This is a 4-year grouping. All grades and classes are subject based with one Specialist teacher instructing in the areas of Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, P.E., Computer, Arabic and Islamic Studies and French.The coursework is designed so that students receive credits for each completed year of study. Attainment of the required number of credits will lead to the attainment of the JIS/MSA High School Diploma. Attendance is compulsory and only a prescribed number of days may be missed without loss of credit for a quarter/year. By the end of the four year High School Course, students are expected to have done the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) which is a school’s requirement for graduation. All absences and failed subjects need to be RECOVERED during Thursday School and/or during vacation at an additional cost before credit requirements can be confirmed.

GRADE 9: CURRICULUM SUMMARY

English/Language Arts,

The primary objective of this course is the study of English Literature and Language from a critical analysis perspective. Most written work and oral presentations will focus on making critical thesis statements about works read, as well as creating affective support for those statements. Narrative, poetic, expository and other writing, as well as dramatic readings and oral interpretations, should be used to provide insight into the literary terminology, elements of literary analysis, and structures of creative works for the purpose of critical analysis.Reading will include significant literary works from a variety of cultures and eras and will include the study of vocabulary in context and the overall structure and development of the English language.

Math

Algebra 2 is a one-year course designed for students in Grade 9 who have successfully completed the Algebra 1 course or an equivalent Mathematics course. A thorough treatment of advanced algebraic concepts is provided, and the course will include, among other things, the study of equations and formulas, algebraic fractions, linear and quadratic functions, polynomials, rational expressions, radical expressions, and complex numbers. A strong connection will be made between algebraic and graphic representations of a function and a transformational approach will be used to graph functions. Students will also be able to attach meaning to the abstract concepts of algebra. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think and talk about mathematics, to use the language and symbols of mathematics to communicate, to develop their confidence in mathematics, and to become aware of their own learning process.Calculators will be used as tools to assist in problem solving when appropriate. This course prepares students for further high school mathematics courses including Geometry and Calculus.

Science

The course will aim at Physical Science. It is an introduction to fundamental physical concepts and applications. During this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of Chemistry & Physics. The course covers the following topics: Properties of matter, States of matter, Atomic structure, the periodic table, Chemical bonds, Chemical reactions, Solutions, acids and bases, Motion, Force, Energy, Thermal energy and heat, Electricity, and magnetism.

Social Studies

Modern World Civilizations, the study of the world’s civilizations begins with the impact of the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. By following historical events in a chronological order while focusing on important themes such as politics, economics, and culture, the students will become aware of, and appreciate, the events that have taken place and have provided them a historical foundation. The focus is on European History, including World Wars I and II. Also included is the study of modern-day China, Africa and the Middle East. Current events are emphasized and linked to the learning to help students make the connections from history so that they may better understand the present.

GRADE 10:CURRICULUM SUMMARY

English/Language Arts,

The course allows students to develop their powers of expression, both written and oral, as well as writing and speaking skills in various situations. A range of literary classics and modern writing will be introduced in different literary genres and styles. Various themes are studied throughout the year, with an emphasis of “seeing through the literature” to gain an awareness of the intentions or goals of the author. Students will study various pieces of world literature that provide insight into other cultures and perspectives. They will be expected to find connections between the various pieces of literature and to reflect upon the reason for certain similarities and differences. They will be engaged in close, detailed and critical examination of the written text.

Math

Geometry is a one-year course designed for 10th grade students who have successfully completed Algebra 2 or an equivalent mathematics course. This course will include, among other things, solving problems involving polygons, angles, area, perimeter, surface area, volume, transformations, similarity, congruency, an introduction to trigonometry, and linear systems.The students will be able to use their acquired skills in two and three-dimensional reasoning, coordinate and transformational geometry, and the use of geometric models to solve practical problems. General problem-solving techniques will be used, including algebraic skills. Calculators will be used as tools for learning and to assist in problem solving when appropriate. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to use appropriate mathematical terminology and form, to apply their skills to problem solving and to communicate clearly and effectively. Another goal of the course is to continue to develop the students’ confidence in Mathematics and to become aware of their own learning process.

Science

Human Biology is a one-year course designed for 10th grade students. The course aims to develop a scientific approach in the students. This is accomplished by alternating teaching of biological principles together with laboratory experiments. Following this approach, the students will learn to formulate, test, and evaluate scientific hypothesis. This course also aims to provide the students with a complete understanding of the human body. This course emphasizes in human physiology, biological processes and the role humans play in the biosphere. The principle of homeostasis is applied to understand the relations among the different human systems. Students are expected to apply these concepts to the complex bioethical issues facing us today. This semester course provides students with sound scientific knowledge and terminology for future biological courses and practical applications.

Social Studies

This class is designed to pick up where the ninth grade social studies curriculum left off, which is the Modern World Civilizations. By following historical events in a chronological order while focusing on important themes such as politics, economics, and culture, the students will become aware of, and appreciate, the events that have taken place and have provided them a historical foundation. The topics covered will include: The Industrial Revolution Spreads, Building a German Nation, Unifying Italy, Russia Reforms and Reaction, Democratic Reforms in Britain, Division and Democracy in France, Expansion in the Unites States, Building Overseas Empires, The Partition of Africa, The Great War, Globalization, . . . etc.

GRADE 11:CURRICULUM SUMMARY

English/Language Arts,

Much of this literature and language-based class will be devoted to the study of the foundations and major movements of American literature, including Puritanism, romanticism, realism, and multiculturalism. Students will look at both literal and symbolic levels of classic American writing, including novels, short stories, and poetry, focusing particularly on the skill of close reading and analysis. Students will deepen their understanding of literary concepts and terminology. Many of the reading assignments will be expected to be completed at home. Students will work to develop clear, concise, grammatically correct expression, both written and oral. Students will develop these skills through the writing of various papers, with an emphasis on the use of specific details and evidence to support the student´s analysis or opinion. Assessment will include oral presentations, creative presentations and papers, comprehension tests, group projects, analytical essays, and a major research essay and presentation at the end of the year.

Math

Pre-Calculus is a one-year course, designed for students in Grade 11 who have successfully completed Algebra and Geometry. Pre-Calculus is the base from which, students will build the necessary skills for later courses in mathematics. The main focus of this course is to provide students with a strong foundation of basic Calculus, that they will then use in further mathematics courses in Grade 12. This course will include, among other things, solving problems involving Systems of Equations & Inequalities, trigonometry, probability, … etc.

Science

The Chemistry course taught in 11th grade prepares students for further study of Chemistry at College level, or who plan to study Medicine or Engineering. Its objective is to provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with methods and techniques utilized in a chemistry laboratory. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of the concepts and equipment used in general chemistry. It introduces high school students to chemical concepts and applications. It includes theory, experimental technique, data collection, data analysis, and evaluation. Topics covered include Atomic Theory, Matter, the Periodic Table, Organic Chemistry and Atomic Structure. Students will spend a minimum of 25% of classroom time, performing experiments. Laboratory investigation forms a major part of this course, and students are expected to keep a lab notebook. Students may also be required to participate in classroom presentations on various chemistry topics. They must follow laboratory safety procedures during experiments. They are also expected to keep a lab note-book. This course prepares students well for a study of chemistry at the general college level.

Social Studies

Students in their Junior year studyUnited States History. The course provides students with a basic overview of United States history and then an in-depth examination of the events and ideas which have since shaped the United States. The studies of the political, economic, military, and cultural history of the United States, we will develop the analytical, research, oral, and writing skills. At the completion of the course, students will have achieved an understanding of the primary historical forces which have contributed to the United States’ unique position in the world today.

GRADE 12:CURRICULUM SUMMARY

English/Language Arts,

Students continue to improve their abilities to read closely, to think critically, and to express themselves in formal written essays. The curriculum for the year includes the study of plays, poetry, fiction and non-fiction derived from the Anglo- Saxon period, the Renaissance, the Restoration, the Romantic, the Victorian and the Modern World literature. In addition, students will continue to explore writing structures and quality of expression in expository, narrative, comparative, critical, creative writing and research. They will also refine the ability to exchange ideas and explore rhetorical techniques orally in formal presentations and seminars. Intensive reading for comprehension and use of higher level critical thinking skills (synthesis, comparison, critique, analysis, explication and synopsis) to effectively explore meaning and make meaningful connections will also be continued. They will also be encouraged to develop ways of dealing with unknown vocabulary and different situations in order to increase their skills to express their opinions and contradict those of other students. Themes discussed include the various issues that the world is facing today.

Math

The study of Calculus will receive the greatest attention. Calculus is a one-year course designed for students in Grade 12 who have successfully completed the Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent Mathematics course. A thorough treatment of advanced Calculus concepts is provided, and the course will include, among other things, Prerequisites for Calculus, Limits and Continuity, Derivatives, Definite Integrals, Parametric, Vectors, and Polar Function and Infinite Series. The development of the mathematical ideas is rigorous and students will find the subject very challenging.

Science

Physics course is an introduction to fundamental physical concepts and applications. During this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of dynamics and the laws of linear motion, lens and the laws governing reflection and refraction, circuit electronics, energy and its inter-conversions and forces, electricity and magnetism and sources of energy. They will learn concepts and solve problems related to these topics. A strong math skills base is essential for them to understand developments in theories and models which they can test in experimentation. They do this in order to understand the world and view the answers as a useful way in which to improve the way people live.

Social Studies

Students will be provided with core knowledge of economics that will enable them to think critically about economics and also apply economic theories to real world examples. The course covers the following topics: Modern Economies, Benefits of Free Enterprise, Understanding Demand & Supply, Partnership, Money, The History of American Banking, …. etc. Students will use classroom theory and apply it to real life situations.

HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE:

The High School Physical Education course is designed to expose each student to and involve him/her in a wide variety of fitness activities, sports, and sports skills. As a result, each student will build on previous skill development and knowledge and be introduced to new areas of sports and game strategies. This course covers a wide range of topics including Volleyball, Basketball, Football, Handball, Tag Games, and Physical Fitness testing.

HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COURSE:

This course has been developed for all students with various ability levels. High School Students will be responsible for all aspects of the school’s Yearbook production. Developing skills in editing, visual design, photography, organization and team work, will be emphasized.

Languages other than English ARABIC LANGUAGE & ISLAMIC STUDIES

Students are taught Arabic by qualified teachers. Each grade from Kg1 to Grade 12 in the English section and PM to Bacc 2 in French Section has a specific number of lessons during the school day. The school follows a curriculum accepted by the K.S.A Ministry of Education. N.B. Saudi Nationals from Grade 1-12 attend one or more after school classes in Islamic Studies. A separate timetable is prepared to meet this requirement.

FRENCH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

The goal of this course is to interest the students in studying a foreign language. This course is designed to offer them a basic knowledge of the language so that they will be able to understand, express themselves orally and write with simple construction about their immediate surroundings and daily activities. In addition, the course enables the students to expand their awareness and curiosity of another culture. The course stresses oral expression with a gradual progression in reading and writing. French in the English section is offered from grades 1-12.

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