American International School-Riyadh Saudi Arabia
The American Preparatory School was formed in 1963 with an enrollment of seven students in grades kindergarten through 3. The school’s founder and first principal was Mrs. Genevra Abou Seoud. In 1965, APS merged with a Ford Foundation school to form the Riyadh International Community School (RICS), which, in its early years, operated out of a villa in Malaz with just a handful of students. The school’s enrollment increased steadily from 1965-1974. Due to increasing development in Riyadh, RICS went from less than 400 students to over 1,500 between 1974-1979. It was during this rapid growth that the school entered into an agreement with the Saudi government to provide it with a large enough campus to accommodate growing numbers, which they did in 1977 when the school moved to its current location.In 1982, the school name was changed to Saudi Arabian International School – Riyadh (SAIS-R), a change that was requested by the Ministry of Education. SAIS-R’s enrollment continued to grow and peaked at 2,750 students in the 1984-85 school year. In June of 1997, however, the Saudi Ministry of Education approved the addition of high school grades for international schools. In December of the same year, the SAIS-R Board of Trustees endorsed the development of a high school, which would commence operation at the start of the 1999-2000 school year. Grades 10, 11, and 12 were phased in over a period of three years and the first high school class graduated in June 2002. In addition, SAIS-R decided to offer the I.B. Diploma program, and the school received its certification to do so during the 1999-2000 school year, enabling twelve students in AIS-R’s first graduating class to also be diploma candidates.