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
KG1 + KG2
4 – 5 Years old
Grade 6 - 8
Grade 9 - 12
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
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.
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
SCHOOL HOURS FOR STUDENTS
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
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 attached holiday, or visit the
home page on our website to download the complete
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
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
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
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
THE OVERSEAS SALARY PACKAGE
Salaries are based upon degrees and years of experience:
All salaries are quoted in Kuwaiti Dinars - tax free and
Salaries depend on qualifications and experience.
Coordinators, Heads of Department, and Counsellors earn
an additional allowance.
Initial two-year contract; subsequent contracts are for
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
Compensation for employees offering extra periods,
co-curricular activities, coordinators, paid twice
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
Settling-in allowance of KD 150 per teacher upon arrival
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
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,
check-up, Kuwait embassy fees are paid by the employee
and later compensated by the school upon arrival to
KBS pays for Kuwait residence stamp and Civil ID in
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
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.
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.
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.
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.