Our curriculum includes everything we do both in and outside of the classroom. Our perspective on education, reflected in our curriculum, is that we are not filling a bucket, but rather lighting a fire. We cannot possibly teach everything that is to be learned. Thus, we endeavor to teach students to “learn how to learn” by giving them the skills to do so. Most importantly, we aim to instill in our students a love of learning as a passionate pursuit in and of itself. Our curriculum is centered on teaching our students how to take control of their own learning. We focus on teaching students to ask the right questions and be confident searching for answers. By developing “critical skills” in our students, we prepare them for their journey as learners for the rest of their lives. Students are welcomed into an environment that is engaging, challenging, inspiring, and nurturing. Learning experiences are created that foster inspiration, promote the development of a core set of academic skills and learning habits, and that encourage students to ask questions, explore and identify their core values and passions. Based on the slogan “inspiring leaders of change”, and trying to apply our school’s mission and vision, we designed our curriculum that is seeking for helping our students to achieve wisdom. That is why our work was mainly directed to build our learner’s personality through developing the seven aspects of:
- Knowledge & Thoughts
- Language & Communication
- Attitude & Ethics
- Roles & Responsibilities
- Strength & Health
- Crafts & Skills
- Habits & Tidiness.
PEDAGOGY: THREE FRAMES OF LEARNING
The pedagogy utilized by Elite Academy is the Three Frames of Learning.
This defines how we deliver the content of our courses in the classroom. This scaffold is designed to provide a consistent, well-rounded, and comprehensive learning experience.
The three frames of learning are:
It includes the thematic lessons that are planned carefully to ensure students are introduced to and experience complex topics and issues through four lenses: physically, emotionally, intellectually, and intra-personally.
It includes the proficiency lessons that focus on transferring core-skills and academic content to students. In the younger years, this frame stands alone in the timetable. However, in High School, proficiency both stands alone and is woven into most thematic lessons (especially in English, mathematics, advanced science, arts, and music courses.) rather than addressed as a specific frame each day. The purpose is to ensure that High School students experience topics and subject content as well as use core-skills in an integrated way simulating work and life scenarios.
The practical lessons at Elite Academy is where you will find students exploring and problem solving around the campus. In addition to specific experiential-based classes, high school students also have some days focusing on experiential learning, and life skills development through the elective subjects we provide for them. This is shown clearly through some clubs we applied in our school.
ACADEMIC PROGRAM & Graduation Requirements
The High School Diploma program requires eight semesters (4 years) of full-time study to satisfy the requirement of 30 credits, and includes all course work and independent study programs for those who want to. The high school implements its curriculum. With careful and regular advising, students are responsible for their educational choices and must show a consistent understanding of what they are meant to be learning. Learning often takes place both inside and outside of the classrooms, learning support programs, projects and student designed projects and courses as well. To qualify for one credit, students must complete a minimum of 120 highly focused contact hours, depending on subject and curriculum requirements. Each course in one subject area represents a full year’s credit in that subject.
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM:
GRADES 9 -12
SCHOOL YEAR 2019 - 2020
Elite Academy’s Projects
Students’ Projects in different subjects are the high school capstone experience. They give students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of research and presentation skills, and offers an extended period of focus on individual interests in an academic framework. They are designed and implemented entirely by the students, and are based on their passions and interests.
we are providing different types of clubs for our high school students. those clubs are divided into two aspects; educational and entertaining ones.
Educational Clubs include:
- Intensive English Club
- Intensive Arabic Club
- Intensive Turkish Club
- Qur’an Club
- Islamic Studies Club
- Leadership Club
- Health Club
- Life Skills Club
Entertaining Clubs include:
- Art Club
- Drama Club
- Music Club
- Swimming Club
- Stem & Robotics Club
- Skating Club
- Fitness Club
- Archery Club
- Chess Club
- Cooking Club
At Elite Academy, we are applying the “Big Brother” Approach where some high school students can give support to some elementary students who need help both in academic aspects and behavioral ones.
“Sleeping Overnights” are also one of the activities we used to do in our school as a part of sharing experiences and interests in addition to strengthening the relations between students and their teachers.
Trips are other opportunities for students to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that arise as well as enjoying their times and having fun with their classmates. Furthermore, we were also planning to design and implement camping for high school students but unfortunately, our plans were postponed because of corona virus.
“Post-Graduation Preparation Programs”:
Elite Academy’s High School also started to conduct some college and university research and application workshops as well as presentation to parents about this process under the supervision of our career path committee. We do believe that a university guide and research workshops support students and parents throughout.