The Jubilee School
was originally conceived as a Silver Jubilee tribute to King Hussein's longstanding commitment to education. It became Jordan's first independent, residential co-educational secondary school for students with exceptional academic ability in 1993, emphasizing opportunity for students from the less developed areas of the Kingdom.
The Jubilee School fosters human talent, promotes cross-cultural understanding and educates new leaders grounded in democratic values, tolerance and community service. By enhancing students' academic and social skills, the school creates a synthesis between education and leadership and prepares them to enter the next stage of their lives as responsible, action-oriented, knowledgeable and engaged citizens.
The school's syllabus is based on the philosophy that successful learning takes place through exploration and experimentation, rather than through a rigid transmission of facts from teacher to student. The curriculum employed by the school enhances studentsâ€™ problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
Teachers apply interactive and challenging methods of teaching, and classrooms and laboratories are equipped with the latest technologies and educational tools. Students are provided with access to programs and resources appropriate for their abilities in a unique learning environment in which they can thrive.
Education and Leadership Program
The Jubilee School provides a comprehensive four-year secondary educational program that includes both compulsory and elective courses. The curriculum combines leadership development, creative and critical thinking, conflict resolution skills, science and technology expertise, and social responsibility.
Advanced Use of Technology
The Jubilee School acts as an educational incubator, pioneering new subjects and methods used in the teaching/learning process. It was the first school in Jordan to introduce video conferencing, multi-media instruction and other means of information communication technology (ICT) in the classroom. It was also the first school in the country to introduce Robotics based on the same concepts used in industry, combining computer programming and automated technology. These educational initiatives have been replicated in both public and private schools in Jordan and the region.
Based on the school's strategy of adopting the latest technology and communication tools, Sun Microsystems selected the Jubilee School to be the site of a state-of-the-art 20-seat Sun Ray academic laboratory, the first such laboratory in a Jordanian school. The application of the Sun Academic Initiative provides access to online curricula for both teachers and students.
Jubilee students learn outside the classroom through a variety of national and international activities. Internationally recognized leaders and thinkers visit the school to interact with the students. Among many illustrious visitors to the school have been His Majesty King Hussein, His Majesty King Abdullah, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Bill Gates, Hilary Clinton and Gerhard Schrder.
Students are encouraged to design and implement research studies and surveys, and to take part in student-exchange programs. They participate in competitions, workshops and seminars, such as the Future World Leaders Summit/Presidential Classroom Program, the Model United Nations forums and the International Physics Olympiads. Students are further encouraged to engage in their community through voluntary work and excursions in Jordan and abroad.
Students and Graduates
The Jubilee School employs rigorous selection criteria based on exceptional students academic performance and demonstration of leadership potential. Each year, around 100 students from private and public schools are selected to join the Jubilee School.
In 2007, the total number of graduates reached 1,042. Jubilee School graduates consistently rank in the top 10% of national exam scores for secondary schools. 99% of graduates attend highly competitive colleges and universities in Jordan, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Recent graduates have attended Jordan University, the University of London, Harvard, Brown, Georgetown, and the University of Michigan, among others.
The Scholarship Fund
The admission of students on a scholarship basis is fundamental to the Jubilee School's egalitarian philosophy. In 1997, King Hussein and Queen Noor, along with local and international philanthropies, established the Scholarship Fund to assist students with significant financial need.
The Jubilee School also coordinates the Sponsor-a-Student program, where donors can sponsor one or more students for a period of up to four years. The fund is used for tuition fees, textbooks, stationary, transportation, school uniforms and on-campus boarding expenses for students from remote and underprivileged areas.
To date, the Scholarship Fund has provided partial and full scholarships to 95% of the total graduates.