Al-Kifah Academy Wins First Place in the Sheikh Hamdan Award for Best School Initiative in Gifted Education for Knooz Program


Al-Kifah Academy proudly announces its victory in the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance, achieving first place for the best school initiative in the field of gifted education with its innovative program, “Knooz.”

The “Knooz” program is a comprehensive initiative designed to discover and nurture the talents of students of various ages, providing the necessary support to develop their skills and refine their abilities in diverse fields. The program employs modern and advanced educational methods and includes a range of activities and practical workshops that enhance students’ capabilities, helping them excel and innovate.

One of the main reasons for winning this international award for school initiatives in gifted education is the collective belief at Al-Kifah Academy in the importance of investing in the “Knooz” program. From 2016 to 2024, the program has supported 1,194 students with full or partial scholarships. The program also features a specialized and trained team, an appropriate school environment for nurturing gifted students, and a partnership with the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity.

What sets the “Knooz” program apart is its multi-stage process, starting with the identification of gifted students, followed by the design of enrichment programs that enhance academic skills in mathematics, sciences, and programming, as well as extracurricular and volunteer activities. The achievements of our students locally and internationally in scientific research are remarkable, with one of our students winning first place globally at the “ISEF” Science and Engineering Fair in the field of chemistry.

Our best practices include community engagement through awareness programs for students and parents outside Al-Kifah Academy about gifted education programs, and partnerships with researchers in the field of gifted education from master’s and doctoral students to implement practical programs or surveys. Gifted education at the academy begins at the kindergarten level, where the “Stanford-Binet” scale was applied to 350 students. We also engage experts in the field of gifted education from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Jordan, and participate in international competitions and camps for gifted students in South Korea, Taiwan, Egypt, and Jordan.

This award is a recognition of the significant efforts made by the academy to support and develop gifted students, reaffirming our commitment to providing high-quality education that prepares a creative generation capable of facing future challenges.

Al-Kifah Academy takes great pride in this significant achievement and extends its gratitude to all who contributed to the success of the “Knooz” program, including students, parents, teachers, and administrators. We continue to strive diligently to achieve more successes and accomplishments in the future.