Following is a list, in alphabetical order, of some of the schools offering US, Canadian, and British curricula for schoolchildren.

NOTE: Spaces are limited. It can be a challenge to find a space for a child in the school one prefers; it is best to apply early.

International Schools in Doha, Qatar

American Academy School

  • Founded in 2000, under the supervision of the Qatar Ministry of Education, offering preschool to grade 12
  • Follows the curriculum from the State of New York
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Al Jazeera Academy

American School of Doha (ASD)

  • Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12
  • American school system
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (United States)
  • Also see our video and brief article about ASD

ACS Doha International School (also known as American Community School or ACS Doha)

  • enrolls students aged 3 to 15 years
  • From website, accessed 3/05/2013:
    • “ACS Doha will also be seeking accreditation from WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) – a process that will take us two to three years”
    • “Please note: The High School division will have a phased opening, beginning with Grade 9 (ages 14-15) in September 2012. Further Grades (10, 11 and 12) will be added in successive years.”
    • “The ACS Doha campus has been granted IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) candidate status* by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). … We are seeking to have full authorisation by the International Baccalaureate Organization to provide the Middle Years Programme by July 2013.”

Awaj Academy

  • serves students in grades 1 to 12
  • accredited through the US Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) in 2013
  • classes in English, but by graduation, all students must be proficient in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in both English and Arabic.

Cambridge International School for Girls

  • Kindergarten to Year 11
  • Based on The National Curriculum for England

The Cambridge School

  • Kindergarten to Year 9
  • Based on The National Curriculum for England

Compass International School

  • Based on the British System
  • Accredited through the Cambridge International Centre for the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
  • Ages 3 to 16 years; International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is for children to age 10; International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) is for ages 11-14; Cambridge IGCSE is for ages 14 to 16
  • The Compass Madinat Khalifa School is an accredited International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School.

Doha College

  • Preschool to Year 13.
  • Sponsored by the British Embassy

Doha English-Speaking School

  • Nursery to Year 11.
  • Sponsored by the British Embassy; British passport required.

Doha (Montessori) British School

Elite International School

  • Kindergarten to grade 6

The Gulf English School

The International School of Choueifat – Doha (ISC-Doha)

  • Opened in 1999, offering KG1 to 12
  • Part of SABIS, “… a global education management organization that operates Pre-K and K-12 schools worldwide. … The first school in what has grown to be the SABIS School Network was the International School of Choueifat, which was founded in 1886 in the village of Choueifat, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon”

The International School of London Qatar

  • Founded in 2008
  • Offers preschool to grade 12
  • Fully authorized IB World School, accredited by the Council of International Schools (Europe) as well as the New English Association of Schools and Colleges (US).

Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions at Qatar (DHSHP at Qatar)

  • Branch of DeBakey High School for Health Professions (DHSHP) in Houston, Texas, USA; “It is an alternative to the traditional high school experience that prepares students for careers in medicine and science.”
  • Offers AP classes
  • Opened 2008, offers grades 7 to 12

Middle East International School (MIS)

  • Kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • Follows the American curriculum

Newton International School

  • Founded in 2007, there are four sites in Doha
  • Follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales
  • “We are accredited with the University of Cambridge and are currently working towards AdvancEd accreditation.”

Park House English School

Qatar Academy

  • Preschool to Grade 12.
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (United States) and the Council of International Schools (Europe)

RGS Guildford in Qatar

  • This new school will open in September 2016 for children between three and six years of age and will be followed by the opening of the full prep school for the 2017- 2018 academic year. The single-sex Senior Schools, up to age 18, also due to open in 2017 will allow primary pupils to progress right through the RGS Guildford in Qatar and onto University.
  • RGS Guildford in Qatar follows a bespoke British curriculum, developed in conjunction with the RGS Guildford, extending the British National Curriculum to include traditional, values-based teaching.

Sidra Qatar Academy

  • This new school is an extension of the Qatar Academy, and it opened in September 2012
  • The school launched its website in spring 2013, saying, “The school initially accepted students from nursery (age 3 by September 1st) through grade 6 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Each year the school will add one academic grade level. Upon completion, the school will cater for early childhood (6 months) through grade 12.”
  • This school is not yet accredited.

Qatar Canadian School

  • Offers K-11 only
  • Opened in 2005; offers the Alberta Program of Studies to students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 11.
  • The school has received accreditation from Alberta Education for the 2012-3 school year

Qatar International School

Summit Academy

  • Offers Preschool to grade 9
  • Established in 2003, it follows the American Curriculum, and licensed by the Supreme Education Council (SEC) of Qatar

Depending on the hospital and the position, we may be asked to arrange a telephone interview or Skype interview, between the hospital and you, the candidate. During the call, not only does the hospital assess you, but you have the opportunity to ask questions about the hospital, the hospital’s expectations, and the lifestyle of the country.

First, I know what a phone is, but what is Skype?

Skype is a free, downloadable computer program that allows one to have free computer-to-computer calls to other Skype users locally, nationally, or internationally. Depending on your computer’s equipment, the calls can be voice only or video and voice. If one wants to call computer-to-cell or computer-to-landline, there is a charge.

How do I know a call is coming?

Usually, the hospital will ask us to arrange a date and time to call. The hospital will either suggest a few possible dates and times, or ask you for the best time to call. Due to time zone differences and different workweeks, there may be a few back-and-forth calls or emails before a time is established. If using Skype, they will ask us for your “Skype name” or “Skype ID.”

Who will call?

Interviews for staff-level positions are either one-on-one calls with the unit’s or department’s manager or small panel calls (e.g., the manager and an educator, the manager and a staff member).

Calls for managers or other admin staff are usually panel interviews. And there may be more than one interview.

How should I prepare for my telephone or Skype interview?

Due to the time difference between North America and the Middle East, phone interviews are often held very early in the morning in North America, which is late afternoon in the Middle East. For example, during daylight saving time, Saudi Arabia is seven hours ahead of the Eastern time zone; during standard time, Saudi Arabia is eight hours ahead of the Eastern time zone. (So for candidates on the Pacific coast, calls may be quite late in the evening, which is early the following day in the Arabian Gulf.)

For early calls, ensure that you have been up long enough to shake off your night’s sleep, and sound alert.

In the case of phone calls, because on the phone you can’t show interest and energy through your body language (as you can in an in-person interview), it must show through your voice. Also, because telephone interviews tend to be shorter than in-person interviews, you have to be focused in your responses and questions.

And in the case of skype calls, where you can be seen, make sure you are professionally dressed.

If possible, have the employer to call you on a landline, since these tend to be more reliable than cell phones.

What will the interviewer ask?

Phone interviews are chiefly work-related, “standard” employment interviews. Staff-level applicants are usually questioned on topics such as procedures, skills, time management strategies, conflict management strategies, etc. It is common to be asked scenario questions, e.g., how you would handle specific types of emergency situations, specific types of patients, work-related incidents. You may be asked why you are interested in working at the hospital and in the country.

Have a copy of your resume with you, because you may be asked specifics about your previous experience.

Management staff can be asked similar questions, as well as those about their management style, leadership philosophy, etc.

Any other suggestions?

  • First impressions are everlasting; therefore, on the off chance that you may be away from the phone when the call comes in, ensure that your voicemail message is professional. Your message should not say something you think is witty, but which may be misinterpreted or misunderstood. Don’t have wild music or children yelling in the background.
  • If you are doing a Skype call and have a camera on your computer, make sure you are dressed appropriately! You don’t want to be interviewed in your pyjamas, ripped gardening clothes, nude … you get the idea. (And tidy up the area that the camera will capture.)
  • If you live with roommates or family, let them know when the call is scheduled, so they can give you some uninterrupted quiet time.
  • Answer the call yourself — don’t have a roommate or family member answer.
  • Ignore any incoming calls/call waiting that occur during the phone interview.
  • If you must do a phone call, and you must do it on a cell, make sure the cell is fully charged and you’re in a room with good reception.
  • Don’t eat or chew gum.
  • Prepare questions in advance to ask the interviewer. Always have serious questions; they indicate that you are seriously interested.
  • Listen carefully to the interviewer, and ask follow-up questions if you need clarification. If you don’t understand a question, ask them to repeat the question or phrase it differently.
  • Feel free to take notes, but don’t let note-taking distract you. You can always follow up with your recruiter if you miss something.
  • If you’re having technical difficulties on a call or skype connection, let the interviewer know, and ask them to call you right back.
  • Finally, let your recruiter know about how the interview went, and whether your interest in the position has decreased or increased, and whether you have new questions.

Can a telephone or Skype interview result in a disapproval, and if yes, what are the reasons given?

Yes, a telephone or Skype interview can result in a disapproval. For example, a nurse manager may question an applicant in-depth about their experience, and decide that the acuity of patients on units on which they’ve worked is too low for the manager’s unit’s needs. Or an applicant may answer scenario-based questions (e.g., about treatments, procedures, protocols, or patient care) incorrectly or poorly, and not be recommended. Occasionally, a manager may feel that a person is not going for the right reason. Or your telephone voice may not sound positive or engaging. Or, in a Skype video call, you may look unprofessional.

What if they don’t call?

Sometimes the overseas lines can be problematic, so the hospital cannot get through to you. Sometimes situations come up and the call must be rescheduled without warning. Sometimes interviewers are conducting several calls in a row, and one or two run late. Let your recruiter know that the call didn’t happen, and they will find out what happened and will reschedule.

Good luck!