As much of the world still reels from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of international education remains uncertain with borders remaining closed and student visas cancelled. In one little corner of the world however, King’s Academy — a premier international boarding school in Jordan — provides reassurance that opportunities for students to pursue academic excellence and to have an exciting global cultural experience are well within reach. Read on for a few of the reasons why students should consider enrolling at King’s Academy, now.
Certainty in uncertain times
After Jordan implemented some of the strictest measures seen by any country in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, by August 2020 King’s was able to re-open in person, with social distancing measures as an extra precaution. Although Jordan has since seen a resurgence of the virus and the government has instructed affected schools to move to online learning, King’s is in the unique position of being able to offer a measure of certainty in these uncertain times. To overcome the instability of pivoting between in-person and online learning, King’s Academy has established a Green Zone.
While other educational institutions in Jordan and around the world must continue to teach online, as a boarding school in the countryside of Madaba, King’s has the benefit of keeping the school community isolated from the broader population and offering its students in-person learning within the Green Zone.
The Green Zone establishes a safe and stable environment by reducing travel to and from campus to a bare minimum, thereby significantly reducing risk of contact with the virus. As of October 2020, the majority of King’s students and faculty are residing on campus within the Green Zone. As an added layer of protection to ensure no transmission of the virus on campus, community members remain within small residential groups, or cohorts, for an initial two-week period.
A safe, in-person school experience
Students around the world miss interacting with their peers and teachers in person. By being on campus at King’s, students gain the full social-emotional benefit of residential education and can have a healthy and normal school experience on King’s Academy’s beautiful campus, where social distancing is easy and classes are already small.
While isolating from the world beyond the campus walls, on-campus residents can make full use of the school’s extensive facilities, including the athletic center and library, and are free to move around the school’s 575 dunum (144 acre) grounds, socialize in groups and essentially live a normal life. With King’s Academy taking the health and wellbeing of its residents so seriously, the school really is an oasis of sorts.
Uncompromising academic excellence
King’s has a strong reputation for academic excellence, and a proven track record of not compromising that excellence even under the most challenging circumstances. At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the school seamlessly transitioned to an online learning environment ensuring that learning continued to be varied and stimulating.
Harvard’s Middle East Professional Learning Initiative (MEPLI) shared the school’s guide to support students, parents and teachers with the move to online learning. Furthermore, just weeks into the crisis, the school launched an online learning event, the King’s Academy COVID-19 Symposium, offering students, teachers and the wider public the opportunity to understand, study and reflect on the current global pandemic from multiple disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives.
Universities worldwide agree that King’s offers its students an excellent and well-rounded academic experience. In 2020, 280 of the world’s top universities made offers to King’s students.
A diverse international student body
King’s Academy is not just an education, it is an experience. In the words of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, the school’s founder: “Beyond learning to be independent, creative and responsible, and to think for themselves, our students learn to respect and celebrate diversity. At King’s, they quickly discover how the differences between us enrich our experiences and broaden our horizons.” With a student body of around 600 who come from 40 countries worldwide, and with 82 percent of all students boarding, King’s students find that they learn as much about the world in their dorms as in the classrooms.
Location, location, location
King’s Academy is situated in the rural countryside near the historic town of Madaba in Jordan, which is located in the peaceful heart of the Middle East. The campus is only a half-hour drive from the country’s main international airport and from the capital, Amman. Boasting a robust residential boarding program with eight dorms and 463 single dorm rooms, King’s is within comfortable traveling distance for international students from countries in the region as well as those farther afield. Jordan has also been ranked repeatedly as one of the safest countries globally and is known for being an oasis of security in the Middle East.
Jordan’s location, and reputation for security, makes it a popular destination for international students interested in understanding the history and politics of the region, and of course, in studying Arabic. King’s Arabic Year program attracts students from the best schools in the United States, who are seeking the cultural and educational benefits of living and learning in a different part of the world. Arabic Year offers a combination of specialized courses in Arabic language, history and culture as well opportunities to soak in the history and culture of the Middle East through off-campus excursions.
Jordan has thousands of unique historical, natural and cultural offerings which means students have endless opportunities for fun, adventure, exploration and learning. Students can visit the world wonder Petra and ancient Roman city Jerash, float in the Dead Sea, and explore the desert of Wadi Rum — where movies such as Star Wars: Episode IX, Aladdin and The Martian were all filmed on location!