Our Story

Patrons and Founders

Noor and Sue
Queen Noor and Sue, Co-founderĀ of AHSS

Her Majesty Queen Noor and Her Excellency Mrs. Leila Sharaf have been very helpful and encouraging over the years. Her Majesty sponsored a Montessori training program in the school and provided the equipment and materials for a Montessori kindergarten class in 1982, the first in the kingdom. Her Excellency Mrs. Leila Sharaf presented the school with a sizable fund to establish its first library. In recognition of his high ideals and convictions about quality education, the school was named after His Excellency, the late Sharif Abdul Hamid Sharaf, Prime Minister of Jordan in the late 1970’s.

Dr. Sue Dahdah and husband, engineer Farid Dahdah, founded the school in 1980. It was among the first of many modern, private, non-parochial schools to open in Amman, Jordan in the early eighties. Starting with 18 students in a small rented villa, the school soon outgrew the location and moved to its current premises in the summer of 1991. The school currently has capacity for 800 students in kindergarten through twelfth grades.

Brief Description

The Abdul Hamid Sharaf School is a private, coeducational, K-12 day school serving the needs of a diverse group of students, international and local. Languages of instruction for the basic subjects are Arabic and English. The school is licensed to teach the Jordanian Ministry of Education curriculum (Tawjihi), the British General Certificate of Education (GCE) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), and the American SAT II curriculum. Successful completion of the programs of study in English allows the student’s degree to be equated with the Jordanian Tawjihi high school diploma that is necessary for continuing education in Jordanian colleges and universities.

For students in the Arabic stream a strong ESL program is in effect and is taught by qualified English teachers, many of who are native speakers. Ministry of Education textbooks are supplemented with audio-visual materials, teaching aids and books, especially in science, math, English and social studies. Enrollment in the English curriculum is possible beginning at the third grade level. American textbooks are used for grades three to twelve except in the British curriculum that starts with 9th grade.