Curriculum Overview

Curriculum OverviewAl-Rowad International Schools offer both:  The American and British Curricula.  Students are oriented throughout grade eight on the differences between the above mentioned curricula and they have to decide on what to choose by the end of the above mentioned grade.

The American Curriculum follows the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards that award students with a high school Diploma or Advance High School Diploma.  The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).  These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.

The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are evidence-based.”

The (CCSS) prepares the students with the most important knowledge and skills to attain higher education or careers.

The NGSS content is focused on preparing students for college and careers.  The NGSS are aligned, by grade level and cognitive demand with the English Language Arts and Mathematics Common Core State Standards.  This allows an opportunity both for science to be a part of a child’s comprehensive education as well as ensuring an aligned sequence of learning in all content areas.  The three sets of standards overlap and are reinforcing in meaningful and substantive ways.

Using a credit system, students are given a wide foundation in General Education and are taught a broad range of subjects including Math ( Algebra I and II, Geometry I and II, Calculus) English Literature, English Language, ICT, French, Arabic, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, World History, KSA History and P.E.

SATThe school prepares the students for SAT I and SAT II.  The program starts at the beginning of grade nine and ends at the end of grade twelve.  Students are registered by the school at the end of grade eleven for SAT I, and at the end of grade twelve for SAT II.  AIS is recognized as one of the registered centers for SAT examinations.

The SAT I is a comprehensive exam that is given several times a year. This exam is broken up into three parts: critical reading, math and writing.

The SAT is offered seven times a year: in October, November, December, January, March (or April, alternating), May, and June. The test is typically offered on the first Saturday of the month for the November, December, May, and June administrations.

The British Curriculum also starts in grade nine and ends in grade twelve.  Students will be taught and prepared to take the Cambridge IGCSE external examinations at the end of grade ten.  The IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds.  It is recognized by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success.  Moreover, it offers a flexible and stimulating curriculum, supported with excellent resources and training materials for all learners.  The curriculum is structured to help and improve the academic performance of the students by developing their lifelong learning skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving.  It is the perfect springboard to advanced study.   It offers a wide range of subjects including: Math, English as First and second Language, Arabic as first and Second language, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Accounting, ICT, Computer Studies and many more.

The IGCSE assessment takes place at the end of the course and can include written, oral, coursework and practical assessment. This broadens opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning, particularly when their first language is not English.  In many subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making Cambridge IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities.  Grades are benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades, A* to G, which have clear guidelines to explain the standard of achievement for each grade.  Cambridge IGCSE examination sessions occur twice a year, in June and November and the results are issued in August and January.  The school is a fully certified center with the University of Cambridge international Examinations,

After completing the IGCSE courses, students can study up to 4 Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced level (A Level) courses offered at the school.  The syllabuses prepare students for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognize Edexcel (educational” and excellence) International AS and A Level qualifications.  They are the first step in providing access to a range of careers or further study.  AS and A levels have been used as a benchmark to judge student ability for more than 60 years.

The school offers the opportunities to AS and A level students to move into two streams, either the Art or Science stream.  Students once they have finished their IGCSE are asked to choose on one of the two main streams.   In the Art stream a variety of subjects are offered: English, Math, Economics, Accounting, Applied ICT and Business Studies.  The science stream includes: Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Al-Rowad International Schools have been distinguished by not only educating students in various academic subjects, but also in enriching their knowledge with our Religion and ethics.   In Al-Rowad, students have compulsory subjects in any of the two curricula and they are: Qur’an, Islamic Studies in Arabic (ISA), Islamic Studies in English (ISE) and KSA History.  We should always remember what our prophet (PBUH) said: Prophet Muhammad (s) said: Whoever reads the Qur’an before becoming Baaligh, has indeed been given wisdom as a child. The Holy Book is the best intellectual treasure a student can have. Prophet Muhammad (s) said: The Qur’an is a wealth with which there is no poverty, and without which there is no wealth. On the other hand not caring to read and study the Qur’an is a great loss. Prophet Muhammad (s) said: Surely the person in whose heart lacks the trace of the Qur’an is like a ruined house.

Students go beyond the textbooks to study complex topics based on real-world issues, such as the Ecology in Riyadh, Islamic History, and Effects of Chemicals on animals, etc, analyzing information from multiple sources, including the Internet and interviews with experts. Project-based classwork is more demanding than traditional book-based instruction, where students may just memorize facts from a single source. Instead, students utilize original documents and data, mastering principles covered in traditional courses but learning them in more meaningful ways. Projects can last weeks; multiple projects can cover entire courses. Student work is presented to audiences beyond the teacher, including parents and community groups.

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