Upper School Principal's Welcome

“At RFS, we believe that our youth is the most precious Palestinian resource and are committed to investing in them for a better future.”
—Dr. Riyam Kafri, Principal, RFS Upper School

Welcome to RFS Upper School, previously known as the FBS. I hope you will find our website easy to navigate, informative and interesting. Whatever the reason for your visit, we are happy you are here. I hope that you will catch a little bit of RFS spirit through our website, but just in case, allow me to share with you a taste of it.

The Upper School was originally founded as a boys school in 1901.Today, it is a leading co-educational institution in middle and high school education. We are a licensed International Baccalaureate school with both the Middle Years Program and the Diploma Program making us an IB World School. Currently we house grades six through twelve.

We are proud of our Palestinian and Quaker identities and are constantly trying to merge both together. Our students pursue academics, cultural expression and activity, all while keeping in mind our long-standing Quaker traditions and values.

We are committed to academic excellence. Our teachers are the best in the field in Palestine and many compete with their counterparts both regionally and internationally. Our IB Diploma Program results are internationally ranked and our students attend the best colleges and universities around the world.

Our campus is constantly full of energy, and our students are the heart of school culture and the forefront of academics—and, at RFS, we believe in and practice student centered learning. We also emphasize student governance, and, as a result, our school has one of the most active student councils in the country.

We are home to the first co-curricular sports program where after school sports are directly tied to the physical education curriculum. Our program is both inclusive and highly successful—with our boys football team placing first in the regional tournament and the girls placing second in 2015. We are the first school in Palestine to establish a Model United Nations Club, the club participates in international conferences and helps other Palestinian schools establish chapters.

We are committed to making our students’ education fit into the Palestinian context and strive to bring Palestine into the classroom, while encouraging global citezenship. We seek to raise a generation who not only excel academically and professionally, but also serve Palestine, its people and their global community. At RFS, we believe that our youth is the most precious Palestinian resource and are committed to investing in them for a better future. Enjoy your virtual visit and come visit us soon!

Dr. Riyam Kafri
Upper School Principal