ARKIS High School students are challenged emotionally, socially, and academically to enable them to survive in an exponentially changing world. The school prides itself on its academic success and care for individual students to work in a safe and nurturing environment that is conducive to learning and allows every student to thrive as they work towards achieving their best performance. We set high expectations for student learning, and challenge students to attempt new endeavours.
We encourage our learners to think critically as they navigate new concepts and ideas. We focus on educating the whole student and continue to provide learners with quality pastoral care as they make the transition from Elementary School.
The Secondary stage of a student’s educational journey is about helping our students to become creative, innovative, adaptable, open-minded and resilient individuals. We endorse developing an understanding of and respect for other cultures, while retaining their own customs, traditions, and religious beliefs. These years sees them build on the skills, knowledge and personal qualities that they began to acquire during their Elementary years, and it is divided into three Key Stages:
- Key Stage 3 (Grades, 6, 7 & 8)
- Key Stage 4 (Grades 9 & 10)
- Key Stage 5 (Grades 11 & 12)
During Key Stage 3, students will be focusing on their academic and personal growth and development to create a secure foundation from which to move onward and forward. Learning and assessment opportunities are designed with this in mind: there is a deliberate absence of summative tests and exams in Key Stage 3 to allow attention to be paid to the ‘journey’, not the ‘destination’.
During Key Stage 4, students follow the IGCSE syllabuses in Maths, Arabic and English, as well as their chosen subjects. The skills and capabilities they acquired in Key Stage 3 will be challenged to expand and to become ‘transferable’. Students are encouraged to utilise their critical thinking, analysis and evaluation skills in a wide array of subject-specific contexts, and to implement their problem-solving, collaboration and communication skills in a variety of manners. This process of honing their ‘transferable skills’ supports not only their preparation for life as a successful member of society, but also their preparation for the demands of the IGCSE exams (at the end of Grade 10) and the challenges of the IB programme (in Grades 11 and 12).
In Key Stage 5, students undertake the world-renowned and rigorous IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). This programme seeks to cultivate well-rounded, highly capable young adults who have strengths not only in a balanced spread of academic subjects, but also as reflective, adaptable, open-minded and confident members of society. IBDP graduates are the epitome of ‘future ready’ global citizens.