Middle School FAQ

What curriculum is offered to Middle School students?

King’s has long offered an American high school curriculum grounded in the Advanced Placement (AP) program, which is recognized by colleges and universities throughout the world. Our Middle School program is both foundational and innovative, and it draws on the best thinking and research on education for this age group, including the College Board’s newly established QUEST framework for teaching and learning. That framework, which guides and shapes the curricular and pedagogical approach of our Upper School, emphasizes the skills of questioning, thinking critically and creatively, reading, writing and communication (in a variety of mediums), and it seeks to ignite young people’s natural curiosity, wonder, creativity and excitement for learning. In how we teach and engage students, we will combat the boredom, routinization and disaffection that so often characterizes the middle school experience.

What are the main goals of the curriculum?

The educational program provides the strongest possible foundation in math, English and Arabic with an emphasis on writing and quantitative problem solving. Specifically, it:

  • teaches students to learn about themselves (as learners) and teaches them how to learn,
  • cultivates in them a powerful sense of agency, ethical responsibility and growth-mindset,
  • prepares them for the academic challenge of high school, particularly in the core areas of reading, writing and quantitative problem solving,
  • excites in them an enduring love of learning by giving them opportunities to simulate the work of scientists, historians and designers.

Is there a junior boarding program?

We do not offer a junior boarding program at present, but there are plans to revisit this idea in coming years. In the meantime, however, we have designed a “pre-boarding program” of weekend overnights on campus – i.e. for autumn and winter festivals and spring adventure weekends – to encourage Middle School students to board once they reach grade 9.

What is the average class size?

To ensure that classes are small and intimate, classes have between 14 and 16 students. Each classroom is designed to encourage active and interactive forms of learning. Harkness tables are used in the humanities classrooms and pod seating is used in math and science to encourage group work and the development of collaborative skills.

What does the daily schedule of Middle School students look like?

The school day begins at 08:30 and ends at roughly 15:30. At the conclusion of each term, we also offer short minimesters that provide opportunities for experiential learning and project-based, interdisciplinary learning.

What kind of support services are offered?

The strong and comprehensive structure of student support at King's Academy is accessible to Middle School students. Each student has a designated advisor who serves as mentor and liaison between the school and parents. Middle School students also have a designated Learning Center teacher and a counselor.

Is transportation provided?

Yes, transportation options for Middle School students are available.

How much is tuition?

US $26,600 (18,860 JD) for the 2018-2019 academic year. Middle School tuition includes instruction, meals, full access to Athletic Center facilities, laboratory equipment and materials, Health Center and student activities fee, textbooks, required educational school trips within Jordan, bus fees, and one school uniform.

Is financial aid available?

In keeping with His Majesty’s vision for King’s as a school open to all, we are committed to educational accessibility, need-based financial aid and diversity in the Middle School. The school's current policy is that aid is provided only to families who factually demonstrate that they do not have the financial resources to afford Middle School tuition. In addition, the King’s Academy Grade Seven Merit Scholarship awards merit-based scholarships of US $8,462 (6,000 JD) to selected outstanding Grade 7 applicants from Jordan.

How do students enroll?

A comprehensive admission process is in place for Middle School candidates. The process includes testing, student interview, parent interview, recommendations and a thorough review of a candidate's academic track record. We seek to enroll not only promising young men and women but also seek to identify families who understand and support King’s distinct mission.

Is the admissions process selective?

Yes. Candidates – and their families – must be assessed as a good fit for the King's program to be admitted.

Do students have to re-apply to Grade 9?

No. Grade 8 students do not undergo special screening to be promoted to Grade 9. But, as is the case with all students at King’s, their development and academic progress is monitored in an ongoing way to ensure they are ready to be promoted to Grade 9.

How do I express interest in the Middle School or find out more information?

Families can complete our online Inquiry Form or call the Office of Admissions at +962 77 738 3031.

Last updated
February 17, 2019