The curriculum is aligned to the State of California, USA academic standards. Additionally, Arabic and Islamic are offered with the implementation of the Ministry of Education standards. Click on the links below of interest for specific information to the curriculum and practices in each phase.
To learn more about the California State Standards, please download the guide CCSS Resources for Parents and Guardians in English or Arabic.
The Elementary Phase develops students’ academics more discretely as individual subjects. Reading is focused on decoding text, building vocabulary and retelling for comprehension in grades 1 and 2. In grades 3-5 more emphasis is made on comprehension skills that are more in-depth with critical thinking and analysis beginning to emerge. In math, the subject is taught through systematic approaches which allow students to explore the steps and components of mathematical algebra in preliminary forms. The study of money, time and world problems allows students exposure to mathematics to grow with skills necessary connection real world application. Science may be infused with the study of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) to build on inquiry skills and curiosity. One may see our young scientist exploring the outside environment of our campus as part of the scientific process.
In this phase, students’ progress and attainment is monitored through the following types of assessments:
• Cognitive Abilities Test 4 (CAT4) given from grades 2-5 in three-year cycles. The purpose of this assessment is to measure each child’s abilities and approach to learning. Data from this test helps teachers design lessons that meet the needs of all learners based on how students think.
• Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) given from KG2-G5 three times per year. The performance is measured from the previous two years performance as well as within the same academic year. The assessment is catered to simplify or increase in difficulty as the child answers each question. The assessment is specific to reading, language, math and science (G3+).
• Internal benchmarks are used from the curricular resources to support and triangulate our student data based on curricular standards for each grade. Internal benchmarks are taken three times per year.
• Formative and summative assessments are administered to students for each subject to check mastery of skills and objectives. They are given as units of studies are completed and are communicated to parents via the Parent Portal on a weekly basis.