Al Faris International School is fully certified by the International Baccalaureate as an IB World School for the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP). The three programs are philosophically aligned, each centered on developing attributes of the IB learner profile which aims to promote curiosity and inquiry, integrity, critical and creative thinking, self-reflection, community service and respect for the values and traditions of the global community. The programs are consistent in their pedagogical approach. Students who have taken the PYP and MYP will therefore be well prepared for the challenges of the DP.
The Middle Years Program extends from Grades 6-10 as Y1-Y5 respectively.
As a school committed to excellence, we find that the implementation of a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum framework that the Middle Years Program represents will help enhance the skills that young learners will use throughout their life beyond the classroom.
The MYP is guided by three pillars inspired by the IB mission: holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. These along with the other IB learner profiles produce independent, inquiring, knowledgeable, caring, and responsible citizens in the community and in the world who extend appreciation to their culture as well as other cultures in a world of differences.
MYP students are thus encouraged to translate and reflect on the learning per subject and the learning connections between subjects into a product (action) and help serve their community and the world around them. In the final year of the MYP, students engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the program.
Assessment is based on IB criteria and is viewed as a support for learning. Assessment can take a variety of forms including, but not limited to, tests, essays, projects and presentations. Students are given flexibility in mode of expression according to their strengths and interests. The IB uses both internal and external assessment in the DP.
All students will be automatically enrolled in the PYP and MYP programs. Participation in the DP Program, which begins at Grade 11, is optional. Students entering the DP Program will have the choice of pursuing an IB Course Certificate, which does not include the core, or a full diploma. Requirements of the full diploma include the core consisting of an extended essay, Theory of Knowledge in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know, and CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) in which students complete a project related to these three areas. Students will choose six subjects from six subject groups.
Please click below for more information on the curriculum of the MYP and DP programs. Visit our policies menu for a list of school policies related to the IB program.