System and Curriculum
MADAR School is a K-12 American System school that follows International systems and is accredited by both ADEK/MOE and AdvancED. 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 American published textbooks that are carefully chosen to help the school achieves the advanced academic standards it aims for.
The curriculum leads towards good achievement in SAT, IELTS, TOEFL, emSAT and USA College Board Advanced Placement Examinations.
The KG curriculum covers phonetics, numbers, science development, computers, colors, 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.
The school has a focus on language development in the early ages of KGs. Concentration is on both Arabic and English proficiency to ensure the child’s readiness for Grade 1.
MIS also ensures developing a student as a whole, academically, physiologically, emotionally and personally. This holistic system ensures students are independent learners and leaders who strive for excellence and distinction and are always on the competitive edge.
Primary and Preparatory Curriculum
Our Primary curriculum is a hands-on curriculum that develops scientific critical thinking skills in a cultural preservative context, and we adopt a selection of American textbooks for formal Mathematics, English and Social Studies and Science.
The curriculum is fully aligned to common core state standards (CCSS) and NGSS in Science. Moreover, the Arabic based subjects are in full alignment of MOE curriculum standards.
Students are also offered a variety of subjects such as ICT, Moral Education, English social studies and STEM.
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 require 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. Successful group learning incorporates the following: Positive interdependence, Face-to-face interaction, Individual and group accountability, Group behaviors.
In the predatory phase, the students are exposed to a breadth of Science subjects and a more advanced level of Math. Students move into a new more project-based system of learning that focuses more on independent learning and on stimulating critical thinking and problem-solving.
Students work more on research and are exposed to skills to ensure lifelong learning and proper connections to real life.
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 programs 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, ILETS, EMSAT and SAT examinations. Graduates are thus qualified to join the world’s best universities.
The school has an affiliation with the American University in Sharjah, which supports the school in ensuring the readiness of our students for their next stage.
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 ADEK 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 Semester 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 career counselor and exam coordinator in school.
Starting in grade 10, students are prepared for their SAT and standardized tests.
By grade 12 students graduate school by completing all National and American graduation requirements which include but not limited to: (SAT, IELTS, MOE Arabic and MOE Islamic studies and 7 EMSAT subjects including (Arabic, English, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Math and Computer Science).
Students are fully prepared and trained to do well on these compulsory graduation requirement standardized exams. The school follows up carefully with both students and parents to ensure students are secured for their universities.
Regular educational field trips combined with comprehensive performing arts and the social program ensures that all students graduating from MADAR international are exceptional moral, cultured world citizens with experience in leadership and life skills.