history2Al Waha International School is an international, licensed, accredited private school, providing a broad-based education, through the medium of the English language to students in classes from KG1 to Grade 12. The school aims to develop as a community with teachers, children and parents going forward hand in hand, while fostering in students high moral values and total integrity of character as taught by Islam. All efforts are made to develop in children the concepts, knowledge, attitudes and skills required in key learning areas in the setting of a warm, caring and safe learning environment. The stimulation of intellectual curiosity, freedom of expression, fairness and respect for others are seen as major target areas of achievement.

TAHIRAPreviously known as the Jeddah Montessori School, it was founded in July 1992 to cater to the educational needs of a diverse, large and growing expatriate community of Jeddah. The school began modestly, housed in a villa with 20 children, in classes ranging from Nursery to Year 2. With Allah’s blessings, and under the charismatic and dynamic leadership of Mrs. Tahira Ghias, the former Principal and Directress, the teething problems of a new institution were steadily overcome, and the school grew from strength to strength.

The Tenth Year Celebration held in June 2002 marked the completion of a glorious decade and was a spectacular event in the history of Al Waha. Over its two decades of existence, the school’s growth has been phenomenal, both in terms of numbers as well as the development and complexity of its academic program. Currently, with many more facilities than before, it operates almost at capacity level with More than 1250 students, hailing from 25 different nationalities.

Beginning as an elementary school housed in a small villa, it is now spread over four spacious campuses that are independent self-contained facilities, equipped with their own computer laboratories, libraries, science laboratories, auditoriums, playgrounds, audio-visual rooms, cafeterias and other educational resources. 

The vision of Al Waha International School is to foster a holistic development of its students in a progressive environment so that they desire and enjoy the pursuit of knowledge and a life consistent with Islamic teachings.

The school aspires to provide a unique combination of a comprehensive quality education and Islamic teachings to a varied expatriate student body, irrespective of their nationality and religion.  This will be achieved in a secure, caring and disciplined environment by means of a challenging curriculum that is delivered by a dedicated and qualified teaching body. This faculty will also endeavour to help each student to realize his or her full intellectual, social, moral and physical potential while developing critical thinking skills.

The school draws its philosophy from its motto ‘O Lord, Increase My Knowledge’, a quote from the Holy Quran. The Al Waha International School is dedicated to serving a diverse student body and promoting the realization of each student’s full intellectual potential in line with its mission.  From the Holy Quran and the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H.) we take the values we are committed to imparting: respect for each person’s dignity, truthfulness, the habit of prayer and the quest for knowledge. We strive to teach values and morals that will help students grow into caring and compassionate adults and become responsible members of society.  Our aim is to be teachers of integrity, helping students to discern moral truths and guiding them through careful moral reasoning in making decisions.We strive to instill in ourselves, and in the children entrusted in our care, a commitment towards justice, courage, love for our fellow beings, humility and service to others. Al Waha International School is aware of its social responsibilities. To serve a broader spectrum of the expatriate community, the school keeps fees at affordable levels, yet continues to aspire to high standards.

All decisions must be based on what is in the larger interest of students.

Islamic teachings are a sound guide to aid the development of an ethical character.

A safe, positive climate is necessary for social, moral, and academic growth.

Students, educators, support staff, and the community must be partners in the educational process.

Care and compassion must be a part of the educator’s character in order to respond to a child’s needs.

A nurturing home environment plays a critical role in the student’s development. Effective support must be extended to parents in order to assist the process.

Close communication with parents plays a vital role in optimising student learning.

Excellence in education can be achieved for all students through planning instructional strategies and resources and by tapping higher order thinking to accomplish results.

Professional development of the staff is critical to our effectiveness.

The worth, talents and dignity of each student and employee must be respected.