Our Grade Levels

Our curriculum is aligned with the school’s academic expectations and ensures that all students have sufficient opportunity to achieve each of those expectations.

According to local regulations pertaining to international schools, we have the authority to select our curriculum. However, this selection must be guided by state-mandated Islamic and cultural regulations. 

Our school curriculum is based on international standards and meets the requirements of the Saudi government standards. Reflecting our commitment to meeting the needs of all students, the core courses are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) of the American curriculum. The use of projectors, hands-on activities, cooperative learning are incorporated in lessons across all grades and subjects.

 

English                                  CCSS

Science                                 NGSS

Math                                       NCTM

Arabic                                    as mandated by Saudi Ministry of Education

Islamic Studies                   as mandated by Saudi MoE

Saudi History                      as mandated by Saudi MoE

French & Computer           local publishers

Social Studies (gr 1 to 6)  local publishers

Social Studies (gr 7 to 9)  CCSS

Our curriculum provides clear and consistent learning goals to help prepare students for college, career, and life. It clearly demonstrates what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning.

Our curriculum is chosen to match some standards as it is chosen to be;

  1. Research and evidence based.
  2. Clear, understandable, and consistent.
  3. Aligned with college and career expectations.
  4. Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills.

Besides English language arts, science and math, a variety of other subjects are offered as well – art, physical education, social studies, computer, Islamic Studies, and Saudi Arabian History and Culture (Derasat).

The school year is divided into 2 semesters. We have pop quizzes and scheduled tests to assess our students’ progress as well as end-of-semester exams in all subjects.

 Subjects

 English Curriculum

The school adopted the Common Core State Standards the year it was established – these standards are designed to prepare all students for success in higher education, in the workplace, and in life. The full Common Core standards can be viewed at www.corestandards.org

In our literacy program, students are given a chance to read authentic texts that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books, or newspapers. Classroom activities include teacher read-alouds, class discussion, vocabulary work, and extension activities to engage students. Students have 9 English periods per week.

From Grades 1 through 6, the school uses Scott Foresman Reading Street and Reader’s and Writer’s Notebooks for reading and spelling and Harcourt Language for grammar. In addition to these, the school has created its own booklet that explores selections/topics more deeply to support students and scaffold learning. There is also an ESL class for grade 1.

From Grades 7 through 9, we have the Pearson My Perspectives literature books, Sadlier Grammar for Writing – for grammar and writing, and Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop to help build a strong vocabulary. Students maintain a writing folder in their portfolio. Students are encouraged to use cogent reasoning and evidence-collection skills as they read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas.

In the lower grades (grades 1-3), the curriculum focuses on providing a foundation for students in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Our students are given opportunities to see how reading and writing are useful, before they are instructed in letters, colors, shapes, numbers, names, sounds and word recognition. This is done through different experiences, singing songs and rhymes, reading stories, listening to fairy tales, and going on field trips. Students are encouraged to practice blending (reading) and segmenting (spelling) using the sounds they learn at school.

The school also has a library which provides additional literacy time within the school day where teachers can work with students in developmentally appropriate groupings to meet their individual needs. This is an opportunity for read aloud work and immersion in text; it allows teachers to facilitate student choice from existing leveled collections based on interest, availability, and readability. The purpose of this time is to build capable, independent, and interested readers. The librarian also helps students in learning how to look up words in a dictionary and on the internet.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the school year, students in English class will be able to:

Utilize fiction and non-fiction to:

  • Infer, analyze, and demonstrate ideas using citation from a text.
  • Support analysis and inferences.
  • Determine a theme or central idea.
  • Demonstrate how ideas are conveyed through specific details.
  • Construct a summary.
  • Describe the plot as it moved toward resolution (literary) and/or analyze the information as it is elaborated (informational).
  • Find the author’s point of view or purpose, as well as tone, in a text.
  • Define the meaning of words and phrases.
  • Explain how meanings fit into the development of sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and sections
  • Compare and contrast different forms, genres, and author’s approaches and presentations in informational text.
  • Formulate support to demonstrate understanding of a specific topic presented in a variety of formats.
  • Utilize explicit and implicit details to confirm meaning.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry

Writing 

  • Develop writing skills for a variety of purposes.
  • Produce a variety of writing appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Construct a persuasive, expository, and narrative paragraph/essay.
  • Introduce, organize, and draw conclusions from information.
  • Provide clear and relevant support.
  • Demonstrate relationships between claims and reasons.
  • Utilizing adult guidance, edit, self-revise, and employ technology to construct organized writing.
  • Utilize graphic organizers and other planning devices.
  • Demonstrate the sequencing of writing through rough drafts, editing, and publishing using conventional and technological tools.

Speaking & Listening

  • Contribute to and participate in group discussions with a variety of students about grade-appropriate topics.
  • Build on others’ discussions.
  • Ask and respond to specific questions.
  • Review key ideas.
  • Explain and discuss information presented from a variety of media sources.
  • Use text and videos to introduce and study topics.
  • Examine a speaker’s point of view based on claims, reasons, and evidence.
  • Be able to determine point of view using support and evidence.
  • Present information using formal English and proper speech etiquette on a variety of subjects using supporting evidence.
  • Sequence ideas logically.
  • Use pertinent descriptions and facts.
  • Clarify main ideas.
  • Use appropriate eye contact.
  • Use appropriate volume.
  • Use clear pronunciation.
  • Clarify information using multimedia components.
  • Use visual displays during presentations.
  • Incorporate music, sound, graphics, and images.

Language

  • Demonstrate command of conventions of English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Use knowledge of English language conventions when writing, speaking, reading, and listening.
  • Vary sentence patterns
  • Maintain consistency in style and tone.
  • Determine the meaning of unknown words based on grade-appropriate reading and content using various strategies.
  • Context clues.
  • Greek or Latin affixes and roots.
  • Reference materials
  • Demonstrate understanding of grade-appropriate figurative language.
  • Figures of speech
  • Cause/effect, part/whole, item/category
  • Connotations and denotations
  • Acquire and usage academic language appropriately.

Science Curriculum

We offer a comprehensive program aligned with the NGSS through the Macmillan Science A Closer Look series which is used by all students from Grades 1 through Grade 6. The program was specifically written to develop science literacy and to prepare students for state and standardized tests. The standards of the program lie in a balance of the three domains of science:  Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science.

A Science booklet is distributed per quarter to the students as homework and a review for the lessons that are taken in class.

Curriculum for Grade 7-8: 

Curriculum is used is Holt Science & Technology:

  1. Physical Science
  • Some of the topics that are covered are:

Properties and changes of properties in matter.

Motions and forces.

Transfer of energy.

  1. Life Science
  • Some of the topics that are covered are:

Structure and function in living systems.    

              Reproduction and heredity.

              Populations and ecosystems.

              Diversity and adaptations of organisms.

Curriculum for Grade 9: Holt McDougal Biology (Stephen Nowicki)

  •  Some of the topics that are covered are:

Chemistry of life.

The cell.

Molecular basis of heredity.

Biological evolution.

Classification and diversity.

  1. Holt McDougal Modern Chemistry (Sarquis.sarquis)
  • Some of the topics that are covered are:

Structure of atoms.

Chemical Equations and Reactions.

Structure and properties of matter.

Stoichiometry.

  1. Holt McDougal Physics (Serway. Faughn)
  • Some of the topics that are covered are:

Motion in one-dimensional & two-dimensional motion and vectors

Force and the laws of motion

Work and energy

Momentum and collisions

Learning Objectives: 
Some of our curriculum objectives include the following:

  • Know fossil evidence about plants and animals that lived long ago.
  • Know rocks, oils, water, uses of Earth materials (e.g., building materials, sources of fuel).
  • Identify and record changes in weather and effects on living organisms.
  • Explain that the sun can be seen only in the daytime, but the moon can be seen sometimes at night and sometimes during the day.
  • Describe some features of plants and animals that help them live in different environments
  • Identify the ways in which an organism’s habitat provides for its basic needs (plants require air, water, nutrients, and light; animals require food, water, air, and shelter).
  • Demonstrate how light can travel is straight line until its path is blocked by object and how shadow is formed.
  • Describe objects in terms of measurable properties (e.g., length, volume, weight, temperature) using scientific tools.
  • Make predictions based on observed patterns and not random guessing.

Activities for Grades 1-9: 


Independent activities, pairing, visuals, PowerPoint presentation, Anchor activity, cooperative learning, Singing/Playing songs that are related to the lesson, and graphic organizers as a summing up for the lesson. Investigation and experimentation in the LAB by working as groups.  In addition, students have Science fair is considered as a main activity, the students work as a group to show a presentation in front of visitors.

In kindergarten, our children describe simple features of objects, living and nonliving things, students recognize and name parts of the body and plants. They also observe and describe a range of animals and plants in terms of features such as colors, size and shape. This course requires a student to attend 1 science period per week.

Math curriculum

American curriculum which is based on American standards – the NCTM.

Books:

From Grades 1 through 6 – Sadlier Progress in Math

From Grades 7 through 9 – Holt McDougal – Algebra 1 & Geometry.

In Grades 1 and 2, students learn different mathematical concepts like

  • addition
  • subtraction
  • recognizing the symbols: <, >, and =
  • putting three numbers in order from least in value to greatest in value
  • addition facts and fact families
  • telling time
  • fractions
  • graphs
  • geometry

In Grades 3 through 4, students continue to learn mathematical concepts like:

  • addition
  • subtraction
  • geometry
  • multiplication,
  • division,
  • telling time
  • fractions
  • graphs on bigger scope
  • decimals
  • evaluating expression
  • recognizing place value for ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands

For Grades 5 & 6,

  • Recognizing place value up through trillions
  • Recognizing any number words for numbers less than one million
  • Multiplication of a three-digit number by a three-digit number
  • Division with a one-digit divisor, four-digit dividend and a three-digit quotient with regrouping and remainders, using division facts with dividends up to 81
  • Division with a two-digit divisor, a two-digit quotient and a three-digit
  • Recognizing, equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangles
  • Multiplication of fractions
  • Addition and subtraction of decimal numbers.
  • Addition and subtraction of mixed numbers with unlike denominators.
  • Solving story problems using averages and reasoning

In Grades 7 through 9, students explore many concepts in Algebra 1 & Geometry

Different strategies used in teaching:

  • Whole group instructions
  • Independent activities
  • Cooperative learning
  • Presentations

Social Studies Curriculum

Our social studies curriculum is aimed at helping our students make sense of the world we live in – it allows them to make connections between global ideas and their own lives. The curriculum encourages our students to think critically, raise questions, and cite evidence in support of their interpretations. Students will learn how to draw upon chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research, and decision-making. These skills provide the conceptual framework that allows them to make informed decisions about local, national, and international issues and challenges.

The course of study for each grade is organized around a suggested time frame for core content (units of study) guided by essential questions. In grades 1 to 6, students use the Social Studies book that has been specially designed to help students understand their environment and their role in society as well as the Arab world. In grades 7 through 9, we use the Holt World History Book – the sheer volume of social studies content included in each year’s course of study presents some challenges, so our teachers strive to provide students with opportunities for in-depth inquiry and exposure by using this book throughout these grade levels. 

 

Arabic Curriculum

قسم اللغة العربية

رسالتنا.

إن اللغة العربية هي لغة القرآن, من هذا المنطلق كان لزاما علينا أن نحيطها الاهتمام الخاص.

وحيث إننا في مدارس يتم بها تدريس معظم المواد باللغة الإنجليزية مما يشكل عائقا وصعوبة في تحصيل اللغة العربية فكان الواجب علينا أن نمد يد العون لطلابنا ونأخذ بأيديهم على طريق يمكنهم من الغوص في معانيها الغنية وألفاظها المعبرة بأسلوب ممتع ومشوق.

 

رؤيتنا.

يهدف قسم اللغة العربية بمدارس “بوابة العلم العالمية 2” إلى غرس القواعد اللغوية والمهارات الإملائية مع اهتمام خاص بالقراءة السليمة حتى ينشأ عندنا جيل ملم بجميع أسس اللغة العربية فخوربلغته لغة الضاد.

أسس تدريس اللغة العربية بالمدرسة:

نعتمد على ثلاث محاور وهي:

المعلم – الكتاب الوزاري – الأنشطة.

 

أولا المعلم:

  • اختيار نخبة متميزة من المعلمات المتخصصات تربويا و أكاديميا.
  • إعداد دورات تدريبية للنهوض بمستوى المعلم وذلك لمسايرة أحدث طرق التدريس.
  • التقييم الدائم للمعلمات والحرص على استخدام الوسائل التعليمية وإستراتيجيات التعلم المختلفة أيضا.
  • عمل زيارات صفية للمعلمات مع بعضهم البعض وذلك حتى تعم الفائدة.

 

ثانيا للطلاب:

  • يقوم قسم اللغة العربية باستخدام المنهج الوزاري بالإضافة إلى مذكرات لكل مرحلة والتي تشتمل على شرح واف لكل جوانب الدروس, بالإضافة إلى تدعيم الطالب بأوراق عمل أيضا للنهوض بمستواه الأكاديمي.
  • كما يقوم القسم أيضا بعمل اختبارات متتابعة وذلك للتقييم المستمرمن قبل المدرسة للطالب.
  • اهتمام خاص بالإملاء والقراءة وعمل مسابقات مما يحفز الطلاب على التفوق في اللغة العربية قراءة وكتابة.
  • كما يقوم القسم بتقسيم الطلاب الى طلاب عرب, وطلاب غير عرب, وعليه فإن الطلاب غير العرب يكون لهم مستوى خاص بكل مرحلة ويشتمل كل مستوى على منهج مختلف عن الآخر وذلك حسب قدرات ومستوى كل الطالب.

 

ثالثا الأنشطة المدرسية:

يقدم قسم اللغة العربية العديد من الأنشطة والتي خرجت عن المألوف والمعتاد مما يساعد على تنمية الروح الإبداعية والابتكارية  لدى الطلاب ومن هذه الأنشطة:

  • مجلة اللغة العربية.
  • مسابقة فارس الإملاء.
  • عمل أبحاث.
  • الإذاعة المدرسية.
  • المجلة الطائرة.
  • عمل مسرحيات لتطبيق المادة العلمية لدروس القراءة .
  • شرح القواعد وحفظها بطريقة الأناشيد.

Islamic curriculum

قسم التربية الإسلامية:

رسالتنا:

ترسيخ العقيدة والإعتزاز بالدين الإسلامي كمنهج حياة وليس فقط كدراسة تدرس بل كمنهج يتبع.

 

رؤيتنا:

يهدف برنامج التربية الإسلامية بمدارس بوابة العلم العالمية 2 إلى اتباع القرآن والسنة النبوية والإقتداء بالخلفاء والصحابة رضوان الله عليهم.

 

الأسس العامة لتدريس التربية الإسلامية:

أولاً المعلم:

  • اختيار نخبة متميزة متخصصة أكاديميا وتربويا.
  • كما يتم عمل دورات تدريبية تعين المعلمات على مسايرة أحدث طرق التدريس.
  • التقييم الدائم للمعلمات مما يساعد في إنجاح العملية التعليمية.
  • عمل زيارات صفية للمعلمات مع بعضهم البعض حتى تعم الفائدة.

 

ثانياً الطالب:

يقوم قسم التربية الإسلامية بتدعيم المنهج الوزاري في جميع فروعه بالإضافة إلى تدعيم الطالب بأوراق عمل إضافية وإعطاء الطالب اختبارات متتابعة وذلك للتقيم المستمر.

كما يقوم القسم بتقييم الطالب لحفظه للقرآن الكريم أسبوعيا.

 

ثالثا الأنشطة :

يعطي قسم التربية الإسلامية بمدرسة بوابة العلم العالمية2 اهتماما خاصا للمواد الشرعية والقرآن الكريم حيث إن للمدرسة طابعها الديني من حيث :

  • الاهتمام بإقامة الصلاة .
  • عمل مسابقات للقرآن الكريم.
  • تحفيز الطلاب بإعطاء تاج الوقار لمن تميز في حفظ القرآن.
  • عمل الإذاعات المتميزة للتربية الإسلامية وربط دروس المواد الشرعية بالواقع والذي يتميز بتطبيق بعض الدروس عمليا في المدرسة مثل (الوضوء, التيمم, الصلاة) مما يساعد على فهم الدرس بطريقة عملية ممتعة.

French Curriculum

L’apprentissage de la langue française dans notre école :

Seule une qualité de travail en commun, apprenant / professeur de français, conditionne la réussite de l’apprentissage de la langue française. Pour nous, la maîtrise de la langue française passe par les notions de :

Confiance – Ouverture d’esprit – Communication :

Ce cours de français dispensé en matinée vous propose le développement de vos connaissances en grammaire française, l’enrichissement de votre vocabulaire, l’entraînement à l’expression orale, la compréhension, la prononciation et la pratique de la langue écrite.

(Votre professeur vous donnera toujours un peu de travail à faire facultativement pour le lendemain)

Notre méthode, dite méthode communicative, permet une application immédiate et concrète de vos connaissances de la langue française.
Elle se traduit dans nos cours de français par:

  • Un travail d’équipe sur les actes de parole. Jeux de rôle, discussions en français bien sûr, simulations, tours de table, enregistrements, exercices en situations réelles, vidéo, jeux…
  • Une approche “digeste” de la grammaire française développée à partir du Livre de l’Etudiant (offert à votre arrivée) et de documents authentiques régulièrement actualisés (journaux, récits, textes de chansons, émissions télévisées et radiophoniques françaises, exercices …)

Nos Professeurs ou plutôt Pédagogues (de langue maternelle française et diplômés universitaires) sont:

  • Responsables de l’harmonie et de la dynamique du groupe
  • Professionnels quant aux objectifs  pédagogiques
  • Aptes à vous motiver et vous encourager.

Nos objectifs:

L’élève est conduit vers l’usage d’un ORAL de plus en plus précis et structuré. Il doit cerner progressivement les usages et les supports de l‘ECRIT

  • Maîtriser la communication orale.
  • Apprendre à comprendre.
  • Progresser vers la maîtrise de la langue.