SABIS® History & Achievements

  • 1886

    Founder Tanios Saad, aided by Ms. Louisa Proctor started an educational philosophy.

  • 1900s

    Chouiefat, Lebanon 1st Graduating Class.

  • 1975

    Sharjah, UAE 1st Private School Opens.

  • 1977

    Sharjah, UAE 1st Graduating class.

  • 1980s

    Minneapolis, USA 1st Private School in the United States Opens.


    Bath, England 1st Private School in Europe Opens.

  • 1995

    Lahore, Pakistan 1st Graduating Class.


    Dubai, UAE 1st Graduating Class.

  • 2000

    Frankfurt, Germany 1st Graduating Class.

  • 2001

    Springfield, USA 1st Graduating Class.

  • 2003

    Doha, Qatar 1st Graduating Class.

  • 2007

    Muscat, Oman 1st Graduating Class.

  • 2008

    Adma, Lebanon 1st Graduating Class.

  • 2010

    Manama, Bahrain 1st Graduating Class.

  • 2011

    Khalifa City, UAE 1st Graduating Class.


    SAGA was created.

  • 2012

    SAGA reached 3,000 members.

  • 2013

    - Erbil, Iraq 1st Graduating Class
    - SABIS® University, 1st Graduating Class
    - Mt. Auburn International Academy (MAIA),
      1st Graduating Class.


The story of SABIS® dates back to 1886 when The International School of Choueifat was founded in the village of Choueifat, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. There, the founders Reverend Tanios Saad and Ms. Louisa Proctor brought together their vision, dedication, and ambition to provide basic education for Lebanese girls. Soon thereafter, the school became co-educational in response to market demand.

Despite two world wars, The International School of Choueifat continued to grow over the years and embarked upon an expansion program outside Lebanon in the mid-1970s. The expansion was met with substantial success and by the 1990's, SABIS® schools were being established from Germany to Pakistan. Today, SABIS® provides high-quality education to students in 15 countries on four continents, including North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.


SABIS®'s 128-year track record in managing and operating schools around the world is reflected in several achievements. Every year, SABIS® students achieve outstanding results on a variety of international external exams including the American Advanced Placement exam, the SAT, the British IGCSE, O-Level, AS and A Level exams, TOEFL exams, and, on a more limited scale, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Year after year, SABIS® network-wide performance averages on all these exams far exceeds global performance averages.

With outstanding academic results, graduates from SABIS® schools gain entry each year to the world's most competitive universities, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and Stanford. The rich educational foundation SABIS® provides for its students, is reflected in their ongoing ability to distinguish themselves from others in the different fields of science, medicine, business, art and engineering and architecture.