History

It may seem curious that we speak of the “history” of King’s Academy when we only opened our doors in 2007, but the school does have a history – in the 200-year-old idea of the New England boarding school – and in the lives of the people who have been part of its founding and who are among its first faculty.

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Board of Trustees

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Accreditation

In June 2011, less than four years after King's Academy first opened its doors, it was granted full accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).

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Who We Are

Mission

In a setting that is rich in history and tradition, King’s Academy is committed to providing a comprehensive college-preparatory education through a challenging curriculum in the arts and sciences; an integrated co-curricular program of athletics, activities and community service; and a nurturing residential environment. Our students will learn to be independent, creative and responsible thinkers within an ethical community that encourages young men and women of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to excel, to cherish one another and to prepare for leadership.

Guiding Principles

A King’s Academy’s education is defined by a comprehensive focus on our students' development in every sense: intellectual, personal, physical, social and ethical. The five universal values that best express what we strive to impart to our students are:

Respect

Tolerance is a beginning, but it is not sufficient. What we hope to instill in our students is an empathetic understanding of one another and a sense of respect that traverses all student relationships, be it between each other, towards their teachers and families or with regard to the community as a whole.

Love of Learning

We do not want our students to perceive their education as simply utilitarian – one that is a mere instrument for their future success. Instead, we hope to foster in them a genuine love of learning for its own sake and a desire to acquire knowledge in and for itself.

Responsibility

Along with the privileges of being part of King’s Academy come responsibilities. Students will learn that they are stewards of what they receive and that it is their responsibility to pass on this stewardship to others, such as younger students and the community as a whole.

By extension, students at King’s Academy will have a lifelong responsibility to use their education to help and enhance possibilities for others. A belief in and commitment to social service as well as a striving for social justice for others less fortunate will form an essential part of the ethos of the school.

An Integrated Life

We do not aim to teach students what to think but rather how to think. Students’ belief systems are a personal matter between their families and themselves. Whatever our students’ beliefs, King’s Academy stresses that balance is critical to human well-being. What we at King’s strive to teach our students is how to integrate all aspects of their lives – academic, social, spiritual and physical – in the context of a boarding school environment in which we learn not only about the world but about ourselves.

Global Citizenship

King’s Academy is first and foremost a Jordanian school. But it is also a regional school, and ultimately a school of the world. The student body will be diverse geographically, economically, ethnically and religiously and we aim to raise in our students an awareness of different peoples.

We will impart to them universal values, applicable in all cultures and at the same time encourage their unique sense of belonging to the Middle East.

Vision

King’s Academy, an independent, coeducational boarding and day school, will provide outstanding young men and women from Jordan, the Middle East and beyond an educational experience unlike any available in the region. 

Blending an American style of education rooted in the liberal arts and sciences with Middle Eastern history, traditions, language and cultural values, the Academy will feature close teacher-student interaction, the most current technological resources and a stimulating array of curricular and extracurricular activities designed to help students flourish intellectually and personally. 

Welcoming talented students from all backgrounds, religions and social classes, the Academy aims to foster empathy, tolerance and harmony. Through the active participation of students and teachers in a self-governing community, it will prepare students for future roles as leaders in government, business and civic life. 

The King’s Academy campus is unique in the Middle East. Designed by renowned Egyptian architect and Director of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London Khaled Azzam, the campus and buildings are constructed on an extensive 575-dunum site (144 acres) and comprise some 34 major buildings. These include state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and a 50,000-book library, a multi-faith spiritual center and garden, dormitories incorporating faculty family apartments, and a magnificent auditorium that will serve not just the school but the nation as well.

King’s Academy admits students of any race, color, creed or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Academy and does not discriminate on the basis of these differences. We celebrate the differences in background, circumstances and educational experiences of our various students and value the diverse perspectives that each contributes to the school community.

King’s Academy is in close philosophical affiliation with “The Eight Schools” in the United States, including Andover, Choate, Deerfield, Exeter, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Northfield Mount Hermon and St. Paul’s.