1) What are the school hours?
PK-3: Sunday – Thursday 7:00am-12:00pm
PK-4-Grade 11: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 7:00am-2:00pm, Tuesday: 7:00am-1:00pm
School holidays, beginning/end dates, and other events are provided in the school calendar.
2) I cannot get records from the past three (3) years. What do I do?
We understand that it can be difficult to obtain records and recommendations from many different schools. Please provide as much documentation as possible. In some cases, it may be possible to review a file without all of the past records, however, please note that the most recently issued records will be required. The decision for exception rests with the school.
3) I have a child with learning differences. Can they attend QA Sidra?
QA Sidra strives to be an inclusive school that meets the needs of its students. A limited number of students with learning differences are currently served at our school. The nature of service depends on the diagnosis of the student’s needs and his/her current abilities. Please submit all IEPs, reports, and records initially in the application process to avoid delays. The Admissions Committee will review the application and accept the student if QA Sidra has the capacity to provide appropriate educational support to meet the student’s needs.
4) Is there an admissions test?
Yes, there are assessments administered at the school for all applicants to Qatar Academy Sidra. These assessments are used to determine if the school can service the needs of each child and is used to provide the school with information on the best programme and placement for the student.
In some cases the Admissions Committee may require additional assessment to be certain the school can meet the programing needs of a student. This is on a case-by-case basis.
5) Is the application fee refundable?
No, the application fee covers the costs associated with receiving and processing application documents and is non-refundable.
6) My application is complete. Now what happens?
After all required documents have been completed, the Admissions Office will confirm receipt of your completed application. The file will be sent to the Admissions Committee for review. If additional information is needed to make a decision, we will let you know. Otherwise, the Admissions Office will contact you with the results of the decision and advise on next steps.
7) How is grade-level placement determined?
Grade placement is generally determined by age-appropriateness of the student. However there are national regulations, which govern the age placement for children in grades. For the majority of applicants coming from a US curriculum schools there is no change of grade level. In most cases, students in the primary school will be considered by their age as of September 1st. In the Middle Years Programme, student records are reviewed to determine the last fully completed school year and assign accordingly.
QA Sidra operates on a Northern hemisphere calendar (September to June school year). Students coming from Southern hemisphere calendar schools will need be placed in a grade that allows them to fully complete the next level of education. For example, a student finishing the 7th grade in December in the Southern hemisphere will be placed in the 7th grade at QA Sidra from January-June. They will then be promoted to the 8th grade for the following school year.
QA Sidra makes the sole determination about grade-level placement.
8) When can students start school?
Students will be able to start at QA Sidra once parents have received their final acceptance letter from the Admissions Office and have been notified of a start date.
9) Does QA Sidra run a waiting list?
Our mandate is to only accept students that are dependents of the Qatar Foundation. We will only put students on a waiting list when all seats in a grade level are full.
10) How does my child get to and from school?
The school does not provide transportation. Most students are driven to the school by their parents or a private driver.
11) Do QASidra students wear a uniform?
Yes. Information about uniform requirements and purchase will be provided upon acceptance.
12) Is lunch provided?
Qatar Foundation policy requires that all elementary school students (KG-5) purchase the school provided snack and lunch. Parents of Secondary School students (6-11) have the option to purchase the school snack and lunch or students may bring their own.
13) What are the class sizes?
Classes are generally small with a pupil teacher ratio of under 20:1.