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Grade 6 – 12

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

In Key Stage 4 (Grades 9 & 10) students follow the Cambridge IGCSE Curriculums, followed by the IBO Diploma curriculum in Key Stage 5 (Grades 11 & 12). All Bahraini students follow the MOE curriculum for Social Studies, Citizenship and Religion.

The Art and PE programmes are designed by our qualified subject specialists.

ABOUT THE CURRICULUM

The ARKIS High School curriculum is based on the Cambridge IGCSE Programme in Grade 9 and 10, and the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Grade 11 and 12.

Grades 9 and 10

Students follow IGCSE programmes in a range of subjects. For further information about IGCSEs, please click on this link:

Cambridge IGCSE – 14-16 Year Olds International Qualification

These three subjects are compulsory for all students:

  • English Language (either the First Language or the Second Language syllabus)
  • Arabic (First Language or Foreign Language)
  • Mathematics
  • In addition, students select a further four IGCSE subjects from these options:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Global Perspectives
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • Computer Science
  • Art & Design (available from Aug 2022)
  • Business Studies
  • Economics (available from Aug 2022)
  • On top of these examination subjects, the Grade 9 and 10 curriculum also contains compulsory components of:

  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Social Studies, Citizenship and Religion

Grades 11 and 12

Students follow the IBO curriculum for post-16 students, opting either to take the full diploma (IBDP) or just selected IB-level courses (subjects). For further information about the IPDP, please click on this link:

Diploma Programme (DP) – International Baccalaureate®

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The Secondary School Co-Curricular Programme was introduced in August 2021.

The driving aims of the programme are to provide students with opportunities to utilise their subject-related skills and knowledge in non-academic ways, and/or to deepen their proficiency skills associated with their academic studies. Clubs on offer include cooking, arts & crafts, public speaking, chess, entrepreneurship, drama and fashion design.

Each week, all students have one hour a week devoted to CCAs. They sign up for a Term at a time, and are expected to switch to a new activity each Term to ensure breadth of experiences.

Progress and performance in CCAs are not formally assessed and do not count towards the students’ GPA. However, involvement in CCAs can contribute meaningfully to a student’s overall school record, and are often asked about on university applications as evidence of a student’s ‘well rounded’ character and capabilities.

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