Curriculum

The school offers the American Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the core subjects in addition to some additional school-specific and International standards, especially in the social subjects, to take into account our students’ background and the regional Arab culture.

As for the three subjects of Arabic, Islamic studies and Qatar History, the school is committed to the curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of Education and Higher education in Qatar.

The curriculum includes core subjects and other foundation subjects with English as an the official language of instruction.


Curriculum Structure


Preschool & KG

At this foundation level, children are introduced to all the core subjects through playing, singing and Art while developing their motor skills, analytical & creative abilities and nurturing their social and personal development. Children learn about various concepts and themes that are relevant to their day-to-day life and are taught self-reliance and the ability to express themselves from an early age. There are no exams at the end of KG2 (Reception class). Entry into Grade 1 will be based on the child’s behavioral record and learning abilities.


Primary

The primary level is designed to provide students with fundamental skills in reading, writing and mathematics, and to establish a solid foundation for learning. The school places a great emphasis on academic achievement especially in Mathematics and Science where students are encouraged to develop curiosity, analytical and problem solving skills. In addition to core-subject books and workbooks, teachers provide supplementary worksheets and project activities to reinforce the learning and cater to students with different academic attainment. Given that more than 95% of our students are expatriates (dominantly from the MENA region), our curriculum provides them with a strong academic foundation that will qualify them to transfer to any part of the world with a high level of confidence, and the ability to integrate into any given curriculum within their grade level.


Examinations & Assessment

For Primary level students, teachers regularly check and mark students’ workbooks and notebooks to make sure that students understand the subject matter and academic plans. Students may undergo periodical tests and quizzes, set by the teacher, that vary in frequency in accordance with the content of each subject matter. The aim of these tests and quizzes is to monitor the academic progress of the students and to keep information fresh in their minds. If a child is underachieving, the parents are contacted in order to discuss the measures necessary to improve the child’s academic performance.There are two major subject exams that are held in the academic year. The Mid-year exam in December and the end-of-year exam in May. Prior to these exams, teachers provide students with revision sheets and actively revise for the exam in class, giving them plenty of practice questions.The passing mark for the end-of-year exam is 50%. If a student fails an exam, his/her parents will be contacted and the student will be asked to re-sit the exam two weeks later. If the student does not show up or fails the second exam, he/she will not pass on to the next grade level, and will have to repeat their class for the next academic year.


Different Learning Abilities

The school promotes the values of working hard and achieving academic excellence in order to deliver a high standard of education over-all. Low achieving students are provided with additional practice and encouragement, and their parents are contacted to discuss academic support for them at home.

When a child demonstrates unusual behavior or a learning disability that hinders their progress or disrupts the learning of other students, the parents of the child are contacted and are referred to an appropriate specialist for a full assessment and report on the child’s developmental and learning abilities.

Due to limited space and resources the school does not provide facilities or programs for children with special physical or mental needs.


Activities & Trips

Activities are held in school and may vary between drama, music, Arts and crafts, home economics and indoor and outdoor sports. The school also organizes a varied and interesting program of field trips. In the past, we have taken students on visits to Public Parks and Gardens, Katara Cultural Village, The Museum of Islamic Art, The National Zoo, Aspire and The National Museum