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.
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
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. 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.Student and Parent handbook 2017-18