The High School College Counsellors are Ms. Samia Omar and Ms. Reem Heakal. Both have had professional and certified training. In June 2017, they attended the College Board’s Summer Institute for International Counsellors in New York. This summer Ms. Reem has completed CTC’s International School Counsellor qualification and Ms. Samia completed the CTC course in ‘University Counselling in the International School’. Last year both attended a two-day course entitled ‘University-Bound during Uncertain Times’.
Ms. Samia has an MSc in Political Sociology and Ms. Reem has an MA in Political Science/International Relations. Both are members of the International Association for College Admission Counselling (IACAC).
The College Counsellors works closely with the Principal, Head of IBDP, Head of Secondary, and Homeroom Teachers to provide a bespoke counselling service to KICS students.
The scope of the College Counselling Programme is communicated to the community through regular school channels plus individual parent and student meetings. The College Counsellors write comments for Year 12 and Year 13 students in both Progress and Semester reports.
The aim is to provide the best possible advice to students and parents from an early stage in order to create a personalised road map for each student. We use a top-bottom approach, meaning we identify career aspirations, then university aspirations, and subsequent IB Diploma Options.
Counselling is conducted through regularly scheduled individual student meetings plus group meetings led by College Counsellors.
IB students are faced with a great deal of pressure and time management challenges. We aim to ease this pressure with regular advice, time management plans and frequent communication between students, parents and teachers.
We send students to prestigious universities all over the globe including the UK, the USA, Canada, the Middle East, the Netherlands and Australia. We strive to find the ‘Best-Fit’ institution for our students and their families; institutions where they will be both happy and successful.