Qatar Foundation began its mission with the founding of a single school named Qatar Academy. Today, as a city of knowledge has grown around that one school, we continue to expand our offerings to foster a culture of lifelong learning in our younger students.
At Qatar Foundation, everything starts with education. From preschool through to doctoral studies, we offer learning opportunities for students of all ages and abilities. For K-12 students, we offer various programs ranging from IB-accredited school systems to specialized schools that ensure every child gets the education they need.
To give every child the chance to be educated is a gift of promise. A gift of wonderment. A gift that opens up possibilities that can transform lives and develop thinkers, leaders, and creators of great art.
As members of Qatar Foundation, our schools are uniquely integrated into an array of entities and centers that serve Qatar’s needs for education, research, and community development. Our students regularly interact with the surrounding entities to enhance their learning experience and give them a sense of the real world.
Most Education City universities offer summer and winter programs where high school students get a chance to experience university life by attending university-level courses and prepare for what lies ahead.
Our students get to benefit from Qatar Foundation’s community-wide recreation facilities, which include studios, gyms, football pitches, swimming pitches, and more.
Qatar Career Development Center often works directly with our school students, guiding them in the pursuit of their careers by enhancing their skills and helping them choose the right academic path.
Students have the opportunity to go on field trips to events held by Qatar Foundation entities, as well as to the laboratories and libraries of our research centers, and our very own Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.
We’re proud of the diverse and international community we’ve grown and continue to foster here.
Qatar Academy schools follow IB curricula and offer rigorous programs encompassing an international English-medium education, as well as strong Arabic and Islamic studies. We designed these schools to push students to be critical thinkers and active members of society.
Since its launch in 1996, Qatar Academy has grown to five campuses located around the country.
Qatar Academy Doha (QAD) is the largest school in the Qatar Foundation family, with over 1,900 students. QAD is organized administratively into a Primary School, Middle School, and High School, with an Early Education Center (EEC) for children as young as 6 months of age.
Qatar Academy Al Khor was established to serve the needs of the Al Khor community in the north of Qatar. It educated over 1300 (predominantly local) students.
Qatar Academy Al Wakra (QAW) was founded to serve the needs of the rapidly growing Al Wakra coastal community. Currently, it serves over 1300 students from preschool to Grade 11 and is continuing to expand by one grade level each year.
Qatar Academy Sidra (QAS) is a rapidly growing school, currently serving over 500 students that represent over 40 nationalities. Located in Education City, QAS celebrates international mindedness and enquiry-based learning.
Qatar Academy Msheireb was established in 2014 as an innovative dual language Early Years and Primary school. An authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school, QAM serves over 400 students from preschool to Grade 5, after which students graduate to continue their education at other local or Qatar Foundation schools.
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When her daughter Aljazi was three years old, Aisha Al-Amari found out that she has autism. Since that day onwards, she went on a journey to navigate what it’s like to care for an autistic child, and how to get through the stigmas surrounding it. What once started as an emotional battle has become a passion for Al-Amari, who is now the president of Renad Academy’s Parent Teacher Association.
We think all children should study at a place that allows them every opportunity to thrive. That’s why, in addition to our outstanding Qatar Academy schools, we’ve developed some specialized programs for those looking beyond the norm.
Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA) is a residential school that promotes personal growth in young men by engaging them in an environment that fosters excellence in academics, leadership, athletics, and character.
Renad Academy is a school that helps children with autism. It provides education and specialized services to students, and training and support to parents. The school presently serves students aged 3 to 10, but each successive year, it will add a grade level until students of all ages can be served.
Awsaj Academy is a specialized school that addresses the needs of students with mild to moderate learning needs. It believes that each student, despite whatever challenges they may face, can flourish under proper guidance. Through multi-tiered systems of support, Awsaj ensures that students receive the necessary behavioral and academic interventions to close learning gaps. It is the only school of its kind in Qatar.
Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST) is a high school designed to develop Qatar's next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) innovators. It’s Qatar’s only STEM school offering both a US Diploma through Advanced Placement Courses and UK A Levels certification. Starting from Grade 8, the program offers three course curriculums in Engineering, Computer Science, and Biomedical Sciences. Students actively participate in internships and research projects with academic institutes and industrial organizations all over the country, including their neighbors in Education City.
The Academic Bridge Program (ABP) is a foundation program that aims to equip secondary school graduates with the skills to succeed in degree programs at English-language world-class universities. It is a rigorous two-semester general studies program focusing on English, mathematics, science, and computer skills. Since its launch in 2001, ABP has graduated more than 3,000 students, most of whom have gone on to study at universities here in Qatar or abroad.
Academyati is an innovative school that uses an unconventional curriculum to nurture children’s inner gifts and support them in becoming ethical creators who are aware, confident, empowered, and bringing positive change to the world. The school’s philosophy is to develop each child’s personal strengths and interests, allow them to exercise their agency, choose what they want to learn, set their individualized learning goals, and learn through play. With evolving learners, Academyati is constantly looking to adapt and reshape its model and learning environments to respond and best serve their individual needs.
Providing a bilingual education blended with a curriculum deeply rooted in Qatari heritage, Tariq Bin Ziad School has a strong legacy of excellence dating back several decades. Previously run by the Amiri Diwan, the school is of national importance to Qatar, having graduated many of the country's current leaders. Recently, the school has been equipped with new, advanced facilities, and is now ready to be positioned as Qatar's leading bilingual school with a strong focus on Arabic language, culture, and heritage.
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Inspired by international research on the brain development of children between infancy and three years, the Early Education Center at Qatar Foundation is extending primary education to children as young as six months old.
Apart from our programs for students, we’ve also established several initiatives that support educators in Qatar to have the best possible impact on the students under their care.
The Education Development Institute (EDI) leads professional learning, supports curriculum improvement, and builds leadership capacity of educators across Qatar, enabling them to engage with and apply the best and most promising educational practices. EDI collaborates with global experts to offer learning opportunities, organizes national conferences and events for educators, develops professional learning programs that address the needs of individual schools, and much more.
The Learning Center (TLC) is a centralized student support services team comprised of special educators and school-based specialists. They collaborate with schools to develop an inclusive approach that provides a tiered system of support to students from early childhood through secondary education. The tiered system focuses on ensuring age-appropriate development, supporting students with developmental and learning challenges, and helping students who need more attention to bolster their academic performance. Alongside serving students directly, TLC works with parents and teachers to build capacity and share insights about their child’s developmental and learning needs.
There is always something to do when you’re studying at Qatar Foundation.