Kuwait Bilingual School
An IB World School

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October 2013

INFORMATION

Updated October 2013

 This information sheet is designed to help you better understand our school, the benefit package and conditions of employment. KBS was established in 1998 as the first bilingual school in the Al Jahra City in Kuwait, and is still today the only institution of its kind in the city. KBS “ is a non-profit bilingual educational institution”, KBS now educates approximately 1130+ students from KG1 to grade 11.. Policy allows for 25 students per class. The school stages are organized as follows:

 

Stage  Age/Grade
Nursery 3 3 years

KG1 + KG2

4 – 5 Years old
Primary Grade 1-5
Middle School Grade 6 - 8
High School Grade 9 - 12

SCHOOL CAMPUS

Currently, KBS is housed in a small and well-equipped complex. The Kindergarten (Nursery, KG 1 and KG 2) occupy the ground floor, while Primary, Middle and High Schools occupy the first and second floor of the school building.

Expatriate teachers housing is located away from the campus in Jabriya and Hawalli areas. All expatriate teachers are housed in newly constructed fully furnished facility. The school facility includes a multi-purpose room, 1 small sports rooms/gym, 2 clinics, three science labs, one computer lab, and a media centre.

PROGRAM OF STUDIES

KBS English program is generally US in orientation, utilizing American and international teaching materials. Students follow a partly departmentalized program from the early grades.

In Primary School (Gr. 1-5) 60% of the instruction is in English and 40% in Arabic. Students will, for example, study Arabic, Religion, Social Studies and Civics in Arabic, in addition to Math (up to grade 2) in Arabic and in English. 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. Teachers are expected to teach only approximately 30 periods of a 48 periods per a cycle of 6 working days each period is 40 minutes long. Thus, there is ample time for curriculum development, lesson preparation, grading, department meetings and grade level team meetings.

KBS is an IB World School, and is authorized to implement the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate in KG1 – 5.

In the Middle School about 70% of the instructional will be in English and 30% in Arabic. Class periods are 50 minutes long.  While in High School almost 80% of the teaching time is done in English.

 

ACCREDITATION

KBS is accredited by Kuwait Ministry of Education, and is authorized as International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program School, IB-PYP, since May 2013. Currently the school is undergoing it first accreditation exercises with Middle States Associations of School and Colleges. (MSA)

SCHOOL HOURS FOR STUDENTS

Nursery

8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Kindergarten KG1 & KG2

7:30 am – 1:15 pm

Primary School

7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Middle and High School

7:30 am - 2:30 pm

The work week is Sunday to Thursday.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

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 attached holiday, or visit the home page on our website to download the complete calendar.

FACULTY

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 professional responsibilities

  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 behavior and communication

  Commitment to attaining clearly articulated standards for understandings and abilities; teaching for meaning; stressing higher order thinking skills, not ‘basic skills’ alone.

RECRUITMENT PROCEDURES

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 teachers.

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.

Visit the school website starting November to learn what the openings will be for the coming school year. Note: these vacancies may change later, so keep track of the changes by visiting our web site frequently during this period. 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.

Ms. Reem Alenzi

Human Resources officer

Kuwait Bilingual School

Vacancies@kbs-edu.com

SUMMARY OF THE OVERSEAS SALARY PACKAGE 

Salaries are based upon degrees and years of experience:

All salaries are quoted in Kuwaiti Dinars - tax free and transferable.

         Salaries depend on qualifications and experience. Coordinators, Heads of Department, and Counsellors earn an additional allowance.

         Initial two-year contract; subsequent contracts are for one year.

         Salary is paid for 12 months beginning September of contract year through August of that academic year. Salary for June, July and August is paid in June.

         Fully furnished, single/occupied, air-conditioned accommodation.

         Compensation for employees offering extra periods, co-curricular activities, coordinators, paid twice yearly.

         Annual economy class round trip air transportation.

         Electricity and water paid by school. Free local telephone calls; phone line installation for KD 70 per year paid by employee is optional.

         Baggage allowance is up to KD 100 per teacher reimbursed upon presenting the receipts at beginning and end of service.

         Settling-in allowance of KD 150 per teacher upon arrival in Kuwait.

         Finder’s Fee – KBS teachers who recommend a professional for employment at the school are eligible to receive KD 150 if the teacher is hired and completes successfully  
    the probation period.

         School supplied bus transport to work (AM, PM and late bus home on meeting and club days)

         Annual sick leave as per Kuwait Labor law.

         Unused sick leave compensated at the end of each academic year.

         Visa related fees inside Kuwait are paid by the school. Visa related fee outside Kuwait, that include photo, 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.

         15 days indemnity paid at the end of the contract for each year of employment up to five years; increased to one month after completion of five years of service. The monthly
     salary is based upon 26 working days.

         Private Health Insurance provided.

         Support for professional development, including Arabic for non-Arabic speakers is provided for a nominal fee.

 

TRANSPORTATION

One-way economy-class air ticket is provided to new and leaving staff. Round trip economy-class air ticket is provided to returning staff annually. Cash in lieu of determined airfare may be given. This benefit is calculated at the cost the school would pay for the ticket in question.

 HOUSING

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.

Note: The school provides bus transportation to and from school to staff living in school housing only.   

Annual Sick or Personal Leave and Bereavement Leave

Each employee receives up to 15 days of sick leave each year without deductions. This leave is convertible into cash each year (KD 25, Attendance Bonus per day FOR THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF ABSENCE ONLY total KD 100 per year) if unused.

Payment for Co-curricular Activities

Employees offering extra periods, co-curricular activities, and/or willing to serve as coordinators are appropriately compensated. Different formulas exist for each position, and for different activities.