We’re finalizing the logo and design style for the new King Abdullah Academy – and we want to get your feedback! Our graphics team has come up with lots of ideas for different logos, color themes and font styles that would be used on everything from the school’s website, stationery, uniform and signage. We have narrowed the design options down to three, and would like you to tell us which of the design options you like best.
Videos of the three design options are posted on the KAA-Herndon.com page on Binumi
(a web-based video platform). All you need to do is sign in to Binumi, view the video clips, and click the heart-shaped “like” button to vote for your favorite design. View instructions to vote.
Welcome to the King Abdullah Academy website. We intend to use this as a vehicle of communication for faculty, prospective faculty, students and of course parents to stay up to date on our progress as we prepare for opening day.
The King Abdullah Academy is truly a remarkably bold and visionary project, and I am excited to be involved. In my many years as a school Principal and as an educational consultant in countries as diverse as New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Japan and Palestine, I have yet to come across such an exciting project so full of promise for the Saudi Arabian people and for the Muslim community based in Virginia. I look forward to welcoming you as founding members of this vibrant and innovative school community.
Planning for the fast-approaching opening is well underway. The development team includes ISA teachers, various local and international consultants who are experts in their fields and others. There is valuable input from Board members of the Islamic Saudi Academy and other local and Saudi-based community leaders along with the architects, builders, and design experts, who are working hard to complete the building by the end of May, 2016.
Our key priorities going forward are to:
This week we invite all interested parties – students, parents, and faculty – to think about the new school and what it hopes to become, and give feedback on three short-listed design options for the new school logo.
I look forward to hosting visits by foundation students and their families in the near future.
The King Abdullah Academy Project
A series of logo concepts, color themes, and font styles for use on the school’s website, stationery, uniform, and signage was presented by NPdesign. These design concepts have been short-listed to three options which will soon be unveiled to the ISA community for feedback. Pictured above: Mr. Matt Maio and Mr. Spencer Brott of Trammell and Crow and Mr. Hatim Hajj and Mr. Nader Elhajj, engineers, discussing the design options for the logo.
Curriculum Development: What will be taught at The King Abdullah Academy and how?
King Abdullah Academy is designed around the most contemporary pedagogic principles. Students
and faculty will be organised into fourteen learning communities which are grouped further into
seven units called Professional Learning Communities. These units are designed to facilitate
teaching and learning that makes use of methods very different to traditional school settings. A new language will become more commonly understood by students and parents including, for example, Project-Based Learning, Cross-disciplinary learning, integrated teaching, vertical student mobility and differentiated learning.
The project development team, assisted by expert consultants, continues the work of designing the
curriculum framework for the King Abdullah Academy. This work will progressively involve more
faculty members between now and the school opening.
The second of two workshops was held on Sunday 31 January 2016. Participants from right to left
were: Mr Phil Evans, Noura Harran, Nijmeh Zayed of The Islamic Academy (Dr Cindy Waddell also
present was the photographer), technician, Mr Chris Faisandier, workshop facilitator, Dr Sharon
Bowers STEM consultant, Dr Ahlam Musa (English/Arabic Language specialist), Mr Noureddine
El Alam, STEM educator, Dr Jim Egenrieder, STEM consultant, Alison Roca (ISA). Absent from the photograph was Ms Xenia Cox of Archademia consultancy and Dr Rajeev Bajaj, educational consultanthttp://www.kitamba.com/team) and Ms Catherine Saldutti of Educhange consultancy.