“We live in a global village. We want our students to be dynamic and have available to them the greatest possibilities wherever life takes them. Our unique curriculum is designed to give them just that- variety, flexibility, and subject mastery.” Director, Bayaan Academy
In grade 9, students enter high school which means all of the topics they studied in middle school, will now be dealt with in a more substantial manner. All courses follow the American National Common Core standards. The curriculum is accredited by AdvancED.
International students who wish to prepare for GCSE exams may note that much of the core content for Science, Math, and English are similar to equivalent GCSE courses; however, international students are encouraged to enroll in GCSE prep courses in their hometown to learn specific test taking strategies and nuanced differences from the American curriculum.
English – Students study various extracts in Anthology Texts and use them as a context to build confident reading and writing skills. Students develop their skills to evaluate material for accuracy while engaging in effective discussions. They also advance their skills in composition, grammar and vocabulary.
Math – Advanced algebra and GCSE fundamentals include quadratic equations, relations and functions, radicals and elements of probability. Basic concepts of statistics will help them identify trends.
Biology – This is an intensive biology course preparing students for the GCSE exams. Students will be well prepared to handle the concepts in this course from the strong foundations they received at Bayaan Academy in the prior years.
Geography – Students study key issues in geography ranging from urbanization to climate change and how all of these factors interconnect.
Foreign Language (Arabic) – Students will study the Arabic Language live with a native speaker from our partnered center in Cairo. Arabic classes are three times a week, 40 minutes per session, in small groups of 3-5 students. Small groups ensure each student has plenty of time to practice their speaking skills with the teacher. Students will be given a placement test and put in their respective levels. The text “Arabic Between Your Hands” will be used where students will learn to master speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
Online Electives: High School students may choose to enroll in 2 independent electives every semester for free. The courses include:
Computer Science Discoveries – This course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.
Computer Science Principles – Designed for 9-12 grade students, Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. CS Principles complements CS Discoveries with a deeper focus on concepts such as how the internet works and the societal impacts of computer science. The course works for beginners and students with previous experience.
More elective topics to be announced in May 2018…