Medes School is a private, Christian, English-based network of schools operating
in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq.
Because the Kurds consider themselves modern-day descendants of the ancient Medes,
these schools are known as the "Classical Schools of the Medes." It is our goal to
equip students to positively shape the future of their families, community, and nation.
Program Background Our program began in response to requests from local church and
government authorities to establish a school with English-based curriculum and international
training support as a means to bless and enrich their communities. The first school
opened in Sulymania in January 2001 and currently enrolls over 600 students in kindergarten
through 12th grade. A second school opened in Duhok in the fall of 2002 and now enrolls
over 600 students (K-9). In September 2003, a third school campus opened in Arbil
which enrolls over 800 students (K-8).
On-site American staff typically teach one or two courses per semester, with the
balance of their time spent in relationships with students, their families, and community
contacts. All curriculum development, international staffing, and training is coordinated
through Servant Group International, To learn more about becoming a team member at
our schools, please visit:
Students Over 95 percent of the students come from Kurdish Muslim families, with
the remainder from Orthodox, Evangelical Christian, and other backgrounds. Many students
are children of local government officials and community leaders. Student families
understand the need for and appreciate an education that is both rigorous and nurturing,
while program staff and faculty are honored to help prepare young men and women for
leadership in a new Iraq.
Community Support Parents, local officials, and community leaders are all very supportive
of these schools. Government officials have even granted land and assisted with construction
of new school buildings in several cities.
Model of Education Medes School uses English-based curriculum for most subjects;
supplemental classes are taught in Kurdish and Arabic.