MADAR School is a college preparatory school that follows International systems. These systems focus on student learning outcomes, adopting highly academic criteria, effective teaching and learning methodologies, and emphasizing the development of student attitudes, values and skills to effectively participate as contributing members of their communities. The system adopts a coherent selection of British and American published textbooks that are carefully chosen to help the school achieve the advanced academic standards it aims for. The curriculum leads towards SAT, TOEFL and USA College Board Advanced Placement Examinations.
The KG curriculum covers phonetics, numbers, computers, colours and drawing, singing and music, art and handicrafts, and physical education. Students’ language skills, social skills and character development are guided using theme topics that introduce them to: the body, family and friends, home, school and play, days and months, seasons and weather, health and hygiene, safety, good manners, sharing and respecting property, and plants and animals.
Our Primary Science curriculum SCIIS3, is a hands-on curriculum that develops scientific critical thinking skills, and we adopt a selection of American and British series of textbooks for formal Mathematics, English and Social Studies.
Homeroom Education: Grade 1 and 2
At MADAR, we teach using the unit planning technique. Our teachers start the teaching process by planning effectively using the Common Core standards that are incorporated across the subjects. Each subject is planned to include cross curricular activities in the following subjects: Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies, Art and Music.
The teachers use a variety of direct instruction, activity based, co-operative and mostly experiential. All of these techniques incorporate differentiation.
The experiential teaching can be a variety of the following: field trips, inquiry, Predict Observe Explain, concept formation, and role play. Teachers make adjustments in instruction based techniques based on feedback from students. The idea is to keep students focused and involved in learning; for students to be continually involved in learning activities which requires resourcefulness on the part of the teacher.
Co-operative learning sometimes called small-group learning, is an instructional strategy in which small groups of students work together on a common task. The task can be as simple as solving a multi-step math problem together, or as complex as developing a design for a new kind of school. In some cases, each group member is individually accountable for part of the task; in other cases, group members work together without formal roles assigned. Successful group learning incorporates the following: Positive interdependence, Face-to-face interaction, Individual and group accountability, Group behaviors.
Monitoring progress of students: The teachers assess the students and monitor their progress by informal and formal assessments done within the classroom, science room and Information technology room. These are a combination of quizzes, unit activities, and end of term written assessments. With assessments and monitoring, some students reward. The students who have met the standards are given extension, work whilst the teacher works with students who still need help (differentiation). If the concept is not reached by most of the students in a class, the teacher engages in a re-teach program where the concept is taught with a different approach.
The curriculum emphasizes the importance of languages, critical thinking (through guidance lessons, Mathematics and Science), logic (through formal Mathematics) and Information Technology. Alongside formal subject knowledge and skill attainment, school systems and teaching programmes promote broader considerations such as UAE values, traditions and culture, moral values, good personal and social habits and skills, self-discipline, tolerance and fairness. All subjects are taught in English except for Arabic, Arabic Social Studies and Islamic Studies, which are taught in Arabic according to the curricula of the UAE Ministry of Education. MADAR is licensed by the Ministry of Education to follow an international curriculum that leads to Advanced Placement, TOEFL and SAT examinations. Graduates are thus qualified to join the world’s best universities.
The teaching method engaged at MADAR International School at the secondary level is Inquiry Based Student Centered Learning in subjects taught through English. Teachers are trained extensively by the school and attend regular professional development workshops throughout the year to keep up to date with the latest pedagogical approaches and techniques. Correspondingly, the curriculum is continuously updated and enhanced by subject heads of departments and the Academic Quality Auditor in line with the Senior Management School Improvement Plan and the requirements of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.
Arabic, Islamic Studies and Arabic Social Studies teachers follow the teaching method afforded to them by ADEC and the UAE Ministry of education for native Arabic speakers with second and third language Arabic options available for non-native speakers. Each department works closely together to promote a curriculum that respects and preserves the national identity of the culture, heritage, values and traditions of the United Arab Emirates.
Students are exposed to a variety of assessment structures including projects, quizzes, discussion, presentations, film, report writing, surveys and practical’s. These structures are closely aligned to parallel the requirements of assessment that students will experience at university after they graduate from MADAR International School.
In addition to this continuous formative assessment, students will sit for two summative examinations per academic term to ensure they are meeting the required standards and benchmarks for their academic year. Senior grades assessment will also encompass external examinations in TOEFL, SAT and Advanced Placement courses conducted in coordination with the University Councilor and Curriculum Development Coordinator.
Regular educational field trips combined with a comprehensive performing arts and social program ensures that all students graduating from MADAR international are exceptional moral, cultured world citizens with experience in leadership and life skills.