El Alsson International School is accredited by the American international accreditation association of schools and colleges (AIAA) and is now a candidate seeking accreditation from COGNIA (Ex. AdvancED)
The American International Accreditation Association of Schools and Colleges (AIAA) is a renowned accrediting association which works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the US Department of State.
Obtaining and maintaining our accreditation is an integral asset to Alsson International School. This accreditation not only ensures the highest caliber of educational standards, but validates our students records and transcripts.
Additionally, with this accreditation, students receive an American diploma upon graduation from high school.
STUDENTS PROGRESSION TO SUCCESS
Within the United States, each individual State maintains the right to deliver standards of its choosing, relevant to the State and region. American Schools abroad that offer United States’ curriculum have the opportunity to choose the most recent and rigorous and standards that are relevant to an international community within the host country. As students’ progress, they will possess the prerequisite knowledge and skills to move from one grade level to the next. Combining our chosen curriculum with our General Learning Outcomes, our students will be adequately prepared for a successful future.
It is our expectation that all students will actively demonstrate the AIS General Learning Outcomes of:
Problem Solving/Thinking Skills
Think analytically, strategically, critically, creatively, independently and collaboratively.
Efficiently allocate their time and energy towards prioritized tasks.
Communicate effectively as listeners, speakers, readers and writers through auditory, visual, physical or digital means to a range of audiences for a range for purposes.
Demonstrate compassion, honesty and integrity in dealing with others.
A STANDARDS BASED CURRICULUM
For every school offering the American Curriculum, there are “standards” or content knowledge that students must master and demonstrate for every subject, at every grade level.
Within each subject area, teachers instruct and assist students in mastering these content standards. Over the course of one year, there are various “benchmarks“along the way to ensure that students master each standard in each subject area.
LEARNING OUTCOME APPROACH
All quality American schools have adopted learning outcomes in some form and teach to these outcomes. The learning outcomes encompass what the school truly believes all students should know and be able to do, now and into the future.
Alsson International School caters to students starting in the Pre-Kindergarten program through to Kindergarten (ages 3 – 5). Traditionally, International American schools are organized as Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
Students who successfully complete the American Curriculum will earn an American High School Diploma, which is recognized by universities around the world as a valid qualification for entry. The American Curriculum also offers students college-level course work during their high school education in the form of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Because of the strong emphasis on the delivery of content knowledge through a learning outcome approach, the students “learn how to learn”, and the transferability from other schools is quite strong. At the High School level (Grades 9 to 12) this transferability is even more important. Graduation from an accredited American High School is, in itself, a passport to potential entry into virtually every university across the globe.
Why El Alsson American School?
El Alsson American School focuses on personal excellence for all students. Our school’s philosophy emphasizes the dignity and worth of each student. We offer students the opportunity to improve, to be challenged and to find a pathway that will ensure success. Our engaging curriculum and dedicated staff have created a learning environment where each student will be encouraged to be responsible and confident. The American curriculum is deep and flexible enough to produce a skillful graduate able to cope with most university courses around the world.
Students and teachers have exceptional ownership of their learning experience. Students working on projects whether individually or in teams are accountable to their peers and acquire a level of responsibility similar to what they would experience in a professional work environment. Also students take ownership of their own learning through individualized learning plans, goals and learning portfolios.
Students are assessed on their ability to answer challenging questions, solve complex problems that require critical thinking skills, collaboration, communication and creativity to be a skilled graduate ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
American education inspires students to become lifelong learners to be able to contribute positively in a changing world.
The American Educational system is unique in providing the students with the broadest amount of knowledge, in the easiest possible approach, stressing the widest range of possible skills. The American System caters for each students’ basic abilities gradually developing them in order to reach the learner’s highest potential.
El Alsson American School caters all educational levels: kindergarten, middle school and high school. The American program follows the Common Core Standards (CSS) in Math and Language Arts; all other subjects follow a U.S. standard based curriculum model.
The Common Core is a set of high quality academic standards that outline the learning goals a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level.
El Alsson American School also implements a standard innovative learning environment based on project-based learning approach (PBL) which engages students into a dynamic and rigorous curriculum. PBL is at the heart of our educational approach. It provides context and structure for integrating academic, technical and career skills into holistic learning opportunities. Moreover, our Learning experiences are based on hands-on, students centred and inquiry based learning techniques.
Our academic programs are all standard based using the most reputable books and are based on high standards of achievements in all subject areas.
Students take lessons in class groups and utilize the full range of specialist teaching areas including Science and ICT laboratories and Art and sports facilities.
Students are assessed through a variety of interim, continuous and end-of-year assessments.
Middle & High School Subjects
Grades 11&12 Course Selection (Electives)
At the end of grade 11 students will be required to make some course choices for grade 12. In grade 12, students choose between courses that are geared towards further studies in different fields. Our school provides academic advising to help students choose the career path they aspire for. However, it is a mutual responsibility as parents are also responsible to know what the requirements are for the university they are planning to apply for.
A High School Diploma is awarded to students who successfully acquire the credits necessary to fulfil the school’s graduation requirements.
The School Academic Year is divided in four quarters or two semesters. Final grades at the end of an academic year are determined by calculating the average of the four quarters
The GPA will be calculated as follows:
Grades are calculated to ensure that each student receives a fair reflection.
In order to gain entry into state and private Egyptian Universities, the Egyptian Ministry of Education requires that:
Students obtain 8 credits over a period of 3 years (11th and 12th Grade) one credit is obtained by receiving a passing grade in certain subjects (such as Math, English, Biology, etc)
Universities will calculate entrance averages according to the following:
40% from school awarded in 8 subjects from grades 11 & 12 are chosen by the Coordination Office according to the requirements of the university being applied to. (tansik.egypt.gov.eg) + 60% EST Scores according to the requirements of each university.
The American Diploma is accepted for entrance by all US universities and is increasingly recognized by other universities around the world. The American Curriculum is based on high standards of achievements in all subject areas.
This broad and balanced approach is supported by a wide range of co – curricular activities which equip all students with the skills they need.
Extra- Curricular Activities
El Alsson International School implements the idea of having extra- curricular school activities so that students are given a chance to explore, practice and master new activities. These activities facilitate the development of various domains of mind and personality such as intellectual development, emotional development, social development, moral development and aesthetic development. The overall aim of school activities is to give students the opportunity to increase their confidence and social skills.
America School Extra Curricular Activities
El Alsson School strive to provide students with a rich variety of co-curricular activities so that students can explore their interests and develop their passions. A strong sports, arts, technology, academic competitions, and service learning program gives students a venue for application of both content knowledge and learning outcomes. Co-curricular activities are optional and allow students to either take a sampling of offerings or focus on developing a high level skill in a known passion.
Elementary School (Age 5-10)
Kindergarten through grade 5 students focus on key literacy skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students learn the art of the English language through the 6+1 Trait Writing Model of Instruction and Assessment, and the Daily 5 literacy framework. Numeracy is a daily focus as students work to gain a balance between concepts and procedures, while developing sound mathematical practices. Science, social studies, visual art, music, physical education, and world language are instructed in a student-centered approach of practical hands-on learning. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Middle School (Age 11-13)
In Middle School, students have subject-specific teachers. Students are exposed to language arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Health, and Technology. The Middle School curriculum is designed to prepare students for a successful transition into High School. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and passions. Our goal is to develop independent, successful, life-long learners.
High School (Age 14-18)
The AIS High School curriculum qualifies students to earn a US High School Diploma. Student choice in all subject areas allows students to tailor their High School diploma to meet the requirements of desired future studies. Rigorous courses delivered with a focus on the AIS General Learning Outcomes are offered at varying levels of difficulty and commitment. The Advanced Placement (AP) offerings designed by the US College Board culminate in external examinations qualifying students for entry to their university of choice. Beginning in Grade 10 students work with a High School Guidance Counselor to assist in suitable course selection for potential university requirement. Graduation from AIS is, in itself, a passport to potential entry to virtually every university across the globe.
US High School Diploma
Students graduating from AIS are prepared to enter universities around the world. From Grade 10, students will receive individual counseling regarding their targeted region of university choice. AIS then assists students in choosing courses and co-curricular’s necessary to achieve their goals.
High School Diploma Requirements:
– English – 4 Credits
– Mathematics – 3 Credits
– Science – 3 Credits
– Social Studies – 3 Credits
– World Language – 2 Credits
– Physical Education – 2 Credits
– Arts – 1 Credits
– Health/Technology – 1 Credit
– Electives – 6 Credits
High School Curriculum with Advanced Placement Options
Students participate in book groups to investigate specific genres such as science fiction, micro histories, or myth-busting. Students are required to read the fiction and nonfiction of their choice in their own time. Authentic, real world writing tasks are presented in a writer’s workshop environment where students get individualized instruction in writing process and proofreading. Students produce analytical papers and learn to write personal essays. The strongest English track would include AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition.
High School students are required to complete three years of Mathematics. The basic track would include Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. The most challenging Mathematics track would include Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus AB (AP). Alternatively a student may choose Statistics or Advanced Placement Statistics (AP). All Mathematics courses are based on the Common Core 8 Mathematical Practices. The practice of ‘Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them’ as well as ‘Attend to precision’ are consistently emphasized as applicable to all areas of mathematical study. Students engage in the Eight Mathematical Practices, involving critical thinking as they ‘Reason abstractly and quantitatively’ and ‘Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others’. Problem solving involves the ‘Use of appropriate tools strategically’ and ‘Model with mathematics’. Strategic thinking also require that students ‘Look for and make use of structure’ while ‘Expressing regularity in repeated reasoning’. These Practices, along with the development of the four learner outcomes, form the backbone of the mathematics curriculum.