Manarat International School was established by Prince Mohammed Bin Faisal in 1977 to provide a high standard of education in an Islamic environment to the children of expatriate workers who had settled in Jeddah from a variety of different countries.
The decision was made to follow a US based curriculum until Grade 6 and the British curriculum through Grades 7-12. Our students take IGCSE and A-Level examinations in Grades 10 and 12 respectively.
In the year 2004 the Prince sold all of the branches of the school to a Saudi-Emirati company, Ma'arif Company for Education and Training, who have managed the schools ever since.
The students at the school are predominantly Muslims from Middle Eastern or Asian countries. They are generally the children of middle class professional expatriates contracted to work here in the Kingdom. Consequently there is a great deal of fluidity as parents may not have contracts renewed or may be required to relocate within the Kingdom as their employer requires. Students usually leave for such reasons rather than issues of satisfaction with the school. Parents choose Manarat as it is known to have a greater emphasis on the teaching of religion, Arabic and Quran than many of the other international schools in Jeddah.
Recent changes to our designation by the Ministry of Education now mean that we are one of the few schools in the Kingdom which is authorized to accept Saudi nationals into the school without permission from the Ministry. As a consequence of this change, we have been instructed that we should teach all Saudis religion in Arabic and that the Geography and History taught should be that of Saudi Arabia and instruction be in Arabic. This has necessitated additional staffing and organizational changes at the school.
Manarat Jeddah has proven to be sufficiently flexible to adapt to these changes over the years, ensuring that the school develops in a way that provides a real benefit to the students' educational and personal development. In developing our plans for the future we have kept the vision and mission of the school at the forefront of our decision making processes.