Middle School is a rich and challenging three-year phase programme form 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 evidenced-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 endeavor 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.