Secondary School - Ages 11-18
AGS follows the Cambridge (UK), International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) and the prescribed Ministry subjects of Arabic, Islamic studies for Muslim students and Social studies. Our external IGCSE and A level examinations use the Cambridge (UK) syllabuses. We offer a set range of subjects across Grades 6-8 and students can then opt for specific subjects to study at IGCSE in Grade 9 and 10 and A’ level in Grades 11 and 12. We give as wide a range of experiences as we can during Grades 6-8 to ensure that students are confident when making choices about their future studies.
The IGCSE and A level qualifications undertaken by our students are recognised throughout the world and students and parents can be confident that passing grades in these examinations will be able to be used in school and University entry across the globe.
Grades 6 to 8 – Key Stage 3
Students in Grade 6-8 experience a wide range of subjects to consolidate their experiences from their Primary education and extend further their skills in preparation for their IGCSE options choices. We offer support to our students with both language and educational needs to ensure they are able to access our curriculum, showcase their skills and become confident learners. The core tenets of the IMYC are used to further the students’ consideration to their values and beliefs of those of others and how they have an important role to play in shaping the future through the Global Goals.
Grades 9 and 10 – Key Stage 4 (IGCSE)
We offer a range of 2 year IGCSE courses in Grades 9 and 10 and whilst some are compulsory (Science, English and Mathematics), students are then able to choose from other subject options to tailor their learning to their skills and interests a little more. We encourage students to keep as broad a selection as possible at this time but we also realise that some students are already thinking of future career paths and wanting to be a little more specialised. Our teachers are all experienced practitioners who will use their skills to support our students in their preparations for their final examinations at the end of Grade 10.
Grades 11 and 12 – Key Stage 5
Our A level program continues on from the IGCSE syllabuses and so there is a cohesive link throughout the school. A’ levels are offered in a variety of subjects and students are able to specialise in preparation for their University course choices. Only Islamic Studies and Social Studies (for our Arabic speaking students) are compulsory and these are taught alongside whichever three or four subjects a student might choose at this level. We also support students with making choices regarding further education and assist with University entries both here in Oman and abroad. The UK A’ level program is world class and recognised by universities across the world as a valuable and challenging qualification.
Learning a language is a process that requires considerable time and practise; however it is one of the most rewarding things your child can learn in school. The Arabic language classes at AGS are divided into two sections: Arabic for native Arab speakers (Arabic A) and Arabic for non-native speakers (Arabic B) The curriculum for Arabic A follows the Oman Ministry of Education requirements and is enhanced by a range of resources and activities that promote active and purposeful learning. The continuation of learning Arabic alongside English for our native Arabic speakers will give them a very strong bilingual ability which will be very important as our world grows ever closer through technology and commerce. We aim for our Second Language Arabic learners to become able to communicate effectively in Arabic and hopefully continue this skill as they move into further education.
Islamic Education is a compulsory subject for Muslim students. It is taught in Arabic for Native Arabic speakers and in English for those students who do not speak Arabic as their first language. The Islamic Department follows the Ministry of Education curriculum. Learning Islamic concepts are combined with practical learning at AGS and related to real life examples were possible. Our enthusiastic and dedicated teachers explain prescribed Islamic topics that include Hadiths, Aqidah(Faith), Akhlaq(Manners), Islamic History and Islamic Social Studies together with the appropriate Surahs from the Noble Qur’an. We believe that an educational partnership between school and home is vital and we strive to ensure that progress and attainment are shared with both students and their parents.