International Community School is a private K-12 school located in Abu Dhabi. The school was first established in 1990 and caters to over 1500 students almost exclusively of Arab origin, including Egyptian, Jordanian, Palestinian, Syrian and Emirati citizens, and a mixture of Canadian, American, Filipino and Asian nationalities.
Curriculum / Programs:
The school is licensed as an American curriculum school, with a four-year concession to continue with a British curriculum which has been offered at the school for many years. According to a recent ADEC (Abu Dhabi Educational Council) report, results in English and mathematics in IGCSE, AS and A2 examinations are very high and exceptionally high in science. The proportion of students gaining the top grades “far exceeds international averages. Students following the American program exceed UAE norms by a wide margin and are broadly average compared with international benchmarks”. In Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies, standards are also above average, reflecting good teaching in those subjects.
Subjects offered through the school include English, English Social Studies, Arabic, Arabic Social Studies, Islamic Studies, Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), Mathematics, French, Computing, Business Studies, Accounting, Sociology, Art, Music, and Physical Education. “IGCSE, AS and A2 courses and the American program offer sufficient breadth and diversity in the upper grades. In addition, life skills, music, physical education, accounting, art, French and sociology add further variety.”
Resources at the school are of the highest standard: interactive boards are in every teaching room from K-12, in addition to computers to be used by the teachers and students.
Facilities at the school include two well-stocked libraries (senior and junior) equipped with computers for online research. There is an examination hall with a capacity for 80 students, seated according to the international examination standards.
The school boasts three computer laboratories and a Technology room, an ECO Club room (focus of the school’s sustainability efforts), Student Life room (home to the Student Council and school Prefect body), Physics, Chemistry and Biology labs, in addition to a General Science lab for the lower grades.
The gymnasium is built to international standards and is fully equipped for sports such as basketball, volleyball and badminton, in addition to an artificially-grassed outdoor soccer field on the school’s rooftop, and a 50-metre six-lane indoor swimming pool complete the sports facilities.
Students also enjoy access to a music room, an art room, a seated cafeteria offering hot and cold meals, and a medical clinic staffed by two full-time nurses and a bi-weekly doctor’s visit. Its position in the center of Abu Dhabi Island attracts students from all over the city.
Extra-curricular activities offered at ICS from time-to-time include: art, drama, science club, basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming, cooking, folk dancing, computer, internet, music, Quran recitation, needlework, board games, flower arrangement, handwriting, journalism, aerobics, French club, first aid course and karate / taekwondo.
Fees are relatively affordable, and especially so for a school offering UK and US curricula. Admission is an open process with an entrance test to determine skill gaps.
STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
International Community School aims at the following:
The academic courses are designed to expose all students to a wide range of creative, social, scientific and athletic experiences. These would not only help them to discover their own unknown strengths and develop new ones, but also lead them to appreciate the diverse skills and talents of their peers.
Our school believes in the necessity of offering a curriculum that disciplines and encourages the intellectual growth of students in order to prepare them to pursue higher studies. Our academic program emphasizes a board foundation and in depth knowledge in various areas including Languages, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, Information Technology, Islamic Studies, Physical Education, Music & Art.
The British Program
In the British Program students sit for Advanced Level Exams at the end of Grade 12 in a maximum of four subjects. The selection of AS & A Level subjects is made on the basis of performance at IGCSE level.
For the IGCSE Exam, compulsory subjects are English, Mathematics, Islamic Studies and Arabic [Ministry Arabic and Islamic] for Grades 9 & 10 [British Program]. The students can choose from a range of other subjects including English [First Language/Second Language], English Literature, Computer Studies, Information Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Sociology, French and Art & Design. The program of study is for two years. Students have to sit for the IGCSE Exam at the end of Grade 10.
The American Program
The program is designed to provide students with a broad, but solid educational foundation. In this program Arabic and Islamic Studies are taught according to the Curriculum of the Ministry of Education. All other subjects – English, Mathematics, Computer Studies, Sciences, Life Skills, Sociology, French, and Art & Design – are taught in English up to Grade 12.
Our High School students graduate after a satisfactory completion of a course of study prescribed by International Community School and endorsed by our American accreditation partners, AdvancED. In addition, the student is required to pass IBT TOEFL with a minimum score of 61 and SAT1 Mathematics with a minimum score of 400. Students should also sit for the common exam for Arabic & Islamic Studies for [Arabs & Non Arabs] held by the Ministry of Education at the end of Grade 12. This is a prerequisite to equalize their High School Diploma with the UAE official Secondary Certificate
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