C U R R I C U L U M
From their first days at AIS Egypt, our Elementary students are active participants in their own learning.
Caring and experienced teachers work diligently to ensure that all students have a smooth transition from home to school and progress successfully through the meticulously developed curriculum.
Our small class sizes allow for maximum teacher/student interaction, assisting students to learn to solve problems, create products and make meaning out of information in an American educational context.
Programs in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science are complimented by classes in Music, Art, Computer, Drama, Library and Physical Education. Please see the links to the left for a comprehensive overview of what programs are offered at each grade level and how this relates to your child.
English skills are developed through interaction with teachers and fellow students, alongside intensive reading programs and reading marathons. A reading buddy program has been developed whereby older students are paired with younger Elementary students to share skills and develop confidence. Our students are expected to speak English while on campus, even during lunch and play time. This helps build vocabulary and fosters the long term retention of language skills.
Our curriculum follows National Standards for student achievement developed in the United States. We utilize American accredited textbooks and strive to provide students with the same educational experiences that they would enjoy in an American school stateside.
Elementary is organized into the following eight levels :
| || ||pre-kindergarten |
| || ||for students aged three by December 31st |
| || ||kindergarten I|
| || ||for students aged four|
| || ||kindergarten II|
| || ||for students aged five|
| || ||grade 1|
| || ||grade 2|
| || ||grade 3|
| || ||grade 4|
| || ||grade 5|
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are available for students who would benefit from additional development and support in the subject of English. Arabic and Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL) classes are offered one period a day, beginning in Grade 1. Voluntary religious education classes are available once a week, also beginning in Grade 1.
Grades and Assessment
Pre-Kindergarten through to Grade 2 do not receive letter grades. Alternatively, narrative accounts of strengths and weaknesses are given by teachers every nine weeks along with indicators and progress.
Midway through each term, progress reports are given to each student. These must be signed by a parent and returned to the teacher within seven days of distribution. Communication with parents following receipt of these reports to discuss their child's performance is encouraged.
For grades 3 to 5, a letter grade is given for work completed. This equates to a percentage of the overall mark as follows :
| || |
| || || || || |
| ||A+|| || ||98 - 100|
| ||A|| || ||93 - 97|
| ||A-|| || ||90 - 92|
| ||B+|| || ||88 - 89|
| ||B|| || ||83 - 87|
| ||B-|| || ||80 - 82|
| ||C+|| || ||78 - 79|
| ||C|| || ||73 - 77|
| ||C-|| || ||70 - 72|
| ||D+|| || ||68 - 69|
| ||D|| || ||63 - 67|
| ||D-|| || ||60 - 62|
| ||F|| || ||below 60|
| ||I|| || ||incomplete|
| ||NG|| || ||no grade|
A student who has not completed the required work for a specific course at the end of the grading period for a valid reason, is given an "I" as their grade. This incomplete grade should not be given without the approval of the Principal. Any student receiving an "I" is given two weeks to complete the course requirements. If this work is not completed, after a period of four weeks, the "I" will automatically become an "F" on the report card and be averaged as such.
ELL will be noted on the report card for students who are in the English Language Learners program. The ELL teacher will also provide an anecdotal report of progress.
Students who receive assistance on a regular basis from the resource teacher will receive an anecdotal report of progress along with the report card.