Arab International Academy (AIA) is set to launch three schools in Al Sadd in the third quarter of 2016. The Academy is founded in Doha with the goal of establishing a group of high level, private schools with Arab and international standards.
AIA is presently working towards the authorisation of three International Baccalaureate (IB) programs: the PYP for Grades KG—5, the MYP for Grades 6—10 and the DP for Grades 11 and 12. In addition, the Arab International Academy has developed the standards for all its subjects based on the standards of Qatar, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the American Education Reaches Out (AERO). All students at AIA will take part in the IB program up to Grade 10. In Grade 11, students will choose between joining the IB Diploma Program or a school-based program that leads to a high school diploma. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar recognises both of these diplomas.
According to Mahmoud Amra, Superintendent of AIA, the Academy will open three schools in the fall of 2016, among which are a coed kindergarten for four to five year old children. Children in the KG will learn in both languages—English and Arabic. A coed IB PYP school for grades one to five in which the language of instruction is Arabic. Students in this school will learn English as an advanced second language and French as a third language. A coed school for grades one to eight, in which the IB PYP and the IB MYP programs will be implemented. The language of instruction in this school is English and students will learn Arabic and French at the level they choose. This school will expand to accommodate one grade in each consecutive year.
AIA adopts the STEM approach (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in science and mathematics education so that students integrate and apply the knowledge to find technological solutions to real problems using an engineering design method. Through the use of STEM, students get involved in projects and practical activities, which helps them to develop inquiry skills and to link scientific knowledge to everyday life.
Moreover, for students who have moved to Qatar, the Academy provides special individual and group support programs to assist students in their transition. As part of the interdisciplinary curriculum and focus on social emotional development, the facilities of AIA schools also encourage students to test their skills and capacities in the field of physical fitness and sports. Parallel to sports, AIA also encourages students to express, refine, and elevate their artistic talents.
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