IAS education is split into four stages: The Kindergarten, the Elementary, the Middle, and High School. KINDERGARTEN Children start KG 1 in September after completing 3 years of age. The Kindergarten stage is a two-year program. Kindergarten Curriculum follows the US Common Core State Standards and Core Knowledge Sequence. The incentive behind Core Knowledge is simple and powerful learning. The Sciences are also aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Arabic is taught to native and non-native speakers along with Islamic Studies for Muslim students as per the Ministry of Education (MoE) standards and curriculum. An integrated approach to the curriculum ensures that science and social studies, linked to other curriculum subjects, are taught through units of work studied over several weeks. This is in addition to the direct teaching of the English language, Arts and Mathematics. Key skills are taught through a variety of topics that can then be transferred and used in wider learning environments.
The students enter Elementary School at the end of the Kindergarten Stage. Elementary School is a five-year phase
covering Grade 1 to Grade 5. Our learning environments are well resourced, meticulously designed, and maintained providing the students with a range of child-oriented, hands-on, and multi-sensory activities. All classrooms are equipped with smart interactive whiteboards and up-to-date educational amenities. The class teachers deliver the curriculum and specialist teachers deliver the programs for Arabic, Islamic Studies (for Muslim students), UAE Social Studies, Music, and PE. Specialist teaching rooms for ICT, Music, and PE completes the department facilities.
The English Language Arts program aims to develop strong speaking, writing, and listening skills along with the development of accuracy, fluency, and comprehension skills. It is aligned to US Common Core State Standards (CCSS System). There is a special focus on writing skills using various genres. Projects related to the subject are performed by the students which will enhance their knowledge. The curriculum is enriched through educational visits, seminars, talks by subject expertise, performances, celebrations, and carnivals. IAS adopts VCCS for Mathematics to help students connect the study of mathematics to real-world contexts. Our science program is linked to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Students develop expertise across the disciplines of Science, Social Studies & PSHCE through integrated units of study designed to provoke inquiry, raise engagement, and harness 21st-century skills. In Elementary school, our curriculum is language-rich, integrated, and practical to
promote personalized learning.
Middle School is a rich and challenging three-year phase programme from Grade 6 to Grade 8 that prepares the foundation for success in high school. The curriculum focuses on inquiry-based learning based on Virginia standards and incorporates research-based pedagogical ideas on educating students for a challenging future. English is the medium of instruction for all courses except Islamic Studies, Arabic Language, and UAE Social Studies which are taught in Arabic as stipulated by the UAE Ministry of Education. The curriculum is modelled on the American Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics and English language arts/literacy. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are structured around performance expectations for each grade level.
All standards are:
- Research and evidence-based.
- Aligned with college and career expectations.
- Based on rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills.
- Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society.
We actively endeavour to develop each child’s individual talents, build his/her self-esteem, and encourage his/her leadership skills through a wide range of extracurricular activities and elective courses such as ICT, Computer Programming, French, and Music. Islamic Studies are obligatory for all Muslim Arab and Muslim Non-Arab students. Arabic is obligatory for all students. All classrooms are equipped with smart interactive whiteboards and up-to-date educational amenities. Students gain in-depth academic education, but without excessive homework or teaching hours. The students enjoy a well-balanced academic unit. Teaching methods combine tradition and innovation. The classroom teaching is backed up with visiting days, presentations and special activities in which students and their teachers participate. Students use multimedia tools to learn more. Teachers’ interactions with students ensure they are active participants in achieving meaningful and relevant learning. Consequently, students make good progress. Most students find things out for themselves and use technology to support their learning. Critical thinking skills are a common feature of learning.
High School is a four-year phase programme from Grade 9 to Grade 12. Students are taught by specialist teachers. The High School curriculum offers rigorous academic training and develops every student’s abilities and encourages a sense of independence. The curriculum is enhanced through educational visits, visitors to school, performances, and carnivals. Students can also participate in academically focused extra-curricular activities (ECA) after school. Students are highly motivated, and the teaching methodology adopted enhances their curiosity, expertise, and skills. English, Mathematics, Science & Laboratory, History & Social Studies, Health & PE, Arabic, and Fine Arts & Technology are obligatory for the US diploma. This develops a philosophical mindset, critical thinking regarding the knowledge acquired at school, and beyond the world of school. Candidates go into further depth in their study of the core subjects in English, Math, and Science. This will build on the knowledge gained. Candidates must choose 2 electives (core and non-core) each academic year to suit their interest and focus. Continuous assessment is done to showcase the students’ work throughout the academic year. Reports are shared with parents 3 times a year.
Subjects on offer include:
- English Language Arts
- Arabic Studies
- General Science
- Physics, Chemistry & Biology
- Islamic Studies (for our Muslim students)
- Social Studies/UAE Social Studies/Civics
- World Languages
- Art and Design
- Physical Education
- World History
- Business Studies
- Personal Finance