FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Is Albayan Schools a primary, middle, or high school?


We are proud to offer all school stages including pre-school, primary, middle, and secondary education.




What are the school’s starting and dismissal times?


Students must arrive before 7:25 am. Dismissal occurs in two phases. Preschools and cycle one stages dismiss at 1:30 pm. All other classes dismiss at 2:15 pm.




What are the tuition fees?


Tuition varies from one student to another depending on the stage of school the child is enrolled in. The fee will also vary depending on the number of children who are enrolled from the same family. Please visit our admissions department in person for more details.




What languages are taught at Albayan Schools?


Albayan Schools is divided into two sections with the option of either English or French being taught along with Arabic. Students taking English classes will take French as a second language and vice versa.




What are the hours of operation for your educational facility?


Normal business hours at Albayan Schools are:

  • Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm




What documentation is required to register my child in the preschool program?


The following documentation is required to enroll a child in our private preschool program:

  • A birth certificate or a certified copy of the ID
  • An immunization record
  • Legal guardian or custodial papers (if applicable)
  • Two or more emergency contacts besides parents (names and phone numbers)
  • Two small pictures
  • Payment of the non-refundable registration fee for each child being enrolled




How old does my child have to be to enroll in your preschool program?


Students must complete the age of three on or by the 31st of December.




What other procedures are a part of the preschool enrollment process?


Your son or daughter must take part in an interview that will be used to confirm both class level and capacity. We will also interview a potential student’s parents to ensure we obtain accurate feedback regarding the child’s abilities and social life.




What is required for registering a student in the primary, middle, or secondary educational programs?


The following documentation is required to enroll a child in our private primary, middle, or secondary school programs:

  • A birth certificate or a certified copy of the ID
  • Legal guardian or custodial papers (if applicable)
  • Two or more emergency contacts besides parents (names and phone numbers)
  • Official withdrawal form from the previously attended school (school attestation)
  • Payment of the non-refundable registration fee for each child being enrolled




Is there an additional requirement for students in grades 9 and 12?


Grades 9 and 12 require students to submit to official exams (Brevet and Baccalaureate). Completing these exams successfully allows the student to be promoted to either the following year of high school or to college. A certified copy of the official certificate needs to be received at the beginning of the school year.




Can foreigners enroll their children at Albayan High School?


Absolutely! Our school has obtained an official announcement from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education that allows us to enroll the children of expats as students in our private education institution as long as the following conditions are met:

  • At least three scholastic years have been completed
  • Provide a certified copy of ID
  • Two or more emergency contacts besides parents (names and phone numbers)
  • Official withdrawal form from the previously attended school (school attestation – which should mention the student has been promoted to a particular grade)
  • Payment of the non-refundable registration fee for each child being enrolled
  • Provide a certified Equivalence certificate from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education




How can I follow up on my child’s performance at your private education facility?


We provide families with a username and password for the school website which will allow you to stay up to date on a daily basis with the daily diary and evaluation of your children. Supervisors are updated daily on the experiences of students. Thus, they can provide accurate feedback on the progress of students.




To what extent does your school serve as a college preparatory school, assisting students to make connections with both Lebanese and international universities?


Albayan Schools organizes university orientations throughout the school year and works hard to provide greater opportunities for students to be accepted at public and private universities both in Lebanon and throughout the globe.




Is transportation to your school readily available?


Transportation covers the entire region. However, the cost of transportation will vary depending on how far you are from the educational facility.




What activities are available to students at your independent education institution?


We offer two types of activities. Curricular activities involve educational themes that are discussed in the classroom. Extracurricular activities include subjects like music and theater along with fun and educational trips.




What is offered at the school canteen?


The school canteen is certified and is a clean location where students can obtain a wide variety of snacks and healthy foods. All of the school’s policies are followed at the canteen including those involving proper health practices.




Do all students share the same playground?


There are three playgrounds at Albayan Schools and recess times are on a flexible schedule that allows all students to enjoy a safe and relaxing environment.




When is the best time of year to register my children as students?


Registration periods differ depending on whether a student is new to Albayan Schools or is a returning student. Please consult our website or visit our admissions department in person to learn more.




Is it easier to enroll in the high school educational program if my child has a foreign passport?


You will still need all of the documentation required for enrolling in the secondary school, but a foreign passport will save time for children of expats.




Can I meet with teachers other than during the scheduled times?


Teachers are happy to meet parents during the times that have been assigned by the school. If you feel you require an urgent meeting, the supervisor can schedule a meeting at the earliest possible date and time.




Can students have their own cell phone at school?


The school administration has determined that there is no need for students to bring a mobile phone to school at any time. However, there are plenty of landlines and mobile devices available on school grounds to contact parents or other emergency contacts if this becomes necessary.




Do all students have to wear the school uniform?


Wearing the proper school uniform is one of the most basic requirements for students. It is important to the educational environment for all students to comply with this simple request.




Is the school certified for any particular programs? (i.e., TOFEL, SAT, IELTS)


Our private school system prepares students for all of these exams. However, we also have the notable privilege of having been adopted as a center for the IELTS registration.




Is there a branch of your educational facility other than the main complex?


Yes, we have a branch facility located at a second local location.




Do you have any afterschool learning programs?


We want to help the students to overcome any educational obstacles they may be facing. Whether a student is struggling academically or is facing a special case situation, it is not right for the parents to have to pay private school fees as well as get additional help from another source.




Why should I choose Albayan Schools?


Excellence is more than about being the best. It is about doing one’s best. Albayan Schools pride ourselves on providing the best private school education to kids in the Beirut area by helping each student to reach his or her full potential.




Do you offer scholarship opportunities?


There are a number of scholarships available to students who maintain high averages in school and excel at the official exams.




What student talents are developed at your private education facility?


Music lowers stress and improves health. Thus, we believe that developing musical talents is an important aspect of a student’s life, especially when it comes to the classic instruments.




Are the entrance exam results sufficient for properly evaluating students who enroll at Albayan Schools?


Yes, the combination of our time-tested entrance exams coupled with student and parent interviews conducted by our school staff have provided us with very accurate evaluation results.




How are medical emergencies treated?


The presence of a school doctor along with our insurance policy covers all students as long as the emergency occurs at school.




How are students evaluated in Cycle 2 for grades 4 through 6?


Our latest curriculum provides students with a smooth evaluation process that works by semester evaluation and assessment. This puts less pressure on students than a system that is based on midterm and final exam scores.




Who can I contact for assistance or with any questions I may have?


Each cycle has a division head who will be happy to assist you, provide accurate feedback, and listen to any concerns you may have.




I’m an education student and need to meet observation quotas. What is the procedure for observing classes at your school?


Trainees are always welcome at our school when an opportunity is available to be an observer. Bring a request from your college which will provide an adequate basis for approval and an observation period will be scheduled.




Do the students engage in any stage acting?


Yes! The Albayan Schools Theater allows students to work toward their dreams of acting on stage. This part of the facility is available to students and teachers as needed.




How does the school react to student injuries?


School-aged children are very active, and this lends itself to the occasional wound. There is also the potential for sports-related injuries for high school students. Though these are rare occurrences, the school is equipped with first aid kits for wound treatment, and our insurance company will cover the medical expenses for students injured on the premises during school hours.




Do you presently have any private school job opportunities?


Check the Apply for a Job page on our website to learn more about employment opportunities at Albayan Schools.




How do I resolve complaints at Albayan School?


If your complaint involves an individual teacher or another member of the school staff, please schedule a time to discuss the issue directly with the individual based on the parent-teacher schedule that is distributed at the beginning of the school year. If you cannot resolve the issue informally, you may contact the division head. If the issue is still unresolved, you may contact the vice principal or principal.




How does the grading system work for student evaluations?


We use specific assessments that allow us to accurately assign letter grades to students (A, B, C, etc.)




How often do report cards go out?


Report cards are used to keep parents informed on the progress of their children so that they can render the needed academic support from home. Report cards are issued four times per school year. However, preventive measures will be taken to assist students who are failing by alerting parents before report cards come out.




Is the school well-equipped with all of the necessary learning facilities?


Albayan Schools are very well-equipped for independent education. Some of our state-of-the-art amenities and facilities include a science lab, a theater, a computer lab, a music lab, sufficient parking, and three playgrounds.





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