About QAM

Established in 2014, Qatar Academy Msheireb, a member of Qatar Foundation operating under Pre-University Education, is a state-of-the-art Early Years and Primary School authorized for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, and a Council of International Schools accredited school.

Qatar Academy Msheireb’s mission is to create an effective learning environment to develop internationally minded and empathetic lifelong learners through a dual-language program emphasizing inquiry-based practices.

At QAM, everything has a purpose, and learning is relevant to the ‘real world’ within a dual-language curriculum that is structured to be rigorous, stimulating and challenging. The Program of Inquiry centers around ‘big ideas’ and provides students with opportunities of learning about issues that have local, national and global significance, and hence nurtures an understanding of human commonalities. The transdisciplinary nature of the themes ensures that learning transcends the confines of traditional subject areas, and facilitates student connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world.

Guiding Statements

Our Vision

“Leading Learning”.

Our Mission

To create an effective learning environment to develop internationally minded, empathetic lifelong learners through a dual-language program emphasizing inquiry-based practices.

QAM Core Values

QAM C A R E S  We are:

Creative We imagine possibilities with limitless wonder and express ideas in innovative ways
Achieving We learn by questioning, making connections and reflecting, to set and exceed goals
Responsible We make informed choices based on the interconnectedness between self, living things and the world around us
Empathetic We understand and share the feelings of others
Solution seekers We challenge ourselves to overcome the unknown – we know there is always a way

Guiding Statements

Director’s Message

It is an honor to welcome you to Qatar Academy Msheireb.

At Qatar Academy Msheireb (QAM), our mission is to create an effective learning environment to develop internationally minded and empathetic lifelong learners through a dual-language program emphasizing inquiry-based practices.

We believe that everything we do has a purpose and prepares our students for what the future may hold. To this end, all students are engaged in learning what is relevant to the ‘real world’ within a curriculum that is structured to be rigorous, stimulating and challenging. At its core is the commitment to a dual-language transdisciplinary model that is globally significant, where learning is not confined within the boundaries of traditional subject areas but is supported and enriched by them.

QAM provides an inclusive education where students evolve as individuals who are self-motivated, creative and can think, question and reason logically, i.e., individuals who are independent, confident and capable of making decisions. All students are encouraged to be curious about what they are learning, and differentiation allows them to demonstrate what they have learned by using a variety of mediums or tools at different levels that are appropriate to the individual needs.

At QAM, education is much more than just academics. We provide a combination of arts and sports, enriched by opportunities for student action and activities that challenge our students to grow and develop into balanced, internationally minded, global citizens.
Parents are integral partners in the education of their children. As a relatively new school, QAM commits to building a school community with a strong sense of belonging and family-like atmosphere.

We hope that by browsing our website you will gain insight into the many opportunities we offer our students. We would be delighted to welcome you at QAM to show you around our school. Please contact our Public Relations for further information.

Director's Message


Belinda Holland joined Qatar Academy Msheireb, as Director, in 2017. Originally from New Zealand, Belinda holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and a Master of Educational Administration (Hons) from Massey University, New Zealand and gained her teaching certification from the New Zealand Department of Education.

Belinda is a highly experienced International Educator who has served schools in China, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Oman, Australia, the United Kingdom and her home country, New Zealand. Having worked in a number of school systems she has led and implemented a variety of highly regarded education programmes, including the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP).

With over 25 years in education, seventeen of those as a successful school leader, Belinda offers leadership that prepares students for a world that will be quite different than the current one. Belinda shares and models the IB principles and values, and believes that schools should be joyous and inspiring places where children are connected, engaged and challenged to do their best academically, socially, spiritually, aesthetically and culturally, irrespective of background.

Belinda Holland


Louise Cullen joined Qatar Academy Msheireb in 2018 as the Assistant Principal, and was appointed to the role of Principal in 2020. Assuming responsibility as the pedagogical leader of the school, she has shaped the curriculum and guided inquiry-based pedagogy within a coaching model. In the past two decades working in education, Louise has embraced a variety of roles, each contributing depth to her professional repertoire. She has extensive classroom experience, and as a school leader remains actively involved in learning and teaching.

With master’s degrees in education, and Teacher-Librarianship, she is the epitome of a lifelong learner. Louise is an experienced IB practitioner and has actively supported the professional learning of others, facilitating IB workshops, and contributing to the accreditation and evaluation of IB World Schools. She is a passionate educator, who has shared her expertise at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States, Macau and China.
Louise is an Australian citizen, enjoying life in Qatar; she has also lived in the United Kingdom and China. She is married with two adult children.

Louise Cullen

Assistant Principal

Lama Kalash comes from Lebanon and has been in the field of education for more than 27 years. She brings experience from a variety of international leadership and teaching roles. Lama graduated from the Lebanese American University in 1994 with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Diploma in TEFL. She has a master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from Buffalo State, New York, and a certified diploma in International Leadership Management from the ECIS, United Kingdom.
Lama is an IB PYP bilingual consultant, school visitor, workshop and programme leader, and certified trainer for concept-based learning. She started her learning journey as an early years teacher in an IB-authorized school in Lebanon, before becoming the Early Years Principal. Before moving to Qatar Lama worked in an IB school in Dubai and played an instrumental role in raising the KHDA school standards.

Lama joined QAM as the Assistant Principal in August 2022. She believes that through lifelong learning, one can effect change from within, as well as in the life of others.

Lama El Kalash

Board of Advisors


Qatar Academy Msheireb is part of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, Qatar Foundation is governed by the Executive Board of Directors, which serves as the governing authority that appoints the Board of Advisors for Qatar Academy Msheireb.

The Board of Advisors act as an advisory and community connection body and meet with the school’s senior administrators frequently throughout the school year.

Campus and Facilities

Campus and Facilities

Located in Msheireb Downtown Doha, Qatar Academy Msheireb is a state-of-the-art facility that is well designed and equipped to serve the needs of our students, staff, and the community. Completed in 2015, the school offers classrooms that are well furnished and equipped with the latest technology and resources for independent and collaborative work. Our facilities include:

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Dedicated dining area
  • Music and art rooms
  • Prayer room
  • Basketball and volleyball courts
  • Gymnasium
  • Outdoor courtyard
  • Early Years indoor playroom
  • Comprehensive library
  • Fab Lab

Additionally, the drop-off point has been conveniently located in the basement to ensure pick-ups are as easy as possible for both students and parents. The extensive site, constructed by Brookfield Multiplex, spans 12,754 square meters, and has been designed by architects John McAslan + Partners.

Annual Reports

Qatar Academy Msheireb  2021 – 2022 Annual Report is now available online.  As the school’s 25th academic year comes to a close, the Annual Report highlights QAM academic achievements, sports, student life, graduation, and university acceptances. The magazine is a celebration of QAM success this year.

QAM Annual Report 2021-2022
QAM Annual Report 2020-2021

Annual Reports

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