Al Faris is a fully certified IB World School and follows the philosophy and teaching methodology of the IB Programme, which centers on inquiry-based learning whereby students actively guide the learning process through inquiry and discovery, reflect on their learning and translate knowledge into action.
FIS has adopted the American Common Core State Standards CCSS in Math, English and Social Studies, and NGSS for Sciences. We currently provide McGraw Hill, Pearson and other textbooks and learning resources to meet these standards. Digital publisher Kognity is used by our IB DP program. By merging all of these resources together, FIS ensures that students reach their full learning potential through different learning approaches that build social and emotional learning skills, college and career-ready skills, and enhance problem-solving. This emphasizes the students’ role in the learning process, giving them the autonomy to explore, ask questions and share ideas.
Our curriculum includes the core subjects of English, math, sciences, social studies/history as well as Arabic, French, computer studies, robotics, art, and physical education
The school is fully accredited in all three programs of the International Baccalaureate: the Primary Years Program (PYP) corresponding to years PreK-Grade 5, the Middle Years Program (MYP) corresponding to Grades 6-10 (MYP Years 1-5) and the Diploma Program (DP), corresponding to Grades 11-12 (DP Years 1 and 2). Our optional American Diploma Program (SAT) is accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancEd).
An integral part of the IB philosophy is open-mindedness, an understanding of the diverse people, views and cultures which make up our world community. Another key component of the IB is translating learning into action. Students are challenged to become active, caring members of society and implement their knowledge to solve problems and make positive changes for themselves, their local community and the world at large.
Assessments include the following:
- Pre-Assessment: Finding out what students already know through discussion, exploration and provocation activities before introducing new concepts
- Formative Assessment: Ongoing informal assessment through observations, conversations, interaction, collaboration.
- Self-assessment: Lets students guide and gauge their own learning by reflecting on how they are doing along the way.
- Summative assessment: To determine if major learning objectives have been reached. Allows the students to demonstrate skills and knowledge gained over a period of time.
- Portfolios: A file or notebook that contains samples of the student’s work. It provides a pictures of the student’s progress over a period of time.
- Rubrics: a scoring tool which outlines the specific tasks to be accomplished and the actual level of achievement.