The school aims at having a comprehensive values-based curriculum that has Tawhid as its core content and approach. All subject areas will be integrated around significant themes that are to be taught through authentic instructional models in the Primary Section, which then leads to more effective learning and life experiences for our children in the 21st century. Teaching and learning in the curriculum must inspire and transform students so that they may positively effect and transform our world.
In addition to the Islamic base, the curriculum will incorporate the CIE core curricula and brain based research. The subject matter must fit the ability of the child to comprehend and is attached to it, so that learning becomes meaningful rather than rote. Besides following the Cambridge System, we have incorporated subjects like Arabic, Tarbiah and Tajweed into our syllabus. Our Arabic syllabus is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding and fluency of Arabic. Students enrolled in the Hifz Programme or Fast Track programme also follow the same syllabi as those in the Main Campus, however, at a pace tailored to their particular Programme.
TEST AND EXAMINATION
Examinations are conducted twice during one academic year, at the end of each term i.e. Mid Term in December and then Annual in May. Missed examinations will not be arranged. However, absence due to illness during examination must be supported by a medical certificate.
During all exams students must continue to attend school in correct uniform. Any child who is not in correct uniform will lose 5 marks in that day’s exam. Anyone using unfair means will get a zero in the subject. A conference with the parent will he held and if a repeated attempt is made the child will be expelled. The Mid Term Examination report will be returned back by the students in the first week of the Second Term.
The grading scheme followed is reproduced below. This is meant to serve only as guide. The actual grading may vary from one subject to another.
|GRADES||CLASS IV||GRADES||CLASS V ONWARDS|
|85% – 100%
80% – 84%
75% – 79%
70% – 74%
60% – 69%
50% – 59%
45% – 49%
|95% – 100%
90% – 94%
80% – 89%
70% – 79%
60% – 69%
50% – 59%
Term marks are given on tests, quizzes, assignments and project work. This helps to increase a student’s daily effort, stresses the importance of working regularly and thereby developing good study habits. Students may be given two Tests in a day.
Retesting of any kind, is not permitted during the term or for Examinations.
O AND A LEVELS
We are recognized and registered by CIE, the students will appear for Cambridge International Examinations. They divided into year groups (Class IX to XI). The O-level provides a balanced curriculum of six compulsory and four optional subjects preparing students for the Cambridge International Examinations.
The following are the compulsory subjects for the students:
Apart from these subjects, students can select one subject from each of the following options.
Please remember that students are not divided into Science or Arts streams exclusively and this enables some interesting combinations to be possible not available elsewhere.
Remember that modern day requirement of education means that A Levels schools and excellent universities PREFER variety and broader base in O levels – no longer all sciences, or all business subjects. E.g. opting for Biology, Chemistry, Food &Nutrition, Computer. Science, Environmental. Management is very unwise – should have tried something different like Add. Maths or Social Science, or a language like Arabic.
The student in this section are focused towards their studies but encouraged to take part in different extra- curricular activities and achieve their best. This will help them with their admissions later.
About the O- Levels system of education, please understand the following:
Science subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer science, Food & Nutrition, Environmental Management. Business subjects: Economics, Accounts. Humanities/Social Sciences: Sociology, Arabic.
* Technical subjects are Add. Math, Physics, Chemistry and Biology: opting out of them means you cannot take these subjects later on (in A Levels, university etc.). In contrast, students can take business subjects or Sociology, psychology, economics etc. without taking them in O Levels
* Hence, Economics and Sociology are good subjects that build perspective, train students to argue their point eloquently in writing, but they can take them later on without studying them in school – only opt out of Chemistry and Biology if students are 100% sure they will not study it later on.
* Keeping medical option open requires Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Please note that Food & Nutrition does not keep the medical, BDS or sciences option open later on.
* Engineering option means Add. Maths, and requires Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Nowadays, the Fsc./Intermediate stream requires Computer Science in O Levels also for a Computer engineering option later on.
* Add. Math (and also Physics) is INTERESTING Math, not difficult Maths – not having this in O Levels firstly means A Levels Math will be very difficult. Also, having this means O Levels Math, Chemistry, Economics, Physics, Geography, Biology, Comp. Science etc. will appear very easy because they both train students for Maths, problem solving, graphs etc. Hence, unless a student is struggling in math, she should take Add. Math.
* Food and Nutrition is a good useful practical subject – flavor is like Biology or medicine, BUT, it has a huge overlap with Biology (unadvisable to take both Bio and Food &Nutrition), and it does NOT open medical option later on: If students want to study medicine lightly, choose F&N, but if they want to keep science/medical option open, they need Biology. F&N however is a good short course for students who take neither Chemistry nor Biology (e.g. Accounts and Economics students).
Children struggling academically and on the basis of their last report will be put on undertaking at the beginning of each term. This process entails monthly meetings of the Principal, Coordinators and Teachers with Parents to discuss progress.
If at the end of the Term, the child has come up to the required level, he/she will be taken off the undertaking list.
If little or no progress is noted at the end of the First Term, the child will remain on undertaking in the Second term.
If at the end of the Academics Year the standard of work is below the required level, the student will have to repeat the class.
If after the repeated year, the required level is not attained, the child will be removed from the school rolls.