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An ALS community that values:


Life-long learning and

Parent and Student



Dear Parents and Students,
We would like to extend a warm welcome to those of you either returning to ALS or attending for the first time.
This Handbook is a guide for the ALS community to:

  • obtain information on day to day activities;

  • clarify expectations and responsibilities of students and teachers;

  • inform community members about how to get involved.

We urge both parents and students to read the booklet together and we encourage you to contact the school office if you require any information or clarification.

The newsletter, Spotlight, sent home monthly, is a major means of communication from school to home. Furthermore, our website is also a source of information, especially in cases of emergency. We hope that you will keep yourself updated by visiting it at www.alsschools.com .
We look forward to a productive year.

Majdi El Hajj Kathy Khayatt Farajallah

Boys’ School Principal Girls’ School Principal

K-3 Principal

Advanced Learning Schools provides students with an opportunity to acquire and demonstrate knowledge, appreciation and respect for their own cultural heritage, integrated with an understanding, curiosity, compassion and tolerance toward other cultures of the world. It provides an environment that encourages moral development, active and independent learning, analytical thinking, life-long learning, respect for individual differences, and sensitivity to the moral, social and environmental requirements of the global community.

An ALS community that values:


Life-long learning and



ALS provides an environment that fosters understanding, independence, interdependence and cooperation.

Within that context we believe that:
ALS students appreciate:

  • Arabic culture, language and literature;

  • developing personal values while appreciating the values of others;

  • valuing one’s own culture while understanding and demonstrating respect for the culture of others; and

  • understanding multiculturalism within a global society.

ALS is a caring community that encourages students by example to:

  • share, cooperate and contribute responsibly to a global society;

  • develop sensitivity to appropriate work and social relationships consistent with the principle of equal rights, including gender equality;

  • display sound decision-making skills by reflecting on choices and consequences;

  • lead a positive, healthy life;

  • care for others as they would have others care for them;

  • share resources; and

  • build understanding and trust

ALS students strive for academic excellence by:

  • learning how to learn and discovering the joy of learning;

  • attaining depth and breadth of academic knowledge and understanding;

  • acquiring skills that support intellectual endeavour and academic success;

  • acquiring aesthetic appreciation;

  • understanding modern technologies and using them wisely and effectively; and

  • acquiring academic skills and knowledge required to gain entrance to and success at competitive local and international universities.

ALS students benefit from an international education whereby they:

  • gain historic and contemporary knowledge and understanding of the world through intellectual endeavour;

  • acquire international understanding by studying and experiencing other cultures while, at the same time, acquiring knowledge of, and appreciation for, their own cultural heritage; and

  • maintain the fluency of their mother tongue while valuing the acquisition of other languages.

ALS students are committed to the spirit of internationalism by:

  • demonstrating respect for human rights and for the principle of equal rights irrespective of race or gender;

  • practicing tolerance and living together in peace and developing skills for the peaceful resolution of conflict;

  • understanding their individual responsibilities within society and the relationship between rights and responsibilities; and

  • providing leadership that demonstrates an awareness of ethical and moral issues.

IB Learner Profile:

We have adopted the Learner Profile created by the International Baccalaureate (IB) as a guide here at ALS.

All members of the ALS community strive to be:

Inquirers - They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable – They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers – They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators – They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled – They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded – They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring – They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers – They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced – They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective – They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

At Advanced Learning Schools, we value our parents highly. Their input and support help make our school a special place in the lives of their children. We encourage them to communicate with us and to become involved in our school. Parents are always welcome at the school. Any time parents have questions or concerns, they are encouraged to make an appointment to come and see us. The school will communicate with the community in the following ways:

The students bring home the school publication called, “Spotlight”regularily. It helps keep the community informed about all ALS and community activities.

ALS Website

The school’s website has a huge amount of information including the curriculum, contact details, events, and calendars. It is worth visiting the site regularly to keep up with what is happening in the school and therefore affecting your child.


Teachers will encourage you to contact them and to make arrangements to meet. If you want to see them, please contact them by telephone or email (or through the Principals' office) to make an appointment. The Principals and Counsellors are also available to discuss any issue related to your child and the school. They can be contacted directly, or through the Principals’ offices.


Teachers are encouraged to get in touch with you regarding important issues that involve your child. We recognize that if you do not hear anything then you will assume that all is well.

Reception will take a message if you cannot contact the teacher directly. If your telephone number changes at any time during the year it is crucial that you inform the school as soon as possible to keep the communication channels open.
Mobile SMS

The school will contact you using SMS to remind you of events, dates and information about your child. It is highly recommended that you update your mobile number with the Admissions and Marketing Office to keep communication channels open.


Teachers will contact you using email where appropriate and you are encouraged to contact teachers through email if this is convenient. If your email address changes at any time during the year it is crucial that you inform the school as soon as possible to keep communication channels open.

Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences

There are Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences regularly in the year. Please refer to the school calendar and web site for dates.

Open House

At the beginning of each school year we hold an Open House. The details of the evening are sent home. During the evening you have the chance to meet your son/daughter’s teachers. There will be an opportunity to discuss the curriculum, expectations and the various activities that will happen throughout the year. We encourage all parents to attend this evening. If you cannot attend then feel free to contact the school or the teachers to see them at a mutually convenient time.


There are a variety of ways to contact people at the school. We are happy to receive telephone calls and letters but e-mail is our preferred form of communication for non-urgent matters.


Superintendent Iain Stirling istirling@alsschools.com

Superintendent’s PA Zahra Loubani zloubani@alsschools.com

Girls’ School Principal Kathy Khayatt kkhayatt@alsschools.com

Girls’ Principal PA Nada Ali nali@alsschools.com

K-3 Coordinator Yamama Saleh ysaleh@alsschools.com

Boys’ School Principal Majdi El Hajj melhajj@alsschools.com

Boys' Principal PA Joanna Semaha jmatta@alsschools.com

K-3 and Boys’ Counsellor: Ahmad Al Khuzaii akhuzai@alsschools.com

Girls’ & Counsellor: Suhair Ghandour sghandour@alsschools.com

After School Activities Coordinators:

Suhair Ghandour sghandour@alsschools.com

Mohamad Akour makour@alsschools.com

Academic Staff List:



Ahmad Mohammad Nayef Al-Khuza'i

K-3 and boys' Counsellor / CAS Coordinator

Ahmad Razouk AL Razouk

Islamic Studies/Arabic Social Studies Teacher

Amal Abduh Albarraq

Islamic Studies/ Arabic Social Studies Teacher

Angela Renee Respecki

Physical Education and Health Teacher/ Team Leader

Anjum Zainul Abedin Shaikh

Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher

Bilal Fuad Dawod Dalia

Chemistry/ Biology Teacher

Carmen Corrine Hill

KG2 Homeroom Teacher

Cathryn Julia Fiorillo

Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher

Charlotte Saunders

Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher

Christine( Huda) Amy Dodge

Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher / K-6 English & Social Studies Team Leader

Claude Laurent Sgro

French/Spanish Teacher

Dennis Frank Respecki II

K-12 Fine and Performing Arts Teacher/ Team Leader

Dorothy Ayupan Blancaflor

Teacher Assistant

Eiman Shokry B Kandeel

Arabic / Arabic Social Studies Teacher

Eman Ali Al-Sakran

Teacher Assistant

Emilie Elizabeth Bateson

English Teacher

Fadel M. M. Al Faqih

Lab Technician

Farouq R Hamdan

Math/ Biology/ Chemistry Teacher

Fatimah J. Jaber Ammori

Arabic/Arabic Social Studies Teacher

Fawzie Khalil Calagie

French Teacher

George Frederick Salmon

Humanities/Psychology Teacher

Giedre Giedrutis Dudaite

English Teacher /7-12 Languages Team Leader

Hanaa Abdul Rahman Majzoub

Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher

Hasan Issa Ahmad Al-Khatib

Arabic/Arabic Social Studies Teacher

Heidi Lilli Brenner

Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher

Hind Eljammal El-Khatib

Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher

Iain Stirling


Isgak Jacobs

Physical Education and Health Teacher / Team Leader

Janetta Lee Heinicke

Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher

Jonathan Saul O'sullivan

Grade 6 Homeroom Teacher

Joumana Kaddoura

KG 1 Homeroom Teacher

Joyce Jacoba Pharo

Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher

Juveriya Mir

English/ Humanities/ History Teacher

Kaouther Haddar

Teacher Assistant

Karla Ann Uhlenhake

Art Teacher

Kathleen Rita Ghazi Khayatt

K-3 & Girls Principal

Khedija Jemal Ali Mohamed

Teacher Assistant

Laila Jamil Mousa Al-Najjar

Teacher Assistant

Lydia Alabe Wenceslao

Teacher Assistant

Mahmoud Salem

ICT Teacher

Majdi El Hajj

Boys' Principal

Mark Simon Johnson

DP Coordinator/Business and Management Teacher

Mohamed Ragab Ibrahim Mohamed

ESOL Teacher

Mohanned Mahmoud Mohammad Barakat

Arabic Teacher

Mohammad Naser Mousa Akour

Mathematics/ ICT Teacher/ASA Coordinator

Monique Nicole Boivin

Science/ Mathematics Teacher

Nenita Dayot Herrmann


Osama Mahmoud Abdelalim Khalil

Arabic Teacher

Raed Khader Ahmad Duraidi

Arabic Teacher

Ra'ed Suleiman Abdulsalam Al Khashman

PYP Coordinator/ Boys Coordinator

Rana Mohammed Fraij

Islamic Studies Teacher

Rania Shafi

Mathematics Teacher

Rania Youssef Kottish

Arabic Teacher

Rayda Jacobs

Grade 6 Homeroom Teacher

Rhodora Dela Cruz Figueroa

Teacher Assistant

Riccardo Salvatore Fiorillo

Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher

Rolla Mohammad Mahmoud Abu-Saqer

MYP Coordinator/Mathematics Teacher/ MYP Personal Project Coordinator/Girls' Coordinator

Sharon Bas Pineda

Teacher Assistant

Suhair Ramez Ghandour

Girls and College Counsellor/ ASA Coordinator

Susan Salva Dela Rosa

Music Teacher

Tania Yousef Maana

Mathematics/ Physics Teacher

Wassim Fakih

Mathematics/ Physics Teacher/ 7-12 Mathematics Team Leader

Yamame Ahmad Saleh

K-3 Coordinator/K-6 Mathematics Team Leader and Science

Zarmina Hotaki

English Teacher

Administrative Staff List:





Abdullah Naser Saed Abo Rdon Al Barak

Schools Manager


Ahmad Khan Aman Khan



Amal Mahmoud Y. Abu kar

Human Resources Officer


Aya Saed Sulaiman Atasi

School Receptionist/ Secretary


Bakht Zada



Bincy Joseph



Dalia Mohamad Fouad Naji

Assistant Accountant


Deepak Kalani Ramankutty

ICT Systems Officer


Elham Mutadel El-Barghouty

Human Resources Manager


Essam Eldin Mohamed Elsoubky

Business Manager


Fahad Rafiq Ahmed

Records Officer


Fatuma Jemal Siraj



Ghulam M. Din Mohammad



Haimed Abd Haimed Hudijan



Hanan Elsayed Ali Abo El Seod



Hayat Shefa Hagos

Security on Girls' Campus


Imran Shahzad Mahmood Ahmad

ICT Systems Manager


Jameela Abdo Saleh



Joanna Semaha

Boys' Principal's Personal Assistant


Manoj Mathew

Facilities Officer


Maysoun M.K AlSalehy

IB Officer


Mazen Ayman Al Rjal

School Manager's Secretary


Mohamed Ahmed Abdelgadr Hussien Ib Ouf



Mohamed Elsayed Aly Marzouk

Purchasing Officer


Mohammed Abdul Basith



Mohammed Asif Alam

HVAC Technician / Driver


Mustafa Mohamed Berhan



Nada Momen Mohammed Ali

Girls' Principal's Personal Assistant


Nadeem Hussain Khan

ICT Systems Officer


Najla I.F Al Daoudi

K-3 Receptionist / Secretary


Obaid Farahan Al-Soubai

Government Relations Officer


Rosemarie Castro



Roy Pablo Brinio



Sana Abd El Hameid El Sabagh

Security on Girls' Campus


Sarah M Al- Otaibi

Library Assistant


Shaji Mathew

Facilities Manager


Shermeen Fawzi El-Hakim

Admissions & Marketing Manager


Shroog Rashed Najem Albeeshi

Security on Girls' Campus


Sofya Mohammed Kahsay



Zahra Ahmed Loubani

Superintendent's Personal Assistant


Zeyneb Ahmed Ibrahim


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