Course Description

Middle School 2017-2018


English/Language Arts

Grade 7-9

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 needs for colleges and careers. This is achieved by focusing on a consistent 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.

Math Grade 7-9

Algebra-Readiness and Algebra 1

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) promote a conceptual and analytical approach to the study of mathematics. In the middle years, the standards continue to encourage the development of algebraic concepts and skills from students’ understanding of arithmetic operations. Students in these courses will apply previous knowledge of place value, properties of operations, and the inverse relationships between operations to write and solve first arithmetic, and then algebraic equations of varying complexities.

Mathematical Modeling

These courses place specific emphasis on mathematical modeling, following a modeling cycle that involves a 6-step process:

  1. Identifying variables in the situation and selecting those that represent essential features,
  2. Formulating a model by creating and selecting geometric, graphical, tabular, algebraic, or statistical representations that describe relationships between the variables,
  3. Analyzing and performing operations on these relationships to draw conclusions,
  4. Interpreting the results of the mathematics in terms of the original situation,
  5. Validating the conclusions by comparing them with the situation, and then either improving the model or, if it is acceptable,
  6. Reporting on the conclusions and the reasoning behind them. Choices, assumptions, and approximations are present throughout this cycle

Number and Quantity

From the elementary through middle years, students regularly expand their notion of the number system, from counting to whole numbers, then to fractions, including decimal fractions, and next to negative whole numbers and fractions, and finally to forming rational and irrational numbers.

As students encounter these expanding notions of numbers, they expand on the meanings of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division while recognizing that the properties of these operations remain constant. Students also realize that the expanded meanings of operations are consistent with their previous meanings.

Focus on Geometry

Students expand their experiences with transformations and engage in formal proofs of geometric theorems, using transformations in the plane as a foundation to prove congruence and similarity. From this foundation, students look to define trigonometric ratios and apply these concepts to solve problems involving right triangles. In the middle years, students undertook an exploration of congruence and similarity through transformations. They verified the properties of transformations (reflections, translations, rotations, dilations) and described the effect of each on two-dimensional shapes using coordinates. Student explained that shapes are congruent or similar based on a sequence of transformations.

Science – Grade 7-8

Interactive Science is a comprehensive middle school science curriculum that supports project-based inquiry and hands-on learning. Lessons incorporate Next Generation Science

Standards (NGSS) including Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Crosscutting Concepts (CCC), and Science and Engineering Practices (SEP). Interdisciplinary STEM activities and projects are included in every chapter. Interactive Science provides new digital lessons and teaching tools for blended learning experiences that engage students and drive inquiry. Students will build on skills introduced in Grade 6. The integration of content and process brings a real-world dimension to learning and helps students meet NGSS Performance Expectations.

Grade 9-12

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

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.

Social Studies

Grade 7-8

The series Social Studies for Saudi Arabia was developed specifically for international students in the Middle East region. This course fully covers all aspects of the Social Studies curriculum by introducing students to relevant social themes in the areas of: history, geography and economics, government, citizenship and culture. The curriculum also aims to connect social studies with other areas of study including science, technology and language arts

Grade 9

Modern World History

Through this course of study, students in grade nine and ten will study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They will trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to the historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural context of the middle east.

Physical Education Course

The 7th, 8th and 9th 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 HealthTheory 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.

Art Course

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

Information Technology Course

Computer Studies introduces students to an in-depth approach to technology. In this class, students experience the fun and responsibilities that comes from using computer. Students learn how to use their newly acquired computer skills to process information and commands. 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. Our students engage in hands-on experiences, projects, and a variety of learning techniques, students learn to solve and identify problems.

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.

Life Skills

Our Life Skills curriculum aims to develop 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.

Throughout each quarter, we will touch on different broad topics that will provide a firm foundation for the students to stand on. Our four main topics will be:

  1. Health and Environmental Responsibility
  2. Development of Self
  3. Communication Methods
  4. Social Responsibility
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

Homework 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:

100% – 90%=A
89% – 80%=B
79% – 70%=C
69% – 60%=D
59% – 50%=E
Below 50%=F

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.

Materials Required:

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 the end in mind by putting our new generation First!