Modern Knowledge Schools Curriculum

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DR. SUSAN GERBER
Consultant for Educational Affairs

On behalf of our administration, staff and students, we welcome you to the Modern Knowledge Schools’ website. I hope that you will find this portal into our schools to be a pathway to learn about the many outstanding programs that we offer, and about the terrific staff and students who benefit from these programs. We look forward to providing your children with a challenging education that builds academic excellence, encourages creativity, promotes lifelong learning, and fosters respect for self, others and heritage.

We are proud of the many accomplishments of our students not only in academics but also in the wide variety of activities and athletics that we offer to children of all ages. Our graduates go on to attend a wide variety of post-secondary institutions and find success in employment opportunities, both locally and around the world.

I personally invite you to visit our schools so you can become acquainted with the principals and staff and see the outstanding opportunities available for our students. Please call the school in advance, so the principal can be available to visit with you and answer any questions you may have. MKS remains committed to continuous improvement for all staff and students, and strives to live up to our motto “Making Kids Successful!”

Modern Knowledge Schools offers an enriched American curriculum with an international perspective for students K-12. Facilitated by a caring, professional and specialized staff of teachers, MKS strives to empower our students to become critical, independent thinkers with the skills to participate dynamically and successfully in an ever changing global society. To connect our learners to the world, Modern Knowledge Schools, one of the few non bilingual schools in Bahrain, has adopted rigorous and demanding curriculum standards. The curriculum standards specify what students should know and be able to do. MKS curriculum standards are based on the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Standards developed by the U.S. State Department's Office of Overseas Schools, the International Society for Technology in Education, The National Science Foundation, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Council of Teachers of English/the International Reading Association. and other nationally recognized bodies. MKS curriculum is vertically aligned from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The AERO grade level expectations, standards and benchmarks are cross walked and closely aligned with new US Common Core State Standards (CCSS). MKS is implementing both the English Language Arts and Mathematics Common Core Standards. These standards also guide our school improvement plans, professional development and program evaluations. They provide the basis for gathering data on how we assess the progress of students in each of our schools.

Kindergarten

The kindergarten (KG1-KG 2) is the foundation for all future learning. The MKS curriculum provides for development of social skills, self esteem and academic success. Language and literacy development involves speaking, listening, writing and reading. MKS extends their oral language skills as students listen to and join in reading stories, poems, and songs. Students’ creativity is encouraged through play, art, drama, and kitchen science. Each class is planned by teachers who know the best way to encourage learning in young children. All instruction is in English. Arabic language is taught as an integral part of the curriculum.

Elementary School

The elementary school (grades 1 through 5) expands the foundations for academic achievement, personal growth and responsible citizenship. MKS values diversity and supports social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. The curriculum provides for the continuous development of knowledge, skills, and understanding in the areas of reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, art, music, library skills, technology education, Arabic, and physical education. Students remain in self-contained classrooms with their homeroom teacher for core subjects. All instruction is in English; Arabic language, Islamic Religion and Arabic Social Studies are taught by specialist teachers and in accordance with the Bahrain Ministry of Education guidelines. Art, music, technology and physical education are taught by specialist teachers. Upper level students participate in School Safety Patrol.

Middle School

The middle school (grades 6 through 8) curriculum at MKS is designed to meet the needs of a child as well as an adolescent during the transition from the elementary to the high school. Through a caring and secure environment, the MKS middle school program ensures that all students experience challenge and success. Highly qualified subject area teachers provide academic instruction in English, math, science and social studies. All core subjects are taught in English. French is a required subject for all students. Arabic Language, Islamic Religion and Arabic Social Studies are mandatory for all students holding Arabic passports. Students participate in art, computer, music and physical education taught by specialist teachers. Students have the opportunity to participate in Middle School Student Council.

High School

The high school (grades 9 through 12) curriculum follows a college preparatory curriculum and includes the IB Diploma program in grades 11 and 12. . All students develop a personal four year plan to help determine high school goals and objectives. Students in grades 9 and 10 follow the traditional college preparatory program of English literature with writing, French, Algebra l, Geometry, Ancient and Modern History, Biology and Chemistry. In grades 11 and 12 students have various options in all disciplines. Students may elect to enter the rigorous two year IB diploma program or continue on the college preparatory track. All high school students participate in physical education each year. Students may elect to study courses from the Fine Arts, Science or Social Studies. All instruction is in English. Arabic Language, Arabic Social Studies and Islamic Religion courses are mandatory for all Arab passport holders and are taught according to the Bahrain Ministry of Education guidelines.

MINIMUM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

ENGLISH/HONORS ENGLISH  10,11,12

 IB Group 1

4 credits

ISLAMIC RELIGION

2 credits

ARABIC/ IB Group 1/2

4 credits

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH

2 credits

MATH: Pre Alg, Alg 1, Alg 2, Geometry, Bus Math, Pre Calculus, Statistics, Alg Trig/ IB Group 5

4 credits

FINE ARTS- Art, Computer, Speech Theater, Debate, Media Arts,  TOK, CAS/ IB Group 6

1 credit

SCIENCE:  Biology, Chemistry/ Physics, Environmental, Adv Biology Adv Physics, Adv Chemistry, IB Group 4

3 credits

ARABIC SOCIAL STUDIES- Grades 9&10

1 credit

SOCIAL STUDIES: Ancient and Modern World History , US History,  Global Studies  Psychology , Sociology/ IB Group  3

3 credits

WORLD LANGUAGES:  French

2 credits