At EIS, we believe that curriculum must be based on a current, clearly articulated progression of Standards of Learning. These Standards and corresponding Benchmarks must be sequential and dynamic to meet the needs of our unique students.
To that end, at EIS we use the National Standards as our reference, with specific standards of learning chosen from AERO and Common Core State Standards. We believe that in doing so, we are able to meet the values and mission of EIS and provide quality learning and success for our students in the 21st century.
At EIS, we are dedicated to using exemplary educational practices to provide students with a strong academic foundation. Our goal in designing our curriculum is also to address the affective domain. We wish to provide opportunities for students in their studies to utilize problem-solving, inquiry, discovery and self-direction as well as creative and critical thinking.
To ensure alignment and current pedagogy, we utilize a school-wide curriculum review process whereby we review Standards and Benchmarks and match those with quality textbooks and learning resources.
All students are expected to carry a full program of studies. High School Courses include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Arabic, Computer, Physical Education, Religion, Arabic Social Studies (Except G11 – G12), Art and Music.
Our curriculum standards are defined by:
The High School believes it is essential for students to see connections and relationships alongside the acquisition of important basic skills. Goals include teaching students to critically think and make connections. The aim is for its students to become confident performers, presenters and public speakers and work co-operatively and collaboratively. Students are taught to acknowledge their peers' points of view and respond in an open minded manner.
High School Grading
The school year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is divided into two nine week terms made up of approximately 18 instruction weeks. At the close of each nine week term, students receive a report card indicating the grades earned in each class. Absences, if any, are recorded on their report card which reflects attendance.
- semester 1 = term 1 (9 weeks) and term 2 (9 weeks)
- semester 2 = term 3 (9 weeks) and term 4 (9 weeks)
A semester report card is issued at the end of 18 weeks. For students in Grades 9 to 12, the term grades, final test scores and semester grades are reported for each class. The semester grade determines whether a student earns credit for a specific class.
A grade check is also conducted every four and a half weeks into each term. If a student is receiving a D or F in a class, he or she will receive a progress report and will be instructed to share this information with his or her parents. As progress reports are issued directly to students, they are required to sign for them and have their parents sign as proof of receipt before returning them to school. If a student is in danger of failing, the teacher will arrange a parent/teacher conference.
A student who enters school after a semester has begun and who has not been in attendance in another school, will be required to meet specific academic standards in order to receive credit. At the time of enrolment, the Counselor will discuss with the student and their parents if additional academic standards will need to be met in order to be eligible for credits at the end of a given semester.
Semester grades for Grades 9 to 12 are determined in the following manner:
- 40% : first term
- 40% : second term
- 20% : semester final exam
Students who leave school before semester exams are given may be penalized 20% of their semester grade or they are issued with a withdrawal grade. Credit is not issued when students do not complete the semester.
If a student fails the first semester of a yearlong course and receives a C or above in the second semester, their two semester grades will be averaged and they will be considered as passing the course and earn a full credit. However, if a student passes the first semester and fails the second semester of a yearlong course, the student will not receive a credit and will be required to repeat the course.
If a student owes the school money for a lost or damaged item, or has an overdue book or fine from the library, their report card will be withheld pending payment of the debt or return of the borrowed item. In all cases, credit will not be issued until fees are paid.
Letter grades, their percentage equivalents and grade point averages that reflect a student's progress in the American Diploma and Honors Program are as follows:
||98 - 100
||93 - 97
||90 - 92
||88 - 89
||83 - 87
||80 - 82
||78 - 79
||73 - 77
||70 - 72
||68 - 69
||63 - 67
||60 - 62
Incomplete grades need to be made up and a reasonable amount of time will be provided to do so as determined by the respective teacher. Only course work that is completed at EIS is used to determine a student's grade point average (GPA). Credits that are transferred receive a "P" grade on the transcript and are not used to calculate the GPA unless a student transfers from an approved EIS school.
High School Tutoring
Tutoring days for students needing extra assistance are scheduled after school.
Students who encounter learning difficulties in a specific class often ask to be tutored after school. Teachers may work with students at any time before, during or after school but cannot accept payment or gifts for the extra assistance given.
Any paid tutoring must have the pre-approval of the Director. No EIS teacher may tutor his or her own students for payment. Approved tutoring is to take place on the EIS.
Any outside tutoring arrangements need to be organized through the Stage Principal's Office and approved by the Director. Payments for services rendered are to be made through the Accounting Office and 100% of the instructional fees are to be paid directly to the school. The Accounting Office will reimburse the teacher. Fees for tutoring are set by the Director.