National section:

Academic City Schools is a national school that provides curricula imposed by the Ministry of Education, takes into consideration the Islamic religion and the Arabic language in all stages.
Our English language curricula are for intensive enrichment among the professionals’ curricula for stages of K-12, through English, mathematics, science, and computer.


First Friends:   KG 

First Friends is a British English course issued from Oxford University. It is a fun two-level beginner’s course that develops vocabulary, practices phonics, and teaches family values. It makes children’s first year of learning English motivating and fun.

A regular unit cycle and engaging support resources help you create a positive learning environment where children can develop confidence, build vocabulary skills, and practice phonics.

We all know that kindergarten is such a key year – it shapes children’s attitudes to learning and English for years to come.

So, with a reliable structure, rich resources, and a successful methodology, First Friends is the ideal course for our students. 


Oxford Thinkers:  Primary 

Oxford Thinkers is a British English course issued from Oxford University with a six-level course designed to inspire curiosity, achievement, and critical thinking by asking the Big Questions.

It prepares students for success inside and outside of the classroom with these dynamic, bright, accessible courses. A forward-thinking, stimulating, interactive course with full grammar and literacy support. Strong grammar-focused syllabus, to build students’ language skills.

Oxford Thinkers sparks creativity and critical thinking with Big Questions. Explore fun projects included in each level designed to encourage collaboration and communication. The carefully structured approach of Oxford Thinkers combines hands-on projects with plenty of grammar activities and rich multi-media teaching tools.

 A ‘Big Questions’ inquiry-based approach engages students and develops 21st-century skills. grammar is presented in a story-based and character-driven context to highlight meaning. Develop students’ confidence in reading and writing with a structured literacy approach. It captures students’ imaginations with extensive reading and writing activities, and inspire curiosity and achievement in Primary-aged learners!

Oxford Thinkers is a forward-looking, inquiry-based learning series that brings students’ innate curiosity to the forefront. Enable them to ask their own questions, find answers, and discover new concepts. This fun and colourful program asks a Big Question at the start of each unit. These questions focus on engaging young minds with new ideas and encouraging the growth of important 21st-century skills. In Oxford Thinkers, grammar is presented in a story-based and character-driven context to emphasize meaning and understanding. A structured approach builds on previous units and lots of enjoyable activities to increase retention and reinforce learning.

Oxford Thinkers Gives students the skills they’ll need to get thinking and succeed, both in the classroom and beyond for instance: Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity.

Oxford Thinkers supports young thinkers in stretching these four vital skills- skills they will need both inside and outside of the classroom. 


Scope: Intermediate 

the comprehensive four-skills course builds students’ confidence and helps them achieve success in English. Designed specifically for teaching teenagers in Saudi Arabia.

Challenging syllabus with a manageable amount of course material. Clear objectives and learning outcomes for every lesson provide a clear framework to measure student progress. A guided discovery approach to grammar encourages learner autonomy. Practical English for everyday communication. Vocabulary ensures students learn the most useful words in English.


Pathway to ILETS : Secondary 

 Pathway to ILETS is for students who are entering IELTS which is required to apply for any university.
Each unit focuses on developing vocabulary and key language skills in all four areas – speaking, listening, reading, and writing. By the end of the course, students will be working with texts and languages at an upper-intermediate level. Exam tips are included throughout the course to familiarize students with the various exam tasks and to provide advice on how to obtain the highest score possible.

Curriculum: McGrow Hill

Providing the American Diploma, we adopt the Common Core State Standard CCSS in Math, English and Social Studies, and NGSS for Sciences, we currently provide McGraw Hill Textbooks to meet these standards.

As part of Academic City International Schools’ continuous development, we would to inform you that we have implemented the E-Learning system (Classera) which allows the teacher to demonstrate his/her creativity in different ways, help students acquire scientific material from multi-sources and brings the parent closer to the learning environment. using the school platform as an essential part of our curriculum make students have the chance to revise and attend recording lessons so they have a chance to follow up with their colleagues, solve worksheets, make use of the online resources, participate in their virtual classes, solve short quizzes, exams and submit their homework online. Moreover, ACIS provides extra digital resources which are referred to the school website.


American Diploma Program


A high school diploma is a certificate awarded upon the completion of high school; each school has its own requirements for qualifying for the diploma. There are different variables that can change how you earn your diploma such as different courses, the number of years, and the difficulty of the classes. There is no set of requirements for receiving a diploma.

The American Diploma program is the latest educational system available at ACIS. It enables students to apply to the best local and international universities, it’s known for its flexibility and variety of courses in the fields of English, Math, Business, Economics, etc. that aim to improve the level of high school graduates and ensure that they are fully prepared to meet the demands of higher education and the current job market.

The American High School Diploma addresses the needs of Saudi students without disrespecting their Saudi identity. Aside from Islamic studies and Arabic language classes English is used as the teaching medium.

The program undergoes constant supervision by the American and International Committees according to international educational and quality standards.


The SAT program follows the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that award students with a high school Diploma or Academic Honors High School Diploma. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college and university courses. These standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations.
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent.
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills.
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards.
  • Are informed by other top-performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society.
  • Are evidence-based.

The CCSS prepares the students with the most important knowledge and skills to attain higher education or careers.

Using a credit system, students are given a wide foundation in General Education and are taught a broad range of subjects including Math (Algebra I and II, Geometry I and II, Calculus) English Literature, English Language, ICT, French, Arabic, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, World History, KSA History and P.E.

The Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) are standardized tests designed to help American/Canadian College Admission Officers evaluate the educational background credentials of international students from various countries with different grading systems and standards. The SAT scores not only assist the College Admission Officers in evaluating the academic achievement of international students but also determine how well-prepared an international student is to undertake college/university-level work.

However, the SAT is not the only college/university entrance qualification by itself. Universities/Colleges in the United States require 12 years of schooling, excellent high school grades, community service and sports to be documented by your high school in addition to your SAT I or SAT II scores.

SAT Preparation at ACIS

A considerable number of ACIS students planning to go to America or Canada to attend colleges and universities. Academic city international schools offer SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) programs to students so they can follow a similar sort of curriculum that would enable them to blend in with the American/ Canadian educational system. This program also familiarizes students who are planning to pursue higher studies in the United States/ Canada with the system and enhances their adaptability and suitability for admissions.

ACIS offers its students a semester-long SAT preparation course twice each year for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12.

The Curricula:

The school follows the Ministry of Education curriculum devoted to intellectual education, autism, and Noor program skills, besides the individual plans per student to meet the student’s needs.

Students of integration, autism, and difficulties, their curriculum is the general education curriculum of their classes. and the individual plan of each student after undergoing the tests and measures for each case.

 General Aptitude Test (GAT)


The GAT is a test that targets secondary school graduates who wish to pursue their studies in institutions of higher education. It measures several aspects that are related to the educational process, such as a student’s analytical and deductive skills. The test is composed of two sections: verbal (language-related) and quantitative (mathematic).​

The NCA holds the GAT twice, one time during the first semester and the second during the second semester. A student may take the test at the time he deems appropriate and, in his hometown, or nearest town to his place of residence, keeping in mind that the test is held in the morning and the evening.

Registration for the computerized test is open at all times throughout the year.

GAT Preparation at ACIS

Some universities and colleges require this test for admission in addition to other procedures that vary from one institution to another. Applicants to such universities and colleges must take the test. ACIS offers its students a semester-long GAT preparation course twice each year for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12.