SABIS is an education management organization that operates schools in 20 countries on five continents in both the private and public sectors [1] and licenses a proprietary education program. According to the company, schools in the SABIS Network educate over 70,000 students and implement a proven, proprietary system.

SABIS Educational Systems, Inc.
Founded1886; 137 years ago (1886)
FoundersTanios Saad and Louisa Proctor
HeadquartersEden Prairie, Minnesota
Serviceseducation management organization


The story of SABIS dates back to 1886 when the International School of Choueifat [2] was founded in the village of Choueifat, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. What started as a school for girls founded by the Reverend Tanios Saad and Ms. Louisa Proctor soon started accepting boys as well.

The International School of Choueifat – Choueifat, Lebanon

The International School of Choueifat survived two world wars and began a program outside Lebanon in the mid-1970s.


Expansion of the network outside of Lebanon began in the mid-1970s by Alaa Kamal. In 1976, SABIS opened its first school outside of Lebanon in Sharjah, in the U.A.E.[3] In the UAE, the organization currently operates The International Schools of Choueifat and SABIS International Schools, located in six of the emirates.[4]

In 2019, SABIS announced a deal with Arada to launch a K–12 international school in Aljada, Sharjah’s largest lifestyle megaproject.[5]

SABIS also operates a number of schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,[4] in Lahore, Pakistan; in Frankfurt Rhein-Main, Germany, and in Neuss, Germany. It also operated a school in Bath, U.K., which closed down in 2018. In 2015, SABIS opened a school in Azerbaijan.[6]

In Sub-Saharan Africa, SABIS is in partnership with Africa Crest Education (ACE) Holdings.[7][8]

In Latin America, SABIS announced its plans to tap into the Brazilian market in 2018, with a $50 million investment project.[9]

The SABIS International School – Costa Verde[10] in Panama opened its doors in September 2017.

SABIS operates six schools in the United States: five public charter schools (in Arizona, Massachusetts, and Michigan) and one private school in Minnesota. In 2013, SABIS started educating students at the Collegiate Charter School of Lowell (Collegiate), in Lowell, Massachusetts.


  1. ^ SABIS. "A lesson in academic acumen".
  2. ^ Magazine, Tharawat (2016-11-01). "SABIS® – 130 Years of Innovation in Education". Tharawat Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  3. ^ "School group celebrates 40 years of operations in the UAE". Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  4. ^ a b "SABIS: A solid education is the key to a successful future". Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  5. ^ "Arada partners with SABIS to launch K-12 international school in Aljada, Sharjah's largest lifestyle megaproject". Construction Business News Middle East. 2019-06-12. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  6. ^ Mwangi, Winnie (2019-10-01). "Sabis International School: fees structure, and contacts". – Kenya news. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  7. ^ August 28, 2018, Tuesday. "Elite city school Sabis opens next month". Business Daily. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  8. ^ Waruru, Maina (2018-03-13). "Lebanese school group Sabis invests in Africa, opens Nairobi school". Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  9. ^ "SABIS taps Brazil with a $50 million investment". Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  10. ^ "SABIS Costa Verde". Retrieved 2021-08-17.