As the minutes ticked down to the start of the 10th King’s Academy Commencement ceremony, held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II ’12, the number of people on campus swelled to the thousands as excited family and friends flocked to Commencement Lawn to watch the Class of 2019 graduate.
It was a beautiful evening at King’s Academy on the eve of Commencement, made all the more special by the congregation in Refectory Square of 167 soon-to-be graduates, their parents, faculty and juniors to celebrate the school’s 10th graduating class at the annual Senior Parents Iftar.
On May 13, King’s Academy eighth graders, their parents and teachers celebrated the class leaving Middle School to “step up” as ninth graders in the Upper School next year.
On Middle School (MS) Service Day, students broke into their advisory groups to participate in acts of service within the wider community.
Students in the Advanced Acting and Directing class performed Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.
After the success of the first KA Gardens fundraiser held last year, students in the Homemade, Handmade co-curricular staged a second KA Gardens bazaar to sell their soap, candles, teas and limited-edition body scrubs, which they placed in hand-decorated jars designed by students in the Crafts That Sell co-curricular.
The Middle School production of Jeremy Bloom’s Peter/Wendy, which ran on Tuesday and Wednesday evening this week, re-imagines J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan stories through the eyes of a group of children trying to fall asleep one summer night.
During School Meeting on Monday, King’s incoming Head of School, Peter Nilsson, was officially welcomed to campus.
Students in the Guitar, Choir and Orchestra groups performed their second and final ensemble concert of the year.
On April 17, weeks of preparation culminated in the first King’s Academy Sustainability Fair.
Students staged a "town hall" meeting in the Gallery to discuss a host of issues.
The King's Academy Parent Council hosted its first Career Fair on April 16.
King’s Academy held a farewell ceremony for Head of School John Austin, his wife Monica Matouk and their children, who will be leaving Jordan at the end of the academic year.
Last week, King’s Academy marked “A Day of Thanks,” which presented the school community with the opportunity to pause, reflect, and thank those people who have made a difference to their time at school.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hisham Matar, whose award-winning novel In the Country of Men is required reading in the English 10 course, addressed students at School Meeting on Monday.
During School Meeting on Sunday, King’s Academy welcomed guest speaker Zein Al-Maha Oweis to share her experience living with a visual impairment.
The Middle School hosted Jordanian filmmaker Widad Shafakoj as a guest speaker on Tuesday.
Over the weekend, King’s celebrated the Lunar New Year, which includes the Chinese New Year as well as the Korean and Vietnamese New Years.
Students and faculty members took the stage at 88 Keys, King’s annual piano festival, for four audience-packed nights of music.
On Tuesday, February 5, King’s invited guest lecturer Dr. Kimberly Katz, a distinguished Fulbright scholar and professor of Middle Eastern studies at Towson University in Maryland, to speak to students taking Modern Jordanian History, as well as other students and faculty.
King’s campus came alive with music last week as the seventh annual Jordan’s Youth Musicians Conference, with the theme of “Sharpen Your Mind with Music,” took place.
The King’s Academy Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Peter B. Nilsson as King’s third head of school.
The boys varsity basketball team has been on an absolute tear recently.
This week, seasoned veterans of the theater program at King’s Academy marshalled their skills to direct three plays for the English language portion of the Winter Play Festival.
On Wednesday, January 30, the Evening Dance Ensemble presented its second Dance Lab of the year.
On Monday and Wednesday, Mr. Ryuji organized breakdancing workshops led by professional breakdancers from Amman.
Arabic Year students in Ms. Lina's Arabic class used their spoken Arabic skills in a real world context — bartering at a mock food market!
Last week, students from the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music visited campus for three days as artists-in-residence.
On Saturday, Mr. Ghassan’s AP Art History class visited the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts for a private tour by the renowned Jordanian artist Muhanna Al-Dura.
Dr. Salma Nims, Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women, visited campus on Tuesday afternoon to speak to a group of 50 faculty members and students from Mr. Ghassan’s Modern Jordanian History class.
Last fall, for the first time in King’s Academy history, students performed a full-scale musical.
The boys varsity soccer team participated in the King’s Academy Soccer Tournament along with schools from Amman, Palestine and Lebanon.
The boys varsity A and B soccer teams participated in the AAC tournament held at King’s last week.
The Round Square Office at King’s Academy organized its eighth annual Winter Holiday Bazaar on Wednesday with around 16 vendors presenting a colorful display of products and handicrafts for sale to the school community.
Giving Tuesday, which fell on November 27, is an international day of charitable giving.
King’s new 2.6 megawatt photovoltaic power station is providing King’s with a clean, sustainable and economical energy supply.
King’s held a substance use prevention campaign for the third year running from November 25 to 29, in cooperation with Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD), a leading provider of school-based prevention services, to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to make intelligent, healthy choices.
Nadim Billeh ’19, Dina Dawood ’20, and Hend Al Zeer ’20 initiated a student-based project called “Humans of King’s” that aims to bring the King’s community closer together.
The student exchange program offered through the King’s Academy Round Square Office is becoming increasingly popular each year.
From November 23 to 26, all Middle Schoolers were involved with Minimesters, weeklong projects that challenged them to think creatively and collaboratively.
Six students in the Advanced Evening Dance Ensemble performed a dance called “Caravan” in School Meeting on November 13.
Middle Schoolers teamed up with Jordanian graffiti artist Suhaib Attar to paint a graffiti mural on the side of a new freight farm on November 15.
Last Friday, in an initiative created by the Student Leadership Council (SLC) called “El Beit Beitak,” dozens of Jordanian students and faculty hosted over 80 international boarding students and faculty members at their homes.
Boys U14 A soccer participated in the season-ending AAC tournament against Amman Baptist School, Amman Academy and American Community School.
Siblings Natheir and Salma Abu Dahab, classes of 2021 and 2024 respectively, participated in the 2018 World Investment Forum held in Geneva, Switzerland.
A dedication ceremony in memory of Ruba Daghlas, who worked in the Learning Center and passed away tragically last year, took place on Tuesday.
King’s students in the Kursi wa Kitab community service club finished building a wheelchair accessibility ramp at the King Hussein Business Park last weekend.
King’s hosted its 2018 college and university fair this week.
Roxanne Higgins, president of Independent School Management, an international firm specializing in school management, visited King’s for several days to assess its schedule and academic calendar.
Last week, the King’s swim team competed at a friendly swim meet against Amman Academy and American Community School at ACS’ campus in Amman.
This week, the King’s Varsity A boys’ soccer team defeated Madaba club Al Wahda 3-2 in the first game of the season.
On Sunday, Jordanian historian and consultant to the Royal Hashemite Court Dr. Baker Al-Majali spoke to students in the new Modern Jordanian History course about the Great Arab Revolt.
Renowned Jordanian entrepreneur Iman Mutlaq visited King’s this week to speak to students in the new Business and Entrepreneurship co-curricular.
On Tuesday evening, faculty member Ian Chute collaborated with Elias Tannira ’20 to stage a telescope viewing party in front of Alnilam House.
The American Geographical Society (AGS) has named Dr. Ethan Morton-Jerome, a King’s Academy faculty member in the Department of History and Social Studies, as a 2018 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow.
Over the past few days, King’s celebrated the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year with an explosion of energy, optimism and excitement as it welcomed 165 new students to campus.
The scorching heat gave way to a cooling breeze on Wednesday evening, just in time for the thousands of family members and friends congregating on Commencement Lawn to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2018, held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II ’12.
With the end of the academic year overlapping with the start of the holy month of Ramadan, the annual senior parents dinner — this year an iftar — was a doubly festive occasion.
On May 16 and 17, students and faculty cast their votes at King’s first Student Leadership Council (SLC) elections. Some 65 students threw their hats into the ring, vying for the six senior, four junior, two sophomore and two freshmen seats available on the council.
A year of artistic study culminated in an evening of arts and music on Sunday, May 13 as Middle and Upper School art students showcased their creativity at the Annual Art Exhibition in the Safwan M. Masri Courtyard, followed by beautiful solo and chamber music performances at the strings concert in the Gallery.
On May 10, King’s Academy named a Harkness classroom The Samir Abdelhadi Classroom to honor the generosity and philanthropic spirit of Samir Abdelhadi, a pillar of the community and visionary in the field of architecture and engineering.
Congratulations to King’s students who received distinction in the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, University of Waterloo (CEMC) contest which tests logical thinking and mathematical problem solving.
The Ninth Annual Declamation Competition on Wednesday was a spirited and emotionally charged event demonstrating the skill of the school’s most talented student orators.
King’s Development Office and its liaison officer for China Wen Yu Ho met with around 60 parents of current, past and prospective students during information sessions held in Seoul, Korea and in Hangzhou and Shenzhen in China earlier this month to present ways that King’s parents in the region can help support their school.
On Tuesday, one of the school’s most highly anticipated events of the year, the King’s Academy Cardboard Boat Race (KACBR), took off with a big splash.
During Thursday morning break, students taking the Soap Making co-curricular raise money to buy a wheelchair for a person in need by selling their hand-crafted products, including soaps, candles, teas and body scrubs, at their pop-up store KA Gardens.
Seniors and their parents had the opportunity to quiz alumni about what to expect when going abroad for university during a pre-departure orientation session organized by the University Counseling Office (UCO) on Sunday afternoon.
During spring break, 12 students and two faculty members travelled to India on a Round Square adventure to explore the architectural marvels of the Mughal Empire (including the Taj Mahal) and to climb the summit of Nag Tibba in the lesser Himalayan region of Uttarakhand state.
Congratulations to Lara AbuAli ’23 who was recognized by the Region-at-Large program of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
During spring break, 60 students from King’s and seven schools in India, in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity, participated in the Round Square Regional Service Project to help build homes and improve the living conditions of 27 families in need in Ajloun.
Representing Jordan at the 11th Arab Robotics Championship in Sharm El Sheikh this week was King’s own robotics team “RoboKings”.
King’s students pose with HRH Prince Ali bin Al Hussein at the opening of the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit 2018 that took place at the Dead Sea on Monday.
Congratulations to King’s students who achieved the top spots in the Jubilee Third Creative Writing Forum in the poetry, playwriting, short story and literary and reflective essay categories.
The Winter Play Festival culminated in two nights of student-directed performances on March 20 and 21 in the Abdul Majeed Shoman Auditorium.
On March 19, a cast of 10 students and three technical crew, directed by Balqees Al-Shorman ’18 and Arabic faculty members made the annual Arabic play – adapted by Al-Shorman from Mohammad Fawzi’s Mama America – come to life in front of a full house in the Lecture Hall.
At King’s Annual Dance Concert on Wednesday, 75 students entertained family and friends in the Abdul Majeed Shoman Auditorium with their performances of 11 different dances ranging from contemporary, hip hop to dabkeh styles.
King’s Academy hosted the fourth annual Jordan Model Parliament (JMP) conference from March 16 to 17, at which 460 students representing 22 public, private and UNRWA schools around the kingdom discussed and proposed solutions to some of the country’s most pressing issues.
King’s Academy welcomed visiting students and faculty from Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts this week.
Eighth graders in the humanities class have been learning about various countries in the region and some of their pressing issues.
On Tuesday, King’s students of improv were immersed in a night of live comedy entertainment during a field trip to watch comedians Mo Amer and Wonho Chung perform at the Anger Management Comedy Session 2 at the Royal Cultural Palace.
On March 10, King’s students participated in a new community service activity initiated by Talal Kolaghassi ’18 in cooperation with Jordan River Foundation (JRF).
On March 10, King’s hosted its 4th annual library conference “School libraries as spaces of creativity and innovation” at the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library.
At the 13th National Robotics Competition held at the Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education on March 11, King’s robotics team “RoboKings” won fourth place in the sumo competition from among 551 students from 58 schools and educational institutions around the country.
On March 10, 45 eighth graders prepared to “step up” to Upper School, starting with a question and answer session for their parents with faculty and staff.
King’s faculty members headed to the Dead Sea on March 2 and 3 to participate in the fourth Teacher Skills Forum, which focuses on teachers and classroom needs to enhance and improve the quality of teaching.
On March 2 and 3, around 300 students from King’s, seven schools in Amman and the Jerusalem School in Palestine participated in the three-day King’s Academy Model United Nations 2018 conference.
On February 27, King’s alumni based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi gathered for a reunion.
Around 50 students and faculty took part in 88 Keys, King’s annual week-long piano festival that took place from February 24 to 27.
At King’s annual Ecos and Greens Conference held on February 24 under the theme “The environment is your home,” 168 participants from public and private schools in Amman and Madaba discussed ways to encourage people to take better care of the environment, and came up with solutions for sustainable waste management.
Jordanian poet Ali Al Battiri visited King’s Academy on February 12, 2018.
Performances in front of family and friends on February 8 and 10 concluded two days of intensive chamber music workshops at King’s Academy led by the renowned Apple Hill Chamber Players — joined by Julliard-educated, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh — visiting Jordan as part of their Playing for Peace Middle East tour.
On February 1, 2018, King’s students and faculty visited the recently opened Royal Tank Museum.
On February 3, 2018, 30 Middle Schoolers convened for the second annual mini King’s Academy Model United Nations (KAMUN) conference.
During the Middle School's winter minimester that took place from January 29 until February 1, students chose to participate in one of four fun, educational and interactive activities.
Alumni, parents, friends of King’s, and current and former faculty and board members gathered at a reunion in New York City on January 25, 2018.
Peer counselors had a fun, albeit messy, team building exercise last week when they took over the dining hall to make huge quantities of lazy cake, with the assistance of the dining hall staff.
Visiting Oberlin College musicians made their annual musical pilgrimage to King’s to participate in a week of music workshops and performances.
It was an enterprising week for the junior class at King’s Academy as they took part in Startup with Purpose, a five-day entrepreneurship boot camp organized by the University of California, Berkeley in partnership with King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan from January 6 to 13.
During the Middle School’s fall minimester last week, eighth graders put on their environmental thinking caps as they tried to find solutions to water issues in Jordan, while seventh graders learned to code, program and design friendly interactive monsters.
There was a cheerful vibe at King’s Academy last weekend as hundreds of parents spent two crisp autumn days with their children on campus during Fall Parents Weekend.
King’s Academy students and parents attended a talk on Monday given by Dr. Angel Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College, who discussed with them how a liberal arts education helps prepare students for the rapidly evolving 21st century job market.
أكد وزير الخارجية وشؤون المغتربين ايمن الصفدي، حرص الاردن على ايجاد مستقبل افضل للشباب الاردني وتوفير فرص النجاح لهم في كافة المجالات، وتمكينهم من الاعتماد على أنفسهم، وذلك عبر خلق بيئة تنعم بالأمن والاستقرار وتحقيق النمو والإصلاح الاقتصادي والسياسي.
As part of the activities organized on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, King’s Academy hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday with Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Ayman Safadi and Minister of Education HE Dr. Omar Al Razzaz, giving students the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the ministers on national and international issues.
Global Online Academy (GOA) has awarded two King’s Academy faculty members the title of Learning Design Coach (LDC).
This summer the Round Square summer exchange program at King’s Academy gave 11 students the opportunity to embark on the journeys of a lifetime, travelling to Australia, India, South Africa and, for the first time, to Peru, Singapore and Tanzania.
Resuming school after a short break to celebrate Eid Al Adha, King’s Academy dove right back into its eleventh year on Wednesday as students, faculty and staff gathered in the Abdul Majeed Shoman Auditorium for the school’s annual Convocation ceremony.
Last week, television and film enthusiasts at King’s Academy got the inside scoop on directing from American television and film director, producer and former actor Jack Bender.
With the end of the summer holidays, a wave of students arrived on campus, re-energizing King’s Academy with youthful energy and enthusiasm at the start of the 11th academic year.
School may not have been in session, and the weather was scorching hot, but the King’s Academy campus was bustling with activity this summer as hundreds of kids participated in the school’s sixth annual summer program, Summer at King’s Academy, which took place in July.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has named King’s Academy a gold award winner of its 2017 Circle of Excellence awards program. King’s Academy was recognized for its recruitment video titled “This could be your school too.”
The sun was shining and spirits were high as thousands of jubilant family members and friends gathered on Commencement Lawn Monday evening to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2017, held under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II.
The atmosphere was festive at King’s Academy on Sunday evening as proud parents, teachers, seniors and juniors gathered in the Refectory Square to celebrate and honor the school’s eighth graduating class at the annual senior dinner.
King’s Academy on Sunday dedicated a chemistry laboratory in honor of Mohammad and Monserrat Tamer and their extended family, for their collective generosity and immense support to the school.
At a ceremony on the morning of May 18, King’s Academy dedicated the school’s main Dining Hall to the Hess Family, in recognition of John, Susan and Michael Hess’ longstanding support, philanthropy and friendship to King’s Academy.
King’s Academy welcomed six international exchange students to campus this spring who, in addition to taking on a full academic schedule, had the opportunity to experience Jordanian culture and hospitality.
King’s Academy junior Omar Zaatreh ’18 was the recipient last week of three Catalyst Conference awards for his project “The Refugee Crisis: Domes of Hope,” which he developed for his Global Online Academy (GOA) Architecture course. Zaatreh’s project was selected from more than 300 projects submitted by students from around 64 GOA member schools worldwide.
Earlier this month, Arab Bank hosted a dinner reception for King’s Academy in Dubai, with over 40 Jordanian and Palestinian businessmen residing in the United Arab Emirates in attendance.
Eight brave students moved the King’s community with their vibrant speeches and personal reflections during last week’s Eighth Annual Declamation Competition, but it was Rakan Haddadin ’19, Zaid Al-Amarat ’19, Ruby Hawari ’18 and Rand Al-Harahsheh ’18 who were crowned the school champions.
King’s Academy hosted the third annual Jordan Model Parliament (JMP) conference from April 6 to 8, at which 500 students representing 80 public, private and UNRWA schools around the kingdom discussed and proposed solutions to some of the country’s most pressing issues.
King’s Academy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday with the International Company for Water and Power Projects (ACWA Power) to design, develop and construct an approximately 2.6 MWp Solar Photovoltaic Facility on the school’s campus. ACWA Power is donating the full cost of the project to King’s Academy, amounting to US $4 million.
At its February meeting, the King’s Academy Board of Trustees elected Ms. Sirine Sidani Abu Ghazaleh to become a trustee, bringing the board’s size to 14 members. Abu Ghazaleh is the founder and chairwoman and organizer of the annual Les Createurs Libanais exhibition which supports the development of talented Jordanian and Lebanese artists.
Last week, King’s Academy hosted Beacon of Hope UAE to support the launch of its first light distribution campaign in Jordan.
The Spring Play Festival at King’s Academy ended the last week of classes before Spring Break on a high note, offering the school community plenty in the way of comedy, entertainment and food for thought.
The Middle School at King’s Academy presented this week two performances of its first theater production Hoodies and Box.
Last week around 70 parents, alumni and friends of King’s Academy gathered at the Batterjee Sindi home in Jeddah to celebrate the school, reminisce about its past and talk about its future.
A recently established scholarship fund by King’s Academy board member Ali Kolaghassi and his wife Lama will provide a graduate of King’s Academy with a full undergraduate scholarship at George Washington University (GW), Kolaghassi’s alma mater.
This month, four students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are volunteering their time as teachers with Fikra 3al Mashi, the award-winning community outreach initiative established by King’s Academy students.
Jordan’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom hosted an event at his residence for around 20 London-based King’s Academy alumni on January 13.
On the occasion of the 10thanniversary of the founding of King’s Academy, Headmaster John Austin this week announced a new scholarship opportunity for two outstanding young women residing in Jordan.
A mystical plotline, original music and colorful costumes enthralled audiences at King’s Academy last week at its annual fall play.
King’s Academy established a Chinese Parents Association in October during its annual dinner reception for the school’s Chinese parents in Hangzhou, China.
For the first time in the history of King’s Academy, a group of alumni have hosted a career and university forum for juniors and seniors, with the aim of mentoring students and providing them with useful advice about university and career choices.
King’s Academy launched a substance use prevention campaign last week to provide students, and the adults who care for them, with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make intelligent, healthy choices.
The Middle School was overrun with noisy little monsters last week. The monsters in question, however, are ones that the school’s 65 seventh and eighth grade students built themselves, as part of an end-of-term project that taught them to code, program and design interactive toys.
Eighty-five middle school students from public and private schools around Jordan joined forces this month to discuss important issues affecting the country and propose solutions to them at the first Jordan Model Parliament (JMP) Middle School Conference hosted by King’s Academy.
In the fall term, the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library established a new co-curricular activity called Friends of the Library. Students meet once a week to train to become professional users of the library and to act as ‘library ambassadors.’
Sixteen new parents were inducted as members in the Parent Council last week, during the council’s annual meeting, which was chaired by HRH Princess Ghida Talal, a parent of three children at King’s Academy.
This week, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos shared with students how he built one of the most successful e-commerce companies on the planet, talked to them about his passion for pioneering affordable space travel, and explained why he is so optimistic about the future.
The first issue of the Middle School newspaper Wasat, which translates to ‘middle’ in Arabic, is giving a voice to grade 7 and 8 students at King’s Academy. As the school’s first cohort of Middle Schoolers, they feel that they have a lot to live up to.
Hundreds of parents attended the annual Fall Parents Weekend, and spent two days connecting with teachers, watching performances, taking part in a football match, cheering on students during sports matches and experiencing firsthand a day in the life of students by shadowing their children in class.
Last week, 10 King’s Academy students and music teacher Nadine Cunningham brought Jordan to life for the third grade students at Charles E. Riley Elementary School (CER) in Oswego, New York.
King’s Academy will host its first Jordan Model Parliament (JMP) Middle School Conference during the first week of November following an Upper School student-led initiative to train students in grades 7 and 8 to become future parliamentarians.
At the age of 12, Sayf Abdeen ’19 was issued a challenge by his father: to sit down and write a poem.
Sixteen-year-old Nadeen Al Qatamine ‘17 has written and published her first novel: The World Through Her Eyes.
At a ceremony in the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library this week, King’s Academy dedicated the main library hall to Dar Al-Handasah, one of the world’s leading architectural and engineering international consultancies.
Khaled Abdulaziz ’18 is the reigning champion of Global Online Academy (GOA) at King’s Academy.
The Round Square summer exchange program at King’s Academy achieved a new milestone this summer as nine students – up from last year’s record six – journeyed to Australia, India and South Africa for the adventure of a lifetime.
“How many of you have a dream? How many of you believe you will achieve your dream? Let me tell you, nothing is impossible!” This was how adventurer Mostafa Salameh began his rousing speech at the first special assembly of the academic year that took place yesterday in the Abdul Majeed Shoman Auditorium.
This summer, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on International Education (NEASC-CIE) voted to continue King’s Academy in accredited status.
Now in its 10th year, King’s Academy welcomed 217 new students this week, swelling the ranks of students to 626 from over 40 countries.
King’s Academy recently elected two new members to join its board of trustees: Executive Vice Chairman of Hikma Pharmaceuticals Mr. Mazen Darwazah and Board Member of Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation Ms. Aysha Shoman, bringing the board’s size to 13 members.
King’s Academy recently received a generous pledge of support from OHL Industrial S.L. and MID Contracting Company LLC.
Rising senior Saba Al Qubailat ’17 returned from a year-long exchange at Deerfield Academy last week rejuvenated and bursting with school spirit. Based on an impulsive decision to spend a year at the school King’s is modeled after, the self-proclaimed “girl who doesn’t miss out” figured Deerfield wouldn’t be too different than what she was used to at King’s. But she was in for a surprise.
The college application process is no longer a daunting experience for rising seniors at King’s Academy thanks to the new University Counseling Office (UCO) Summer Institute launched at the school this summer.
Despite the cold and unseasonable drizzle, thousands of excited family members and friends made their way to Commencement Lawn on Tuesday evening to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2016, held under the patronage of HRH Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, who himself graduated from King’s Academy in 2012.
For the first time in the history of King’s Academy, the parents of the Class of 2016 reached 100 percent participation in the Senior Parent Gift – an exciting milestone for the school community.
Despite the biting cold, hearts were warmed on Monday night when King’s Academy celebrated and honored its seventh graduating class during the annual senior dinner, which took place in the company of proud parents and teachers in Refectory Square.
The global Round Square organization has awarded the prestigious Kurt Hahn prize to three King’s Academy students in recognition of their work with Syrian and Iraqi refugees through their outreach project, Fikra 3al Mashi.
King’s Academy hosted a fundraising “art night” on April 22 at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts to benefit the school’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts and to raise awareness about the arts in Jordan.
Last week the Seventh Annual Declamation Competition at King’s Academy was an emotional rollercoaster which resulted in the crowning of Anaise Amer ’18, Aya Alsabellah ’18, Tiamike Dudley ’17 and Tariq Al-Serhan ’17 as the school champions.
King’s Academy will host its second annual Jordan Model Parliament (JMP) conference for two days April 7 to 9 during which 300 students from King’s and schools across Jordan will discuss and propose solutions to some of the country’s most pressing issues, as well as those affecting the region as a whole.
Family, friends and plenty of laughs filled the King’s Academy Lecture Hall last week when the Department of Fine and Performing Arts introduced the third installment of its annual Winter Play Festival on March 14.
The newest member of the King’s Academy Board of Trustees, His Excellency Mohammed Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, visited the school last week, meeting with Headmaster John Austin and Chairman of the board HE Bassem Al Salem, lunching with students and addressing a Middle East history class.
On March 3, King’s Academy parents Mohammed and Monserrat Tamer generously hosted a fundraising dinner in Jeddah for over 60 guests – including King’s Academy parents and friends – in support of the school’s financial aid program, and the new dorm and faculty housing project.
Some 200 students from schools across Jordan participated in the annual Green Conference held at King’s Academy last weekend under the theme “agents of change.”
King’s Academy freshman Jenna Sharaf ’19 attended a theater festival workshop hosted at Amman Baccalaureate School recently to hone her performing arts skills and meet fellow theater enthusiasts from different schools in Jordan.
Last weekend some 300 delegates from schools* in Jordan and Palestine attended King’s Academy’s sixth annual Model United Nations conference (KAMUN) under this year’s theme of “think small, win big”.
Class of 2012 graduate Nadine Zaza returned to her alma mater earlier this month for a brainstorming session with the community about potential ways to achieve sustainability through the unfinished Jordan Gate Towers project.
88 Keys, a new initiative at King’s Academy aimed at bringing together pianists of all experience levels and backgrounds to celebrate the “emperor of instruments,” the pianoforte, kicked off last Thursday in the Gallery.
The Green Club at King’s Academy has taken on yet another initiative to secure the school’s prestigious “green status” in the community: composting. In the works since last fall, when five delegates from King’s proposed the idea as a sustainable project during the final presentation segment of the Round Square International Conference in Singapore, the project has recently come into fruition.
Amman’s budding skate culture was the hot topic during school meeting yesterday when 7Hills co-founder Mohammed Zakaria stopped by King’s Academy for an enlightening Q&A with the community.
Some of Jordan’s finest young musicians teamed up with the King’s Academy orchestra and Glee Club last night to participate in the fourth annual Jordan’s Youth Musicians Conference (JYMC).
Last month King’s Academy students* opted to do good during their winter holiday when they joined forces with fellow students from Amman Baccalaureate School and the Lyceum School in Pakistan to participate in Round Square’s annual regional service project.
Last Sunday’s global Hour of Code event wasn’t just for the computer science whizzes to showcase their programming skills; over 100 King’s Academy students in grades nine through 12 participated in the movement aimed at encouraging students to learn more – and ultimately get excited – about computer science.
This year’s fall production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was an entertaining amalgamation of thoughtful reflection, existential humor, and all-around absurdity.
King’s Academy recently elected three new members to join its board of trustees – Chairman of the Board of Arab Bank Mr. Sabih Masri, Cultural Advisor to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs in Abu Dhabi Mr. Zaki Nusseibeh and Vice Chairman at Saudi Oger Mr. Ali Kolaghassi.
It was an eye-opening week for sophomores when wellness specialist Gretchen Hagenbuch travelled to King’s Academy from St. Andrew’s School in Delaware to host several interactive sessions on drug awareness.
On December 1, for the second year in a row, King’s Academy will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.
Six King’s Academy students broke a new record when they ranked among the world’s top 10 achievers in this year’s Edexcel International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) A-Level Arabic exam.
Aspiring filmmakers at King’s Academy were treated to a special screening of the short film 6 Cups Chai yesterday evening in the Gallery, followed by an enlightening Q&A session with the film’s director Laila Khan.
A new endowment fund, the Omar and Aysha Shoman Scholarship Fund, was recently established at King’s Academy in support of the school’s best performing student with a demonstrated need for financial aid.
Approximately US $1.4 million was raised for the financial aid program at King’s Academy last Saturday at a special gala dinner hosted by King’s Academy Chairman of the Board HE Bassem Al-Salem and his wife, Rudy, at their home.
Excited moms and dads went back to school last week for King’s Academy’s Fall Parents Weekend, the annual two-day event where families “check in” with the school by meeting with teachers and advisors, and attending “mini classes” with their kids.
Zayd Lahham ’19 made his dream a reality when he performed his first ever standup comedy set among some of the world’s funniest comedians at the Dubai Comedy Festival last week.
The King’s Academy Green Club* is on a mission to make environmental sustainability feel like second nature to the community.
The Lecture Hall was at full capacity on Saturday morning as over 50 families showed up to learn all about the Middle School at King’s Academy during the program’s first on-campus information session of the year.
Classes at King’s Academy got a makeover this fall with the introduction of brand new Harkness tables which have replaced traditional desks in over 20 classrooms.
The Round Square Office at King’s Academy set a new record for summer exchange this year when six students – triple the usual number – embarked on exciting adventures in South Africa, Australia and Peru this past summer.
Over the summer holiday Ahmad Bilto ’17, Rita Asfour ’16, Marwan Alzweiri ’16 and Jawad Alweleidat ’15 headed to the Holy Land with Faculty Member Nahid Ajluni to participate in the sixth annual Week of World (WOW) project.
King’s Academy has announced the appointment of HE Bassem Al-Salem as the new chairman of the board of trustees.
The pen truly is mightier than the sword for King’s Academy junior Noor Sabha ’17, who is using her favorite pastime to help others and make a positive impact on the world.
Ning Bao ’16 returned home to China last June ready to put her summer holiday to good use and intent on making a difference in people’s lives.
New and returning students brought their infectious energy to King’s Academy’s ninth annual orientation this week as they took on a jam-packed schedule of fun-filled activities, informative scholastic sessions and the official launch of a new academic year.
HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II ’12 made history when he returned to his alma mater last weekend to host the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security, the first forum of its kind to promote peace-building efforts and leadership among today’s youth.
While school was out for the summer King’s Academy bustled with the energy and excitement of some 180 youngsters who flew in from all over the world this June to attend Summer at King’s Academy, King’s annual summer camp that blends fun with education.
Last week’s blistering heat wave didn’t put a damper on commencement season at King’s Academy as almost 2,000 proud family members, friends and alumni gathered on Commencement Lawn on Wednesday evening to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2015.
King’s Academy celebrated its sixth graduating class last Tuesday evening as 125 seniors were joined by their proud parents and teachers in Refectory Square for the school’s highly anticipated annual senior dinner.
Mohamad El-Dada ’17 and Mohammad Samman ’17 spent their weekend raising cancer awareness and reminding young cancer patients to “keep hope alive” during a fundraising event they helped organize at the King Hussein Business Park (KHBP) on Friday.
Some 100 teachers, students and parents were in for a treat this past Tuesday when they came out to show their support at the school’s biggest visual arts exhibition to date.
At a ceremony in the King Hussein bin Talal Humanities Wing of the Academy Building yesterday, King’s Academy dedicated a classroom to the late Khalid Shoman, former deputy chairman and president of the Arab Bank.
For the second year in a row the juniors stole the show during King’s Academy’s annual declamation competition, with Jamal Al Hourani ’16 and Aziza Hamidi ’16 named as this year’s all-school winners for their riveting declamations in Arabic and in English respectively.
King’s Academy recently announced the appointment of MacGregor Robinson as the school’s next dean of admissions and financial aid.
King’s Academy marine biology students had an eventful weekend of community service combined with fun in the sun when they traveled to the Gulf of Aqaba on Thursday for the annual Red Sea clean-up.
King’s Academy is as popular as ever among Round Square students across the globe who continue to request the school as one of their top destination choices for exchange.
Over 100 students from Salt Secondary School, Manja School, Khalda School, King Abdullah II School of Excellence, UNRWA Al-Jofeh School, Al Assriya School and King’s Academy took part in King’s first annual all-Arabic Jordan Model Parliament (JMP) conference which kicked off on April 2.
Hearts were heavy yesterday when community members gathered in the HRH Sheikh Jabir Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Administration Center to commemorate the life and legacy of Ala’ Al Baw, the passionate and devoted university counselor who passed away in a tragic car accident last July.
In an address to the King’s Academy community on March 15, His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud described the “so-called Islamic State” (IS) as the antithesis of the Islamic faith.
King’s Academy hosted about 85 newly admitted students on March 17 for its annual Revisit Day, an all-day event during which the cohort, alongside their parents, spends the day on campus attending classes and informative Q&A panels, and getting more familiar with the life and culture of the school.
Before heading off to different parts of the world for spring break, the King’s Academy community enjoyed yet another hilarious Winter Play Festival organized by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts for the second year in a row.
Tyma Al Nimri ’15 has done her community proud by becoming the first King’s Academy student to earn the DALF diploma in advanced French.
Jordan’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom HE Mazen Homoud hosted a reception for King's Academy last week on the occasion of the meeting of the King’s board of trustees in London.
The importance of dialogue as the basis for meaningful change in the pursuit of peace was the theme of a school meeting address last Wednesday by Seeds of Peace representative Orlando Arellano.
His Excellency Akel Biltaji, mayor of the Greater Amman Municipality, has been appointed to the King’s Academy Board of Trustees.
Neither rain nor snow could keep the King’s Academy community away from the fourth annual Boston reception last Friday.
This January brought exciting news for the King’s Academy Parent Council as Headmaster John Austin announced the acceptance of HRH Princess Ghida Talal as the chairperson of this special group.
American colleges and universities have witnessed another upsurge in early program applications this year, according to various university sources.
Former Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs Dr. Mohammad Nouh Al Qudah spoke with students, faculty and staff yesterday about Islam as a religion of peace and tolerance that rejects extremism and terrorism.
The first King’s Academy student to be admitted into Cambridge University, Peilin Lai ’15 credits King’s with helping her obtain that much coveted honor.
International merit scholarship winner Asser Madanat ’14 has done King’s Academy proud by winning one of the three merit-based scholarships offered to students at the University of Sheffield.
This year’s fall play offered more than an evening of entertainment and laughter; for the students involved, it was a cathartic experience.
During a special school meeting last Wednesday, the King’s Academy community was reminded that it is never too early to start creating positive change in the world.
Three lucky King’s Academy juniors got the opportunity of a lifetime when they travelled to Japan last month with His Majesty King Abdullah II as part of the Jordanian Youth Delegation program.
King’s Academy’s student musicians brought harmony and holiday cheer last week when they performed during two special events for the community – an outreach concert for children from Madaba and the second annual fundraiser Music Unites.
At its October meeting, the King’s Academy board of trustees elected Mr. Michael Hess as its newest trustee, bringing the board’s size to 13 members.
King’s Academy has launched a new merit-based scholarship program, which grants scholarships to outstanding Jordanian students entering ninth grade.
World-class musicians the Apple Hill String Quartet stopped by King’s Academy last week as part of their Playing for Peace tour, during which they travel to areas of conflict across the globe to promote tolerance and friendship among communities through music.
Campus was abuzz with hundreds of proud parents who traveled far and wide to attend this year’s Fall Parents Weekend, a two-day event during which they shadowed students in class, met with teachers and advisors, and enjoyed a performing arts showcase as well as a variety of athletic games.
On October 8, members of the Parent Council lent their cooking expertise to the Round Square International Conference “International Dinner” at King’s Academy.
Close to 600 student and adult delegates from 53 schools across the globe travelled to Jordan last week to attend the Round Square International Conference, which was hosted at King’s Academy from October 7 to 13.
Throughout his career, King’s Academy Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer Khaled Zeidan has witnessed firsthand the downfall of some of Jordan’s toughest athletes due to the lack of medical resources on the playing field.
The King’s Academy Development Office gathered for the first time with the Parent Council Social Committee to discuss future opportunities for the King’s Academy community.
This past summer five King’s Academy students stepped out of their comfort zones and jetted to exciting new places for service and adventure organized by the Round Square Office at King’s.
With the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year, the King’s Academy Development Office led a special alumni giving initiative, asking the 553 members of the classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 to think back to their own first days at King’s Academy and to show their support for the school and its mission through a contribution to the King’s Academy Fund.
Best-selling author and renowned educator Dr. Michael Thompson returned to King’s Academy this week to hold several workshops and discussions on campus for administrators and educators from across Jordan, including King’s Academy faculty, as well as for parents and students.
The King’s Academy community came together and achieved amazing results a couple of weeks ago in a special bake sale to support the victims of the attack against Gaza.
Critically acclaimed Jordanian author Fadia Faqir spoke to the King’s Academy community last Thursday about identity, gender and how she became a voice for Arab women.
Eighteen-year-old Sari Samakie ’17 came to King’s Academy this year from Aleppo to continue his education, which was interrupted as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria.
It was an exciting start to a new academic year as the Madaba Games took over orientation last week with their annual selection of competitions, games and high-spirited fun.
King’s Academy kicked off its eighth year last week as students, faculty and staff gathered in the Abdul Majeed Shoman Auditorium for the school’s fourth annual Convocation ceremony.
Hard work and determination paid off for 55 King’s Academy students, who achieved top marks in the Edexcel GCE A-level Arabic exam, which took place on campus this past June.