At the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, DAS introduced its new dual language International Program. This program aims to ensure that DAS graduates can learn, work, and think effectively in both English and Arabic. An additional benefit of the program is that students are able to make use of up-to-date resources, methodologies, and technology in both languages throughout their school career.
The curriculum is the same for all students from pre-kindergarten levels through 8th grade (second intermediate), providing science and math and other courses in English and Arabic in alternative years. When entering 9th grade (third intermediate), the students must choose between two programs: 1) continuing in the International Program to earn an American Diploma through a focus on more English; and 2) switching to the advanced Saudi Muqararat curriculum which offers more subjects in Arabic. Both programs are accepted for gaining admission to universities in Saudi Arabia and abroad, since the Muqararat Program is authorized by the Saudi Ministry of Education and the International Program is accredited by the North Central Association Commission for Accreditation and Improvement (NCA CASI).
In the 11th grade (second secondary), the Muqararat students are required to choose between two streams: science or humanities. Whereas our boys’ school only offers the science stream, the girls’ school offers both the science and humanities streams in the years when it has enough students ready for both programs..