High School Curriculum: Overview

EIS – JUMEIRAH: AN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OFFERING THE BEST IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

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THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS AT EIS – JUMEIRAH

  • EIS – Jumeirah is the oldest school in Dubai to successfully offer the IB Diploma Program. We are also currently a candidate school for the Middle Years Program.
  • As such, we follow and incorporate within our school’s structure, the IB’s Mission Statement:
    • ‘The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.’
    • ‘To this end, the International Baccalaureate works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.’
    • ‘These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and life-long learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.’

Embracing the IB Mission statement, our programs have been devised at EIS Jumeirah to guide students in their search for a sense of belonging in the world around them. The courses also aim to help students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. We teach students to become independent learners who can recognize relationships between school subjects and the world outside, and learn to combine relevant knowledge, experience and critical thinking to solve authentic problems.

Curriculum Overview:

EIS Jumeirah has been offering the best in international curricula since its inception in 1991. We are the oldest IB World School in Dubai.

The MYP (Middle Years Programme) provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students in Grades 7-11 to not only embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, but also to become critical, reflective thinkers as well as inquirers.

The MYP of the International Baccalaureate (IB) is an International ‘Concept’ based course of study designed to meet the educational requirements of students between the ages of 11 and 16. As a candidate school we are developing a learning environment, which enables students to develop and fulfil their potential. To this end we have been creating a teaching approach that fosters individual responsibility for learning in an atmosphere of cooperation amongst students, teachers, support staff and parents. We anticipate to achieve authorisation status for the MYP during the 2013-2014 academic year. Information regarding the MYP has been obtained from the International Baccalaureate and from their website at www.ibo.org. Information regarding the IB General Regulations for the Middle Years Programme can be found at:
http://www.ibo.org/documentlibrary/regs_ibworldschools/index.cfm

The MYP is the gateway to the IB Diploma Programme, which is offered in Grades 12-13. The Diploma Programme prepares students for study at leading Universities around the world.

THE IB LEARNER PROFILE

The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

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IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers – Students develop their natural curiosity. They actively enjoy learning which will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable – Students explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance thus acquiring knowledge and understanding across and range of disciplines.

Thinkers – Students apply thinking skills critically and creatively to complex problems and make reasoned and ethical decisions.

Communicators – Students understand and express ideas and information in more than one language using a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly with others.

Principled – Students act with integrity and honesty with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for individuals, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that follow from them.

Open-minded – Students understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories. They are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are also open to a range of points of view and are willing to grow from experience.

Caring – Students show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers – Students approach unfamiliar situations with courage and forethought. They have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave in defending their beliefs.

Balanced – Students understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance for their own well-being and that of others.

Reflective – Students give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experiences. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

IB MYP CURRICULUM

A COMPLETE CURRICULUM

The MYP aims to give students a balanced curriculum, developing breadth as well as depth in knowledge and understanding. Students in the MYP engage in 8 specific areas of the curriculum. All eight subject groups are seen as being equal in status and importance: Physical Education is seen as important as Science. The Arts are seen as important as Mathematics. However, this does not mean that each subject group has the same amount of time allocated to it. In addition, we are able to offer a degree of course choices starting in Grade 10 in order to suit student interest. In Grade 10, all MYP students begin work on their Personal Project which is submitted to IB in Grade 11.

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The MYP Curriculum is holistic: in addition to taking subjects the 8 subject areas, the MYP also requires students to

  • Complete community service projects
  • Complete a Personal Project
  • Be aware of the international mindedness of the program
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Global Contexts/Areas of Interaction
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Approaches to Learning
  • Be aware of and exhibit attributes of the Learner Profile

THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

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The IBDP Curriculum is holistic: all students take courses in the 6 subject areas:

  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Individual and Societies
  • Language Acquisition
  • Sciences
  • The Arts
  • Mathematics

Courses in the Diploma Programme are offered as Higher Level, Standard Level or Ab Iinitio for beginner Language Acquisition courses. Students must study at least 3 courses at a Higher Level for successful completion of the programme.

The DP also requires students to

  • Complete the community, action and service component
  • Complete an Extended Essay
  • Complete the Theory of Knowledge course
  • Be aware of the international mindedness of the program
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Approaches to Learning through Study Skills lessons
  • Be aware of and exhibit attributes of the Learner Profile

WE ARE ALSO AN AUTHORIZED EDEXCEL EXAMINATION CENTER AND OFFER EDEXCEL EXAMINATIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS IN GRADE 11 THROUGH OUR INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION (I/GCSE) COURSES.

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For further information about our programmes refer to the attached guides:

School points of contact:

MYP/IGCSE Coordinator, Mr Steve Wellman
(Email: swellman@eischools.ae).

IBDP Coordinator, Mrs Nausheen Arif
(Email: narif@eischools.ae).

IBDP CAS Coordinator , Mr Jon Howarth
(Email: jhowarth@eischools.ae).

Deputy Principal Curriculum, Mrs Amber Singh
(Email: asingh@eischools.ae).