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Course Description

High School 2017-2018

CURRICULUM SUMMARY

English/Language Arts

MyPerspectives is a powerful student centered program that values the perspective of learners collectively and individually. This program provides next generation learning experiences that promotes higher achievements to develop the competencies that students need for college and career. This is achieved by focusing on a consistent student centered approach to improving learning and achievement of student from Grade 6-12.

MyPerspectives promotes Next Generation learning environments that allow students to take ownership of their learning while collaborating with their peers. Throughout this course, students will link together knowledge and skills and develop learning strategies which will help them take advantage of personalized learning opportunities.

Through this program, students develop and build on their reading and writing skills; they use literature to improve reading comprehension, understand and apply literary terms, expand vocabulary, and analyze texts.

Writing for the purpose of learning is a vital college and career skill. MyPerspectives allows students to perfect different aspects of their writing as they learn about the writing process and use their acquired knowledge and skills to write for various academic purposes.

Mathematics

At the high school level, the organization of the standards is by conceptual category. Within each conceptual category, except modeling, content is organized into domains, clusters, and standards. The summaries that follow present the key concepts and progressions for these conceptual categories: Algebra, Number and Quantity, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability

Algebra 2

By the end of Grade 9, students have synthesized their knowledge of operations, proportional relationships, and algebraic equations and have begun to formalize their understanding of linearity and linear equations. The study of algebra in the high school years extends the conceptual and analytic approach of the elementary and middle years. It expands the focus of study from solving equation and applying formulae to include a structural analysis of expressions, equations, and inequalities.

In grade 10 students will focus on the following Common Core Standards for Mathematics:

  • Seeing Structure in Expressions
  • Interpret the structure of expressions.
  • Write expressions in equivalent forms to solve problems. Arithmetic with Polynomials and

Rational Functions

  • Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials.
  • Understand the relationship between zeros and factors of polynomials.
  • Use polynomial identities to solve problems.
  • Rewrite rational expressions. Creating Equations
  • Create equations that describe numbers or relationships. Reasoning with Equations and

Inequalities

  • Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning.
  • Solve equations and inequalities in one variable.
  • Solve systems of equations.
  • Represent and solve equations and inequalities
Science

Starting in Grade 9 and continuing to grade 12, students will take a combination of the following Science Courses each year:

  • Pearson Biology
  • Pearson Physics
  • Pearson Chemistry

Pearson Biology

Biology is the story of life—narratives of concepts informed by investigations that help us explain the natural world. The goal is to develop a deeper understanding. Each unit is organized around an Enduring Understanding— a statement that describes the essence of the unit. Each chapter is represented by a Big Idea that can be explored using the Essential

Question. This course will be completed in sections over the 4 years of study, to include the following topics:

  1. The Nature of Life
  2. Ecology
  3. Cells
  4. Genetics
  5. Evolution
  6. From Microorganisms to Plants
  7. Animals
  8. The Human Body

Pearson Physics

Physics is a study of the fundamental laws of nature. In fact, everything in nature—from atoms and subatomic particles to solar systems and galaxies—obeys the laws of physics. Physical Science is an introduction to fundamental physical concepts and applications.

Over the course of 4 years, students will develop a deeper understanding of Physics including the following topics:

  1. Physics and the Scientific Method
  2. Physics and Society
  3. Units and Dimensions
  4. Basic Math for Physics
  5. Problem Solving in Physics

Pearson Chemistry

Chemistry is a course based on regular laboratory investigations of matter, chemical reactions, and the role of energy in those reactions. Students in Chemistry I compare, contrast, and synthesize useful models of the structure and properties of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions. In addition, students enrolled in this course are expected to:

  1. gain an understanding of the history of chemistry,
  2. explore the uses of chemistry in various careers,
  3. investigate chemical equations and problems related to personal needs and societal issues, and
  4. learn and practice laboratory safety.

Humanities

As part of a comprehensive Humanities program students in grade 10 will participate in the following programs:

Modern World History

The course is a continuation of the topics introduced in Grade 9. In grade 10 students will focus on European History. By following historical events in a chronological order while focusing on important themes such as politics, economics, and culture, the students will become aware of, and appreciate, the events that have taken place and have provided them a historical foundation. This year students will dig deeper into the following topics:

  • European History, including World Wars I and II.
  • modern-day China,
  • Africa and the Middle East.

Current events are emphasized and linked to the learning to help students make the connections from history so that they may better understand the present.

Life Skills/ Community Service Outreach program

Our Life Skills curriculum aims at developing the much-needed holistic development of a successful adult. As a classroom community, we will aim to expose and identify key concepts in the social development process that will assist the students as they discover their place in the world. It will also equip learners with the knowledge, skills and values that assist them in achieving their full physical, intellectual, personal, emotional and social potential. Our curriculum will encourage learners to acquire and practice life skills that will assist them to become independent and effective in responding to life’s challenges as they begin to play a more active and responsible role in society.

Arabic, Social Studies and Islamic Studies

Students are taught Arabic, Social Studies and Islamic Studies by qualified teachers. Each grade from Grades 7-12 has a specific number of lessons during the school day. The school follows a curriculum accepted by the K.S.A Ministry of Education.

Art Course

The High School Art course is designed to incorporate techniques based on observation and imagination, alongside which, students develop skills of critically analyzing work. Our aimis to awaken an interest in and the ability for creative expression. Students will learn about famous artists, art works and their techniques.

Electives

High School electives are typically courses that fall outside of the main core academic subject areas (English, math, history, science and foreign language). A one year completed elective course is equivalent to 1 credit needed for graduation. Once an elective has been chosen students must complete the course.

Elective Choices for 2017-2018

  1. Drama
  2. Public Speaking and Debate
  3. Arts and Crafts

All Humanities courses, including Electives are required in order for students to meet the minimum number of humanities credit hours for High school graduation.

Additional Required Courses

Physical Education Course

The 10th grade Physical Education course is designed to teach students about their health physical abilities and create enthusiasm for physical activity, as well as develop their physical skills. At the end of the program student should understand and appreciate the importance of attaining and maintaining a healthy, physically fit body. We will accomplish this goal by providing our students with a balanced program that builds a strong foundation in physical fitness, sport performance skills, lead-up games, and Health Theory classes.

This course covers a wide range of practical topics including Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Handball, Table Tennis, Self-Defense and Physical Fitness testing. A theory lesson will also be conducted once a month discussing physical and mental health. These lessons are aimed at teaching students to live a healthier lifestyle.

High School Information Technology Course

Computer Studies builds intricate problem-solving skills and a broader understanding of our growing technological world. Students are given opportunities to engage in computer studies problems in a creative and supportive environment. As students engage in hands-on experiences, projects, and a variety of learning techniques, they will learn to identify and solve problems.

From Grades 9-12 students should offer their time to help their community e.g. tutoring after school, assisting during parent conferences or at their local hospitals or centers. These hours are recorded each year and must total 100 hours by the end of grade 12 to meet graduation requirements.

Student Evaluation and Assessment

Students are evaluated on a regular basis to insure that the learning goals are being met for each course as well as to assist the teacher in planning for individual students’ needs.

Some of the types of evaluations we use are:

  • Weekly Tests
  • Pop Quizzes
  • Projects and Presentations
  • Formative and Summative Assessments
  • Practical Lab Activities
  • External testing – including MAP and PSAT

Home work and class work will also be used to calculate your child’s final grade according to the following percentages:

Class work/projects 20% of final grade
Homework 20% of final grade
Tests/Quizzes 20% of final grade
Quarterly Exam 40% of final grade
Report Cards:

Report cards will be sent on a quarterly basis. This report will inform the parents of the student’s academic achievements and attendance during the period and may include information relevant to the student’s work habits, attitude, and weaknesses. The report is designed to give parents an overview of a student’s academic progress as compared to what is expected of a student in his/her grade level. When a teacher becomes aware that a student may not meet the required academic progress, the teacher will communicate with parents in order to work together to implement appropriate interventions. In these cases, it is generally necessary for all parties; including teachers, parents and the student to work together to insure that a student does not fall significantly behind.

Grading Scale

Letter grades on report cards will be give according to the following scale:

100%-90%=A

89% – 80%=B

79% – 70%=C

69% – 60%=D

59% – 50%=E Below 50%=F

In order to receive credit for an individual course students must receive an overall score of 60% or better in any given course. Students who do not receive a passing score on a course will be required to make up the missing credits with additional classes in order to meet graduation requirements.

In addition, students receiving an overall score below 60% may be put on academic probation until their grades improve to an acceptable level.

Homework Policy:

Homework assignments will be posted on our grade level weekly plans. Weekly plans can be found on Classera. In addition, the weekly plan will be sent to your FIS email on a weekly basis.

We encourage your daughter to complete her homework on her own. The homework we are sending home will reinforce skills we have been learning in class. If you notice your child is struggling with a specific skill, please email your child’s teacher so we may address the issue.

Required Materials

A list of school supplies that will be needed will be sent out to all students at the beginning of the school year. Every student is expected to bring all supplies that are on the list.

Parent/Teacher Communication

All new students and parents will receive an official FIS email account which should be used as the primary means of home-school communication. Alternatively parents and students can contact their teachers via Classera messaging system. A contact list will be sent home with each student at the beginning of the year. Each teacher will send a classroom newsletter that will be updated on a weekly basis. This is where you will find all information needed for the any upcoming events or important information.

Parents are strongly encouraged to contact their child’s subject teacher directly with any issues or inquiries. If additional support is needed you may contact the student counselor or myself depending on the nature of the inquiry. For support with technical issues parents can contact the IT helpdesk. We have an open door policy regarding parent teacher communication as we believe that parents are an important partner in their child’s education. However please keep in mind that all communication should be done through the formal communication channels only in order to best meet our students’ needs.

Al Forsan International continuously builds on establishing and improving a system to help students master the skills needed for the real world. Our curriculum selection gives our graduating students the opportunity to apply to any institution of their choice.

At AL Forsan we work with this end in mind by putting our next generation First!

 

WE INSPIRE…. WE EMPOWER….  WE CHALLENGE!!