Updated January 2015
sheet is designed to help you better understand our school,
the benefits package and conditions of employment.
Kuwait Bilingual School (KBS) was
established in 1998 as the first bilingual school in Al
Jahra City in Kuwait, and is still today the only
institution of its kind in that city. KBS is a non-profit
bilingual educational institution, which currently has a
school population of approximately 1250 students from KG1 to
grade 12. Policy allows for 25 students per class.
The school stages are organized as
KG1 + KG2
4 to 5 years old
Grades 1 to 5
Grades 6 to 8
Grades 9 to 12
The school does not
currently have a Nursery facility.
Currently, KBS is housed in a small
but well-equipped complex. The Kindergarten (KG 1 and KG 2),
Grade 1 and four Grade 2 classes occupy the ground floor,
while Primary 3 to 5 and the remaining two grade 2 classes
occupy the first floor. Middle and High School occupies
second floor of the school building.
The school facility includes a
multi-purpose room, which is also used as a sports hall, 1
small gym, 2 clinics, three science labs, one computer lab,
one music / drama room and a media center.
We are currently
in the process of building a large, new campus to meet the
needs of our ever-expanding school population. The new
school will be in Saad Al Abdullah city, approximately ten
minutes drive from the current campus. This will be a
spacious facility with large classrooms, on-site swimming
pools, theater and several sports halls, as well as
laboratories, art, music and drama studios. The first
section of the school will be completed in May 2015, so that
the KG department should be able to move for the September
2015 academic year. The remaining grades will move the year
after. Pictures of the construction can be seen on the
PROGRAM OF STUDIES
The KBS English program is generally
US in orientation, utilizing American and international
teaching materials. In Kindergarten, 50% of instruction is
in English and 50% in Arabic. In Primary School (Gr 1 to 5)
60% of the instruction is in English and 40% in Arabic.
Students will, for example, study Arabic, Religion, Social
Studies and Civics in Arabic. Students in grades 1 and 2
study Mathematics in both languages. The other classes –
English, Science and Art and PE and IT will be taught in
English. In Gr 3-5 Math is taught in English only. In Middle
and High School, the Ministry of Private Education
prescribes the number of designated periods for Arabic
subjects per cycle. The remaining periods are allocated to
subjects taught in English and elective courses.
The school schedule is built on a
6-day cycle. In Primary, there are 48 periods per 6-day
cycle and 35 periods in Middle and High School. A full
teaching load for primary teachers is 30/48 periods, and for
middle and high school teachers 24/35. Thus, there is ample
time for curriculum development, lesson preparation,
marking, grading etc.
Departmental and grade level
team meetings are scheduled every cycle, but they are not
included as part of the teaching commitment.
KBS is accredited by Kuwait Ministry of Education, and was
authorized as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years
Program School, IB-PYP, in May 2013. Currently the school is
undergoing it first accreditation exercise with Middle
States Associations of School and Colleges. (MSA)
SCHOOL HOURS FOR STUDENTS
Kindergarten KG1 & KG2
7:30 am – 1:15 pm
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Middle and High School
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
The work week is Sunday to Thursday.
Kuwait Bilingual School observes all of the traditional
Islamic holidays throughout the year. New Year holiday is
also observed, but vacations commemorating some holidays are
set as per the Ministry of Education calendar. Please check
the attached holidays, or visit the home page on our website
to download the complete calendar.
KBS has over 120 faculty members drawn from the Middle East,
US, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand,
Philippines, India, Pakistan and Europe.
KBS is searching for teachers with the following qualities:
Commitment to making the Mission of the school a reality
Commitment to school values and direction
Commitment to serving children’s needs in a selfless manner
Dedicated to professional standards and open to change
Pride, consistency and initiative in carrying out all
Involvement with children during and after school hours
Involvement in professional development, school and staff
development initiatives, committees and workshops, strategic
planning and curriculum mapping
Commitment to high standards of professional
Commitment to attaining clearly articulated standards for
understandings and abilities; teaching for meaning;
stressing higher order thinking skills, not ‘basic skills’
KBS accepts applications from well-qualified teaching and
administrative staff with a minimum of: BA (MA preferred),
Teaching License/Certification/Diploma, and at least two
years teaching experience in the specialty for which they
seek a position. The school normally hires single teachers
or couples with no children since KBS’ bilingual program is
usually not suitable for the children of expatriate
Each year the Director General attends few of the
international recruitment fairs. In addition, advertisements
are placed with The International Educator (TIE).
Shortlisted applicants are invited for interview by
appointment at an appropriate location in the USA or Canada
or on SKYPE.
In November of each year, the school begins to advertise
possible vacancies on its website. Those interested in
applying for a position at KBS should e-mail a letter of
application and a current CV/resume, including a minimum of
two references to the address below. Shortlisted candidates
will be contacted beginning in December by email to schedule
interviews. The contact person is
Ms. Reem Alenzi
Human Resources officer
Kuwait Bilingual School
SUMMARY OF THE OVERSEAS SALARY
Salaries are based upon
qualifications and years of experience. They range from
800KD for a newly qualified teacher with no experience,
to 1200KD per month.
All salaries are
quoted in Kuwaiti Dinars. They tax free.
Grade level Team
Leaders and Heads of Department earn an additional
initially for two-years. These are subsequently
renewable for one year.
Salary is paid
for 12 months beginning September of the contract year
through August of that academic year. Salary for June
and July is paid in June. August salary is paid after
the summer break.
fully furnished, single occupancy and air-conditioned.
Electricity and water are paid by school. Teachers are
currently housed off campus in the Jabriya and Hawalli
areas of Kuwait.
will be paid to employees offering extra periods or
co-curricular activities. This will be paid twice
class round trip air transportation is provided.
calls are free; phone line installation costs KD 70 per
year but these days most staff rely on mobile phones.
Installation if required would be paid for by the
allowance up to KD 100 per teacher will be reimbursed
upon presenting the receipts at the beginning and end of
allowance of KD 150 per teacher is paid upon arrival in
school supplies transport to work
(AM, PM and a late bus home on meeting and club days)
leave is allocated as per Kuwait Labor law.
leave is compensated at the end of each academic year.
fees inside Kuwait are paid by the school. Visa related
fees outside Kuwait, that includes photographs, police
clearance, translation of documents if needed,
medical check-up, Kuwait embassy fees are paid by the
employee and later compensated by the school upon
arrival to Kuwait.
KBS pays for
Kuwait residence stamp and Civil ID in Kuwait.
indemnity is paid at the end of the contract for each
year of employment up to five years; this increases to
one month after completion of five years of service. The
monthly salary is based upon 26 working days.
Insurance is provided. This includes world-wide
coverage, except for U.S.A.
The school provides support for
A one-way economy-class air ticket is provided to new and
leaving staff. A round trip economy-class air ticket is
provided to returning staff annually. Cash in lieu of a
determined airfare may be given. This benefit is calculated
at the cost the school would pay for the ticket in question.
A furnished apartment, including electricity, water, and
soft and hard furnishings is provided by the school for
expatriate hired faculty. From the second year onwards,
employees wishing to live outside school housing
will receive a cash allowance of KD 180 per teacher if
single or 220 KD per month if married and living with your
spouse. Overseas hires contracted in Kuwait may utilize this
option beginning in the first year of contract.
school provides bus transportation to and from school to
staff living in school housing only.
Sick or Personal Leave and Bereavement Leave
Each employee receives up to 15 days of sick leave each year
without deduction. An attendance bonus will be paid to those
staff using less than four days sick leave.
Payment for Co-curricular Activities
Employees offering extra periods and / or extra-curricular
activities are appropriately compensated. The compensation
is set at the beginning of each academic year.