Middle School

Middle School Students, aged 11-14 are at a stage in their lives where they are changing at a rapid pace intellectually, emotionally and physically. This passage of life is very important because it is their vital stage of transition, which equips them to face the challenging world, with self-confidence

In Middle School, The Cambridge Secondary Programme 1 has been introduced from the academic year 2010 -2011 in three core subjects (Mathematics, English and Science). In other subjects the school curriculum is based on the British National Curriculum. At the end of grade 8, students sit for an external examination, Cambridge Checkpoint in English Mathematics and Science that serves as an indicator of students’ attainment for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in High School(Grades 9 and 10).

Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies

Islamic Education and social studies are taught in Arabic prescribed by the Bahrain Ministry of Education. Arabic language syllabus is based on the objectives provided by Bahrain Ministry of Education from K-8



Enhanced and Enriched Curriculum

The school incorporates local culture in its curriculum and enriches it with local diversity. School also puts lots of extra curricular activities like the celebration of all international days, science fairs etc., to enhance wide range interest in students learning.

Model United Nations (MUN) serves as a platform to develop students understanding of the rights and responsibilities of being part of community.

Curriculum is also enriched by the use of resources available in the country for example the presence of fossil fuels, power stations. Metal extraction sites (ALBA), wild life park, business centers etc. Important activities like World Environment day, Cleanliness day and celebration of the entire national and international festivals encourage the students to respect and value their surroundings.

Educational Stages:

Middle School (Grade 6 – 8):
ARKIS Middle School students are challenged emotionally, socially and academically to enable them to survive in an exponentially changing technological world.  The school prides itself on its academic success and care for individual students to work in a safe and nurturing environment that is conducive to learning.  Students are creative, innovative and open to other cultures, while retaining their customs, traditions and religious beliefs.

Students sit for an external examination, the Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint in English, Maths and Science, at the end of Grade 8. These standardized tests are set and marked by the Cambridge Centre to provide schools an international benchmark of students’ achievement, enabling teachers to advise students of the suitability of different progression routes.

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.

Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS):
At ARKIS we believe in developing students’ cognitive skills. The school implements a special programme named the UCMAS from KG2 to Gr.8. This programme is based on ancient Chinese concept and modern scientific research to stimulate and develop both hemispheres of the brain by using a simple educational tool called the abacus. Through the abacus, the following skills are developed from an early age:

• Listening

• Student’s memory and builds self-confidence

• Mathematical speed and calculation

• Attentiveness and concentration

• Self-reliance as the students use their “inborn calculator” and improve general overall performance of student.

Uniform

Girls: Ankle length beige (A-cut) skirt or loose trousers with beige shirt and beige loose long vests below the hips with the school logo; ARKIS tie. Girls’ headscarf should be black, beige or white only.
Boys: Beige trousers with beige collared shirt and beige vests with the school logo; ARKIS tie.

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

• No tight trousers.

• Plain white socks, plain black shoes.

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.

Middle School Programme

Middle School students are at a stage in their lives where they are changing at a rapid pace intellectually, emotionally and physically. This passage of life is very important because it is their vital stage of transition, which equips them to face the challenging world, with self-confidence.

English, Mathematics, Science and ICT

ARKIS in Middle School provides The Cambridge Secondary Programme in three core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) in addition to ICT. At the end of grade 8, students sit for an external examination, Cambridge Checkpoint in English Mathematics and Science that serves as an indicator of students’ attainment for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in High School(Grades 9 and 10).

http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-1/cambridge-secondary-1/

In other subjects the school curriculum is based on the British National Curriculum.

Arabic, Islamic Studies, Social Studies and Citizenship

Arabic language syllabus is based on the objectives provided by Bahrain Ministry of Education.

Islamic Studies, social studies and citizenship curricula are taught in Arabic and follow the Bahrain Ministry of Education syllabus.

http://www.moe.gov.bh/EducationalContentSearch

UCMAS

U C MAS Mental Arithmetic is a unique curriculum that allows our students to acquire an astonishing calculation speed, in addition to developing the following mental abilities: concentration, observation, visualization & imagination, and memory.

http://www.ucmasbahrain.com.bh/

Enhanced and Enriched Curriculum

The school incorporates local culture in its curriculum and encourages the students to be internationally minded through giving them the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities like the celebration of all international days, English Fair, Humanities Fair, science fairs, Math day, local and overseas trips… etc.

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