Curriculum

NAIS American program is student centered and offers a broad- based program from Kindergarten to High school falling into four strands:

Kindergarten Years [KG1 and KG 2]
Elementary Years [Grade1-Grade 5]
Middle Years [Grade 6- Grade 8]
High School Years [Grade 9 – Grade 12]

North American International School follows the Common Core Standards for English and Mathematics. All other subjects are based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  Arabic and Islamic Education are based on the Ministry Standards. UAE National Education is incorporated into our Social Studies curriculum.

KINDERGARTEN (KG1 & KG2)

An enormous amount of learning takes place in the first few years of life, and it is at this time that the greatest care must be taken to ensure that learning and development happen in the right direction. The NAIS KG program underpins all future learning by supporting and fostering in students:

  • Personal, social and emotional well-being

  • A positive attitude towards learning

  • Attention skills and the quality of perseverance, language,

  • Literacy, numeracy and communication skills

  • An appreciation, knowledge and understanding of the world around them; sound physical and creative developments.

kindergarten

An Entry Assessment is taken at the beginning of KG1 and KG2 to identify areas of strength and weaknesses. At the end of the academic year, an Exit Assessment is undertaken to determine the readiness of the student to progress to the next level. Ongoing observations are recorded to track progress.

An Orientation for KG parents is held in September to introduce and guide the parents on how to support their child’s progress. A formal PTA is held 3 times a year. Parents are encouraged to stay in touch with their child’s teachers through the school portal.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL [Grades 1-5]

The NAIS Elementary School program aims:

To lay a solid base of learning at the elementary stage. At this stage the program supports a co-operative approach to inquiry and problem-solving through interaction. It also attempts to develop knowledge and an understanding of the world.

A diagnostic test is held in each subject early in the academic year to identify areas of strength and weaknesses. Thereon formative assessments are used to track the progress of the child. These assessments are also graded and contribute towards the final grade in the Report Card. There are no formal exams, except for end of year assessments. MAP exams will be held every year and these are compulsory for all students.

An Orientation for parents is held in September to introduce and guide the parents on how to support their child’s progress. A formal PTA is held 3 times a year. Parents are encouraged to stay in touch with their child’s teachers through the school portal.

 

The subjects taught are:

  •   Arabic as first or second language

  •   Islamic Studies

  •   English

  •   Mathematics

  •   General Science

  •   Social Studies

  •   Information & Communication Technology

  •   Foreign Language – French [Grade 5 upwards]

  •   Physical Education & Health

  •   Visual Art

  •   Fine Art

MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADE 6 - 8)

This is a time of transition; physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. At this stage the emphasis is on building pupils’ self-esteem and confidence and to encourage them to become independent. Pupils will follow a common curriculum, providing a broad-based education with which to proceed into further studies in high school.

A diagnostic test is held in each subject early in the academic year to identify areas of strength and weaknesses. Thereon formative assessments are used to track the progress of the child. These assessments are also graded and contribute towards the final grade in the Report Card. There are 3 formal exams, end of each term in December, March and June. MAP exams will be held every year and these are compulsory for all students.

An Orientation for parents is held in September to introduce and guide the parents on how to support their child’s progress. A formal PTA is held 3 times a year. Parents are encouraged to stay in touch with their child’s teachers through the school portal.

 

The subjects taught are:

  •   Arabic as first or second language

  •   Islamic Studies

  •   English

  •   Mathematics

  •   Science

  •   Social Studies

  •   Information & Communication Technology

  •   Foreign Language – French

  •   Physical Education & Health

  •   Visual Art / Fine Art

 
 
 
 

HIGH SCHOOL (GRADE 9 - 12)

The NAIS High School Curriculum helps to develop critical thinking and analysis. It will also enhance the intellectual and creative potential, personal confidence and social competence and physical and social well- being of the pupil. Students are given opportunity to make choices and accept responsibility for their actions and decisions.

A diagnostic test is held in each subject early in the academic year to identify areas of strength and weaknesses. Thereon formative assessments are used to track the progress of the child. These assessments are also graded and contribute towards the final grade in the Report Card. There are 3 formal exams, end of each term in December, March and June. MAP exams will be held every year and these are compulsory for all students.

An Orientation for parents is held in September to introduce and guide the parents on how to support their child’s progress. A formal PTA is held 3 times a year. Parents are encouraged to stay in touch with their child’s teachers through the school portal.

Career counseling is given to parents and students.

High School students at NAIS must complete a minimum of 24.5 credits, complete 40 hours of Community Involvement Activity and 60 hours of work experience.

SAT 1(Minimum score of 440 in Math section) and TOEFL  Examinations (Minimum score required in:

  • Paper based exam – 400
  • Computer based exam – 173
  • Internet based exam – 61) 
    Or IELTS (Academic) – (Minimum score of 5.5)

EmSat- As per ministry requirement 

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