MiSK Schools’ vision—of education as an all-round learning experience preparing young minds for adult life—will be based on the International Baccalaureate curriculum, a globally recognised collection of curricula inspiring young minds to use technology, question their surroundings, demonstrate their understanding, and reflect on their own experiences. Guiding a greater awareness of themselves, those around them, and of the global community.
Our curriculum makes use of guided inquiry, project work, and experiential learning. With professional teachers, an understanding atmosphere, and small class sizes limited to 12, every student will feel respected, listened to and challenged as they learn and grow—a home away from home. Classes span Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and a variety of special subjects.
MiSK Schools aims to become a fully fledged Primary Years Program school through the International Baccalaureate Organization by September of 2017. As the school grows to include older students, it is our intention to adopt the Middle Years Program and the Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Our holistic approach will allow students to grow emotionally, socially and academically. With the support of talented professionals and devoted parents, each young mind will thrive as students progress from childhood to adulthood.
Our homeroom teachers are supported by instructional assistants, English Language Acquisition teachers, and specialist teachers—ensuring they meet the needs of every student. By integrating Literacy (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), Social Studies/Islamic Studies, Science and Mathematics, an inspiring education starts in the homeroom.
Our Literacy program is built on proven research and practices and the Language Arts Common Core Standards. Students will learn to read, write, listen, and speak through the Balanced Literacy Model—an approach that guides them to a love and appreciation of reading and writing.
The Balanced Literacy Model includes the teaching and learning strategies of read aloud, guided reading, shared reading, independent reading, and word study. Students will learn grammar as they read and discuss books at their level, and learn to write across various genres such as narrative, poetry, research, informational and opinion, and across all of the disciplines.
Our Mathematical Literacy Program is based on the Mathematics Common Core Standards. Students are asked to communicate mathematically while debating solutions (and the way to those solutions) to problems.
At the early and primary levels, mathematics will focus on building a deep understanding of numeracy, geometry/patterns/shapes, operations and algebraic thinking, and data and measurement. Students will develop conceptual understanding using mathematical practices. Our core resource will be Eureka Math (www.greatminds.net)
Our Science Program is based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Through inquiry, hands-on tasks, experiments and experiential learning, students will develop their abilities in scientific methods and understanding in Physics (forces, motion, and light and sound waves), Earth and Space Science (life cycles, ecosystems, weather and climate, space systems), and Chemistry (the properties of matter).
Our main resource for the teaching and learning of scientific concepts and practices is Foss Next Generation (http://www.delta-education.com/foss/next-generatio...).
Social Studies/Islamic Studies:
At MiSK Schools all teachers collaborate to bring concepts of Islamic Studies into our broader approach.
Learning about Islamic culture, other cultures around the world, geography, and history will lead students to a deeper understanding of who they are—and with that, an awareness of their relationships to their families, school, Riyadh, and the global community. Through field trips, technology and school guests, students will hone their sense of responsibility to themselves and those around them.
An English Language Acquisition (ELA) teacher is assigned to each grade level. These professionals excel in their ability to teach young learners English language skills while studying mathematics, science, literacy and social studies. ELA teachers collaborate and co-teach with classroom teachers as they plan and implement lessons that will assist students to develop their social language skills in English, but their academic language as well.
Of course, it is our belief that a student must also progress in developing their skills in their mother tongue: Arabic. For that reason, students will also participate in Arabic Language classes where they will continue to learn the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in Arabic. Our Arabic Language teachers work collaboratively with our classroom teachers as they integrate the experiences of the homeroom into their Arabic Language classes.
Islamic Studies will also be taught during the school day as a separate class. The Islamic Studies course will be taught in both Arabic and English. Our Islamic Studies teachers work side by side with our classroom teachers as they develop units, lessons and assessments that integrate Islamic Studies into units and lessons in the homeroom. In this way, we can ensure that students continually learn about Islam and what it means to be part of the global Islamic community.
MiSK Schools believes that young people should be active and healthy citizens in both mind and body. Accordingly, our PE classes will focus on students’ physical development along with their emotional and social development.
Sports such as swimming, soccer, and badminton will teach students the value of being both physically healthy and being a team player. Through inquiry students will learn of the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, and how this all leads to a happy, healthy, and successful person.
Our Fine Arts Program complements other units being taught throughout the school. Students will inquire, investigate and create art using a broad variety of methods and materials. Through drawing, paint, clay and other modalities, students will deepen their understanding of art and its relationship to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Islamic culture, and concepts being studied within their homerooms.
The Theater Arts Program will allow students to demonstrate their ability to make connections between self, culture, and community. Through movement, voice and imagination, students will become self-confident learners. While students will perform for their peers and parents, the Theater Arts Program will be closely linked to the homeroom curriculum as teachers collaborate and students use drama to demonstrate their understanding of concepts . . . stretching their imagination and absorbing concepts they will use throughout their lives.
Technology is part of a fast-moving world. At MiSK Schools, use of technology is embedded across the curriculum, as teachers plan learning units alongside a Digital Literacy Coach tasked with staying aware of what is happening in all content areas. Students are introduced to fundamentals of computational thinking while working on projects in their classes and by utilizing the various tools in the School’s YES Lab.
In higher grades, students begin to create animations and to code applications through games and play. Content areas such as Science, Mathematics, Social Studies/Islamic Studies and Language Arts will serve as the platform through which students improve their analytical skills while creating various forms of presentation media.