School Principal

Tharwat F.Dabaja

  • PGDE, MEd, EdD - Sydney Uni
  • BA - Lebanese Uni


Works as a lecturer and consultant in the Department of English of the American University of Beirut and is a senior IELTS examiner at the British Council. 
His main research interests are focused on standardized testing, curriculum development, and assessment in ESL at the upper secondary school and university entry levels.

As the proud Principal of this academically high achieving private high school with a well-respected reputation of providing excellent educational outcomes and opportunities for a diverse group of learners since 1987, I warmly welcome you to the 2019-2020 academic year and to the website of Al Qualaa Secondary School.

At QSS, we aim to create a supportive and inclusive environment where all students from K-12 are encouraged to explore their potential and achieve their personal best in all aspects of school life. Students will be challenged and engaged through authentic learning opportunities that inspire them to develop creativity, confidence and resilience to become independent and ethical life-long learners.

We set high expectations for our students and work hard to safeguard positive emotions across our school community. We are partners in learning with our students and seek to deepen their knowledge, provide enriching and innovative learning experiences, while encouraging our students to step out of their comfort zone to attempt new challenges. This year we plan to make community service a mandatory requirement in order for students to be granted promotion into senior schooling. Furthermore, we will be introducing job shadowing at grade 10 to make career selection more feasible for students. Our computer classes will be more developed and engaging for learners with the introduction of coding, web and app design, robotics and AI at the higher levels. 

 We value relationships and connections with the community. We encourage our students to develop respectful relationships with their peers, teachers and the broader community. We instill in our students a keen social conscience and the capacity to make ethical decisions by constantly integrating our core values (REACH). We work hard to develop and sustain productive partnerships and connections with parents and leading tertiary institutions. We are proud to be a high performing school and aim to be the first choice for all families within our community. On behalf of the staff at QSS and myself I wish you all a great year ahead filled with exciting and fun experiences.