St. Rita School


Mount Lebanon
Main Road Dbayeh



General Information

Founded in 1965, St. Rita School, Dbayeh, is a private Catholic school administered by the Maronite Mariamite Order (OMM). It consists of educational stages, starting from nursery to high school, and offers both literary and scientific sections; thus, providing the student a wide range of future options and orientations.
Keenly aware of its essential role, regarding the welfare of a student’s developing personality, St. Rita School aims to foster in all its students cognitive and social competences; thus, engaging them actively in the learning process. As such, all students are involved in the educational plan to further enhance their autonomy and sense of responsibility.

Successive directors:

  • Rev. Fr. Maroun SADAKA : 1965 – 1975.
  • Rev. Fr. Boulos EL-RAI : 1975 – 1978
  • Rev. Fr. Saed NEMER : 1978 – 1984
  • His Eminence Mgr. Béchara EL-RAI : 1984 – 1986
  • Rev. Fr. Saed NEMER : 1986 – 1987
  • Rev. Fr.. Abbé Marcel ABI KHALIL : 1987 – 1993
  • Rev. Fr. Boutros TARABAY : 1993 – 1999
  • Rev. Fr. Jean Maroun EL-HACHEM : 1999 – 2005
  • Rev. Fr. Chawki RAFFOUL : 2005 – 2017
  • Rev. Fr. Béchara EL-KHOURY : 2017 – present

Pedagogical Work

  • St. Rita School employs coordinators for the following subjects: French, Arabic, Math, Physics, Chemistry, English, Sports, and Computer Science, and a Head Teacher for the Pre-School Division;
  • In order to ensure and maintain the essential coordination among divisions, the directors meet once per month (as an Executive Committee presided by the Rector) to discuss general issues and specific problems faced in each division;
  • After each exam, a Class Council meets with teachers who instruct in various subjects. The Division Director presides over the meeting under the supervision of the Rector. All members concerned enthusiastically engage to tackle issues related to students to ensure closer monitoring and to evaluate their intellectual and moral capacities before introducing them to apply and adopt universal, moral, and social values. A concerted effort is made to attend to any constraint that may hinder their development, and, if required, efforts are also made, as far as legally possible, to help solve family problems, whether psychological or physical, which could disorientate them and affect their studies and normal development;
  • In the spirit of the education mission established by the Mariamite Maronite Order (OMM), in collaboration with all schools related to the Order (Notre Dame de Louaize, Mar Doumit, Faytroun, Saint Jean, Khorbet Kanafar, Mar Abda, Deir el-Kamar) St. Rita School, Dbayeh, aims to ensure that its students receive a multidimensional yet balanced education. The school monitors the assimilation of knowledge while encouraging self-discipline, enthusiasm, and objectivity at all levels: moral, intellectual, psychological, and physical. This mission seeks to shape a responsible citizen aware of his or her rights and duties.

Administrative Board

St. Rita School, Dbayeh, is composed of the following structure:

The Administration:

Works closely with division heads and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Administrative Board:

This board includes the Rector, division heads, and a CFO. Its function is to ensure a smooth administration process and excellence in education and teaching.

Pedagogical Board:

The board includes the Rector and coordinators of different disciplines. Its charge is to evaluate developments in curricula and teaching methodologies as well as to evaluate the quality of school supplies and textbooks. It ensures coordination between teachers of one discipline and teachers of other disciplines. The board is also responsible for all aspects related to teaching, didactic methods, exams, evaluation tests, and educational development in general.

Parents Committee:

This committee ensures cooperation between parents and the school administration in matters, pertaining to the education of students within a defined framework while respecting the school’s identity, as per Law No. 11/1981, issued on May 13, 1981.

Director’s role:

The director plays an important role: To ensure proper curricula implementation and the correct procedure for each educational stage.

He participates in the in-service training of teachers and is the main contact between them and the Rector. He not only supervises their work but also works to find ways to manage their workload.

Moreover, he participates in student study exercises and follows up on the day-to-day monitoring, such as double-checking report cards, behavior slips, teachers’ remarks, and written or verbal warnings, etc. Given his key position, he is always in close contact with parents, which helps him follow up on his students effectively, i.e. by monitoring absences, homework, lessons, etc.; thereby, constantly ensuring they are well-disciplined and well-cultivated, and in full compliance with school regulatory requirements.

The director studies the school strategic plan and endeavors to harmonize the student-class-school link.

He is responsible for all his department’s educational services, except for matters related to higher education, and he enforces the Rector’s instructions. He may have one or two assistants (depending on the student population in his division) and is involved in the organization of all school activities and extracurricular activities (field trips, transport issues, activities, etc.).

The director’s primary objective is to cultivate educated and well-disciplined students.