Frequently Asked Questions (PYP)

Frequently Asked Questions

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

What is the 8-Day scheduling Cycle?

  • The 8-Day scheduling Cycle runs over 8 school days (excluding weekends).
  • Instead of the weekdays (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc), our cycle days are referred to as Day One, Day Two until Day Eight.
  • At the end of the 8th day, Day 1 will restart for the next 8-day cycle.
  • The 8 Day cycle calendar is available in the student planner and on the portal.

Where can I find the homework assigned to my child?

  • A homework slip is issued to all students every week (Sunday) for the Pre-primary to Grade 5 classes.
  • Pre-primary to Grade 6 students will be given a printed copy of the homework slip.
  • All students and parents can access the homework slip through the JKS Portal by following the below steps:
    • Login to using your child’s login details provided in the letter which was issued on the first day of school
    • From the Menu, select Students and Parents
    • Select Homework Slips
  • You will also be able to access previous homework slips through the same page.
  • Students must complete the homework on the assigned day and submit it to the teacher as scheduled on the homework slip.

When and how will my child be assessed?

In the PYP, Assessments take place continuously throughout the quarter following the IB strands. End-of-quarter assessments also take place four times a year. Schedules, Notifications and Revision Packs are released 2 weeks in advance through the JKSPortal, under the Students and Parents Tab.

How can I follow up on my child’s academic performance?

Parents can access the PlusPortals-Parent Tab through JKSPortal to view their child’s grades throughout the quarter. These grades are based on the submission of homework and assignments, completion of classwork, and assessments carried out. These grades are continuously revised and updated during the quarter and are considered final only upon the release of the report card.

When and how can I see my child’s report card?

Performance is reported comprehensively at the end of every quarter for all grade levels. You will be notified via email and SMS when the report is available and can be accessed through the PlusPortals-Parent Tab through JKSPortal.

What programs does JKS offer?

JKS is accredited by the Council for International Schools (CIS), New England Association for Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB).

JKS is the first IB continuum school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia authorized to offer the three IB programmes:

  • Primary Years Programme: offered for students aged 3 to 12, which at JKS corresponds to grades 1 to 5.
  • Middle Years Programme: offered for students aged 11 to 16, which at JKS corresponds to grades 6 to 10.
  • Diploma Programme: offered for students aged 16 to 19, which at JKS corresponds to grades 11 and 12.

What are the advantages of an IB education?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is a globally recognized leader in the field of international education.

Aligned with JKS’s mission for academic excellence, the IB helps students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. The IB encourages students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens. Its coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework is carefully designed to support the personal, social and emotional well-being of the students as they establish their identity and build their self-esteem.

The IB motivates students and helps them to achieve success both in school and in life beyond the classroom. The IB programmes allow students to build on their strengths and to embrace challenges in subjects in which they might not excel.

What is the IB learner profile and what role does it have in my child’s education?

The IB’s learner profile describes a broad range of capacities and responsibilities that shape the future active members of the world and which go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them. The profile aims to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

How is the PYP Curriculum designed?

In the Primary Years Programme (PYP), students acquire knowledge of important concepts through units of inquiry. The PYP encompasses six interconnected themes that shape the units of inquiry and constitute a year-long curriculum. These themes are as follows:

  1. Who we are
  2. Where we are in place and time
  3. How we express ourselves
  4. How the world works
  5. How we organize ourselves
  6. Sharing the planet

Units of inquiry integrate subject areas such as mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. This approach empowers students to establish connections between what they learn in fundamental subjects and its relevance to the world they live in.

What is the Grade 5 Exhibition?

The exhibition is the final event of a Primary Years Programme for an IB learner. The exhibition is a thorough examination of a global issue that also has local and/or regional consequences. The topic and research are chosen by the students and presented at the end of their fifth-grade year. The entire school community and the wider community are welcome to attend. The exhibition encompasses all of the interdisciplinary skills that the students have developed during the Primary Years Programme.

Where can I find more information?

Additional information can be found through the JKS Website, the JKS Portal, and the Parent-Student Handbook (under the School Information Tab). Should you require any further details, please send an email to