High School

ARKIS provides the British Curriculum leading to IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), as set and regulated by the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate. IGCSE is a curriculum specifically tailored to international needs, with an assessment system appropriate for students of all abilities. It is designed as a two year Curriculum Programme leading to a certificate, which is internationally, recognized as equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and the international GCE O-level examinations. IGCSE courses are renowned for developing vital educational skills including communication, problem solving, initiative, teamwork and investigation skills.Students at ARKIS are for a Cambridge external examination at the end of Grade 10.

IGCSE is a pre-requisite qualification for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP). IBDP is a comprehensive two-year international challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and beyond. The IBDP is offered at ARKIS in Grade 11 and 12. In addition to the IBDP the school also offers the Cambridge International AS Level (Advanced Subsidiary) which is taken in Grade 11 and 12. It is the first half of an A Level course but may also be taken as a free standing qualification.

Our main goal is to develop the students’ personal and social skills, allow them to excel academically, think critically, and be independent learners. The international programmes offered provoke a greater acceptance and understanding of the world around them.

Grade 11 & 12 students will participate in the CAS programme of co-curricular activities over two years. The student will be engaged in a combination of creative, aesthetic, athletic, and community service activities. CAS aims to challenge and extend the student by developing a sense of discovery and self-reliance, and encouraging development of individual skills and interests. Students must engage in activities that provide a good balance of creativity, action, and service. Students can also take part in the annual overseas CAS trips which head to South East Asia and Africa

In addition, students can take part in the MUN (Model United Nations), Tradequest, Murdoch Business Cup Challenge GCC Inter-School, Biology Cyprus Trip, sports trips etc.

Educational Stages:

High School (Grade 9 – 12):
ARKIS High School encourages student-centered and enquiry-based approaches to learning.  It focuses on developing students’ critical thinking, enquiry and problem solving skills to prepare them for the next stage in education. ARKIS provides an international core and extended curriculum to suit the students’ learning needs.  Students are also given the opportunity to be involved actively in the community, both locally and internationally. Students sit for an external examination, the IGCSE that forms part of Cambridge Secondary 2 stage, at the end of Grade 10.  This popular international curriculum provides a positive learning environment that enhances students’ learning and encourages lifelong learners. The IGCSE is a pre-requisite to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Grade 11.  Students either opt for full IBDP or study the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) from Cambridge International Examination (CIE), with a minimum of four subjects.

Educational Programmes

At ARKIS we aim to put our students at the centre of the curriculum. Our international programmes are accessible to learners of all abilities. We make learning requirements and student assessment clear to help students engage with their subjects.  This is achieved through our chosen Cambridge educational programmes from Kindergarten through Grade 10, followed by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or the AS High School Diploma in Grades 11 and 12. It is compulsory to teach Arabic Islamic Studies, Social Studies and Citizenship as these subjects are endorsed by the Ministry of Education. ARKIS has an established Arabic as a Second Language (ASL) department offering special programmes to students from Grade 1 who are non-native speakers.

Cambridge Educational Programmes:
ARKIS is a certified Cambridge International Examination (CIE) Centre where the Cambridge curricula programmes are taught.  The Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary 1 programmes provide a coherent educational programme of curriculum and assessment from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in English, Mathematics and Science.  This is followed by Cambridge Secondary 2 i.e. the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Grades 9 and 10 where students take more than eight IGCSE subjects.  These programmes are continually reviewed by the Cambridge board keeping in mind the developments in education, teaching and learning practices.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB):
ARKIS is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school that offers a two year international diploma programme curriculum designed to challenge students academically.  The programme is taught over two years in grades 11 and 12, and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. 

IB Diploma students study six courses either at higher or standard level. In addition to the programme, the following three core requirements are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding:

• The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.

• Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge, by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).

• Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requires students actively to learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. ARKIS is proud to announce that the regional IB office finds our CAS programme as one of the potentially strongest programmes implemented in the Middle East. The mission of the CAS programme is to focus on the development of the “whole person”. It aims at creating a link between the student and society, country and even the international community, to extend their knowledge and experience beyond the walls of school, and to embed a value system that develops their personality and self respect.

Through service, creativity, engagement and personal experience, the CAS programme hopes to achieve a paradigm shift in every individual student, to eradicate prejudice and develop an appreciation of what is different through personal development and growth.

High school students at ARKIS are engaged in fund raising campaigns, the annual CAS programme trip to developing countries and the school’s scheduled yearly events that serve a variety of charity and educational organizations, as well as environmental causes.

ARKIS also offers the AS level for students who do not opt for the full IB diploma Programme

Advanced Subsidiary (AS):
As is taken in over 125 countries and offers choice of 60 different subjects. Subjects are part of the Cambridge Advanced stage. Cambridge International AS levels often represent the first half of an A level course but may also be taken as a freestanding qualification. The content and difficulty of a Cambridge International AS level examination is equivalent to the first half of a correspondence Cambridge International A level.

Cambridge AS levels are accepted in all UK universities and carry half the weighting of an A level. University course credit and advanced standing is often available for Cambridge International AS and A levels in countries such as the USA and Canada.

Uniform

Girls: Ankle length light brown ( A-cut) skirt or loose trousers with brown checked shirt and light brown loose long vests (below the hips) and an ARKIS tie. Girls’ headscarf should be black, beige or white only.
Boys: Light brown trousers with white, brown checked shirt and light brown vests and an ARKIS tie.

Note:
All students are strictly required to adhere to the following:-

• No tight trousers.

• Plain white socks, plain black shoes.

• Boys vest are optional in Grades 11 and 12.

P.E. Uniform and Winter Cardigans

The school P.E uniform and winter cardigans are only available at The House of Uniform.

Please note the following points relating to uniform and grooming.

  1. 1. Shirts can be short or long sleeves.
  2. 2. Shoes should be plain black, any other coloured is not allowed. With PE uniform any coloured sports shoes are allowed.
  3. 3. Jewellery is not permitted. Only one pair of small plain ear-studs for girls.
  4. 4. Make-up, nail polish and fancy hair clips are not allowed.
  5. 5. Winter school jackets are only available at the school and must be purchased by the students to ensure uniformity of dress code.
  6. 6. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back.
  7. 7. Students may not dye their hair with unnatural colour, or have their hair shaved into patterns.
  8. 8. Boys should be well groomed.
  9. 9. In winter, black coats may be worn over the black School sweater.
  10. 10. Girls’ can wear black, white, grey, and dark blue hijab with the P.E uniform.
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