Welcome to Al Waha ...

 

Al Waha International School is a private school, providing a broad-based education, through the medium of the English language to students in classes from KG1 to Grade 12. The school aims to develop as a community with teachers, children and parents going forward hand in hand, while fostering in students high moral values and total integrity of character as taught by Islam. All efforts are made to develop in children the concepts, knowledge, attitudes and skills required in key learning areas in the setting of a warm, caring and safe learning environment. The stimulation of intellectual curiosity, freedom of expression, fairness and respect for others are seen as major target areas of achievement.

Located in the Al Azizia district of Jeddah, the school is housed in three spacious buildings and includes a computer laboratory, library, science laboratory, auditorium, playground, audio-visual room, canteen and a lunch pavilion.

The school adheres to the British National Curriculum in the core subjects of English, Science and Mathematics, and the foundation subjects of History and Geography. A comprehensive academic programme has been developed for students targeting the world-recognised International General Certificate of Secondary Education (I.G.C.S.E.) and General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level (G.C.E.‘A’ Level) examinations administered by the University of Cambridge, UK.

For the purposes of the IGCSE examinations, the school is a registered Attached Centre of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), UK , and an approved Centre for the purposes of the practical component of IGCSE Information Technology examinations. Based on the recommendations of visiting teams from CIE and the British Council, Jeddah, the facilities including the laboratory systems, classrooms and the library etc. are regularly upgraded.

The IGCSE subject options have been designed to provide each student with a Subject Portfolio that aims to deliver a broad-based, balanced and diversified curriculum including subjects drawn from each of the disciplines, i.e. Languages, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities and Technical and Vocational. Efforts have been made to ensure that, by choosing the right combination of subjects, all students are eligible for the ICE (International Certificate of Education) certification conferred by the Cambridge International Examinations. Four batches of senior students who have obtained outstanding grades in English, Mathematics and the Sciences in their IGCSE examinations and graduated with ICE distinction and merit awards have done the school proud in the last four years.

Beginning with a rigorous and challenging two year GCE Advanced Level (‘A’ Level) Programme in September 2005 in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, the school has subsequently widened the scope and breadth of this academic offering.  It is now possible for students to offer a combination of Advanced/Advanced Subsidiary Levels (A/AS Level) in Science as well as Commerce-based subjects with English, Computing, Business Studies and Accounting having been added to the subjects menu.

 

On a continuous path of school improvement since its inception, Al Waha has not only grown in terms of numbers (with its current strength of over 700 students of 19 different nationalities), while maintaining a favourable teacher-pupil ratio, but has also made tremendous efforts to evolve professionally. Having hosted an extremely fruitful visit from a representative of Chelstoke Educational Consultants, UK , in the year 1999, the school’s efforts towards international accreditation received the required impetus when it was granted regular membership of the European Council of International Schools, ECIS and its accrediting body, the Council of International Schools, CIS, in 2003.

Having been granted candidate status on 15th May, 2006, Al Waha is actively going through the various steps of the accreditation protocol of the US-based school accrediting organisation, Commission of International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).  Candidacy for Accreditation is a status of affiliation with The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation that indicates an institution has achieved initial recognition and is progressing toward, but is not assured of, accreditation. 

 

 

As far as possible, teachers are generally facilitated through the school to attend professional workshops and seminars, and senior IGCSE teachers have been especially encouraged to accredit themselves through distance learning with the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) to undertake coursework in their subjects. Efforts are continuously made to offer opportunities for the professional support and development of teachers so that they can be equipped with the requisite materials and skills to teach the courses leading to Cambridge examinations. For this purpose, use of new technology is being made on an on-going basis to offer a great deal of online support, particularly through CIE-led training methodology. The school has recently sponsored several IGCSE teachers to undergo training by CIE examiners at a face-to-face training session held in Dubai, UAE, and plans to take advantage of any such event in the future as well.

Over the last two years, teachers have also received in-house training through workshops held in school in specific areas of the curriculum and to impart specific skills wherever possible. Some examples are the workshops that have frequently been held for the Junior School teachers to train them in the use of Montessori methodology.  Teachers in both Junior as well as Senior School have also participated in a workshop to train them to develop critical thinking in student, by using Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Montessori methodology was introduced in the academic year 2004 – 2005 to complement the British curriculum at the primary level.  Montessori teaching is a universally popular curriculum now.  It is a delightful philosophy that purports the idea of “education from birth”- the true “cultivation” of the human individual from the beginning of life. What it does at the primary level is to provide the child with different kinds of reinforcement in the form of manipulative aids.  Manipulative aids help grasp ideas faster and with a greater impact. This is very important for young children, especially if you go with the premise that, what goes in, stays in. While books are the main source of information, children establish and enhance knowledge firmly through movement, manipulation and self realisation.

The curriculum is designed to cover a comprehensive range of subjects and interests and uses manipulative aids to understand Mathematics, Language, Culture (Science, Geography, History, General Knowledge) etc.

 

 

 

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