School History

Dhahran Academy (now DEMS) was founded in 1962 as a school for U.S. Consulate employees and is now one of three schools located adjacent to the American Consulate. 650+ students and 50 staff members work, learn and play together in a diverse community of over 50 nationalities. With an uncompromising commitment to excellence, the mission of our staff, parents and community is to ensure optimal student learning and success.

International Schools Group (formerly SAIS) is licensed by the Ministry of Education as a "not-for-profit" school district organized within the Kingdom and governed by a Board of Trustees. 

Campuses are located throughout Saudi Arabia, including at Jubail, Dammam (Rahima) and the main site in Dhahran.

The ISG Board of Trustees represents various stakeholder groups and companies within the Kingdom. Trustees serve two-year terms. Volunteering their time, ISG Board members’ responsibilities for the District include:

  • Establishing the structure which will provide the means for excellence in education.
  • Working collaboratively with the administration and community to develop a shared vision for ISG schools.
  • Adopting academic standards based on high expectations.
  • Ensuring that assessment systems are in place to measure academic performance.  


All ISG schools are accredited by either Middle States Association or CIS.