Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School

Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School

Overview

Al Khaleej International School was founded in the year 2017 and is managed and operated by the Beaconhouse Group. Offering the American Curriculum, Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School (BAKIS) is one of the best schools in Sharjah. BAKIS is a K-12 school that imparts education from Kindergarten 1 to Grade 12. 

The Beaconhouse Group is a multi-national educational group that has institutions in eight countries worldwide and educates over 300,000 students around the globe, making it one of the largest school networks of its kind. 

The curriculum offered at Al Khaleej International School is designed to help students meet the challenges and needs of the 21st Century. This is done with the help of highly-trained and committed teachers and staff members who prepare and empower the students. BAKIS is an inclusive school with a diverse student body from various different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The school has a dedicated special needs centre to meet the needs of its Students of Determination, which is one of the strongest features of the school. BAKIS has received candidacy from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Read this school guide by Bayut to learn more about the curriculum, campus, fees structure and admission process of Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School.

Residential Communities near Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School

Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School is located in the Al Azra community of Sharjah. Various family-friendly neighbourhoods surround this community, such as: 

The Al Azra community, in addition to Al Khaleej International School, is home to various other schools such as ASPAM Indian International School and Dawha School. Parents looking to move closer to the school can consider these options: 

Campus of Al Khaleej International School

Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School boasts of a purpose-built campus housing state-of-the-art facilities. These amenities are built to enhance every student’s classroom and academic experience and ensure they have access to the necessary resources. The facilities available at BAKIS are: 

Libraries

Library at BAKIS
Library at BAKIS (Image Credits: BAKIS)

BAKIS’ school library has an impressive collection of fiction, non-fiction, periodicals, magazines and newspapers which students are encouraged to make full use of. The school encourages students to develop a habit and love for books and reading from the early years. 

Information and Communication Technologies

Information and Communication Technology lab
ICT labs at BAKIS (Image Credits: BAKIS)

BAKIS has two on-campus ICT labs with internet connectivity, multimedia kits and more. The school uses technology to make learning more interactive and fun. 

Science Laboratories

Science laboratories at BAKIS
Science labs at BAKIS (Image Credits: BAKIS)

The school has separate laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology and facilitates practical experience amongst its students with regard to the curriculum. 

Robotics Lab- Innovation Studio and Learning Hub

robotics lab at BAKIS
BAKIS has a Robotics Lab on-campus (Image Credits: BAKIS)

BAKIS offers its students a Robotics Lab equipped with interactive smart-boards, laptops, robotics kits and other resources to make its students techno-smart.

Kindergarten Activity Rooms

Kindergarten activity room at BAKIS
Activity room for Kindergarten students (Image Credit: BAKIS)

The school provides students with a wide variety of resources to stimulate creativity and play during recreational hours in the Kindergarten Activity Rooms.

Outdoor Kindergarten Play Area

Kindergarten Play Area at BAKIS
Shaded play area for Kindergarteners at BAKIS (Image Credits: BAKIS)

A separate, shaded play area is available for the younger students of BAKIS. Students can participate in a range of activities using the soft play area and equipment provided by the school.

Prayer Rooms

Prayer rooms at BAKIS
BAKIS has dedication prayer rooms on-campus (Image Credits: BAKIS)

BAKIS’ staff and students can use the three separate prayer rooms available on campus.

Swimming Pool

Swimming pool at BAKIS
Secured biometric swimming pool at BAKIS (Image Credits: BAKIS)

From Grade 4 to Grade 12, students can make use of the Swimming Pool. The pool area is secured with a biometric scan and has a Life Guard on duty during school hours. 

Cinema

BAKIS has a fifty-seat theatre on-campus which students use for Drama, Presentations, or for talent shows. 

Sensory Room

Sensory room at BAKIS
The sensory room at BAKIS (Image Credit: BAKIS)

The Sensory Room at BAKIS is specially designed to provide therapy for Students of Determination through lighting, music and objects. 

Other facilities available at Al Khaleej International School are Interactive Screens in Classrooms, Music Room and Book Store.

Location of Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School

Al Khaleej International School location is in the Al Azra Community, Sharjah close to the Sharjah-Ajman border.

Why Beaconhouse al Khaleej International School

The Beaconhouse Group has established schools in eight countries around the world and provides holistic education to more than 300,000 students. Established in 1975, Beaconhouse has since grown into an international private school network with divisions in the UK, Malaysia, Philippines, Oman, Pakistan, Belgium and the UAE. The group has ties in Pakistan with Gymboree Play & Music, to the Concordia Colleges and to the Beaconhouse National University.

BAKIS offers a stimulating learning environment to its students – one of its kind in Sharjah. The school strives for a safe learning environment where students’ social, physical, intellectual and emotional development is enhanced. For this purpose, the school has adopted the US curriculum for KG1 to Grade 12.

In 2020, American International Accreditation Association of Schools and Colleges (AIAA) accredits Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School. The school is recognised for its efforts in maintaining a strong curriculum and exceeding standards considered essential for quality education. The school has also received candidacy with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in 2019, which attests to the schools quality of education and integrity.

The curriculum covers a variety of scholastic and co-scholastic subjects and activities such as the performing arts, art and design, languages, literature, history, geography, science, computer science, technology, engineering, mathematics, sports, Model United Nations, community service, environmental work and more. 

Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School

Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School has a commendable support system in place to cater to the needs of Students of Determination. Being an inclusive school, BAKIS has an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) for each of the Learning Support Students. Parents, teachers, the SOD coordinator and the Learning Support team work together to provide high-quality strategic support to promote inclusivity. Students can also undergo individual therapy such as Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) and Occupational Therapy (OT)– reports of which are submitted to the SOD Coordinator.

Parents can learn more about other initiatives taken by the school to reward exceptional students through the Policy for Gifted and Talented Students.

School Details

COVID-19 Protocols

Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) has issued a comprehensive set of protocols to ensure safe re-opening of schools aid COVID-19 for the academic year 2020-2021.

According to these protocols, Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School has made it mandatory for students above 12 years old to undergo COVID-19 PCR test before physically attending the school. SPEA also stresses on maintaining social distancing throughout the school. A distance of 1.5 metres among students’ seats are recommended. Dividers and other preventive equipment can also be used to ensure students’ health and safety. Staff members must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before joining the school.

Students and staff must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at the school. Students above six years old and staff members must wear a mask at all times. Students below six years old are exempted from wearing one. The school sanitises the facilities along with frequently contacted surfaces, such as switches, door handles and faucets, etc. with disinfectants. The cleaning must wear PPE while cleaning. Reschedule school opening and closing times, break times and activities times to avoid large gatherings. Dedicated entrance and exit points are recommended. Usually, the security team checks the temperature of students and staff entering the school’s premises.

Other protocols adopted by the school that were part of the SPEA guidelines for safe school re-opening include limiting school activities and reducing the school bus capacity, etc.

Grades Offered At Al Khaleej International School

Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International Pvt School Sharjah is an all-through school that offers classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The grades are split into:

Stage
Grade
Stage
Kindergarten
Grade
KG1 and KG2
Stage
Elementary School
Grade
Grade 1 to Grade 5
Stage
Middle School
Grade
Grade 5 to Grade 8
Stage
Secondary School
Grade
Grade 9 to Grade 12

Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School Curriculum

BAKIS is a K-12 school offering the American Curriculum. The school strives to develop its students’ social, intellectual, physical and emotional needs through the syllabus. BAKIS is an advocate for the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and actively work to integrate these skills and knowledge into each discipline taught at the school. 

Moreover, the school also offers the subjects made mandatory by the Ministry of Education (MoE) which are Arabic, Islamic, Social Studies and Moral Education.

Kindergarten/ Foundation Stage Curriculum

BAKIS follows the California Common Core State Standards in Kindergarten for the English Language, Arts and Mathematics subjects. For science subjects, the school follows the Next Generation Science Standards.

Primary/Elementary School Curriculum

Through Grades 1 to 5, the school follows the American program which includes a combination of core subjects such as: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

In addition to the MoE subjects, the school offers other additional subjects at this level, including: 

  • ICT
  • Music
  • Quran
  • Art
  • Physical Education

Middle School Curriculum

Middle School at BAKIS comprises of Grades 5,6,7 and 8. At this level, the syllabus shifts to more inquiry-driven subjects and delves deeper into the topics. Subjects at this level are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Arabic
  • Islamic Studies
  • ICT
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Music
  • Quran
  • Physical Education
  • Moral Education

Secondary School Curriculum

Secondary/High School at BAKIS comprises of Grades 9 to 12. The school offers elective subjects beginning from Grade 10 in addition to the core subjects. Core subjects are:

  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Arabic
  • Islamic
  • Moral Education
  • ICT

Elective Subjects offered include:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Accounting

Students have the option to choose between either the Science elective or the Commerce Elective. At this level, students can decide if they wish to pursue Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the Sciences, Mathematics or Arts.

In all levels of the school, BAKIS implements the study and appreciation of UAE heritage, history and Islamic Values through their curriculum.

Academic Calendar for Al Khaleej International School Sharjah

The academic year at Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School is split into three terms. They take place as follows:

  • The First Term begins in August and ends in December.
  • The SecondTerm commences in January and concludes in March.
  • The ThirdTerm begins in April and ends in June.

The school timings at BAKIS are as follows:

  • Kindergarten: 08:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Grade 1 to Grade 12: 07:45 am to 02:20 pm

Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School

Parents who are interested in enrolling their child at BAKIS can book a Tour to decide if the school would be a good fit for their ward. The admissions process at Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School is as follows: 

  • Non-native English speaking students have to undergo Language Proficiency Entry Tests to be eligible for admissions. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 have to demonstrate a certain level of fluency in English, as BAKIS does not offer English as a Second Language. This will then be assessed by the school during the intake period.
  • Parents can then apply at BAKIS to enrol their child in the school. If selected, the school will then contact you to furnish further formalities.

Admission Priorities at BAKIS are:

  • The school factors into account the date of application, academic history and performance, student potential, teacher recommendations and family background.
  • Students who demonstrate a need for American education are also given priority.
  • Other categories of priorities are:
    • First category: Students from families of companies holding a corporate seat
    • Second category: Students holding a North American (American/Canadian) passport and having a sibling attending BAKIS
    • Third category: Students holding a North American (American/Canadian) passport
    • Fourth category: Students from families of any nationality who have a sibling attending BAKIS
    • Fifth category: Students who do not fall under any of the above-mentioned categories.

Important guidelines to keep in mind during the admissions process:

  • BAKIS’s admits students of any and all nationalities. 
  • Students have to meet the age requirements set by the Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) for admissions. 
  • From Grades 3 to 12, admission is based on the child’s academic ability within their grade level.
  • If an applicant enrols for a grade level that has reached its capacity, they will be placed in a waiting list.

The age-grade guideline by Beaconhouse Al Khaleej School is given below:

Grade
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 1
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
5
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Kindergarten 2
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
6
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 1
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
8
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Grade
Grade 2
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Grade
Grade 3
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Grade
Grade 4
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Grade
Grade 5
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Grade
Grade 6
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Grade
Grade 7
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Grade
Grade 8
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Grade
Grade 9
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Grade
Grade 10
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Grade
Grade 11
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Grade
Grade 12
Minimum Entry Age
17
Maximum Entry Age
20
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
16

This is based on the age of the students on 31st December (for schools beginning in September). Source: BAKIS

* This is to cater to students transferring from systems that admit students of a younger age)

Fee Structure

Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School fees per annum are as follows:

Grade
Tuition Fee (AED)
Uniform (AED)
Books
Total (AED)
Grade
KG1
Tuition Fee (AED)
15,000
Uniform (AED)
420
Books
500
Total (AED)
15,920
Grade
KG2
Tuition Fee (AED)
15,000
Uniform (AED)
420
Books
500
Total (AED)
15,920
Grade
Grade 1
Tuition Fee (AED)
17,000
Uniform (AED)
472.50
Books
1,000
Total (AED)
18,472.50
Grade
Grade 2
Tuition Fee (AED)
17,000
Uniform (AED)
472.50
Books
1,000
Total (AED)
18,472.50
Grade
Grade 3
Tuition Fee (AED)
17,000
Uniform (AED)
472.50
Books
1,000
Total (AED)
18,472.50
Grade
Grade 4
Tuition Fee (AED)
20,000
Uniform (AED)
472.50
Books
1,020
Total (AED)
21,672.50
Grade
Grade 5
Tuition Fee (AED)
20,000
Uniform (AED)
682.50
Books
1,200
Total (AED)
21,882.50
Grade
Grade 6
Tuition Fee (AED)
20,000
Uniform (AED)
682.50
Books
1,200
Total (AED)
21,882.50
Grade
Grade 7
Tuition Fee (AED)
21,000
Uniform (AED)
682.50
Books
2,300
Total (AED)
23,982.50
Grade
Grade 8
Tuition Fee (AED)
21,000
Uniform (AED)
682.50
Books
2,300
Total (AED)
23,982.50
Grade
Grade 9
Tuition Fee (AED)
21,000
Uniform (AED)
682.50
Books
2,300
Total (AED)
23,982.50
Grade
Grade 10
Tuition Fee (AED)
25,000
Uniform (AED)
682.50
Books
2,400
Total (AED)
28,082.50
Grade
Grade 11
Tuition Fee (AED)
25,000
Uniform (AED)
682.50
Books
2,400
Total (AED)
28,082.50
Grade
Grade 12
Tuition Fee (AED)
25,000
Uniform (AED)
682.50
Books
2,400
Total (AED)
28,082.50

For more information regarding the fees structure at Al Khaleej International Private School, parents can email the school at info@beaconhouse-azr.ac.ae

COVID-19 Discount

Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School offers a COVID-19 discount to parents to help them continue their children’s education amid unfortunate circumstances. The school understands the financial constraints faced by families because of the pandemic. Thus, the school offers 15% to 35%n discounts to parents on the tuition fee for the third term of the academic year 2019-2020 and on the annual tuition fee of the academic year 2020-2021.

The school is offering a 35% discount on tuition fee for the third term for your second to fifth children enrolled in Al Khaleej School Sharjah. Furthermore, those who pay the registration or re-registration fee of AED 500 get a 15% discount on the tuition fee for the third term. This discount applies to students in KG2 to Grade 12. Whereas, parents of students in KG1 obtained a 30% discount on the tuition fee for the third term upon paying AED 500 as registration fee.

The annual tuition fee after the COVID-19 discount for the academic year 2020-2021 is tabulated below:

Grade
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
Grade
KG1
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
9,000
Grade
KG2
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
9,000
Grade
Grade 1
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
10,200
Grade
Grade 2
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
10,200
Grade
Grade 3
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
10,200
Grade
Grade 4
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
12,000
Grade
Grade 5
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
12,000
Grade
Grade 6
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
12,000
Grade
Grade 7
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
12,600
Grade
Grade 8
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
12,600
Grade
Grade 9
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
12,600
Grade
Grade 10
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
15,000
Grade
Grade 11
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
15,000
Grade
Grade 12
Tuition Fee for 2020-2021 (AED)
15,000

Scholarships at Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School

BAKIS currently does not offer any scholarships. They are however working on a scholarship programme which will be available in the near future.

School Facilities

Lunch Options at Al Khaleej International School

Students at Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School can avail of the school meal plan if they wish to. The charges for the same are as follows:

  • KG1 to Grade 3: AED 2,000
  • Grade 4 to Grade 12: AED 2,500

Students who avail of the school’s meal plan will receive two meals a day– breakfast and lunch. The school provides only healthy and nutritious food and drinks. 

Students also have the option of bringing healthy, packed lunches from home.

School Transportation at Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School

The school operates its own fleet of buses that maintain the safety standards and rigorously adheres to the regulations laid down by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA). All the buses have Video Surveillance, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Scanners to monitor and track students’ attendance and safety.

To avail of the transport service, parents should:

  • Fill the Transport Registration Form (along with the Terms & Conditions and Student Bus Behaviour Code) and submit it at the BAKIS Transport Counter
  • The transport department will check and confirm the availability of the transport service to the specified location.
  • On confirmation, the school will contact the parents regarding timing, contact details, pick up and drop off points. 
  • Payments are to be completed with the BAKIS Accounts Department of the school.

Within Sharjah, the cost of transportation is AED 2500 per annum. For other areas, the Transportation Department of the school decides the cost for each route by factoring in the number of students located in the area and other relevant elements.

Boarding Facility at Al Khaleej International School

BAKIS is a day only school and does not provide any boarding facilities.

Holiday Camps at Al Khaleej International School

BAKIS occasionally organises campaigns that consist of holiday camps. These camps take place at the school during either Summer, Spring or Winter breaks. Parents will be notified if such camps are organised at the school.

Sports Facilities at Al Khaleej International School

To encourage physical fitness and health amongst its students, BAKIS has various sports provisions on campus such as:

  • Gym
  • Two Football Grounds
  • Basketball Court
  • Swimming Pool
Football ground at BAKIS
One of the football grounds at BAKIS (Image Credits: BAKIS)

All indoor games and activities take place in the Gym. Students can also make use of the school’s shaded play areas to participate in games and other leisure play. The school employs a Life Guard to ensure the safety of every student utilising the swimming pool at BAKIS. The pool is also secured by a biometric scanning system and has designated changing rooms.

Extra-curricular Activities at Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School

The school organizes a variety of co-scholastic activities to offer the students a forum where they can explore their talents and interest. These activities are called Pro-Active Club (PAC) Activities at BAKIS. They are:

Extra 1
Robotics
Extra 2
STEM
Extra 3
French
Extra 1
Art
Extra 2
Football
Extra 3
Karate
Extra 1
Zumba
Extra 2
Quran Tajweed
Extra 3
Public Speaking
Extra 1
Gymnastics
Extra 2
Music and Drama
Extra 3
Tennis

The PAC program encourages students to take risks and explore life beyond academia, which contributes to the all-round development of the student body.

Field Trips from Al Khaleej International Private School

To provide hands-on experience for its students, BAKIS organizes educational excursions to local sites that can provide more insight into the students’ academic life. The school believes in learning beyond classrooms, which is evident from field trips they have organized in the past such as:

  • Kindergarten students’ trip to locations such as Discovery Centre, Al Azra Park, Dubai Dolphinarium, Sharjah Aquarium, Kidzania, Lego City and more
  • Grades 5 to 11 Boys’ Paint Ball adventure
  • Grades 9 to 12 Girls’ trip to MOTIONGATE Dubai

After-school Care at Al Khaleej International Private School

BAKIS currently does not offer any after school care provisions. The school does, however, offer remedial classes to students who require them. These classes take place after school hours.

Medical Care at Al Khaleej International Private School

There exists a medical clinic on-campus at Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School. BAKIS employs one full-time school nurse and one part-time doctor to tend to the medical needs of the students and staff during school hours.

Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Community Engagement is a vital part of the running of Beaconhouse Al Khaleej International School. The school believes that regular parental involvement is essential to the students’ progress.

BAKIS facilitates communication between parents and teachers through a number of ways such as face-to-face discussions, emails, students-parents conferences and teacher meetings. Parents can attend assemblies, performances and other events to witness their child’s participation in school activities. Parents are also encouraged to visit the school regularly and liaise with their child’s teachers and volunteer to help in the school and participate in the Parents’ Council. BAKIS also has a parent portal in place where parents can receive updates and information regarding their child and the school.

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