Al Zuhour Private School. - (Private)


Known for its innovative approach to learning and high graduate employment figures, Al Zuhour American School at Sharjah has gained an excellent reputation as a provider of excellent education, training, student’s highly effective preparation. The School continues to develop new programs and initiate new teaching methods, responding to and anticipating international and national trends in education. With over ten years of history, we are among the oldest and most respected American schools in Sharjah. Al Zuhour traditions are complemented by our enduring commitment to continuous renewal, focusing on the needs of our students at all times.

We are a dynamic school, eager to provide a positive and innovative learning environment that, upon matriculation, will ultimately prepare our students for successful on-going learning in universities and in future professional and personal pursuits. From pre-school through grade 9, our mission guides us. Developing compassionate, inquisitive learners prepared for global responsibility is the ideal that we strive to uphold each day. Al Zuhour Student Learning Outcomes provide further articulation of our mission as practiced in the classroom and in co-curricular activities.

Our school community provides a multicultural haven, one rich in the arts, athletics, and academics. Classes are conducted in English, following a curriculum largely drawn from the United States. We invite you to further explore our exciting school to see whether this might be the right match for your family. Al Zuhour teachers, arguably our greatest asset, focus on drawing the very best from each of their students every day. Our standards are high, and our students tend to thrive in their next academic environment after leaving us. I encourage you to browse our informative website for information about our facilities, programs, college placement records, athletics, arts, and off-campus learning opportunities.

Please do not hesitate to contact our admissions office if you have any lingering questions. Thank you again for considering Al Zuhour. If you have the opportunity, please come and visit our campus to see Al Zuhour in action first hand. Warm wishes to you and your family as you contemplate this important decision in your lives. Al Zuhour Private School provides innovative and holistic education, which develops children's potential for intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical learning. We encourage positive action within the school and wider community. We provide a safe, welcoming, and compassionate environment where children, parents, and staff are honored.

We celebrate school traditions, community, and global events. Being a pioneer school in the region, we have been able to build a cohesive working vision committed to fostering an informed community where all members feel heard, supported and involved. The intended result is that everyone feels ownership for the school and its programs. Over the years our staffs have worked very effectively as a team and have implemented school wide continuums that plot learning targets in relation to both syllabus and behavioral expectations. They, with input and feedback from parents and students, have been able to translate vision statements and objectives into everyday reality.

In general, the welfare and development of each child is of prime importance with the opportunity of individual programs being set up where appropriate. Consultation with parents is seen as a priority and facilitated by open communication throughout the school community. This is made possible by clear and organized channels and pathways of communication. We continue to evaluate our directions and goals and change accordingly. At Al Zuhour School we are committed to developing life skills - where freedom is coupled with responsibility and Islamic beliefs, and where a high standard is achieved in an atmosphere of good fun.
Curriculum / Programs
The basic structure of the English language K to 9 curriculums comprises four phases that approximate the sequential phases of students’ linguistic and cognitive development. The learning objectives in English language form a developmental continuum. Students in any grade level, however, will exhibit a range of developmental differences. Language development is continuous from birth. Although students learn a great deal about language in school, little has already been learned before they enter kindergarten or grade 1. Their cultural experiences, home and kindergarten experiences, and communities have provided some opportunities for students to build their language skills.

Teachers recognize that students bring to school an inadequate range of language experiences and knowledge that need to be developed in the classroom. Teachers also recognize that not all students have the same background or experiences with language and that it is important to plan meaningful experiences with speaking, listening, writing, reading, representing, and viewing that reflect and build from where the students are in their development. In this phase of language learning (kindergarten - grade 1), students develop concepts related to language, usage, print, letter knowledge, phonemic awareness, and the alphabet.

This phase begins early in a student's life and continues until the student reaches the phase of developing conventional literacy. Teachers may have to plan experiences that make up for the early opportunities some students have not had. In this phase, students associate written letters and words with meaning and begin to understand the different forms language takes. In this phase of literacy (grades 1-6), students become more fluent and confident listeners, speakers, readers, writers, viewers, and represent.

They understand the different purposes, formats, and conventions used in each language strand and are developing a repertoire of language skills and strategies. The learning objectives listed in this curriculum form a developmental continuum. While many students will, with appropriate instruction, be able to achieve these objectives at each grade level, others will not. For this reason, teachers are asked to keep the following developmental differences in mind (see chart below) and to provide instruction at the appropriate level (based on students' needs).

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