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IAA School Profile

International Academy - Amman, 2018 - 2019 School Profile

     CEEB Code: 681068

Director: Dr Hana Kanan

Head of Secondary: Mr Martin Thompson

DP Coordinator: Mr Antony Nesling

College Counselor: Ms Aya Abdel Hadi


The School Community

International Academy - Amman, 2018 - 2019 School Profile

     CEEB Code: 681068

Director: Dr Hana Kanan

Head of Secondary: Mr Martin Thompson

DP Coordinator: Mr Antony Nesling

College Counselor: Ms Aya Abdel Hadi


The School Community

IAA is proud to introduce our eighth graduating class of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students. IAA was founded in 2004 as an English medium, independent, non-profit, co-educational day school in Amman, Jordan. IAA is governed by an independent Board of Directors and is the hallmark institution working under the umbrella of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and is the sister school to King’s Academy. The school caters for Pre KG to Grade 12 and currently is home to over 1150 students, of whom 480 are in the Secondary School. There are 59 students in Grade 12, many of whom have benefitted from the strong academic and financial scholarship programme. IAA is fortunate to have state of the art resources offering excellent IT, Arts, Design Technology and Science facilities. The teaching staff is truly international being drawn from many different countries and the student body is predominantly Jordanian (94%) although many students have dual nationalities and have resided overseas.


Our Philosophy

The Vision and Mission statements of IAA complement those of the IB as we aim to provide an international education in an Arabic setting. We are excited by the opportunity to help shape graduates who have a love for learning, are critical thinkers, have an awareness of their greater community and the role they can play in promoting international understanding and acceptance. We are justifiably proud of our CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) programme which all Grade 11 and 12 Diploma students must complete and which is recognized for its diversity and quality. Our Profile of a Graduate embodies a student who is fully prepared to confidently navigate their higher education and career beyond and who will actively contribute to building a society that we all aspire to see in our world.


Curriculum, Accreditation and Authorisation

In 2007 IAA gained authorization from the IB to offer the Middle Years Programme (Grades 6 to 10) and in 2009 gained authorization to offer the Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12). All Grade 12 students will gain ‘Equivalency’ with the local Jordanian Tawjihi, as well as the IAA High School Diploma. Our Primary school follows the UK national curriculum for Literacy and the Australian curriculum for Mathematics and both are strengthened by the International Primary Curriculum. IAA is a fully accredited member of the Council for International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the International Schools Service (ISS) and the Middle East International Baccalaureate Association (MEIBA). We further validate our curriculum by taking the ISA tests annually for Grades 3 to 9. Since beginning the exercise our performance has consistently shown that our students perform above the world average and our record continues to show improvement.


Grading at IAA

Grades 9 to 10:

MYP students take up to 12 subjects (minimum 9) for the MYP that are marked on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). The core subjects are English, Arabic, Mathematics, Science (either Integrated or as three Discrete Sciences), Religion, Individuals and Societies, and students choose either one or two options from the Arts, Design, Physical and Health Education or Spanish. In addition, students are also graded on their Personal Project (a 4,000 word report on an engagement activity of their choice) and the Inter-Disciplinary Examination which tests a students’ ability to synthesise knowledge and skills from different curriculum.

Grades 11 to 12:

Diploma Students: take 6 subjects (3 at higher level and 3 at standard level, in rare cases some students will take 4 at higher level and 2 at standard level) that are marked on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest) and complete the Diploma core (CAS, Extended Essay and TOK) as well as taking Religion.

Diploma Course Students: take 6 subjects (either 3 at higher level and 3 at standard level or 2 at higher level and 4 at standard level) that are marked on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest) as well as taking Religion. Diploma Course students must also complete CAS.

GPA: scores are given on the transcript but are based on an average of the IB grading system of 1 to 7. High Honours are awarded for a GPA of 6.51 or more and Honours for a GPA of 6.0 or more.


Our Graduates

Our graduates are highly motivated and look forward to the challenge of higher education in countries all over the world. It is our expectation that nearly 100% will pursue 4 year colleges or universities. Students are applying to the USA, Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.


Class Rank

IAA does not use Class Rank.

Student Activities

IAA students are given many leadership opportunities. They may contribute to student literary productions such as the school newspaper and yearbook, be active in student governance groups, as well as participate in the Model United Nations (we are particularly proud of our student organized MUN conference and the awards our own students gain in national and overseas conferences), theatrical, choral, band and dance productions. We also have Robotics and F1 science clubs. Our overseas trips programme that concentrates on action, internationalism and community service is also very strong in the school. Volunteering within the community is required and the programme is very well supported, authentic and high profile for our students. We also have a well-established work shadowing and internship programme. Opportunities are available to participate in a wide range of interscholastic sports and our sports teams (both boys and girls) have a very successful record in competition in the local Amman Private Schools and the International competitions (mainly of schools in the Middle East). On our current enrolment we have numerous students who hold Jordanian national records in Athletics and Swimming and who represent their country in a number of disciplines.


Student Achievements in the Diploma Programme

We are very proud of the results IAA students have achieved in our first eight years. Very few students in the world receive more than 40 points and we have an above average number of students attaining this honour. Last year one in five of our Diploma students gained 40 points or more. We have also had students score the full 45 points in two of our graduating classes, a feat which is only achieved by around 0.4% of all IB students worldwide. In the last 5 years, on four occasions our Diploma students have a 100% pass rate compared to the world average of 78% and our average Diploma points grade has exceeded the world average for the past eight years and now stands at 35 points. What we are most proud of is the proportion of our students who receive over 30 points, which is considerably greater than the world average. We are also proud of the fact that our students, in a short amount of time, have gained access to many of the top 20 universities in the world.


Counselling Tips & Reminders

Career and University Counselling is a personalised service available to students in the Secondary School. Typically, 100% of all our graduates enter 3-4 year undergraduate programmes at university with more than 85% opting to study at an international university.

Beginning at Grade 9 through to Grade 12, students are guided and assisted with

Career and University Counselling is a personalised service available to students in the Secondary School. Typically, 100% of all our graduates enter 3-4 year undergraduate programmes at university with more than 85% opting to study at an international university.

Beginning at Grade 9 through to Grade 12, students are guided and assisted with

  • Subject choice - Selection of appropriate subject combinations to satisfy the requirements of their desired major at university
  • Test Prep - Preparation for university tests like SAT by holding SAT sessions and PSAT tests
  • University search - Assistance in choosing the universities that best fit their requirements and abilities
  • Application Forms - Collection and organization of requirements, deadlines, and recommendation letters
  • Personal Statements - Advice on the appropriate content and language

The school also hosts extensive university visits from leading advisors and representatives from world's top universities on regular basis and throughout the year.

IAA is a member of such organizations as 'College Board' and was recently made an accredited test centre for SAT and PSAT.
IAA is also a member of UCAS, Common Application and CIS.

We invite you to browse this section of the website which contains links to many useful resources. For further assistance, contact Aya Abdel Hadi at

The University Application Guidebook

Acceptances for IAA Students

United States

United Kingdom



Academy of Art University

Keele University

Brock University

University of Jordan

American University of Washington

Aston University

University of British Columbia

American University of Beirut

Amherst College

The Arts University College at Bournemouth Wallisdown

Bishop’s University

The Hague University

Arizona State University

University of Aberdeen

Acadia University

Bond University

Art Center College of Design

University of Bristol

Lakehead University

Lebanese American University

Bentley University

University of Surrey

Mount Allison University

John Cabot

Boston University

University of Sussex

Saint Mary's University

New York University – Abu Dhabi

Brown University

University of Kent

University of Guelph

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

California College of the Arts (Oakland)

Heriot Watt University

McMaster University

American University of Cairo

California College of the Arts (San Francisco)

Middlesex University

University of Ottawa

Universiteit Utrecht

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

University of Portsmouth

Queen’s University

Franklin College

Case Western Reserve University

University of West of England

Ryerson University

German Jordan University

Columbia University

City University

University of Toronto

IE University

Cornell University

Durham University

University of Waterloo

American University of Paris

De Montfort University

London Metropolitan University

McGill University

Royal College of Surgeons in Bahrain

Drake University

University of York

University of Western Ontario

Middle East Technical University

Duke University

University of East London

St. Francis Xavier University

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

East Carolina University

University of the Arts London

University of Windsor

American University of Sharjah

Emory University

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York University

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

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London School of Economics



MCPHS - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

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