The International School of Choueifat in Ras Al Khaimah first opened its doors in 1986 to students in KG1 to Grade 12. September 2020 is an important milestone for the school as it moves to brand new campus... The new space will offer its students many new facilities, however the approach to learning is one thing that will not be changing...
A school which divides opinion in terms of how it teaches, there is no doubt that, for the right students, this is also a school that can deliver.
The Ras Al Khaimah branch of the school opened its doors in 1986, and presently provides an education for students from KG1 to Grade 12. In September 2020 students move to a new, and rather swanky looking purpose built campus.
However, while the facilities may be new, the approach to learning is not. SABIS, the group behind the school, has an almost unique pedagogy, although it is one parents may recognise as more closely aligning with their own, as one based, for the most part, on memorisation.
Each of the school's courses specifies "a minimum number of "units of information" that students need to learn. "This minimum includes the simple concepts tested by the SABIS® AMS, as well as Basic Questions which test the material that 'everyone should know'. In addition to this, ISC-Ras Al Khaimah courses include extended material for more able students."
Students need to keep up, as the school is not one that likes to tailor its approach to the individual needs of a child. Students are "reminded of the need to achieve the highest possible standard... [and] intense follow-up ensures no one slips through the cracks. However, if students neglect their responsibilities, parental involvement becomes necessary.
"When there is a need, parents are called in to the school.
"Parents receive three reports per year, one at the end of each term. In addition, parents may meet with Academic Quality Controllers or, at any time, ask for a copy of the record of their children's performance and involvement in school life. Parents are also given advice on guiding their children in their work at home.
"When teenage children fail to do their work, they may be invited to attend after-school study for a few weeks to be given remedial work and helped in study techniques."
The International School of Choueifat has its fans, and many of the 70,000 students that has passed through the school's doors have gone onto great things, but it will not be for everyone.
Parents should do their due diligence to ensure its approach will work for their own, unique children.
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