Can education be run as a profitable business and still be driven by a humanitarian vision? SABIS® shows the answer is yes. Now with 60 schools in 15 countries and over 60,000 students, SABIS® is a global education company committed to improving lives. The book is a journey through time – tracing the company from its humble origins in 1886 Mount Lebanon, through the civil war to the present day. It’s also a journey through geographies, from Kurdistan to Katrina – from the first international schools in war-torn northern Iraq, to the first charter school to reopen after the hurricane devastated inner city New Orleans. SABIS® goes where other educational providers are unwilling to tread, helping to rebuild lives shattered by war and natural disaster. It’s finally a journey through the minds of committed educators, watching as they grapple with the fundamental question of how we educate young people in the virtues that have stood the test of time, whilst still enabling them to be prepared for a future of unknown possibilities.

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SABIS® Book Event in Minnesota

Professor James Tooley, acclaimed author and UK education policy expert, will launch his latest work From Village School to Global Brand: Changing the World through Education at an event held at The International School of Minnesota in Eden Prairie on Monday, October 8, 2012… Click here to Download

UK Press Release

Nick Clegg recently announced ‘yes to greater diversity; yes to more choice for parents; but no to running school for profit’.  Clegg is missing a trick, suggests James Tooley. For 125 years SABIS® has been running schools in some of the poorest and war-torn areas of the world, delivering astonishing results. For profit… Click here to Download

The SABIS Story – Youtube video

Book events

Events featuring author James Tooley are currently being scheduled for the following dates and places:

Monday, October 8, 2012:  Eden Prairie, Minnesota – 4:00-5:30 PM in the Performing Arts Center at The International School of Minnesota (6385 Beach Rd, Eden Prairie, Mn 55344; Tel: +1 952 918 1800)
This event will include a keynote speech by Professor Tooley followed by a Q&A session, book signing, and reception.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012: Boston, Massachusetts – 8:00-10:00 AM at the Omni Parker House (60 School St, Boston, MA). This event is being held in conjunction with The Pioneer Institute, the Program on Education Policy and Governance Harvard Kennedy School, the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, and the Black Alliance for Educational Options.

“For-Profit Charter School Management: International Lessons from SABIS” featuring James Tooley, author.  This event will include a keynote speech by Professor Tooley, a panel discussion including Jim Peyser, New Schools Venture Fund, Basan Nembirkow, retired Superintendent, and Kathie Skinner, Massachusetts Teachers Association. The panel discussion will be followed by a book signing and reception.If attending, please RSVP by October 2nd to Brian Patterson at 617-723-2277, ext. 217 or

Wednesday, October 10, 2012: Washington D.C.4:30 PM at the Business Roundtable, 300 New Jersey Ave, Suite 800, Washington DC.  The Center for Education Reform and SABIS are pleased to host this event which will include a keynote speech by James Tooldy, a roundtable discussion featuring Jeanne Allen, President, The Center for Education Reform and the Honorable John Engler, Former Governor of Michigan, among others.  A book signing and reception will follow the event.  If attending, please RSVP by October 5th to 301-986-8088 or E-mail

Thursday, October 11, 2012: New York City – 5:30-6:30 PM at the Brownsville Ascend Charter School at The Pitkin Theater, 1501 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212.  SABIS extends an invitation to join James Tooley on the last stop of his US book tour.  Held at the Brownsville Ascend Charter School, an esteemed SABIS licensee, the event will include a keynote speech by Professor Tooley, a Q&A session, and book signing.  The event will also include refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

Reader comments

“The story told by this book offers hope for the world. This is not an unrealistic claim. A system, demonstrated in many countries to be successful for educating even the most disadvantaged children, has addressed with results, not theories, the leading barrier to success for individuals and nations. The book explains how those results have been accomplished. It offers convincing evidence that others can achieve similar success. ”  William Edgerly

“James Tooley takes us back through time in a narrative that should remind us that human endeavor in general is born at an individual level; and if the endeavor is healthy it will persist through time through the dedication of individuals that share a common dream. This is the story of the SABIS adventure in education, and it is a story of success born through personal interest and commitment to serve others. It is also the story of real solidarity; for true solidarity can only exist at an individual or small community level, as opposed to the fallacious conception that education can prosper through political centralization. This is the tragedy of the commons and of failing education all over the world; to think that the responsibility of preparing our sons and daughters for their life adventure can be delegated to a government monopoly is a dangerous delusion, and all the evidence is there for all who want to see.

If we really want to understand where we all took the wrong path in the road of education, we must go back in time and review the real reasons that led us to a centralized system of schooling. How long and how much injury must our children and society in general bear before we understand that education is just another service that can and must be delivered by the market processes; for if society con not work at this level, can we really expect it to work at a centralized one?  And before I forget… The book is very well written and entertaining, as it takes you back through time and events that enthrall and remind us that great things can be birthed in the most humble of places.  John A. Bennett N. (Miami, Florida USA)”.