International Community School - ICS - (Private)
Our school library provides a range of materials in the form of books, magazines and videos, in both English and Arabic, to enhance the school’s education program. Classes are scheduled on a weekly basis to visit the library, and take advantage of the wide variety of materials it houses. Research is encouraged to staff and pupils by on line internet service. A fully networked computer room with internet at all stations. Modern, well equipped physics, chemistry and biology laboratories MUSIC ROOM, ART ROOM, CAFETERIA ,CLINIC. ICS has a qualified nurse on hand during the school day, and is visited once per two weeks by a doctor [pediatrician]. Students undergo health check ups on a regular basis. Vaccinations are given to pupils as appropriate by the visiting doctor. All students and staff members are covered by an insurance policy whilst on school premises. A Health and Safety team of staff has responsibility of overseeing relevant issues within the school.
The curricula provided by ICS are based on the standard of the International Council of Schools. We offer the best of international curricula from Grades 1-8. Grades 9-12 follow the British examination system. Our syllabi are suitable for out international range of students, and provide a sound preparation for higher level courses. Our school is a certified independent centre for Edexel examinations. The curriculum offers a broad and balanced range of subjects consisting of; Science and Mathematics, English and English Social Studies, Arabic, Arabic Social Studies and Islamic, French, Computing, Business Studies, Sociology, art, music and Physical Education. The KG programme has been developed to welcome and teach young children from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The language of instruction is English. Arabic is also taught on a daily basis. The KG staff are very experienced in working with these age groups, and are ably assisted by knowledgeable and dedicated class helpers. The atmosphere in the KG Department is a mixture of the formal and informal, incorporating music and movement with PE, music and art work in the range of programmes of work. It is in this department that the pre- requisite skills for reading, writing , listening and talking, as well as number work, are taught. The children have a safe play area incorporated in the main playground, where they can climb, and play, in general having a great deal of fun, which is extremely important in the development of language. English, Maths, Science, Arabic, Islamic Studies, French, Computing, English Social Studies, Arabic Social Studies, Art, Music and PE The curricula for these grades stress the development and application of basic skills in the core subjects. Students are taught in the context of whole class lessons, and in smaller groups as appropriate to teaching and learning. These grades represent the transitional grades between elementary and high school. Students follow the British National Curriculum. In preparation for the IGCSE programme, students now specialize in science, studying for biology, chemistry and physics. IGCSE Programme; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English Language, Computing, Arabic and French. Business Studies, literature, Arabic Social Studies, English Social Studies and Islamic Studies are offered as school based subjects. Towards the end of Grade 9, meetings are held between teachers, pupils and parents to discuss relevant examinations and subjects. In these grades, students will specialize in some advanced subjects and prepare for admission into universities and colleges by taking TOEFL, SAT and AP exams along with GCE [AS/A Levels] process of continuous assessment is used throughout the school. This ensures that results are not totally dependent on examinations. Two mid-term exams and finals are held on a yearly basis. Extra curricular activities are regarded as an integral part of education. A range of activities are on offer, and students are encouraged to participate in them. These activities include: Basketball, football, volleyball, computing, chess club and handcrafts. All clubs are run and supervised by staff members. In order to complete the curricula and enhance independent learning, teachers will set regular homework in all grades. Staff consult the class `white book` before setting homework to prevent students from being overloaded with homework on any given day. A department is in place to support and work with those pupils who need extra provision to support them in the school curricula. Grade Advisors forward names of pupils whose work is giving cause for concern, to the department. Pupils are assessed, and schedules drawn up according to need. If it is felt that pupils need clinical assessment and support, parents are invited to the school for discussion. Information is then passed on regarding available clinics where expert diagnoses can be carried out. Once reports are completed by relevant experts, these can then be forwarded to the school and actioned, following further discussion.