Rising School will follow the American Common Core Curriculum (CCSS) adopted in the state of California that covers ELA, Reading, and Mathematics. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted in the state of California will also be delivered. The (NGSS) is comprised of “three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.”
The Mathematics and Science teaching will be rigorous, yet have an emphasis on problem-solving. The adoption of NGSS will help students develop innovation and engineering learning habits.
Rising School curriculum will be broad enough to provide students the opportunity study a wide range of subjects including English Language Arts, Mathematics, Arabic Language, Science, Social Studies, Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, PE, ICT, Art, and Music. Per KHDA requirements, we will adopt the MOE standards for Arabic, Islamic Studies, and Social Studies. Our PE standards will be the California PE Framework Standards
Cultural Studies will be offered for non-Arab Non-Muslim students, this course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of all cultures and religions. Through this class, students will develop an appreciation of the cultures and an understanding of each other. In addition, the students will be given time in a language lab to improve their Arabic language skills as outlined in section 3. Students will also be given the option to participate in school wide reading programs in Arabic by building partnerships with parents and the community. Rising School will ensure that the curriculum delivery will meet the requirements of teaching Arabic, Islamic Studies and UAE History. Rising School will be providing a course about Islamic values and ethics especially tailored and dedicated to enlighten students about the peaceful ethics and nature of Islam.
Equal opportunities are available and open to all learnings including Emirati students (outlined in section 2), SEN students (outlined in Section 3), Gifted/Talented/Able students (outlined in Section 3), and EAL students (outlined in this section). In addition, opportunities for all students to access ICT will spread across the school including smart boards in every classroom, access to iPad trolleys in classrooms and open-study areas, and designated computer labs. Dedicated STEM areas will further innovation in the school as young as KG1 and up through Grade 12 as the school expands. Problem solving and critical thinking being at the forefront of our innovation opportunities.
As Rising School grows and expands to accommodate high school, students will continue the rigorous curriculum. Rising School will comply with UAE High School Diploma equivalency; all high school students will sit for the SAT I (minimum score of 400 in mathematics) as well as the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 173-computer-based or 61-internet IBT) to prepare their diploma for equivalency. We will offer access to a College and Careers counselor beginning at grade 8 (outlined in section 8) to identify pathways of learning and job-seeking after high school.