High School Academics

High School

HIGH SCHOOL OVERVIEW

Our curriculum is developed through collaborative planning and is based on the Common Core State Standards as well as the Virginia State Standards and the Ministry of Education (Egypt) curricula. The school has an established curriculum review, development and implementation cycle. Curriculum maps are developed with corresponding unit plans. Alignment is found in the maps, unit plans, lesson plans as well as the assessments. Staff track progress and alter planning as demonstrated by student need. Time is provided for grade meetings as well as subject specific meetings with coordinators. Rigor is valued as evident in the common usage of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Needs in each division. Topics and instructional strategies strive for maximum student engagement in the learning process. Project based learning as well as cooperative learning permit individual students to investigate in depth related and relevant topics of interest. Our goal is to prepare our students for entry into highly competitive universities in Egypt and abroad. Inquiry, critical thinking and problem solving approaches to curriculum delivery are utilized in our classrooms.  

OUR PROGRAM OF STUDIES 

All students are expected to carry a full program of studies. The courses in High School are English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Arabic, Computer, Physical Education, Religion, Arabic Social Studies, Art and Music. You can find our supply list for high school through this link. ( High School Supply List)

  • English 

    This course is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication.

    Mathematics

    This course enables students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts related to algebra, analytic geometry, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will investigate relationships, which they will then generalize as equations of lines, and will determine the connections between different representations of a linear relation. They will also explore relationships that emerge from the measurement of three- dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

    Science

    This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.

    World History

    This course focuses on major developments in world history from 500 AD to the present. Students will explore the causes and consequences of global and regional conflicts as well as responses to social, economic, technological and political developments in various countries and regions and the effects of globalization. Students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating historical developments and events, including those that continue to affect people in various parts of the world.

    Arabic

    The National Arabic curriculum is applied.  Students read and write compositions in Modern Standard Arabic with a focus on the preliminary study of syntax.  Students summarize novels and poetry versus to develop their verbal skills in language.  

    Second Language (French/German)

    Through the designed course students will be introduced to the French/German language through a focus on vocabulary building, grammar and punctuation in the four key skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The purpose of the course is to develop to the greatest possible extend a competency of our students in comprehending and producing the target language both spoken and written as well as socio-cultural competency in communicating with people who speak this language .

    Computer

    This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology.

    Physical Education

    The purpose of this course is to combine fundamental skills into more complex movement forms in modified games, and recreational activities. Co-operative and competitive small-group games are carried on to emphasize on developing basic skills and tactical understanding of different sports. Students use feedback to initiate and maintain practice to improve skill performance and exhibit a physically active lifestyle at school and outside the school environment.

    Art

    In this designed course, students use the elements of art and the principles of design as a framework to explore a variety of experiences and concepts. Using expressive and technical approaches, students investigate various two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art. By the end of the course, students will possess the skills that allow them to evaluate the effects of various influences on the discipline of the visual arts.

    Music

    Introduction to Instrumental Music and Choir involves students in the process of learning music concepts and developing music skills through singing, playing instruments and listening. Students explore the creative and expressive aspects of music through composing and performance

  • English 

    This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication.

    Mathematics

    This course enables students to broaden their understanding of relationships and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will explore quadratic relations and their applications; solve and apply linear systems; verify properties of geometric figures using analytic geometry; and investigate the trigonometry of right and acute triangles. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

    Biology 

    This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.

    World Geography

    This course explores both physical and human geography. Students will be exposed to how the physical world changes and how human interaction within the physical world effects both the geography of our Earth and the cultures and daily lives of human populations. Students will examine current population patterns and trends related to urbanization and their impact on human and natural systems. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate issues related to urban life and will propose courses of action aimed at enhancing the sustainability of cities around the world.

    Arabic

    The National Arabic curriculum is applied.  Students read and write compositions in Modern Standard Arabic with a focus on the preliminary study of syntax.  Students summarize novels and poetry versus to develop their verbal skills in language. 

    Second Language (French/German)

    Through the designed course students will be introduced to the French/German language through a focus on vocabulary building, grammar and punctuation in the four key skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The purpose of the course is to develop to the greatest possible extend a competency of our students in comprehending and producing the target language both spoken and written as well as socio-cultural competency in communicating with people who speak this language . Students will be able to practice their French/German in real life situations via role play and classroom participation.

    Computer

    This computer course introduces students to the use of information technology in a business environment. Students will learn how to use information technology in a work environment, perform electronic research, communicate electronically, and use common business software. They will also explore future occupations in information technology. Units of study: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, multimedia presentations and internet.

    Physical Education

    In this course, students continue to develop competence in different sports and games. Students continue to develop responsible personal and social behaviors by demonstrating decision-making skills, conflict-resolution skills, appropriate etiquette and respect for others. Students achieve and maintain personal fitness standards and set reasonable and appropriate goals for improvement or maintenance of health-related fitness.

    Art

    In this course, students develop technical skills that empower them to communicate ideas visually, with the focus on realistic representations of their environment. Students acquire knowledge that permits them to identify art styles and the periods to which those styles belong. Students develop an increased awareness of the nature of art and of their relationship to it as they explore the meaning and value of works of art.

    Music

    Introduction to Instrumental Music and Choir involves students in the process of learning music concepts and developing music skills through singing, playing instruments and listening. Students explore the creative and expressive aspects of music through composing and performance

  • English 

    This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively.

    Mathematics

    This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

    Chemistry

    This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.

    United States History

    This course traces the social, economic, and political development of the United States from colonial times to the present. Students will explore the historical context of key developments that shaped the United States, its identity and culture, and its role in the global community. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating forces in American history.

    Arabic

    The National Arabic curriculum is applied.  Students read and write compositions in Modern Standard Arabic with a focus on the preliminary study of syntax.  Students summarize novels and poetry versus to develop their verbal skills in language. 

    Second Language (French/German)

    Through the designed course students will be introduced to the French/German language through a focus on vocabulary building, grammar and punctuation in the four key skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The purpose of the course is to develop to the greatest possible extend a competency of our students in comprehending and producing the target language both spoken and written as well as socio-cultural competency in communicating with people who speak this language . Students will be able to practice their French/German in real life situations via role play and classroom participation.

    Computer

    This course introduces students to computer programming concepts and practices. Students will write and test computer programs, using various problem-solving strategies. They will learn the fundamentals of program design and apply a software development life-cycle model to a software development project. Students will also learn about computer environments and systems, and explore environmental issues related to computers, safe computing practices, emerging technologies, and post secondary opportunities in computer-related fields.

    Physical Education

    Through this course, students are expected to demonstrate competence in skillful movements in dynamic game situations. They perform more complex applications across all types of activities. They demonstrate mature responsibility as they show respect for others, make reasoned and appropriate choices, resist negative peer pressure and exhibit fair play. Students are able to set goals, track progress and participate in physical activities to improve their fitness.

    Art

    In this course, students will be able to apply more complex technical skills as they manipulate the elements of art and the principles of design and art media.  Students will acquire art skills that enable them to make conscious choices of media and techniques for expressive purposes. They produce works of art that are developed from preliminary ideas and sketches and will debate the purposes of art, develop their own criteria for making art judgments and develop a personal aesthetic. The acquisition of these skills enables students to place the discipline of art within a broader context and relate it to other fields of knowledge.

    Music

    Introduction to Instrumental Music and Choir involves students in the process of learning music concepts and developing music skills through singing, playing instruments and listening. Students explore the creative and expressive aspects of music through composing and performance

  • English 

    This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university.

    Mathematics 
    Statistics – Non-Scientific

    This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to statistics and managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analyzing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and carry out a culminating investigation that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

     

    Calculus – Scientific

    This course builds on students’ previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three-dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modeling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.

    Science
    Non Scientific Stream

    Environmental Science

    This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas.

    Scientific
    Advanced Biology

    This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

    Physics

    This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

    History of Egypt

    Students will explore the political, economic and cultural development of Egypt from the time of the Arab conquest through the present. Students will be exposed to various works of Egyptian literature, history, music, art, architecture, and intelligentsia which have shaped modern Egypt. Students learn to communicate their ideas both orally in class presentations, by writing analytical research essays, and understanding primary sources. Evaluation skills are developed by comparing social, economic, and political conditions of the past with current conditions.

    Economics 

    Economics is the study of how individuals and nations make decisions about the use of resources in an effort to satisfy their wants and needs. Students in Economics discover how fundamental economic concepts directly relate to individuals, their community, the world, and the interrelated nature of the three through the use of simulations, projects, and other assignments. Additionally, students will conduct investigations to learn how the physical and human geography of a region can impact economic realities. Studied in an historic context are the basic economic principles of micro-and macro-economics, international economics, comparative economic systems, measurement, and method.


    Psychology
    Non-Scientific 

    This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas.

    Arabic

    The National Arabic curriculum is applied.  Students read and write compositions in Modern Standard Arabic with a focus on the preliminary study of syntax.  Students summarize novels and poetry versus to develop their verbal skills in language.  

     

     

    Physical Education

    Through this course, students are expected to demonstrate competence in skillful movements in dynamic game situations. They perform more complex applications across all types of activities. They demonstrate mature responsibility as they show respect for others, make reasoned and appropriate choices, resist negative peer pressure and exhibit fair play. Students are able to set goals, track progress and participate in physical activities to improve their fitness.

    Art

    In this course, students will be able to apply more complex technical skills as they manipulate the elements of art and the principles of design and art media.  Students will acquire art skills that enable them to make conscious choices of media and techniques for expressive purposes. They produce works of art that are developed from preliminary ideas and sketches and will debate the purposes of art, develop their own criteria for making art judgments and develop a personal aesthetic. The acquisition of these skills enables students to place the discipline of art within a broader context and relate it to other fields of knowledge.

    Music

    Introduction to Instrumental Music and Choir involves students in the process of learning music concepts and developing music skills through singing, playing instruments and listening. Students explore the creative and expressive aspects of music through composing and performance

  • Course Selection for Grade 12

    Grade 12 is a critical year for our students. It is a time when students solidify and reinforce study habits as well as expand their knowledge and skills. It is also a time when students select a study stream in scientific or non scientific areas of course content. Each student and family will need to examine these two areas and be prepared to select a package for their child’s grade 12 year. It is important to choose wisely since study streams cannot be changed once a student begins in a particular area.

    All students take the common subjects. Students must choose between scientific and non-scientific packages.

    Scientific Non- Scientific Common Subjects
    Physics, Calculus,Advanced Biology Environmental Science, Advanced Math, Egyptian History English, Psychology, Economics, Art/Music/P.E Arabic, Religion
     

    Graduation Requirements

    DAIS requires a minimum of 24 High School units of credit, taken over eight semesters in Grades 9 through to 12 inclusively to graduate. The courses listed below are required to achieve graduation at the High School level.  A credit is defined in adherence to Carnegie credit hour standards.   The minimum requirement for graduation is a (C) average (2.00 GPA) overall.

    Required Courses

    Students must complete the following courses successfully to graduate:

    Courses Requirements
    English 4 Credits
    Mathematics 4 Credits
    Science 4 Credits
    Social Studies 4 Credits
    Physical Education 2 Credits
    Art/Music 2 Credits
    World Languages 3 Credits
    Arabic Language 4 Credits (Unless Exempted)
    Technology 2.5 Credits
    Electives 2 Credits

    Any course taken beyond the number of units required in a given subject area is regarded as an elective in that subject area.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADING

The school year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is divided into two terms. At the close of each term, students receive a report card indicating the grades earned in each class. Absences, if any, are recorded on their report card which reflects attendance.  (Please Check our School Handbook for more information: Student Handbook)

  • Letter grades, their percentage equivalents and grade point averages that reflect a student’s progress and GPA are as follows:

    Letter Grade Average Percentage GPA
    A+ 97-100 4
    A 93-96 4
    A- 90-92 3.7
    B+ 87-89 3.3
    B 83-86 3
    B- 80-82 2.7
    C+ 77-79 2.3
    C 73-76 2
    C- 70-72 1.7
    D+ 67-69 1.3
    D 63-66 1
    D- 60-62 0.7
    F Below 60
    EX Exempted
    M Modified Program

    The grade point average (GPA) is calculated at the end of each term to award High Honors and Honor Roll achievements to deserving students.

  • At DAIS, we strive to provide our students with the skills and knowledge to achieve academic excellence across a diverse range of subject areas.

    The Academic Achievement is compiled at the end of each semester by taking into account each student’s grade point average (GPA).

    The GPA is calculated by dividing the number of quality points (ie A=4, B=3, C =2) by the number of courses the student has taken.  High Honors are earned by students who achieve a GPA of 3.80 to 4.00 with no grades lower than a B.  Honors are achieved when a student achieves a GPA of 3.60 to 3.79 with no grade lower than a C.

    Only grades earned at DAIS group of schools are used to determine the GPA and Class Rank of individual students. A student must be enrolled in two consecutive semesters before ranking can be given, not counting the last semester before graduation.

    In order to qualify as Valedictorian or Salutatorian, a student must complete a minimum of three consecutive semesters, not counting the final semester before graduation.  All seniors who have a 3.60 cumulative GPA will graduate with Honors.  The GPA at the conclusion of the semester will determine if Honors have been achieved. Students will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

     

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