FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About BBS

About BBS plus

Al-Bayan Bilingual School is a private co-educational international institution founded in 1977 for providing quality education to students from Pre-K to High School (3-18 years). The school offers a bilingual program where both languages, Arabic and English, carry equal emphasis and status. The school strives to foster genuine pride in Arab and Islamic culture, heritage and values, in addition to encouraging an international outlook while preparing its graduates for university placement throughout the world.

To view the BBS Profile, please click on the following link

Why choose Al-Bayan Bilingual School? plus

Founded in 1977, Al-Bayan Bilingual School is:

  1. The first bilingual school in Kuwait that offers a Pre-K to Grade 12 education with equally strong programs in Arabic and English.
  2. The first school in the Gulf with 3 full accreditations, which not only guarantees recognition of our program, but also meets high international and local standards.
  3. A school which offers a continuous educational program from Pre-K to high school provided by experienced and well qualified faculty.
  4. A school with a low student/teacher ratio; class sizes range from 20 to 25.
  5. Owned and supported by FAWSEC, an experienced Educational Company in Kuwait that operates as a not for profit company, which means that our educational principles are not compromised by business interests.
What is the meaning of a Bilingual program? plus

The Bilingual program means that the mastery of both languages Arabic and English is developed to the highest academic standard through a demanding curriculum. Learning through the medium of two languages, Arabic and English, our students come to appreciate the traditions of the past, meet the future challenges of their own culture and that of others, while engaging in the process of promoting true international understanding.

Which academic program is introduced in Preschool?plus

The PreSchool program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Children spend equal time in Arabic and English.

Which curriculum does BBS follow? plus

The English core program utilizes the Ontario English Language Arts curriculum throughout the school. Arabic subjects follow the Kuwait Ministry of Education curriculum, with many supplementary materials added.

For more details about the curriculum at BBS, you can click the following link

Which subjects are taught in Arabic? Which ones are taught in English? plus

All subjects are taught in English, except Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies.

PE and Music can be in Arabic and/or in English.

Does BBS offer Arabic for foreigners? plus

BBS does not offer Arabic as a Second Language.

Where is BBS accredited from? plus

Al-Bayan Bilingual School (BBS) achieved accreditation in 1989, thus it was the first school in the region to be accredited by three separate organizations:

  1. Ministry of Education [KUWAIT]
  2. New England Association of Schools and Colleges [USA]
  3. The Council of International Schools [Netherlands]

BBS is also a member of Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA), The College Board (which administers AP exams and courses, among other things), and the National Honors Society (NHS), which give recognition to students with high academic records, good character, leadership skills, and commitment to their community.

What are the different faculty nationalities at BBS? What are their educational qualifications? plus

BBS has over 320 full time faculty members representing 25 nationalities who are recruited both locally and overseas. Well qualified, experienced English subject teaching staff are predominantly recruited from the US, Canada, UK, South Africa, Australia, Jamaica and Eastern Europe. Arabic administrators, faculty and staff are recruited from Kuwait and the Middle East. Faculty members are selected for their proven skills and experience in teaching. The faculty at BBS, which represents diverse backgrounds and teaching styles, is committed to guiding the intellectual and personal growth of our students. Teachers are uniquely sensitive to the needs of our young people. Rapport is developed in the classroom and in a variety of extracurricular and sports activities where our teachers give of their time to help enrich the non-academic side of the students’ lives.

What is the difference between BBS & BIS? plus

Both BBS and BIS fall under the umbrella of one owner company “FAWSEC Educational Company”. However, the major difference between both schools is the curriculum. The Arabic subject in BBS is compulsory and the Social Studies course is also taught in Arabic, and the student must pass the Arabic language entrance exam in order to be able to enroll at the school. As for BIS, the admissions test is in English and Math only and they have a non-Arabic speaking program (AFL). In addition, the number of students in BIS classes is less than in BBS, with a maximum of 18 students in each class. It is also worth mentioning that BIS has a higher diversity rate in its student population.

Students Related

What are the school hours for students? plus
  1. Preschool from 7:30 to 12:30
  2. Elementary school from 7:15 to 2:30
  3. Middle and High school from 7:10 to 2:40
What is the number of students in each class? plus

The maximum number of students in each class is 25.

How many sections are in each grade? plus

There are 8 sections in each grade level.

What is the total number of the student population? plus

The total number of students is about 2,500.

Is BBS Mixed gender for all divisions? plus

Yes, the school is mixed, except for PE classes starting from Grade 6.

Student Support Services

Are there Orientation Days for students? plus

In PS and ES our teachers and staff members look forward to meeting the parents and their children during the Student Orientation Day. It is a great opportunity for the parent and the child to meet the teacher, see the classroom, and to begin to feel comfortable at school. Teachers will introduce themselves to the parent and welcome the child to the classroom to help them feel safe, happy and secure in their new learning environment. Children can enjoy exploring their new classroom at various centers supervised by the teacher assistants, allowing parents time to become acquainted with the student’s daily routine and schedule.

What learning support does the school provide? plus

The Learning Support department at BBS seeks to support all students and ensure that all students have access to quality instruction, intervention and support, so that they experience success in the learning environment.

Is there any academic support provided to students after school hours? plus

Yes, Teachers at BBS are available to give extra help to students on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 PM to 2:50 PM (ES)
2:40 PM to 3:00 PM (MS and HS)

Is there an after-school care program provided for preschool children? plus

Yes. Preschool optional after-school club is available daily from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M for an additional fee. Interested parents need to fill out the form at the student life department at the beginning of the school year.

About BBS High School

What type of certificate is given to students at the end of BBS high school? plus

Students are granted the American High School Diploma Certificate upon graduating from BBS high school.

What does the high school system look like? plus

BBS High School program is a university preparatory course of study. Students are regularly admitted to some of the finest colleges and universities in the world and they can also get the Higher education missions. Al-Bayan High School participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) program sponsored by the College Board in the United States. These AP courses are equivalent to freshman year, one semester, university courses. AP courses depend on enrollment and may include: Calculus, Psychology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, English Language, English Literature, Art and AP Comparative Government and Politics Studio. Students, beginning from grade 9, are taught about the importance of being fully prepared for university entrance by learning about Grade Point Average (GPA) and signing up for appropriate classes.

What is the grading system at BBS high school? plus

Semester exams are worth 25% of each semester’s grade, while 75% is based on course work. The final annual grade is based on 50% of the first semester grade and 50% of the second semester grade. Grades are reported using a letter grade system.

To view the BBS HS Grading table, please click on the following link.

How do BBS prepare students for university? plus

HS students may sit for PSAT and SAT exams at BBS. In addition, BBS encourages students to take Advanced Placement courses and examinations. Students, beginning from grade 9, are taught about the importance of being fully prepared for university entrance by learning about Grade Point Average (GPA) and signing up for appropriate classes. Almost 100% of BBS graduates attend colleges or universities in North America, Europe, Kuwait, and the Middle East area. Students are regularly admitted to some of the finest colleges and universities in the world.

What are the services provided by the counseling office at the high school? plus

Services provided by the Counselors at the High School include individual and academic counseling. The Counselors are in close touch with parents. The Counselors supervise external tests including PSAT, SATI and AP (Advanced Placement examinations). Students in grade 9 and 10 are provided information about successful study habits, goal setting, course selection, time management, graduation requirements and career information. The grade 11 and 12 students are guided through the university admissions process and provided information on college admissions procedures, selecting colleges, meeting regional requirements, and using BridgeU, a college and career exploration platform, to facilitate researching college requirements and to complete college applications.

How many counselors are there in BBS? plus

BBS has 10 counselors, 2 of which are College Counselors.

Does the school offer any third foreign language other than Arabic and English? plus

The school offers French and Spanish as elective courses that students can study starting from Middle & High School classes.

Until which class is Social Studies taught in Arabic? plus

Social studies is taught in Arabic (the Ministry of Education curriculum) until the end of Gr 10, then students can study geography, American history and world history in English in Gr11 & Gr12.

BBS Facilities & Services

What are the available facilities at BBS? plus

BBS believes that the proper environment results in accelerated learning and has equipped its campuses with the best possible facilities. Through an expansion of the campuses in late 2003, the list of facilities already available is staggering.

Spanning over 48,000 square meters of expanded academic space, the school is wireless and well equipped with a theater, state of the art educational technology, 4 gymnasiums, health clinics, 10 science labs, several computer labs, a three-story library and media center, makerspace, school canteen, sports facilities, in addition to 143 learning spaces.

To view the BBS Campuses facilities and services, please visit the following link.

Does BBS provide transportation services? plus

Bus service is available to most areas in Kuwait through a private bus company. Parents who wish to sign up for the bus service must make the necessary arrangement with the Business Office, FAWSEC Educational company. For inquiries, please contact: 22275000 Ext. 7801

How can we purchase the school uniform? plus

All students should be dressed in the official uniform with BBS logo. Uniforms can only be purchased online through Uniform School Center Link. The Uniform Center for pick up and exchange only will be located in BBS campus near Gate 6. Please visit the school’s website and Instagram account for announcements on uniform sale.

Technology at BBS

Instructional Technology at BBS plus

Our campus is equipped with Wi-Fi providing high internet bandwidth to increase technology access opportunities for students. Further, our classrooms are equipped with new hardware including interactive whiteboards, document cameras and iPad trolleys. The availability of these resources however is not the outcome that we strive for. We continuously provide our teachers with continuous training from the Instructional Technology team, divisional IT coaches, and IT facilitators to ensure that teachers have the knowledge and skills necessary to utilize these resources to support student learning.

Our initiatives include:

  1. Bring Your Own Device laptop program at the school for grades 6-12.
  2. Skoolee: A Data Management System that allows for bilingual usage and customization as per the school’s needs. The system is used for attendance, gradebooks, report cards, HS elective course registration, health and discipline reports. A parent portal was launched which allows parents to view information relevant to their child.

To contact the Instructional Technology staff for any support, please click on the following link.

What is the E-Learning platform that BBS uses where parents can follow up the progress of their children? plus

BBS has adopted the Skoolee school management and student information system (SIS) for students in Pre-K to grade 12. Currently, the following functions are active on Skoolee:

  1. Student course registration
  2. Report cards and transcripts
  3. Attendance, health and discipline records and alerts
  4. Health records
  5. School event calendar
  6. Gradebook and weekly teacher schedules
  7. Students and Parents Portal
  8. Online course registration for Middle School and High School elective courses
  9. Timetables

To login to Skoolee
Skoolee Parents User Guide

Sports & Activities

What are the sport athletics & activities? plus

Al-Bayan Bilingual School (BBS) is not only a leader in academics but also in extra-curricular activities. The BBS activities & athletics program has established a strong regional reputation for excellence and sportsmanship. It is our belief that participation in these programs is an integral component of a student's holistic development. The after-school clubs program in the Elementary school, middle school clubs, and intramurals offer such diverse activities such as art, cooking, fitness, yoga, and recreational games. In addition, students participate annually in programs such as: Speech & Debate, National Honors Society (NHS), National Junior Honors Society (NJHS), Student Council, Model United Nations (MUN), Academic Games, Robotics, and more. Al-Bayan Bilingual School is a member of the Kuwait American Schools Activities Conference (KASAC) in which BBS teams compete with other Kuwait member schools. The Al-Bayan Bilingual School is also a founding member of Oasis Activities Conference (OAC). Our JV and varsity teams travel around the region to compete against other OAC member schools based in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Participation in OAC presents BBS students with the wonderful opportunity to compete across the Middle East, experience other cultures, and learn about different societies. BBS also has the Intramural Sports Program and Interscholastic Sports Program for Middle School students.

To view more info about Academic Activities, please click on the following link.

How are students' creativity developed? plus

Students' creativity is developed through the Makerspace; it's an inspiring and innovative learning environment that gives our students the freedom to be creative and collaborative through the use of different materials and tools. Stations include; 3D printing and design, laser cutters, robotics, electronics, drones, coding, sewing machines, woodwork and green screens for photo and video. This space also develops critical thinking, team spirit and effective communication.

To view more information about Maker Space, please click on the following link.

Parents Related

What is the BBS homework policy and how can we view the weekly homework schedules? plus

Extra practice should be assigned by teachers, but it is not to be graded in ES.

Homework is a necessary part of each student’s educational program and is also a means of strengthening skills and reinforcing comprehension gained in the classroom. Weekly homework schedules are posted on Skoolee each week. The schedules include all of the homework for the coming week, as well as announced quizzes and tests. Project due dates and general reminders are also included. Parents should regularly check with their children to make sure that homework assignments are being completed and that students have a quiet and suitable spot at home in which to study. Homework will be assigned in all classes during the courses of a week, typically requiring the following time commitments. Homework is not given during a major long holiday. No tests or quizzes will be scheduled the day after a major long holiday.

When are the report cards distributed? plus

Report cards are distributed to parents three times a year.

For preschool students, reports are received as follows:

The first report, to be delivered in December, includes a report for the months of September, October and November. The second is in March (the end of the second period), and the third and last report is in June, and includes the school year end report.

As for the other grades: The first report is distributed in November. The second is in February (the end of the first semester), and the third and last report is in June, and includes the academic year end report.

How are parent meetings coordinated? plus

You can call the School Reception office, and we will be glad to set up an appointment. Parent conferences are held twice a year. Meeting times are scheduled on Skoolee where parents may select from available times offered. However, meetings are only for ten minutes. If parents feel more time is needed, they will need to schedule a parent conference for another day.

How can I get the school calendar? plus

The school calendar is published on the school website every year and is updated continuously.

How can I view/update my personal data profile? plus

Parents can view and update their family profile details that includes contact and family information through our website from Profile Update link

How can we see the latest school news and events? plus

Please visit our school website. You can also follow our Instagram/Twitter accounts @bbskwt, or join our page on Facebook: Al-Bayan Bilingual School. You can also download the BBS smartphone application that is the main tool of communication with the school.

Admissions

What is the acceptance criteria at BBS? plus
  1. BBS's admissions procedures ensure we only admit students to whom we can provide an education.
  2. Students entering BBS must have sufficient skills in English and Arabic in order to meet the instructional demands of the grade level in which they apply for. In addition, they need to demonstrate the potential to contribute positively to our academic & social environment.
  3. Academic and social development are important considerations for enrollment. Within these general criteria, priority for available vacancies is given to siblings of current students, children of alumni, staff members’ children and then to children of new families.
  4. In line with Al-Bayan’s nondiscriminatory policy, admission is conditional upon successful entrance evaluations results and the availability of places regardless of gender, nationality, religion, or race.
  5. When the capacity of each class is reached, students meeting the acceptance criteria, but not admitted, will be placed on a waiting list. In case an opening occurs, the relevant family will then be contacted.
  6. Applications to be considered for the following school year must be resubmitted during the next registration period in order for the student to be re-evaluated.
What are the priorities for admissions to BBS? plus

Priority for available vacancies is granted to siblings of current students, children of alumni, staff members’ children and then to children of new families.

Is any priority given for admission to relatives of the current students (cousins)? plus

No, no priority is given to relatives/cousins at BBS.

What are the BBS acceptance age categories? plus

Students entering the Pre-K level must be 3 years of age by December 31 of that same academic year, 4 years for KG1, 5 years for KG2 and so on. Consequently, the children’s ages may vary slightly in any given grade. Students may be older than the minimum age required, however, they may not be younger. Students who do not attain the minimum age for entrance may apply for admissions the following year, or for a lower grade level. Please visit the following link to view the most up to date Acceptance Age Categories

When does the registration period start? plus

Registration usually starts in January for the following school year for priority applicants (siblings, alumni children, and staff children) and in the beginning of February for children of new families (non-priority) dependent upon the availability of seats.

Please visit the following link to view the Registration period for the new school year.

What is the enrollment possibility according to the status of the places available at BBS? plus

Being the first grade level at BBS, seats are usually available in PreK. As for KG1, KG2 and GR1, the seats are not available for students of new families. Application forms for those grades are only accepted from priority applicants on the waiting list until vacancies become available.

What is the entrance evaluation content? How can parents prepare for it? plus

Please visit the following link to view the Entrance Evaluation Content for all grades.

What are the admissions procedures? plus
  1. Admissions applications must be picked up from the Admissions Office within the set registration period each school year. The Admissions Office is located at the Hawally Campus on the ground floor of the High School building.
  2. Applications must be completed by parents and submitted to the Admissions Office along with all the required documents and evaluation fees within the set registration period. Applications submitted before or after the set period will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will also not be accepted.
  3. Applicants who meet the criteria for age, academic and behavior records will then be invited to take an entrance interview / evaluation.
  4. If evaluation results are satisfactory and places are available, according to admissions priorities, parents will be invited to register their children. Otherwise, applicants will remain on the waiting list until a place arises.
  5. Registration is only complete once all the required documents are submitted, including health records, previous school transcripts, and a non-refundable/ non-transferable deposit of KD100.
What are the application’s requirements? plus
  1. Fill out the application form
  2. An interview/evaluation fee
  3. Two recent passport size photographs
  4. A copy of the student’s birth certificate
  5. A copy of the student’s passport
  6. A copy of the student’s civil ID
  7. Copies of the last two annual report cards including the latest report for the current year (Not required from students applying to Pre-School)
  8. For students applying to grade 2 and above: Behavior/Attendance report from the student’s current school. You can download this form here.
  9. For students applying to grade 9 and above: Transcript/Report cards from Grade 9 and up to the last grade attended in the previous school.
How does BBS interview new students? plus

Pre-K Interviews:

Pre-K faculty interview children in groups of three to four in the presence of their parents. Then teachers submit their recommendations to the Preschool Administration. Each interview lasts 30 minutes approximately.

KG1 and KG2 Interviews:

Preschool faculty interview children, on one-to-one basis, in the presence of their parents and submit their recommendations to the Preschool Administration. Each interview lasts 30 to 40 minutes approximately.

Elementary Entrance Evaluations (Grades 1-5):

  1. Students seeking admissions into BBS Elementary school will be evaluated in Arabic, English and Math. These evaluations will be based upon the skills that a student would be expected to have attained in the present grade.
  2. These evaluations are usually administered for a group of students throughout the school year (once a month in February, March, April, May and August).

Middle School Entrance Evaluations (Grades 6-8):

  1. Students seeking entry to Middle School sit a range of paper-based and online evaluations in Arabic, English and Math, in addition to an interview with the school Counselor. Suitability and eligibility for enrollment is based on the above factors as well as information and report cards provided by previous schools.
  2. Entrance evaluations are usually administered for different groups of students once a month in February, March, April, May and August.

High School Entrance Evaluations (Grades 9-12)

  1. Students seeking entry to High School will have a more rigorous evaluation in Arabic, English and Math. Students must meet average/above average standards in all three areas, in addition to having their previous academic/behavior school records reviewed, in order to be considered for admissions.
  2. The Guidance Counselor will meet with the new students and their parents before completing the admissions process to select the courses which the student has to study in order to complete the requirements for the BBS High School diploma. Credits from a previous accredited school are simply attached to the current BBS transcript but they are not transferred. Minimum graduation requirements must be met during the time the student is at BBS. New students are not encouraged to apply for 12th grade admissions to BBS High School.
  3. Entrance evaluations are usually administered for a group of students throughout the school year (once a month in February, March, April, May and August).
When are the admissions results announced? plus

Admissions’ results are announced around the beginning of March for PreSchool, and after 5 working days from the date of the admissions’ evaluation for Elementary, Middle and High School.

When are admissions considered confirmed? plus

Registration is only complete if the student passes the interview / evaluation test successfully and vacancies are available. Only then parents will be invited to complete the registration procedures and make the 100 KD deposit payment.

Is registration available for the 2nd semester? plus

Registration is only available for the first semester. There is no registration for the second semester except for some rare cases.

Tuition Fees Related

What are the tuition fees for this year? plus

For BBS tuition fees click here

For any related inquiry please contact FAWSEC Finance Office at 22052884

How do I pay the tuition fees online? plus

For BBS payment gateway click here

What if I forgot my username and/or password? plus

On the payment gateway homepage (see the link in the previous question) click on “forgot username/password?”

What do the tuition fees include? plus

The tuition fees include only the textbooks and educational costs but does not include the following:

  1. New students’ admissions application/evaluation fee
  2. Transportation service
  3. Optional KG After School Club
  4. Annual BBS Yearbook
  5. School Photos
  6. School Uniform
  7. School Field Trips
  8. Optional After-School Activities/clubs
  9. Damaged/lost library/textbooks
  10. Canteen Meals
When is school tuition due? plus

Tuition fees are paid in three installments. The payment schedule is as follows:

  1. Balance of first installment (34%) of total fees is due by 1st September.
  2. Second installment (33%) of total fees must be paid by 1st January.
  3. Third installment (remaining 33%) of total fees must be paid by 1st April.
When is the Re-Enrollment deposit due? plus

A 100 KD deposit amount is due on 1st April of every school year. This amount is deducted from 1st installment.

For inquiries related to deposit payment and re-enrollment, contact the Admissions Office at 22275020/1/2

Is there a discount for siblings on tuition fees? plus

There is no discount offered for siblings at BBS.

What is the withdrawal payment policy? plus
  1. Withdrawal between the 1st day of school and Dec 31st:
    (34% of total fees to be paid)
  2. Withdrawal between January 1st and March 31st:
    (67% of total fees to be paid)
  3. Withdrawal after April 1st:
    (100% of total fees to be paid)

As per the Ministry of Education’s policies, transfer of students’ files to other schools will not occur unless all outstanding tuition fees are settled in full. Furthermore, if a student is withdrawn from BBS after attending the first day of school, the 1st installment of tuition fees will still be due since a spot was held for that student. The transfer of that student’s file will not occur until the first installment is paid.