We've come a long way...

We’re going far…

The ABIS Story

Sohar Aluminium recognizes that a quality international school is needed in Sohar… and decides to build one.

Sohar Aluminium, then recently built, decided to set up the Al Batinah International School to provide high quality education for expatriate families who were moving to the area.

ABIS opens its doors for the first time to students

Initially located in a villa near the airport that was then nowhere to be seen, ABIS welcomes student for the first time

The villa!

ABIS’s first home!

ABIS moves to its brand new, purpose built buidings

The school move to its current location to become the proud owners of some great new facilities including the best gym in town and a wonderful swimming pool.

Our new school!

The new school arrives at our current location. In those days it was in the middle of the dessert!

The school is authorized to offer the PYP

As only the third school in Oman ABIS is authorized to offer the inquiry based Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate.

ABIS offers IGCSE courses to middle school students

The school offers a programme for students up to 16 years old culminating in the IGCSEs.



The school opens the SLS. A home for our secondary school students

After spending years being in the primary school rooms, The SLS provides our older students with a wonderful space to learn and grow.

ABIS is authorized to offer the IB Diploma and opens up Grade 11

Our first students enter the IB Diploma course… all four of them! A new world for them and for us.

ABIS starts working together with Sohar Aluminium & Orpic to develop a partnership

Discussions start looking at ways that we can expand the school, provide an exciting future for the school and give back to the local community.


We start the authorization process to go from a member of the Council of International Schools to an accredited member status

The accreditation process is a wonderful way for good schools to get get better and better. If you’re interested, click here!

ABIS starts construction of a major expansion & improvement of its facilities

After 4 years of planning, the first hole was dug!

The first of our new buildings opens!

We proudly opened our wonderful new learning community building (LC1 – Elsy!) in August. Students from Grades 3 to 6 enjoy a wonderful open plan learning environment downstairs and upstairs is our dynamic secondary school.

ABIS is accredited by CIS

ABIS is fully accredited by the globally renowned, not-for-profit accreditation agency, The Council of International Schools. One of just a few schools in the region to have achieved this, CIS Accredited Member status is your guarantee that the school is well run and mission driven.

All facilities open! (including our farm!)

We opened all our facilities…. more text goes in here…

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