Middle School Curriculum
AIS-West has identified curriculum goals considered essential to the learning process of its students. The goals are set in order to acquire a range of thinking skills, alongside comprehension, interpretation, extrapolation and synthesis.
AIS-West draws from the best practices of American state side schools, as well as US National standards, to offer a quality American Academic Program for those students transferring from the United States or other international private schools and students living in the Middle East, primarily from Cairo and surrounding areas.
The curriculum is organized by standards. Each standard is defined by :
- essential understandings
- essential knowledge
- essential skills
- essential processes
The Secondary School believes it is essential for students to see connections and relationships alongside the acquisition of important basic skills. Goals include teaching students to critically think and make connections. The aim is for students to become confident performers, presenters and public speakers and work co-operatively and collaboratively. Students are taught to acknowledge their peers' points of view and respond in an open minded manner.
All students are expected to carry a full program of studies. The courses required in Secondary School are English, Mathematics, Arabic, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Technology, Foreign Language and one course from the Fine Arts Department. Please note that Religious Studies is compulsory for all Arab students but optional for foreigners.
Secondary School Grading
The school year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is divided into two nine week terms made up of approximately 18 instruction weeks. At the close of each nine week term, students receive a report card indicating the grades earned in each class. Absences, if any, are recorded on their report card which also reflects attendance.
- semester 1 = term 1 (9 weeks) and term 2 (9 weeks)
- semester 2 = term 3 (9 weeks) and term 4 (9 weeks)
Semester grades for Secondary School students are determined in the following manner:
- 45% : first term
- 45% : second term
- 10% : semester final exam or project (grade 6 only)
Formal reporting periods are held four times per year and once per term. Parent/teacher conferences are held in November and April.
Letter grades, their percentage equivalents and grade point averages that reflect a student's progress are as follows:
|A+||98 - 100||4|
|A||93 - 97||4|
|A-||90 - 92||4|
|B+||88 - 89||3|
|B||83 - 87||3|
|B-||80 - 82||3|
|C+||78 - 79||2|
|C||73 - 77||2|
|C-||70 - 72||2|
|D+||68 - 69||1|
|D||63 - 67||1|
|D-||60 - 62||1|