GIPA presently operates an AMERICAN CURRICULUM from Kindergarten to Grade 12 that is aligned with the Common Core Curriculum Standards of the USA as guidelines to what every student should know and be able to do from kindergarten to grade 12.
To read more about the Common Core Standards, visit this link: http://www.corestandards.org/
For easy access to the common core standards, download the common core app available for android and apple devices.
GIPA has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) from grades K – 8. The new framework of NGSS is followed in the elementary and middle school to ensure that our students are connecting science, technology, engineering and math and are provided with internationally benchmarked science education.
For more information on NGSS, please visit the official website: http://www.nextgenscience.org/.
For quick and easy access to the NGSS, download the NGSS app available for android and apple devices.
OUR CURRICULUM prepares students for college, career, and life. We place a lot of importance on co-curricular activities and hands-on experiences in addition to theoretical learning to ensure a balanced development of students. Our curriculum is developmentally and culturally appropriate. It is designed to offer every student exposure to a full range of subjects like English language arts and reading, math, science, health, information technology, French, social studies, physical education, arts and music in addition to Arabic language for native and non-native speakers and Islamic studies so that young learners have access to all areas of knowledge and they can begin to develop their passions. In the high school, options expand further still to include more business studies, sciences and design technology.
At GIPA we follow a continuous assessment model where there is a strong focus on formative, performance-based assessment like projects, essays, presentations, speeches, research papers, models, and such. In addition, we are currently using a number of standardized assessments like SAT, TOEFL, YLE, IELTS, and MAP exams to evaluate students’ performance in relation to the international norms.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEED DEPARTMENT (SEN)
At GIPA, we know that all students can learn and that the responsibility for educating all students to their fullest potential lies in the hands of GIPA staff starting with the general educator in the classroom and extending through our newly founded SEN department.
Students identified as having special education needs receive a fair chance at accessing the curriculum and getting a quality education. They participate as appropriate in available educational opportunities as well as progress and achieve an age-appropriate accredited education. We prepare them to become active members of their community and to develop and maintain physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Our SEN specialist writes individualized education plans (IEPs) for identified students in collaboration with the general educators. These IEPs are shared with parents and identified students in some cases. Progress is monitored, recorded and reported to administration and to stakeholders. We are also identifying gifted and talented students whose abilities result in their exceptional performance. The educational needs of such students require specific consideration within mainstream educational programs as their achievements or perceived potential often place them significantly ahead of the majority of their peers as far as intellectual ability, social maturity and leadership, mechanical/technical/technological ingenuity, or visual and performing arts are concerned. We work on generating Gifted Individualized Educational Plans (GIEPs) for such students to meet their individual needs.