Thomas Cahill

Meet Mr. Tom

I began studying Arabic on a whim, and it turned out to be one of the best choices I’ve ever made. In addition to teaching at King’s, I have studied Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic in Amman, and worked as a translator and journalist for a refugee organization. I am now back in the US working towards a master’s degree and representing Arabic Year. I love talking Arabic, Jordan, and King’s. Contact me here!

Boarding Experience

The boarding school experience is an ideal way for students to optimize both academic learning and social development. Under the close supervision and guidance of our faculty and staff, students are encouraged to challenge themselves intellectually while developing their social skills, athletic and extra-curricular interests, personal maturity and ethics.

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Student Life

AY students live on the King's Academy campus, situated just 30 minutes away from the Jordanian capital of Amman, and nestled among olive groves and farmland on the road leading to the historic town of Madaba. AY students are fully integrated boarding students at King's Academy. They sleep in single rooms in dormitories with King's Academy students and resident faculty, who are available 24 hours a day.

While the language of instruction at King's Academy is English, the social language among students is Arabic. Approximately 70 percent of King's students speak Arabic as their mother tongue and use the language in non-academic situations (in sports, in the dormitories and clubs and activities).

AY students frequently go to Amman, Madaba and other parts of Jordan during school-organized weekend trips, where they employ their burgeoning language skills while interacting with residents. AY students can also opt to participate in weekend homestays with King's Academy families where they practice Arabic in domestic situations.

Classes at King's begin at 08:30 and meet until 15:30. In the afternoons, AY students participate in the co-curricular afternoon program, joining King's students on the playing fields, in the gymnasiums, in the art studios and in the theaters.

One afternoon a week, AY students may participate in a co-curricular program to experience hands-on learning as they travel to local archeological sites, nearby markets, regional schools and other locations that complement AY’s study of Arabic, Middle Eastern culture and regional history.

Weekends and spring holidays offer opportunities for travel. Students tour Jordan, from the Roman ruins of Um Qais overlooking the Sea of Galilee in the far north to the desert canyons of Wadi Rum, once home to Lawrence of Arabia, in the south. In the lands between, they enjoy nature reserves, the Dead Sea, flowing wadis, desert sands, Crusader castles and the corals and fishes of the Red Sea. During spring break, students have also travelled to Morocco, Dubai and Oman.