The annual schedule, as required by the Saudi Arabian government, has increased in recent years to either seventeen or eighteen weeks of study in each semester (usually seventeen in one semester and eighteen in the other), including the time allotted for final examinations. Ten to fourteen-day holidays are currently given for each Eid (Ramadan and Hajj), and one week holidays are given between the two semesters and in the middle of the second semester.
The daily schedules in the school vary slightly according to the age groups but all students should expect to be in school by 7:10. Kindergarten students leave at 12:30 while older students are out between 2:20 and 2:40 according to age. All students have at least two recesses during the school day during which they have time to eat, play and pray.
The boys’ school and the elementary girls’ school usually have eight 40-minute periods per day. The intermediate and secondary levels for both girls and boys have nine 40-minute periods per day.
The total direct instructional time provided each year in hours and days has been increased as follows in the 2010-2011 school year:
» For Pre-Kg & Kg: 18wk/semester, 5 days/wk, 6 periods/day, 40 min/period, 180 days/year, 1080 periods/year.
» For Elementary (1-5): 18 wk/semester, 5 days/wk, 8 periods/day, 40 min/period, 180 days/year, 1440 periods/year.
» For Intermediate & American Diploma : 17 wk/semester, 5 days/wk, 8 periods/day, 40 min/period, 170 days/year, 1360 periods/year in addition to one week of examinations for each semester.
» For Muqararat & Secondary: 16 wk/semester, 5 day/wk, 9 period/day, 40 min/period, 160 days/year, 1440 periods/year in addition to two weeks of examinations for each semester.