The Middle School is aligned with Common Core State Standards and follows a Standards Based grading scale. The middle school community strive to address these standards through a wealth of learning activities and best teaching practices to develop and maintain an educational program that is appropriate and responsive to the unique intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of each child.
We are committed to assisting students to succeed in a robust program of study during their middle school years and to be well prepared for the transition to high school. Academic rigor is one component of a multi-dimensional education program that also emphasizes physical, artistic, musical, and linguistic development. Our enrichment program has been enhanced through the development of value based themes, a daily period that provides students with more opportunities to dive deep into core human values, explore passions and receive support.
The middle school curriculum is disseminated in a conceptual and skill-based manner. Learners are engaged to learn responsibility, integrity, and independence through adult nurturing and role-modeling. The curriculum is strongly aligned with the Emirati culture and values which influence the UAE society. It enhances their awareness and respect of what it means to be a good citizen.
Middle Curriculum follows:
- Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English and Mathematics,
- Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is followed for Science,
- Arabic Language, Islamic education, Social Studies and Moral Education follow the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) guidelines,
- California State Academic Standards are followed for Art, PE, and Humanities.
The middle school curriculum is enriched through the development of a range of activities that include academic, social, physical and language development. The cross-curricular links are strong and significantly enhanced through STEM and other deliberate linkages, such as Islamic education, Arabic and social studies.
Learners are engaged with project-based learning, allowing them to brainstorm, hypothesize, design the project in a creative and innovative display, test, execute, assess and articulate their learning. In STREAM projects, students transfer their knowledge and skills through interdisciplinary projects connecting reading, science, technology, engineering and design, art and mathematical skills. This offers a range of disciplines that promote innovation and challenge. It develops a balance of knowledge, enquiry skills and understanding, hence, build up well-rounded independent learners and global citizens ready to face the challenges of the future.