more info about Athletic Activities, please click on the following link

Parents Related

What is the BIS homework policy and how can we view the weekly homework schedules? plus

The BIS Homework policy is as follows:

  1. If the student fails to complete their work in the time permitted by the teacher, the incomplete assignment may receive a failing grade.
  2. Students may also be required to stay after school, come early to school, or meet with teachers during lunch or breaks in order to make up their incomplete work.
  3. 10% will be deducted for each day that an assignment is submitted late.
Homework and assignments will be available on PowerSchool. Parents and students can contact IT Support at ahmed.mohamed@bis.edu.kw

How can I get the school calendar?plus

The school calendar is published on the school website every year and is updated continuously.

When are the report cards distributed?plus

Report cards are distributed to parents four times a year as follows:
The first report, to be delivered in November, includes a report for the months of September and October. The second is in January (the end of the second period), and the third report is in March, which includes a report of February and March. The fourth and last report is in June, and includes the school year end report.

How are parent meetings coordinated?plus

Parents can call the BIS Receptionist who will be glad to set up an appointment with the concerned staff. Parent conferences are held twice a year. Meeting times are scheduled on (PTCFast) where parents may select from available times offered. However, meetings are only for ten minutes. If parents feel more time is needed, they will need to schedule a parent conference for another day.

How can I view/update my personal data profile?plus

Parents can view and update their family profile details that includes contact and family information through our website from Profile Update link

How can we see the latest school news and events?plus

Please visit our school website. You can also follow our Instagram/Twitter accounts @biskwt, or join our page on Facebook: Al-Bayan International School.

Admissions

What is the acceptance criteria at BIS?plus
  1. BIS's admissions procedures ensure we only admit students to whom we can provide an education.
  2. Academic and social development are important considerations for enrollment. Within these general criteria, priority for available vacancies is given to siblings of current students, staff members’ children and then to children of new families.
  3. Students entering BIS must have sufficient knowledge of English in order to meet the instructional demands of the grade level in which they apply. This is due to the fact that all subjects are taught in English except Arabic and Islamic Studies. For non-Arab students, Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL) is offered.
  4. In line with BIS’ nondiscriminatory policy, admissions is conditional upon successful admissions evaluation results and the availability of places; regardless of gender, nationality, religion, or race.
  5. When the capacity of each class is reached, students meeting the acceptance criteria, but not admitted, will be placed on a waiting list in case an opening occurs. The relevant family will then be contacted.
  6. Applications to be considered for the following school year must be resubmitted during the next registration period in order for the student to be re-evaluated.
What are the priorities for admissions to BIS?plus

Priority for available vacancies is granted to siblings of current students, staff members’ children and then to children of new families.

Is any priority given for admission to relatives of the current students (cousins)? plus

No, no priority is given to relatives/cousins at BIS.

What are the BIS acceptance age categories?plus

Students entering the KG1 program must be 4 years of age by March 15th of that same academic year, 5 years for KG2, 6 years for Grade 1 and so on. Consequently, the children’s ages may vary slightly in any given grade. Students may be older than the minimum age required, however, they may not be younger. Students who do not attain the minimum age for entrance may apply for admissions the following year, or for a lower grade level.
Please visit the following link to view the most up to date Acceptance Age Categories

When does the registration period start?plus

Registration usually starts in January for the following school year for priority applicants (Siblings and Staff Children) and in the beginning of February for children of new families (non-priority) dependent upon the availability of seats.
Please visit the following link to view the Registration period for the new school year.

What is the enrollment possibility according to the status of the places available at BIS?plus

Being the first grade level at BBS, seats are usually available in KG1. As for KG2 and GR1, the seats are not available. Application forms for those grades are only accepted on the waiting list until vacancies become available.

What is the entrance evaluation content? How can parents prepare for it?plus

Please visit the following link to view the Entrance Evaluation Content for all grades.

What are the admissions procedures?plus
  1. Admissions applications must be picked up from the Admissions Office within the set registration period each school year. The Admissions Office is located on the ground floor of the BIS Campus. You may use gate #1 to access the Admissions Office.
  2. Applications must be completed by parents and submitted to the Admissions Office along with all the required documents and evaluation fees within the set registration period. Applications submitted before or after the set period will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will also not be accepted.
  3. Applicants who meet the criteria for age, academic and behavior records will then be invited to take an entrance interview / evaluation.
  4. If evaluation results are satisfactory and places are available, according to admissions priorities, parents will be invited to register their children. Otherwise, applicants will remain on the waiting list until a place arises.
  5. Registration is only complete once all the required documents are submitted, including health records, previous school transcripts, and a non-refundable/ non-transferable deposit of KD100.
What are the application’s requirements?plus
  1. Fill out the application form
  2. An interview/evaluation fee of 30 KD
  3. Two recent passport size photographs
  4. A copy of the student’s birth certificate
  5. A copy of the student’s passport
  6. A copy of the student’s civil ID
  7. Copies of the last two annual report cards including the latest report for the current year (Not required from students applying to KG)
  8. For students applying to grade 1 and above:
    Behavior/Attendance report from the student’s current school. You can download this form here.
How does BIS interview new students?plus

KG Entrance Interviews:

School faculty interview children and submit their recommendations to School Administration. The interview includes two parts: individual and small group:

  • Individual: Consists of one-to-one activities with the child using the Bracken School Readiness Assessment. This test is an individual cognitive test that is designed to evaluate the child’s mastery of basic concepts essential to academic success. Skills include: identifying colors, letters, numbers and counting, sizes, comparisons and shapes.
  • Small Group: Students will participate in centers or cooperative play with a small group of other KG students. The interview also assesses the development of the child’s social, emotional, speech, language, and fine motor skills. The interviews are conducted only in English. Each interview lasts for approximately 45-60 minutes.

Grades 1-7 Entrance Evaluations:

  • Students applying to grades 1-7 will complete English and Math evaluation assessments.
  • The English evaluation lasts for approximately 40 minutes while Math takes 20 minutes approximately.
  • The English evaluation assesses oral listening, vocabulary, reading, comprehension and writing skills; while the Math evaluation includes skills appropriate to each grade level.
  • During the assessment, students will complete a Running Record (oral reading assessment) individually with a member of our school staff.
  • These evaluations will be based upon the minimum level of skills that a student would be expected to have attained in the present grade to allow them to cope with the next grade’s level at BIS.
When are the admissions results announced?plus

Admissions results are announced around February for PreSchool, and after 5 working days from the date of the admissions evaluation for Elementary, Middle and High School.

When are admissions considered confirmed? plus

Registration is only complete if the student passes the interview / evaluation test successfully and the vacancies are available. Only then parents will be invited to complete the registration procedures and make the 100 KD deposit payment.

Is registration available for the 2nd semester?plus

Registration is only available for the first semester (the beginning of the school year), and there is no registration for the second semester, except for some rare cases (students coming from abroad Kuwait).

Tuition Fees Related

What are the tuition fees for this year?plus

For BIS tuition fees click here
For any related inquiry please contact FAWSEC Finance Office at 22052884

How do I pay the tuition fees online?plus

For BIS payment gateway click here

What if I forgot my username and/or password?plus

On the payment gateway homepage (see the link in the previous question) click on “forgot username/password?”

What do the tuition fees include?plus

The tuition fees include only the textbooks and educational costs but does not include the following:

  • New students’ admissions application/evaluation fee
  • Transportation service
  • Optional KG After School Club
  • Annual BIS Yearbook
  • School Photos
  • School Uniform
  • School Field Trips
  • Optional After-School Activities/clubs
  • Damaged/lost library/textbooks
  • Canteen Meals

When is school tuition due?plus

Tuition fees are paid in three installments. The payment schedule is as follows:

  1. Balance of first installment (34%) of total fees is due by 1st September.
  2. Second installment (33%) of total fees must be paid by 1st January.
  3. Third installment (remaining 33%) of total fees must be paid by 1st April.

When is the re-enrollment deposit due?plus

A 100 KD deposit amount is due on 1st April of every school year. This amount is deducted from 1st installment.
For inquiries related to deposit payment and re-enrollment, contact the Admissions Office at 22052800/11

Is there a discount for siblings on tuition fees?plus

There is no discount offered for siblings at BIS.

What is the withdrawal payment policy?plus
  1. Withdrawal between the 1st day of school and Dec 31st: (34% of total fees to be paid)
  2. Withdrawal between January 1st and March 31st: (67% of total fees to be paid)
  3. Withdrawal after April 1st: (100% of total fees to be paid)

As per the Ministry of Education’s policies, transfer of students’ files to other schools will not occur unless all outstanding tuition fees are settled in full. Furthermore, if a student is withdrawn from BIS after attending the first day of school, the 1st installment of tuition fees will still be due since a spot was held for that student. The transfer of that student’s file will not occur until the first installment is paid.

About Inclusion and Special Needs Programs at BIS

What does “inclusion” mean?plus

Inclusion at its simplest is “to be included”. It is the idea that all students are included in the feeling of belonging and are respected within the school community. Inclusion guarantees all students receive high quality instruction, intervention, and support that enable them to meet social and academic success regardless of challenges and without restrictions or limitations.

What does our inclusion program include?plus

Extra support in academics, behavior, Arabic, or speech therapy is available for students in the Inclusion Program.

What does our inclusion program look like?plus
  • Students in the Inclusion Program spend the majority of their day in the general education classroom.
  • Students receive accommodations, IEPs, or behavior plans in order to succeed in the classroom.
  • Students might be pulled out for extra academic or behavioral support for short periods throughout the week.
How are the inclusion classes given?plus

The teacher takes the inclusion students to the resource room during the period of the subject they need support in.

How many inclusion students are there in each class?plus

Not more than 4 students in each class.

How do you determine the needed subjects for inclusion students?plus

Based on an admission test’s result, the educational psychological report, teacher’s recommendations, and the evaluation of the BIS specialized team.

What is the difference between a special needs program and an inclusion program?plus

In the special needs program, all students in class have learning difficulties and do not exceed 12 students in each class. In the inclusion program, the student is included in a regular class with regular students. The total number of students in each class are 18 students, of which a maximum of 4 inclusion students can be included.

Is there a scientific pathway for special needs?plus
  • Yes, BIS does offer a scientific pathway, so that is Biology, Chemistry, Physics and PreCalculus.
  • The students must meet a set of requirements in order to take PreCalculus.
  • For engineering, they will need to be scientific to qualify for the Ministry scholarship.
  • Students applying for a ministry scholarship in engineering must start with an overall GPA 3.0
What is an individualized education program?plus

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written plan that is tailored to each student who needs individualized support, specialized instruction, and related services, so that the student can learn in a way that is best suited to his/her needs. The IEP lasts for one calendar year, and will be reviewed throughout that year to ensure the student is meeting the goals. It consists of Present Levels of Performance (PLOP); IEP goals and objectives; and accommodations.

Will my child continue to have an IEP every year?plus

There are many criteria that inform the decision on whether a student is eligible to have an IEP. Furthermore, the main goal of an IEP is to close the gap, equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success. Therefore, a student will receive an IEP only if eligible based on criteria and can be exited once there is no longer a need.

Will it be mentioned in the graduation certificate that the student has learning difficulties?plus

This is not mentioned, but we can provide a "To Whom It May Concern" certificate to the graduated students that the student has learning difficulties with their IEP attached, which can be submitted to the university to dilute some of the subjects and offer extra timing.

Admissions Related

What are the application requirements for the inclusion program?plus

In addition to the other regular requirements, student applying to the inclusion program must also submit the following:

  • A full educational/psychological report including the IQ Test results within 3 years validity
  • An IEP (Individual Educational Plan) – if available.

What are the evaluation procedures for both special and inclusion programs?plus
  • Admissions office receives all required documents.
  • Admissions team meets to discuss the file.
  • If the decision is to assess the applicant, the Admissions Office contacts the parents to request the application fees and schedule an appointment.
  • After the assessment, the admissions team meets again to decide whether to move forward for a class visit, and parents are informed.
  • A final admissions team meeting will determine the decision. The Admissions Office will notify the parents.
Who is the admissions team?plus
  • BIS Director
  • Principal
  • Counselors
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Admissions Manager
  • Teachers (at class visit stage)
Which disabilities does the school accept?plus

Only learning disabilities.

What is the minimum accepted IQ in the school?plus

It should be above 86 for the Special Needs program.

Where can we do an educational psychological report that includes an IQ test?plus

We strongly encourage psycho-educational evaluations from the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Fawzia Sultan Healthcare Network Institution.

Does an evaluation in Fawzia Sultan Healthcare Network guarantee admissions to BIS?plus

An evaluation from CERC doesn’t guarantee admissions to BIS.

PADA Related

What are the approved evaluation centers from PADA to do an educational psychological report?plus

The list of Approved Evaluation Centers from PADA is attached here.

What are the requirements of opening a file in PADA?plus

Required Documents:

  • Recent medical report (not older than 3 months)
  • Copy of the Civil ID
  • 2 Recent Personal Photos
  • A committee appointment will be provided within 2-4 weeks.

Please click here to view the Educational Support Requirements by the Public Authority of Disabled Affairs.

What are requirements for inclusion program students sponsored by the Public Authority of the Disabled?plus
  • Referral card addressed to Al-Bayan International School (Class type should be inclusion)
  • Disability certificate from PADA (learning disability only)
  • Educational committee decision from PADA
  • Sign & return the Application Form for PADA
What is a referral letter?plus

It is a letter issued by PADA, addressed to schools as a confirmation that PADA will pay the school fees for the students, and it is considered as the last stage for opening a file in PADA.

Tuition Fees Related

What are the tuition fees for the inclusion program?plus
  • In addition to school fees, the inclusion program fees are 500KD per subject, which covers the weekly resource classes conducted during the academic year, in addition to IEP (Individual Educational Plan) for the student.
  • This amount is payable in two installments (250 KD in advance of each semester)
  • Classes are conducted during regular school hours.
What are the tuition fees of the special program?plus

The total fees for the Special Needs program is 7,000 KD as follows:

  • (2,280KD) Balance of 1st installment (34%) of total fees is due by 1st September.
  • (2,310KD) 2nd installment (33%) of total fees must be paid by 1st January.
  • (2,310KD) 3rd installment (remaining 33%) of total fees must be paid by 1st April.