Riada American School

"Every Learner A Leader"

Mrs. Gehan Holayel
School Principal

Riada American School, a leading institution of education, opened on its present site, a distinctive, architect-designed group of buildings, in 2005. Located in a central, peaceful part of Alexandria, the school provides a safe and environment for nearly five hundred students every year. In architecture and design, the School is modern and purpose built. RAS offers the American curriculum for grades K-12. RAS is accredited by the Egyptian Ministry of Education as a co-educational, university/college preparatory school, which adheres to the American curriculum and grants the American High School Diploma. Additionally, RAS is accredited by AdvancED. RAS firmly believes that small class size is highly conductive to learning. Small class size allows the teacher the opportunity to address individual academic needs, and to tailor teaching to each individual student's learning style. RAS believes in self-renewal and searching out best practices so that our students may participate in a rich, educational experience. Our students, in turn, are active, intelligent and creative learners. These positive attitudes unite us across all levels at RAS. Our parents are our partners in the education of their children. Parents volunteer in classrooms, are active in the Parent Teacher Organization, and lend their voices to our students’ education. We invite and encourage parents to use our website to stay well informed about the activities and learning experiences at RAS.

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Riada Alumni Gallery

Farah elSayed Aly – Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University

"... Medicine has been a dream from childhood that Riada helped to achieve. One of Alexandria’s finest, Riada American helped me develop my presentation and leadership skills, that, as I have discovered, are vital in college. My teachers, whose doors were always open, made me realize that originality is key, so I graduated having developed my own character and style. Riada American was, is, and always will be home. My best memories are: the Oratory Contest, that encouraged me to address a diverse audience, my Senior Trip, and becoming Head of Tutoring as part of my Community Service Program. Supervising tutoring was a huge responsibility but enabled me to help a lot of RAS students. ..."

Seif Hassan elKhashab - International Business and Management,
Toulouse Business School (Barcelona Campus)
Football player in Spanish CE Jupiter U19 League

"… I would not have been where I am now without Riada and its people. I have been at Riada my whole academic life since the age of three. Basically I have learned every single thing I know in this school, not only academics but also dealing with everyday life situations, dedication to what I am doing, and giving my best. I have spent the best three years of my life in Riada American High School. It felt like going to a place where I could learn more about myself and could see the people I love most. My best memories are those of the International Day and our Senior Trip. …"

Omar Mahmoud elSenbawy – Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University

"... Riada American School has influenced me in many positive ways that I only now gradually become aware of as I develop in this new stage of my life. I cannot emphasize enough how this school has helped me achieve my goal of being in Medical School by teaching me dedication and self discipline towards what I do. Especially Ms. Gehan Holayel left a presence in me that will last for many years to come. Although I have attended multiple schools in my academic life, no other school was as special and helpful to me as Riada. I cant thank the staff enough. My best memories are those of the time I spent with friends and the countless events organized that include International Day and the Bake Sale. ..."

Admission to RAS

Student Applications:
Parents who wish to enroll their child in RAS must complete an application form that is available in the admissions office. The student must also complete an Admission Test. It is administered according to the grade level that matches the placement of the child. This Entrance Test cannot be given until all necessary previous school records and a birth certificate are provided; additional information may also be required. The school’s administration will evaluate the applicant's previous school records and review the results of the admission test to determine whether admission is in the best interest of both the school and the child; a parent interview is required.

Procedures and requirements for prospective students include:
- The completion of an application form.
- Student's birth certificate.
- Four recent photographs of student.
- Attendance certificate and the last report issued by the student's previous school.
- A current medical report signed by an approved physician.
- Foreign student must submit a photocopy of his/her passport.
- Appointment for testing and interview.

Test Requirements:
- Preschool: admission on basis of availability.
- Kindergarten through second grade: applicants will be interviewed, evaluated, and tested. Evaluations are done by individual appointments.
- Third through tenth grade: applicants take the School Entrance Test. Also required are a transcript from the applicant's current school, a school visit, and an interview.

Admission procedures start in April for the following September. Admission will continue throughout the spring and summer months when there are spaces available. The school will make no admission decision until all required materials are on file and the testing procedure is complete.

RAS Grade Level System:
In order to enter the American Kindergarten a child should be 5 years old by December 1st. If a child is 6 years old on September 15th, she/he is in the American 1st Grade. To enter the following grades at Riada American School, a student has to be the correct age for entrance by September 15th of the school year.

 Age  Level of Study  US Grade  UK Year
  3 - 5   Pre-school & KG1   N/A   Nursery School
  5 - 10   KG2 & Elem. / Primary School   Kindergarten - 5th   Years 1 - 6
  11 - 13   Middle School   6th - 8th   Years 7 - 9
  14 - 18   High School   9th - 12th (Freshman - Senior)   Years 10 - 13

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Year Calendar 2020-2021

High School Graduation Requirements

RAS students receive support from a school counselor who has access to information about a student's classes, grades, and extracurricular activities. The college counselor can help students see the big picture when it comes to planning their academic future and finding a suitable college or university in Egypt or abroad. RAS offers an enriched, competitive, college preparatory education. We believe a complete curriculum should begin at the earliest possible level. This is why computers and foreign language learning start in the elementary years. We want our students to appreciate learning as a life-long opportunity.

RAS Requirements for Graduation
RAS is a college preparatory school where students are challenged to follow arigorous course of study. For a student to graduate and receive a diploma, she/he must accumulate a minimum of 26 Carnegie units between the 9th and 12th grades in order to be eligible for graduation. RAS does not grant an American High School Diploma to students who do not have 12 years of formal schooling, grades 1-12.

A student must have earned the following credits during High School grades 9 -12:

4 English
4 Social Studies
4 Mathematics
4 Science
3 Foreign Language
1 Computer*
2 Physical Education
4 Electives

Minimum Total 26
* Students must earn 1 credit in computer applications or demonstrate proficiency in basic operations.

High School Diploma
RAS students may earn a High School diploma by completing the following requirements:
1. Students must complete grades 9 and 10.
2. Students must pass 8 credits in grades 11 & 12. **

English Literature
Business Math
P.E. / Art

** Note:
- Students must pass 5 credits minimum in grade 12.
- Students may count 3 credits maximum in grade 11.
- Arabic is a major subject at all grade levels. Students will be prepared for the Ministerial option of passing before graduation or during college.

School Facilities

Computer Labs

RAS is up-to-date, following the latest trends in technology. Our computer department consists of three labs. The School has a multi-media room which is equipped with sound and video systems.

Science Labs

Science Labs: The school uses separate labs for biology, chemistry and physics. Our labs are equipped with materials students need for their experiments, and there is lab supervision at all times.


The school provides a well furnished and equipped library. The library is provided for students and teachers to encourage them to read, conduct research and projects in all Curriculum subjects. In addition to text and reference books, the library is supplied with a large collection of educational and cultural audio/visual materials.


There is a playground for the younger children equipped with slides, swings and rocking toys.

School Psychologist

RAS provides counseling services for socio-psychological adjustment for students. The counselors help students identify their identities according to their abilities. In addition, the departments helps parents and teachers deal with students according to their developmental stages and individual differences.

School Clinic

RAS provides health care services through offering first aid, regular screenings, medication and treatment, health counseling and education, and supporting students acquiring self-care habits.


Riada American School is fully accredited by AdvancED: “Advancing Excellence in Education Worldwide.” AdvancED’s accreditation process is designed on a standards-based framework to feed continuous improvement and transform education on a global scale.

The AdvancED Accreditation Policies and Procedures represent the unified policies and procedures for accreditation from AdvancED’s Accreditation Divisions: North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

AdvancED provides an effective engine for systematizing and maximizing school improvement efforts. This process creates benefits that stem from integrating school improvement and accreditation, including increased student performance. AdvancED represents 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide, educating 15 million students.


Riada Schools (American, British, National, New Riada) is continuously soliciting qualified individuals for teaching and assisting in different subject areas. Recruitment in now ongoing for the academic school year of 2017-2018. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae with cover letter. Evaluation of applications will occur as they are received and will continue until the positions are filled.

Please send your CV and cover letter to the following email address: