GROUND BREAKING FOR OUR MOVE

We are delighted to announce that we have officially broken ground for the new school!
On Sunday, April 13th 2014, a ceremony was held to commemorate the official beginning of the building project in the presence of His excellency Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaff - Minister of Finance for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr Abdulrahman Almofadhi - Secretary General of Public Investment Fund for the Ministry of Finance, Faridah Turkistani - Director General of the Islamic Saudi Academy, as well as Mr. Frey and Mr Bulova - Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  Dr. Al-Assaff shared the vision for being a premiere school in the Washington DC Metro area, building upon the foundation of the International Baccalaureate mission of globally orientated critical thinking to pursue entrepreneurship and focusing more intently on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and the Arts.  Please follow our Facebook page for continued updates on the exciting venture.


وضع حجر الأساس لمبني الأكادميه الجديد بحضور معالي وزير المالية الدكتور ابراهيم العساف

 



ISA ALERT SYSTEM - PLEASE UPDATE INFORMATION

The ISA Alert system is now up and running.  All parents and employees should have received emails/text messages/automated phone calls to alert to recent closing due to weather conditions.  If you did NOT receive the alert, and wish to, please update your information using the form below, and return to the school office as soon as possible. 
Thank you.

تم إطلاق وتشغيل برنامج التحذيرات الالكتروني للأكاديمية الإسلامية السعودية، ومن المتوقع تلقي جميع أولياء الأمور والموظفين رسالة جوال / بريد إلكتروني / اتصال هاتفي للتنبيه لإغلاق الاكاديمية بسبب سوء الاحوال الجوية. اذا لم تتلق التنبيه، وترغب في ذلك، الرجاء ملء البيانات في الملف المرفق وإعادته لإدارة المدرسة في أسرع وقت. 
نشكر لكم تعاونكم. 




Upcoming Events!!!

April 4 - Quran Contest Assemblies / End of 3rd Quarter
April 7 - 9 Stanford testing for grades 7 to 10
April 10 - Early Dismissal for students
April 14 - 18 ISA Spring Break - Academy Closed
April 21- 25 - Stanford testing for elementary grades
April 28 Senior Group picture day

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VICTORY FOR the Junior Vasity Boys' Basketball Team!

Go FALCONS!!! Congratulations to our Junior Boys' Varsity Basketball team for winning the championship trophy!!!! Lead by captains, Naser  Abdulsamad and Mostafa Salameh, the team was unstoppable. Well done! A huge thank you to those who came out to suppor the team, at the game.


George Mason University Research Seminar

11th grade ISA students, candidates for the International Baccalaureate Extended essay project attended a seminar on how to conduct academic research at the Johnson Center Library, George Mason University, on Thursday the 20th of February. They were able to reconnect with ISA alumni who are incredibly successful in their college studies, having been well prepared by our academy. Hosted by research specialist, Mr. Magee, students were introduced to some of the best databases for academic research in the USA, comparable to Harvard and Yale library resources. Mr. Magee stressed the importance of learning how to research well at high school level, because universities expect students to know by the time the begin degree studies. He was thrilled that our students were afforded such an opportunity.

The Extended essay is an independent research paper, requiring students to select their own topic and analyse credible sources to form an original thesis in a subject area of their own choosing. This is the capstone requirement for IB diploma candidates, and is open to certificate candidates for the first year at ISA.

We have a record number of students pursuing the Extended essay this year. 34 students attended the research seminar.

Record results for Elementary Spelling Bee 2014 


On Wednesday 19th of February, the Boys’ Elementary and Girls’ Elementary Schools ran their annual Spelling Bees. Ruba Ayaad, Assistant Principal of the Boys’ Elementary is delighted that the boys went 31 rounds, with three students battling out for first place. In fact both Boys’ and Girls’ Schools needed to use dictionary words to extend the competition.  Amina Assaadi, Assistant Principal of the Girls’ Elementary said, “the girls were very prepared.  They were so poised to be so young.”  The Spelling Bee helps elementary students to not only master challenging vocabulary, but to develop a presence and speak in front of an audience.  It prepares students for future studies and gives them confidence that they will need to be successful in life.

George Washington University encourages ISA Scholars


Janan Sankis from George Washington University visited ISA to encourage international students interested in a U.S medical education to apply for the International MD Program.  The curriculum features integration of the basic and clinical sciences as well as study of comprehensive public health, clinical clerkships and multiple elective opportunities.  11th and 12th grade students attended the seminar, as well as some ISA alumni who are considering applying for graduate studies in the medical field.   Mastery of written and spoken English is a prerequisite for this program, and ISA is committed to preparing all of our students by meeting each student where they are, and helping them to accelerate their skills.

“United for Peace and Prosperity” One World Day 2014

On Friday February 7th 2014, One World Day, an event planned and organized by a committee of students from the Class of 2014, showcased the incredible leadership skills our students develop in their International Baccalaureate studies.  This multidisciplinary endeavor took two years of consistent planning and collaboration as students focused their ingenuity, creativity and leadership in order to underscore important issues facing their local and international communities.


Through seminar, students taught their peers simple methods for providing clean water and inexpensive and efficient lighting for populations around the world.  Moreover, students held thought-provoking discussions with leaders from internationally recognized organizations.


Thank you to Mrs. Kathrine Hope, American Red Cross; Phoebe Bicknell, Habitat for Humanity; and Dr. Amal David for your valuable seminars on global issues.  Congratulations to the committee of IB students for your incredible hard work and success.


Highlights from One World Day 2014


Students from the One World committee present checks to the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, generated by their own fund raising efforts.

Embracing Our Diverse Heritage 2014.

The annual ISA Heritage Day 2014 will resonate in the hearts of our community because of the way we came together to showcase who we are.  Teachers worked tirelessly to construct an exhibition of their national heritage. Food, traditional music, clothing, artefacts and pieces brought directly from their homes transformed our school into a global celebration. 
Visitors to our school commented that they were “truly rewarded with a vibrant closing morning program in the auditorium by [our] student body.  It was also especially rewarding viewing different cultures via the various forms of art in an inviting venue …” We are so proud of our diversity and we extend our gratitude to the Debka performers, our student participants, and to our incredibly dedicated administration, faculty and parent community.
For further coverage of our event, please click these links:
http://www.arabnews.com/news/523146  Arab News

http://www.alriyadh.com/2014/02/09/article908429.html  Alriyadh


Highlights from our Heritage Day 2014

Creative Recycled Expressions: IB Visual Arts

11th and 12th grade Visual Arts students have been preparing for their IB course assessment.  Their task was to interpret either a famous person or famous work of art using recycled materials. The purpose of using recycled materials was to participate in the One World green planet initiative.  Students approached this task in mosaic form, translating art from one media to another.  The process involved much research and reflection.  Supervised by Barbara Koltos.


Outstanding Visual Arts work, Feb 2014