Principal's Message

I am happy to welcome students, staff and community to International Schools Group Dammam as we begin our 4th decade. We welcomed 1335 and students K-12 and 155 staff members this past September. I am honored to be the principal of such a wonderful school, and look forward to developing relationships with students, parents, staff and community members.

At ISG Dammam, we are committed to preparing students for the many challenges of a complicated world. We will continue our work on improving our student performance data and ensuring inclusive excellence, while helping our students understand the importance of perseverance through a growth mindset. Our core values of Responsibility, Integrity, Respect, Self-discipline, and Honesty make a difference through fearless conversations in the pursuit of excellence for all.

As a school, we are committed to increasing academic rigor by implementing:  aligned curriculum, instruction and assessments through professional collaboration, student agency, literacy, and compassionate action.  "We inspire innovative and compassionate action.” This is our mission.  By planning for a rigorous and supportive academic experience for all students, we guide our curriculum and instruction towards these goals.

We believe that all students can and must learn.  As a school, we are committed to Inclusive Excellence for our students. We know that we will not be truly excellent until we can ensure that college preparation and acceptance is the standard for all of our graduates. 

We encourage our students to get involved in the life of our school and the greater Dammam community. Most of our students are involved in activities and clubs, athletics, volunteer work and take on leadership opportunities.. Our students are multitalented and we are committed to helping them become well-rounded citizens. 

We are excited to continue our journey to excellence. It is a pleasure and honor to be the principal of this fine school. I cherish our students and believe in our faculty and staff. Together, we are LEOPARD STRONG!

John Rutten