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High School Program of Studies 2014-2015

The American International School of Kuwait Email: admin@ais-kuwait.org Website: www.ais-kuwait.org Phone: 965-1-843-247

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In order to receive a United States High School Diploma from the American International School a student must: Attend four years (8 semesters) of secondary school, grades 9-12 Complete twenty-six (26) out of a possible 32 credits Attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.50 Pass all required courses

The final grade for each full credit course is based on the successful completion of that course at the end of the academic year. Passing mark for Grades 9&10 is a three (3) on the MYP scale of 1-7. Passing mark for grades 11 &12 is 60% = D-. Each credit involves approximately 150 hours of instruction spread over a 180 day school year September through June.
Students must take one English course per year. English electives cannot be substituted for Group 1 courses. *Students with an Arabic passport must take Arabic 9, 10, 11, 12 or Arabic as a Foreign Language 9, 10. * Students with a non-Arabic passport must take AFL 9 & 10 or AFL 9 and two consecutive years of French or Spanish Humanities 9&10, Topics in 20th Century World History, and Understanding Knowledge. IB Diploma students may take any Group 3 course to satisfy graduation requirements. Science 9&10 and one additional science course. Math 9&10 plus one additional math course. Fine Arts 9&10 P.E. 9,10, 11, and 12: credit per year Technology 9&10: Muslims 1 credit nonMuslims 2 credits Religion 9, 10, 11, 12 (Muslims only) Muslims: Student choice 4(5) required for students with a non-Arabic passport depending on Language B track.

Group 1 Language A

4 credits

Group 2 Language B

4 credits

Group 3 Humanities Group 4 Science Group 5 Mathematics Group 6 Fine Arts Physical Education Technology Religion Electives

3 credits

3 credits 3 credits 2 credits 2 credits 1(2) credits 2 credits 1 credit

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SCHEDULE PLANNING
When planning your course work for your high school years please keep in mind what many universities will be looking for in your transcript. I have attempted to cover the major career paths that many of our students choose, along with a few that are not on the beaten path so that you may plan accordingly. Please keep in mind that this is a suggested curriculum. For more detailed information contact the universities you are interested in applying to.

THE MAJORS: ARCHITECTURE: Suggested Curriculum


Major Architecture Landscape Architecture English 4 4 Math 4 Precalculus 4 Precalculus Science 4 Physics 4 Physics Social Studies 4 3 Foreign Language 3-4 2 Other Visual Arts 1-2 Art Business

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: Suggested Curriculum


Major Biochemistry English 4 Math 4 Precalculus or Trig. 4 Trig. and Precalculus 4 Precalculus 4 Calculus 4 Precalculus 4 Precalculus or Calculus Science 4 Biology Chemistry Physics Earth 4 Biology Chemistry Physics Earth 4 4 Biology Physics Chemistry 4 Chemistry Physics Earth 4 Chemistry Physics Social Studies 3 Foreign Language 2-3 Other

Biology

2-3

Comp. App.

Biotech Genetics Marine Bio.

4 4 4

3 3 3

2-3 2-3 2-3

Comp. Science Comp. Science Comp. Skills

Microbiology

2-3

Statistics Comp. Science

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BUSINESS: Suggested curriculum


Majo r Accounting Bus. Adm. & Management E-Com. Fashion Mer. Finance Human Resources Int. Bus. M.I.S. English 4 4 4 4 4 4 Math 3 Trig. 4 Pre-calculus 3 3 4 Pre-calculus 3 Science 3 3 3 3 3 3 Social Studies 3 3 3 3 3 3 Foreign Language 2-3 2-3 2-3 3-4 2-3 2-3 Other Speech Comp. Courses Comp.: Office App. and Spreadsheets Economics Comp. Science Art, Art history, Business Economics Comp. Science Statistics Statistics Psychology Comp. App. Business Calculus Calculus Economics Business Comp. Science Comp. Word Processing, Spreadsheets

4 4

4 Pre-calculus 4 Pre-calculus

3 3

3 3

4 2-3

Marketing

2-3

COMMUNICATIONS: Suggested Curriculum


Major Advertising Communications Journalism Public Relations English 4 4 4 4 Math 3 3 3 3 Science 3 3 3 3 Social Studies 3 3 4 4 Foreign Language 2-3 2-3 3-4 3-4 Other Art, Business, Comp. Applications Journalism, Drama Journalism Journalism, Business, Comp. Applications

Radio and TV

2-3

COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES: Suggested Curriculum


Major Computer Science Info Sciences English 4 Math 4 Precalculus 4 Precalculus Science 3 Social Studies 3 Foreign Language 2-3 Other Calculus, Comp. Science, Physics (electricity/magnetism) Comp. Science, Speech, Psychology, Sociology

4 Physics

2-3

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EDUCATION: Suggested Curriculum


Major Early Childhood Elementary Middle School Secondary English 4 4 4 4 Math 3 3 3 3 Science 3 3 3 3 Social Studies 3 3 3 3 Foreign Language 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 Other Psychology, Sociology Comp. Science

Psychology, 4 year sequence of the course you plan to teach.

Special Ed. P.E.

4 4

3 3

3 3

3 3

2-3 2-3

ENGINEERING: Suggested Curriculum


Major Aeronautical Bioengineerin g Architectural Chemical Civil English 4 4 4 4 4 Math 4 Precalculus Calculus 4 Precalculus Trig. 4 Precalculus Calculus 4 Precalculus Calculus 4 Precalculus Calculus Trig. Geometry 4 Precalculus Calculus 4 Precalculus 4 Precalculus Calculus Science 4 Physics Chemistry 4 Biology Chemistry Physics 4 Physics Chemistry 4 Biology Chemistry Physics 4 Physics Chemistry Social Studies 3 3 3 3 3 Foreign Language 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 Comp. App., Economics, Business Comp. App. Comp. Science Comp. Science Other Comp. Science Calculus Comp. Science Comp. Skills

Electrical Mechanical Software

4 4 4

4 Physics 4 Chemistry Physics 4

3 3 3

2-3 2-3 2-3

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HEALTH: Suggested Curriculum


Major Food & Nutrition Health Care Admin. Nursing English 4 Math 3 Pre-calculus Trigonometry 4 4 3 4 Pre-calculus Calculus Statistics 4 Pre-calculus 4 Pre-calculus Calculus Science 4 Biology Chemistry Physics 4 3 Biology Chemistry Social Studies 3 Foreign Other Language 2-3 Speech

3 3

2-3 2-3 Psychology Comp. App

Pharmacy Premedicine

4 4

4 Biology Chemistry Physics 4 Biology Chemistry Physics

3 4

2-3 3-4 Psychology Comp.Science

LIBERAL ARTS: Suggested Curriculum


Major Liberal Arts English 4 Math 3 Science 3 Social Studies 3 Foreign Language 3 Other Art 1

MULTIDISIPLINARY STUDIES: Suggested Curriculum


Major Global Studies English 4 Math 3 Science 3 Social Studies 3 Foreign Language 4 Other Economics, Geography Statistics

NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION: Suggested Curriculum


Major Environmental Science Environmental Studies English 4 Math 4 Precalculus 3 Science 3 Physics Chemistry Biology Science 3 Science Chemistry Biology Social Studies 3 Foreign language 2-3 Other Comp. App., Calculus, Stats.

2-3

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE: Suggested Curriculum


Major Aeronautics and Aviation Science English 4 Math 4 Precalculus Science 3 Physics (electricity & magnetism) Social Studies 3 Foreign Language 2-3 Other

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: Suggested Curriculum


Major Human Resources Public Admin. English 4 4 Math 3 3 Science 3 3 Social Studies 3 4 Foreign Language 3-4 2-3 Other Comp. Literacy Statistics Psychology Comp. Science

SOCIAL SCIENCES: Suggested Curriculum


Major International Relations Political Science Psychology English 4 Math 3 Science 3 Social Studie s 4 Foreign Language 4 Other World History Political Philosophy Political Philosophy Comp. Science Statistics Psychology

4 4

4 4 Trigonometry or Precalculus

2 4 Adv. Biology or Chemistry

4 3

3-4 2-3

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS: Suggested Curriculum


Major Animation Cinematography Fashion/Apparel Design Graphic Design Interior Design English 4 4 4 4 4 Math 3 3 3 3 3 Science 3 3 3 3 3 Social Studies 3 3 3 3 3 Foreign Language 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 Other Art, Art History, Computer Applications Art, Drama, Computers Art 2-3 Comp. App. Art and a portfolio Art History, Art, Computer Aided Design

General Course Selection Notes:


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Please keep in mind that the suggested curricula outlined above are the minimum courses that universities are looking for in future students. If at all possible, to enhance your transcript, you should take the IB Diploma Programme. Where this is not possible, then you should take as many Diploma Programme courses as possible, preferably at the Higher Level in your intended major. This may increase your likelihood of acceptance to your desired university. For more information about the Diploma Programme, please attend the DP information sessions or speak to the DP Coordinator.

SPECIAL NOTE:
STUDENTS WISHING TO ENROLL AT KUWAIT UNIVERSITY OR AT A PUBLIC EGYPTIAN UNIVERSITY MUST TAKE FULL-YEAR CLASSES IN THE FOLLOWING: SCIENCES: CHEMISTRY PHYSICS BIOLOGY MATH: ALGEBRA II PRE-CALCULUS OR CALCULUS

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THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME


The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme, has gained recognition and respect from the worlds leading universities.

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature Arabic A: Language and Literature SL&HL English A: Literature SL & HL English A: Language and Literature SL&HL Group 2: Language Acquisition Arabic B: SL French ab Initio: SL French B: SL & HL Group 3: Individuals and Societies Business and Management: SL & HL Economics: SL & HL History: SL & HL

Group 4: Sciences Biology: SL & HL Chemistry: SL & HL Physics: SL & HL Group 5: Mathematics Math Studies: SL Math: SL & HL Group 6: The Arts Theatre: SL &HL Visual Arts: SL & HL

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DIPLOMA PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS



To complete the two-year IB Full Diploma Programme students will: select one course from each of groups 1-5 choose a sixth subject from either group 6 or a second course from groups 1-5 study three subjects at the Standard Level (SL) study three subjects at the Higher Level (HL) study the Theory of Knowledge course (TOK) complete an extended essay (EE) complete the 150 hours in each of creativity, action and service (CAS) Any student registering for one or more Diploma Programme courses is required to write the IB World Exams, complete the internal and external assessments and pay the IB registration and examination fee. All students intending to enter the Diploma Programme beginning in grade 11 must fulfill the following requirements: Successful completion of the Personal Project Successful completion of Community and Service Students interested in the Full Diploma Programme must understand that it is demanding programme that is accessible to many kinds of learners. It is important to be motivated, organized, hard working and have a strong desire to be successful. The Diploma Programme Coordinator along with the counseling department and grade 10 teachers will review all student course selections to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate level and course. Students will make their choice to be in the full Diploma Programme (6 DP courses (3 SL and 3 HL), TOK and Supervised Study) or they may choose to take individual Diploma courses making them a Diploma Courses student. Any students wishing to take more than 4 Diploma Courses are encouraged to join the Full Diploma Programme. Students who join the Full Diploma Programme take classes in grade eleven that meet the AIS high school graduation requirements. If a student wishes to leave the Full Diploma Programme, this can only be done at the end of the grade eleven year. If you are a Kuwaiti citizen wishing to obtain a government scholarship, it is your responsibility to enquire with the Ministry of Education about your course requirements. This is solely the responsibility of the student and his/her family. Furthermore, students are responsible for meeting AIS high school graduation requirements and being prepared for university pre-requisite requirements. Students who hold an Arab passport are required by the Ministry of Education to complete Arabic and Religion course work. In order to fulfill the Arabic requirements Full Diploma students must select either DP Arabic A: Language and Literature SL/HL or DP Arabic Language B SL. For further information, speak directly to the Diploma Programme Coordinator or email ibdiploma@ais-kuwait.org.

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GROUP 1: STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE LANGUAGE A: ENGLISH


English 9 (MYP 4)
Description: Students study literature and language to develop the critical, analytical, and creative thinking skills necessary to communicate clearly, imaginatively, and effectively, both in writing and in speech. Students study a variety of literary genres to develop an awareness of the relationship between life and literary experience. Language study includes vocabulary, grammar, developing reading, writing, and speaking skills, as well as expanding verbal fluency. By writing frequently and by practicing through oral presentations, students will organize, communicate, and evaluate ideas logically and creatively. Student writing will focus on literary analysis, creative, and reflective writing. As well, students build on their understanding of writing as a process of prewriting, drafting, revising, and publishing. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 1 year Grade 8 English

English 10 (MYP 5)
Description: Students read a variety of literary works comparing and contrasting settings, characterization, conflicts, point of view, and themes. The study of vocabulary and grammar, the developing of reading, writing, and speaking skills, as well as the expanding of verbal fluency and the analyzing of the structure of language continue. Students develop their ability to write with an appropriate register. Through varied and frequent writing assignments, students expand their understanding of writing as a process and develop their skill in revising according to purpose and audience. They will continue and refine their skills in creative, persuasive and reflective writing as well as the development of research skills. Students continue to develop literacy in reading, writing, thinking, listening, speaking and viewing skills. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 1 year Grade 9 English

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DP1& DP2 English Language A: Literature SL/HL


This Language A: Literature course covers both grade 11 and 12 and is a two-year study of literature for either Full Diploma students or Diploma Courses students. Through the study of a wide range of texts and critical approaches to these texts, the Language A: Literature course encourages students to appreciate literature and to develop an ability to reflect critically on their reading through their oral and written work. This course is for students with strong oral and written literary skills and a passion for reading. In addition, students with a desire to study literature at the post-secondary level are encouraged to take this course at the HL level. Students must select either Standard Level or Higher Level for this course. Higher Level students are required to read three additional texts during the two year course, are assessed according to different rubrics for written assignments, and have longer IB World Exams than Standard Level students. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year in grades 11 and 12 2 years A minimum score of a low 5 (80%) in MYP5 for Standard Level or a minimum score of a high 5 (87%) for Higher Level.

DP1 & DP2 English Language A: Language and Literature SL/HL


The Language A: Language and Literature course covers both grade 11 and 12, and is a two-year study of the use of language in society for either Full Diploma students or Diploma Courses students. Through the study of media and literature, the course aims to develop students analytical skills. Although this course is equal in difficulty and value to the Literature course described above, it focuses on real-world texts, like advertisements and websites for example, to develop an understanding of how language is used and to strengthen the written and oral communication skills of students. Additionally, there is less focus on literary analysis and fewer texts studied than the Literature course. Students must select either Standard Level or Higher Level for this course. Higher Level students are required to read 2 additional texts during the two year course, to submit 1 additional external assessment to the IB, are assessed according to different rubrics for written assessments, and have longer exams than Standard Level students. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year in grades 11 and 12 2 years A minimum score of a low 5 (80%) in MYP5 for Standard Level or a minimum score of a high 5 (87%) for Higher Level.

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English 11 (English Language A: Language and Literature)


Note: This course follows the DP English Language A: Language and Literature (Standard Level) curriculum. This means students registering in this course are required to complete the internal assessments. The English 11 (English Language A: Language and Literature) course is designed for those students who do NOT wish to do the Full Diploma or be a Diploma Courses student as it does not require the completion of IB external assessments. However, students will be required to complete all internal assessments. Through the study of media and literature, the course aims to develop students analytical skills of both fiction and non-fiction texts. The first half of the year will focus on language in society, studying the interaction of language with power and gender. The second half of the year will be devoted to a close study of two literary works, focusing on the literary elements within these works. The English 11 course will help students develop the skills needed to think, write, and speak critically about texts they interact with on a daily basis. This course is designed for those students NOT seeking an IB Diploma or IB Certificate in English Language A: Language and Literature as IB World Exam preparation will NOT be given. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 1 year Grade 10 English

English 12 (English Language A: Language and Literature)


This course follows the DP2 English Language A: Language and Literature (Standard Level) curriculum. This means students registering in this course are required to complete the internal assessments. This course is the second year of the non-diploma course, which was designed for those students who did NOT wish to do the Full Diploma or be a Diploma Courses student as it does not complete all the external assessments necessary for the IBO; it does, however, require completion of all the internal assessments. The English 12 course will continue the work started in year 11. The first half of the year will be an intensive study of mass communication and the media. The second half of the year will be devoted to the study of two literary works, focusing on the environment in which the texts were written. Similar to Grade 11, the English 12 course will continue to guide students in developing the skills needed to think, write, and speak critically about texts they interact with on a daily basis. This course is designed for those students NOT seeking an IB Diploma or IB Certificate in English Language A: Language and Literature as IB World Exam preparation will NOT be given. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 1 year Grade 11 English

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ENGLISH ELECTIVE COURSES


Journalism and Media Studies (Grade 11/12)
This is a two part course introducing students to journalism and the media. The first part of the course is designed to help students develop journalistic writing and reporting skills. It also provides students with opportunities for learning the language of journalism, developing communication skills in writing different kinds of articles, understanding news and the process of publication, and becoming more critical readers. Students taking this class will be responsible for covering newsworthy events (around the world and on the AIS campus) and writing about them for the school newspaper blog, The Lions Roar. It is expected that students will leave the course with writing and publishing skills that introduce them to the world of publishing. Students will thus gain experience writing for different purposes and different audiences. Part two of this course is concentrated on introducing students to contemporary issues and debates in media and society. Topics will include mass communication theory, advertising, marketing, commercialism, news media, media effects and control, feedback, and audience analysis. The course will also include an examination of the processes by which gender is constructed in the mass communication media. Students will be able to utilize the knowledge they learn in this segment of the class to better their understanding of journalism. A positive attitude and effective research and writing skills are essential to be successful in this course. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 1 year Grade 10 English

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LANGUAGE A: ARABIC
All Arab passport holders must schedule Arabic for each year of high school. In order for Full Diploma students to fulfill the ministry requirements, they must select either DP Arabic A: Language and Literature SL/HL or DP Arabic Language B SL.

DP1 & DP2 Language A Arabic: Language & Literature (SL & HL)
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Arabic Grades 11 & 12


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GROUP 2: LANGUAGE ACQUISITION LANGUAGE B


Language B is the study of a new language in order to promote cultural understanding through language. The general objective of this course is the acquisition of language and proficiency in the four language skills: oral comprehension and expression, reading comprehension and written expression. Language B classes are available for students with no background or limited experience with various aspects of the target language. For instance, French ab initio is taught at an introductory level for students with little to no prior experience in the language being taught. For students with prior experience in their language B subject, they are expected to register for French B at the Standard or Higher level or Arabic B at the standard Level. Higher Level students are required to read 2 literary texts during the two year course and have longer IB World Exams than Standard Level students.

MYP 4 & 5 ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (AFL)


Phase 1(emergent communicator) Description: Phase 1 provides students with an introduction to the Arabic Language enabling them to deal with simple, basic daily life situations. At the end of this level, students should be able to understand and respond to simple phrases, statements and questions and convey basic information in a limited range of everyday situations, using oral and written language appropriate to a very limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Foundation 1-2 or None Placement test for new students, interview and student language profile

Phase 2 (emergent communicator) Description: Phase 2 is structured to develop the students comprehensive skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students at this level play a main role in learning. At the end of this level students should be able to understand and respond to simple spoken and written texts, and identify messages, facts, opinions, feelings and ideas in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to interact to share information in a limited range of familiar situations, using basic oral and written language appropriate to a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Successfully passed Phase 1 with a minimum MYP grade of 5

Phase 3 (capable communicator) Description: Phase 3 is an intermediate Arabic Language course enabling students to deal with familiar and unfamiliar daily life situations. Students understand and respond to a limited variety of spoken and written texts. By the end of this level students should be able to, understand and respond to a limited variety of spoken and written texts, understand specific information, main ideas and some details presented in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to engage in conversation and write structured texts to express their ideas, opinions and experiences in a range of familiar and unfamiliar situations, using oral and written language appropriate to a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Successfully passed Phase 2 with a minimum MYP grade of 5

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Phase 4 (capable communicator)

Description: Phase 4 is an intermediate Arabic Language course enabling students to deal with daily familiar and unfamiliar life situations. By the end of this level students should be able to, interpret specific information, main ideas and some details presented in complex oral, visual and written language. They should be able to draw conclusions and recognize implied opinions and attitudes in texts read and viewed. They should be able to engage in conversation and write structured texts to share informative and organized ideas, justified opinions and experiences on topics and concepts explored in class. They should be able to identify aspects of format and style, and speak and write with a clear sense of the audience and purpose. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Successfully passed Phase 4 with a minimum MYP grade of 5

Phase 5 (Proficient communicator)

Description: Phase 5 is an Advanced Arabic Language course enabling students on speaking and writing for social and some academic purposes situations. By the end of this level, students should be able to analyze specific information, opinions and attitudes presented in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to draw conclusions, deduce information and recognize implied opinions and attitudes. They should be able to respond and react to questions and ideas in a range of spoken, visual and written texts. They should be able to actively engage in conversations in social and some academic situations to contribute substantial information containing relevant and focused ideas supported by examples and illustrations. They should be able to write clear and effective structured texts to share informative and organized ideas, justified opinions and experiences on topics of personal interests and global significance, they interpret aspects of format and style, and adapt register and style of language to suit the context. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Successfully passed Phase 4 with a minimum MYP grade of 5

Phase 6 (Proficient communicator)

Description: Phase 6 is an Advanced Arabic Language course enabling students to communicate in speaking and writing for a variety of social and academic purposes. By the end of this level, students should be able to analyze specific information, opinions and attitudes presented in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to draw conclusions, deduce information and recognize implied opinions and attitudes. They should be able to respond and react to questions and ideas in a range of spoken, visual and written texts. They should be able to actively engage in conversations in social and some academic situations to contribute substantial information containing relevant and focused ideas supported by examples and illustrations. They should be able to write clear and effective structured texts to share informative and organized ideas, justified opinions and experiences on topics of personal interests and global significance; they interpret aspects of format and style, and adapt register and style of language to suit the context. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Successfully passed Phase 5 with a minimum MYP grade of 5

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DP1 & DP2 Arabic Language B SL

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DP1 & DP2 Arabic Language B SL


This course is a language acquisition class for students with some background in the Arabic Language. Students in this class will learn the language and explore the cultures connected to it. This class is offered at the Higher level only. Description: In this advanced course special emphasis is placed on perfecting the students comprehensive skills in reading, writing and speaking and the study of literature. It also prepares the student to use the language appropriately in a range of situations and contexts and for a variety of purposes. Students will learn to communicate accurately in speech and in writing, develop their ability to understand and respond to the language demands of in social and cultural contacts and strengthen their competence in the language and idiomatic forms. This course is not open to Arabic first language speakers. If Arabic is your first language you must register for Arabic Language A. Credit: 1 per year Length of Course: 2 years Prerequisite: Teachers recommendation. Students may be required to sit for a placement test.

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FRENCH MYP 4 & 5


Phase 1(emergent communicator)
Description: Phase 1 provides students with an introduction to the French Language enabling them to deal with simple, basic, daily life situations. At the end of this level, students should be able to understand and respond to simple phrases, statements and questions and convey basic information in a limited range of everyday situations, using oral and written language appropriate to a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts. Credit: 1 per year Length of Course: 1 year Prerequisite: Foundation 1/2 or None. Placement test for new students, interview and student language profile

Phase 2 (emergent communicator)


Description: Phase 2 is structured to develop the students comprehensive skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students at this level play a main role in learning. At the end of this level students should be able to understand and respond to simple spoken and written texts, and identify messages, facts, opinions, feelings and ideas in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to interact to share information in a limited range of familiar situations, using basic oral and written language appropriate to a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Successfully passed Phase 1 with a minimum MYP grade of 5

Phase 3 (capable communicator)


Description: Phase 3 is an intermediate French Language course enabling students to deal with familiar and unfamiliar daily life situations. Students understand and respond to a limited variety of spoken and written texts. By the end of this level students should be able to, understand and respond to a limited variety of spoken and written texts, understand specific information, main ideas and some details presented in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to engage in conversation and write structured texts to express their ideas, opinions and experiences in a range of familiar and unfamiliar situations, using oral and written language appropriate to a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Successfully passed Phase 2 with a minimum MYP grade of 5

Phase 4 (capable communicator)


Description: Phase 4 is an intermediate French Language course enabling students to deal with daily familiar and unfamiliar life situations. By the end of this level students should be able to, interpret specific information, main ideas and some details presented in complex oral, visual and written language. They should be able to draw conclusions and recognize implied opinions and attitudes in texts read and viewed. They should be able to engage in conversation and write structured texts to share informative and organized ideas, justified opinions and experiences on topics and concepts explored in class. They should be able to identify aspects of format and style, and speak and write with a clear sense of the audience and purpose. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Successfully passed Phase 3 with a minimum MYP grade of 5

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Phase 5 (Proficient communicator)


Description: Phase 5 is an Advanced French Language course enabling students on speaking and writing for social and some academic purposes situations. By the end of this level, students should be able to analyze specific information, opinions and attitudes presented in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to draw conclusions, deduce information and recognize implied opinions and attitudes. They should be able to respond and react to questions and ideas in a range of spoken, visual and written texts. They should be able to actively engage in conversations in social and some academic situations to contribute substantial information containing relevant and focused ideas supported by examples and illustrations. They should be able to write clear and effective structured texts to share informative and organized ideas, justified opinions and experiences on topics of personal interests and global significance; they interpret aspects of format and style, and adapt register and style of language to suit the context. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Successfully passed Phase 4 with a minimum MYP grade of 5

Phase 6 (Proficient communicator)


Description: Phase 6 is an Advanced French Language course enabling students to communicate in speaking and writing for a variety of social and academic purposes. By the end of this level, students should be able to analyze specific information, opinions and attitudes presented in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to draw conclusions, deduce information and recognize implied opinions and attitudes. They should be able to respond and react to questions and ideas in a range of spoken, visual and written texts. They should be able to actively engage in conversations in social and some academic situations to contribute substantial information containing relevant and focused ideas supported by examples and illustrations. They should be able to write clear and effective structured texts to share informative and organized ideas, justified opinions and experiences on topics of personal interests and global significance; they interpret aspects of format and style, and adapt register and style of language to suit the context. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 per year 1 year Successfully passed Phase 5 with a minimum MYP grade of 5

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INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH
(Open to students in Grades 11 and 12)

This course is a French language acquisition class for non-DP students with no or little experience in French. It follows the DP1 French ab initio curriculum and is designed for those students NOT seeking an IB Diploma or IB Certificate in French ab initio. In this course students are introduced to the French and the francophone culture as well as a variety of work units, and media presentations which develop communicative competence such as dialogues, conversations, oral presentations, written exercises and compositions. The objectives of this course are to emphasize proficiency in the four different language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing within the context of the French and the francophone culture. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 year Prerequisite: Open only to students who have had little or no French instruction.

DP1 & DP2 FRENCH ab initio SL


Description: This course is a two year program designed for DP students who have had limited or no French instruction. Students having had extensive French instruction in the MYP or elsewhere must take French B SL or HL. The goal of this intensive course is to teach students to communicate within an authentic cultural context according to the syllabus prescribed by the IB. Through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills, students acquire the ability to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations In this course students are introduced to the French and the francophone culture as well as a variety of work units, and media presentations which develop communicative competence such as dialogues, conversations, oral presentations, written exercises and compositions. The second year of the program is intended to teach students to communicate in French and to learn about the French and the francophone culture, with a special attention to the themes prescribed by the IB syllabus. The objectives of this course are to emphasize proficiency in the four different language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing within the context of the French and the francophone culture. Credit: 1 per year Length of Course: 2 year course Prerequisite: This course designed for DP students who have had limited or no French instruction. Students having had extensive French instruction in the MYP must take French B SL or HL.

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DP1 & DP2 FRENCH B


This course is a language acquisition class for students with some background in French. Students will learn the language and explore the cultures connected to it. This class is offered at both Standard and Higher level which are differentiated by the depth of oral and written communication students will be required to engage in, more challenging studies in literature at the HL level and the level of difficulty and the demands of assessment.

DP1 & DP2 FRENCH B SL


Description: The range of purposes and situations for which and in which the language is used in language B SL extends well beyond those at the ab initio level. In this advanced course special emphasis is placed on perfecting the students comprehensive skills in reading, writing and speaking. It also prepares the student to use the language appropriately in a range of situations and contexts and for a variety of purposes. Students will learn to communicate accurately in speech and in writing, develop their ability to understand and respond to the language demands of in social and cultural contacts and strengthen their competence in the language and idiomatic forms. Credit: 1 per year Length of Course: 2 years Prerequisite: 3 years of academic French or permission of the Head of Department. Students may be required to sit for a placement test.

DP1 & DP2 FRENCH B HL


Description: The range of purposes and situations for which and in which the language is used in language B HL courses extends well beyond those in SL. In this advanced course special emphasis is placed on perfecting the students comprehensive skills in reading, writing and speaking. It also prepares the student to use the language appropriately in a range of situations and contexts. Students will learn how to use the language for a variety of purposes and produce clear text with appropriate style, rhetorical devices and structural elements. This will be achieved through a wide range of learning activities and two works of literature Credit: 1 per year Length of Course: 2 years Prerequisite: 4 years of academic French or permission of the Head of Department. Students may have to sit for a placement test.

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GROUP 3: INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES


HUMANITIES
HUMANITIES 9 (MYP 4) World History, Geography, Economics and Political Systems from the Scientific Revolution to World War I
Description: Humanities in the MYP is designed to encourage the development of students by using an integrated approach to the study of history, geography and economics. Humanities 9 is the first year of a two-year study of World History, Geography and Economics; making connections to relevant issues within society. Emphasis is placed on the study of primary and secondary sources and the development of skills such as investigation and critical thinking towards a topic. Students will be able to study historic, social and economic developments in the context of geographical implications. This will help students to recognize that, while natural forces shape the earth, humans are important agents of change and can shape their environments as well as be shaped by them, and that the actions taken by one society can affect others throughout the world. MYP Humanities also encourages students to develop an inquiring mind, the skills necessary for the effective study of humanities. Students will develop an international outlook, along with a sense of responsibility toward community and environment, and to feel a sense of belonging to a global village. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 year Prerequisite: Humanities 8 (MYP 3)

HUMANITIES 10 (MYP 5) World History, Geography, Economics and Political Systems from the start of World War I to the present day
Description: This is the second of a two-year, thematically organized study of World History, Geography, Governance and Economics where the primary focus is on continuity and change in the Industrial Age. Students continue to refine and expand critical thinking skills, practice decision-making and problem solving, formulate questions to guide research, and further develop a sense of open-mindedness and internationalism. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 year Prerequisite: Humanities 9 (MYP 4)

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AIS HISTORY REQUIREMENT


Note: Students entering Grade 11 who are not taking the Full Diploma are required to take DP History SL or HL or Twentieth Century World History. All courses follow the DP History curriculum.

Twentieth Century World History 11/12


Description: This course is similar in content to the DP1 History SL course. Students will be taught a variety of 20th Century topics including: Peacemaking and International Relations: 1918-36, the rise and rule of single party states (i.e. Germany and Cuba). They will also learn about the Cold War. In addition, all students enrolled in this course will be required to complete tests that shadow those of the DP classes (with some alterations). Assignments (including the Historical Investigation) will be identical to the DP course, and assessed according to the same criteria as students in DP History SL. The main difference is that students in this course will not submit their work to the IBO for external assessment and will therefore not receive an IB credential for completion of the course. This course is open to both Grade 11 and 12 students and can be used to satisfy AIS Humanities core requirements. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 year Prerequisites: Humanities 9 & 10 (MYP4 and MYP5)

DP1 & DP 2 HISTORY SL Twentieth Century World History


Description: This course will offer students an opportunity to study selected topics in 20th Century World History with an international dimension. The course begins with a brief examination of history and historical method, then moves on to a study of the selected topics. The selected topics for this particular course are the following: (1) peacemaking, peacekeeping: international relations, 1918-1936 (2) the rise and rule of single-party states pertaining to various twentieth century dictatorial regimes (3) the Cold War a time of tremendous international tension between the capitalist and communist world. Students will have extensive reading assignments and acquire the skills to critically evaluate, interpret, and use source material as historical evidence. DP1 History SL together with DP2 History SL prepares students to take the Standard Level DP History world exams. Taking DP1 History SL also fulfills AIS Humanities core requirements. Credit: 1 each year Length of Course: 2 years Prerequisites: Humanities 9 & 10 (MYP 4 & MYP 5)

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DP1 HISTORY HL Twentieth Century World History


Description: This course will offer students an opportunity to study selected topics in 20th Century World History with an international dimension. The course begins with a brief examination of history and historical method, then moves on to a study of selected topics. The selected topics for this particular course are the following: (1) peacemaking, peacekeeping: international relations, 1918-1936; (2) the rise and rule of single-party states pertaining to various twentieth century dictatorial regimes (3) the Cold War a time of tremendous international tension between the capitalist and communist world. Students will have extensive reading assignments and acquire the skills to critically evaluate, interpret, and use source material as historical evidence. DP1 History HL together with DP2 History HL prepares students to take the Higher Level DP History world exams. Taking DP1 History HL also fulfills AIS Humanities core requirements. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 year. Prerequisites: Humanities 9 & 10 (MYP 4 & MYP 5)

DP2 HISTORY HL: Aspects of the History of the Americas


Description: This course will offer students an opportunity to study aspects of the History of the Americas. Within this region students will engage in an intensive study of three time periods. While completing the course, students will read widely and acquire the skills to evaluate, interpret, and use source material critically as historical evidence. Upon completion of DP1 and DP2 History HL, students will be prepared to take the Higher Level DP History world exams. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 year Prerequisite: DP1 History HL (or Twentieth Century History.

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DP1 ECONOMICS SL
Description: DP Economics SL is a two year course designed to expose students to the inner workings of local, national and global economies. All economies must answer three questions: What to produce? How to produce it? And who gets it? Students learn the same economic concepts and anlytical tools used by governments, businesses and economists to answer these three basic questions. While economics involves the formulation of theory, it is a social science and therefore must be applied to real-world examples, from the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange to the local supermarket. Students will also discover that economics is linked to history, geography, psychology, sociology, political studies and other related fields of study. The course also has an international dimension, since the rise of global corporations is a reflection of how integrated the world economy has become. There are three required Internal Assessment commentaries of 750 words each. This provides students the flexibility to apply economic theories and concepts in areas in which they are most interested. Students taking this course will be required to complete the Internal Assessment as well as sit and pay for the Standard Level Economics World Exams at the end of their Grade 12 year. Credit: 2 Length of Course: 2 years Prerequisites: Humanities 9 & 10 (MYP4 and MYP5)

DP1 & DP2 ECONOMICS HL


Description: DP1 Economics HL is the first year of a two-year course designed to expose students to the inner workings of local, national and global economies. All economies must answer three questions: What to produce? How to produce it? And who gets it? Students learn the same economic concepts and anlytical tools used by governments, businesses and economists to answer these three basic questions. While economics involves the formulation of theory, it is a social science and therefore must be applied to real-world examples, from the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange to the local supermarket. Students will also discover that economics is linked to history, geography, psychology, sociology, political studies and other related fields of study. The course also has an international dimension, since the rise of global corporations is a reflection of how integrated the world economy has become. DP1 HL Economics also has a math component that teaches students how to apply linear and other equations to economic analysis. There are three required Internal Assessment commentaries of 750 words each. This provides students the flexibility to apply economic theories and concepts in areas in which they are most interested. DP1 Economics HL together with DP2 Economics HL prepares students to take the Higher Level DP Economics world exams. Credit: 1 each year Length of Course: 2 years Prerequisites: Humanities 9 & 10 (MYP4 & MYP5)

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DP1 & DP2 BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT SL


Description: This course is a two year course in DP Business Management. Modern societies want citizens who not only are trained in business and management, but who also understand the cultural and political issues involved in trading with global economy. This course is created specifically to meet this demand. It is a dynamic, problem-solving course designed to provide a broad introduction to the basic principles and practices of businesses and other organizations, both profit and nonprofit in nature. Fundamental principles and skills are studied in local, national and international context, thus affording the opportunity to reflect the differences in perspectives and cultures. While the underlying framework of the program has a wide application, the content is largely of a practical nature. The course examines how business decisions are made, and explores the ethical concerns and issues of social responsibility in global community. In particular, focus is placed on following areas: Business Organization and Environment, Human Resources, Accounts and Finance, and Operations Management. Students taking this course will be required to complete the Internal Assessment as well as sit and pay for the Standard Level Economics World Exams at the end of their Grade 12 year. Credit: 1 each year Length of Course: 2 years Prerequisites: Humanities 9 & 10 (MYP 4 & MYP 5)

DP1 & DP2 BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT HL


Description: This is year one of a two year course in DP Business and Management. Modern societies want citizens who not only are trained in business and management, but who also understand the cultural and political issues involved in trading with global economy. This course is created specifically to meet this demand. It is a dynamic, problem-solving course designed to provide a broad introduction to the basic principles and practices of businesses and other organizations, both profit and nonprofit in nature. Fundamental principles and skills are studied in local, national and international context, thus affording the opportunity to reflect the differences in perspectives and cultures. While the underlying framework of the program has a wide application, the content is of a practical nature. The course examines how business decisions are made, and explores the ethical concerns and issues of social responsibility in global community. In particular, focus is placed on following areas: Business Organization and Environment, Human Resources, Accounts and Finance, and Operations Management. DP1 HL Business and Management together with DP2 HL Business and Management prepares students to take the Higher Level DP Business and Management world exams. Credit: 1 each year Length of Course: 2 years Prerequisites: Humanities 9 and 10 (MYP 4 and 5)

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UNDERSTANDING KNOWLEDGE
Description: This one year course offers students the opportunity to critically evaluate knowledge claims. Throughout the year, they step back and reflect on the basis of assummed knowledge. This is a four step truth finding process of identification, evaluation, analysis, and synthesis. The students will analysize case studies from the social sciences and then will deconstruct the process in which the knowledge is accepted as truth. Knowledge is open to both Grade 11 and 12 students and is a requirement for graduation. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 year Prerequisite: Humanities 9 and 10 (MYP 4 and 5)

PSYCHOLOGY 11/12
Description: This is a general survey of the important concepts in psychology with traditional theories and modern developments. It introduces such topics as the history of psychology, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, memory, problem solving, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, motivation, emotions, personality, research procedures, intelligence, and abnormal behavior. This course will address these issues so that students can develop a greater understanding of themselves and others. This course is open to both Grade 11 and 12 students and can be used to satisfy an AIS Humanities elective. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 year Prerequisites: Humanities 9 and 10 (MYP 4 and 5)

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GROUP 4: SCIENCE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT FLOWCHART


Science 9: Chem/Phys MYP Year 4

Science 10: Biology MYP Year 5

DP 1 Chemistry HL

DP 1 Chemistry SL

DP 1 Biology HL

Chemistry

DP 1 Physics HL

DP 1 Biology SL

DP 1 Physics SL

Physics

DP 2 Chemistry HL

DP 2 Chemistry SL

DP 2 Biology SL

Physics

DP 2 Biology HL

DP 2 Physics HL

DP 2 Physics SL

Chemistry

*Note: Chemistry and Physics may be taken by any grade 11 or grade 12 student.

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Program Overview
The Science Department at the American International School Kuwait appreciates that there are both knowledge and practice aspects of science. Consequently, our curriculum is designed to assist students in acquiring the knowledge and concepts that reflect our current understanding of the world as well as the skills and attitudes that are used to establish, extend and refine that knowledge. Science is a broad domain and this is reflected by the variety of courses we offer to suit student needs and interests. While the topics of study and specific practices among these courses may differ, there is an emphasis in all courses on inquiry and problem-solving. It is the emphasis on the practical approach through experimental work that distinguishes science from other academic disciplines. The philosophy, aims and objectives of the International Baccalaureate (IB) guide our science curriculum. Students transitioning from the middle school to the high school will continue the International Baccalaureates Middle Years Programme and follow this program through its completion in grade 10. Grade 11 and 12 courses are based on the IB Diploma Programme, which fulfills the entrance requirements for universities worldwide. Full Diploma and Diploma Courses candidates must take two years of a particular science discipline to fulfill the requirements outlined within the program.

What should you consider when selecting and planning your science courses?
Science 9, Science 10, and ONE other senior science course are required for the AISK High School Diploma. Grade 11 and 12 students who wish to take a one year course in any of the science disciplines would normally register in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Systems and Societies. These courses are designed to provide a complete senior level science course that is sufficient to meet most college and university entrance requirements. Advanced courses can only be taken in the students senior year after completing the required pre-requisite course(s). ALL courses have significant laboratory components.

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SCIENCE 9 Physical Science (MYP 4)


Description: Most systems or processes depend at some level on physical and chemical sub processes that occur within it. As such, the physical sciencesphysics and chemistryunderlie all natural and human-created phenomena. This course emphasizes an understanding of crosscutting concepts and themes including models and the mechanisms of cause and effect in systems and processes. During the year, we will engage in inquiry-based activities and develop skills to think critically and creatively when solving problems and making decisions about aspects affecting themselves, others and their social and natural environments. In the chemistry part of the course, students will study the quantitative aspects of chemical reactions, including energy changes and conservation of energy and matter. We will also examine energy from a physics perspective, investigating different forms and their transformations. During the physics section of class we will also scientifically analyze motion in our lives. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisite: 1 9 Grade 8 Science

SCIENCE 10 Biology (MYP 5)


Description: Biology focuses on the patterns, processes, and relationships of living organisms. Understanding biological concepts is beneficial because rapid advances in this field are currently helping to provide solutions to societal problems related to food, energy, health, and the environment. This course will explore how life works on scales ranging from single molecules through the entire biosphere and will focus on gaining a conceptual understanding of the core ideas in the life sciences. In addition to developing a personal, social and global awareness of biology, we will also work to understand and apply the skills and processes of science through observations, conducting experiments, and testing hypotheses. Some of the questions we will explore during the year include: How do organisms live, grow, respond to the environment, and reproduce? How can there be so many similarities among organisms yet so many different kinds of organisms? How are characteristics of one generation related to the previous generation? What happens to organisms when the environment changes? How does genetic variation among organisms affect survival and reproduction? and How does biodiversity affect humans? Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 10 Science 9, Math 9 Core or Extended (recommended)

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PHYSICS
Description: Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Some of the questions we will try to answer during this course include How can we explain and predict interactions between objects and within systems of objects? How can we predict an objects continued motion, changes in motion, or stability? What underlying forces explain the variety of interactions we observe? Why are some physical systems more stable than others? What is energy and how is energy transferred and conserved? How are forces related to energy? What are waves and how can they be used to transfer energy and information? The process of answering these questions will involve laboratory investigations, model construction, computer simulations, discussions, and research projects. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 11/ 12 Math 10 Core

DP1 PHYSICS SL
Description: DP 1 Physics is the first year of a comprehensive 2-year curriculum and is designed to meet the needs of Grade 11 students who plan on writing the SL IB World Physics exam at the end of Grade 12. During this course, we will we will investigate the same questions listed in the Physics course description, but will seek to answer them in greater depth. We will also seek to answer additional questions within the field of physics, such as If energy is conserved, why do people say it is produced, used or even wasted? Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 11/ 12 (Grade 11 students will be able to obtain an IB certificate in Physics by completing Advanced Physics SL in Grade 12) Math 10 Core or Math 10 Extended (recommended)

DP1 PHYSICS HL
Description: Physics Higher Level is intended for those students in Grade 11 who plan on taking Advanced Physics Higher Level in Grade 12 and writing the IB World exam. While the skills and activities are common to students at both SL and HL, students at HL are required to study some topics in greater depth, to study additional topics and to study extension material of a more demanding nature in the common options. An example of an additional question that we will explore during this course is What forces hold nuclei together and mediate nuclear processes? Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 11 Math 10 Core or Math 10 Extended (recommended)

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CHEMISTRY
Description: In the Chemistry course, students explore what the world is made of and learn how and why materials change during chemical reactions. Some of the questions we will explore during this course are How can we explain the structure, properties, and interactions of matter?, How do particles combine to form the variety of matter that we observe in our everyday lives?, How do substances combine or change (react) to make new substances?, and How does one characterize and explain these reactions and make predictions about them? Topics of study include the atom, the chemical bond, trends on the periodic table, energy, and calculating chemical quantities. Students will build a higher understanding of matter, and use that understanding to explain the chemical substances and changes in the world around them. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 11/ 12 Math 10 Core

DP1 CHEMISTRY SL
Description: The Chemistry Standard Level course is a full DP course with a cumulative IB World Exam written at the end of Grade 12. Students explore what the world is made of and learn how and why materials change during chemical reactions. Topics of study include the atom, the chemical bond, trends on the periodic table, energy, rates of reaction, and calculating chemical quantities. Students will build a higher understanding of matter, and use that understanding to explain the chemical substances and changes in the world around them. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 11/ 12 (note: Grade 11 students will be able to obtain an IB certificate in Chemistry by completing Advanced Chemistry SL in Grade 12) Math 10 Core or Math 10 Extended (recommended)

DP1 CHEMISTRY HL
Description: Chemistry Higher Level is intended for those students in Grade 11 who plan on taking Advanced Chemistry Higher Level in Grade 12 and writing the IB World exam. While the skills and activities are common to students at both SL and HL, students at HL are required to study some topics in greater depth, to study additional topics and to study extension material of a more demanding nature in the common options. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 11 Math 10 Core or Math 10 Extended (recommended)

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DP1 BIOLOGY SL
Description: This course explores important concepts within biology and how scientists understand the living world. Biologists have accumulated huge amounts of information about living organisms, and it would be easy to confuse students by teaching large numbers of seemingly unrelated facts. In this course it is hoped that students will acquire a limited body of facts and, at the same time, develop a broad general understanding of the principles of the subject. Four core concepts that form the basis of this course are Structure and function, Universality versus diversity, Equilibrium within systems, and Evolution. Students will gain an understanding of the principles, theories, and concepts in biology through a variety of learning opportunities, but laboratory investigations will play a primary role. One of the first topics this course will investigate is cells, the basic unit of life all the way to tissues, organs and organ systems. The most important organ systems, all of which are composed of cells, will then be discussed and compared with those of different animal species. Then, plants and their systems will also be the focus followed by ecology, habitats, and the biosphere in general. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 11/ 12 (note: Grade 11 students will be able to obtain an IB certificate in Biology by completing Advanced Biology Standard Level in Grade 12) Math 10 Core

DP1 BIOLOGY HL
Description: This course is intended for those students in Grade 11 who plan on taking Higher Level Biology in Grade 12 and writing the IB World exam at the end of their grade 12 year. While the skills and activities are common to students at both SL and HL, students at HL are required to study some topics in greater depth, to study additional topics and to study extension material of a more demanding nature in the common options. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 11 Math 10 Core

ADVANCED Senior Level Courses


Any student with a strong interest in science would enjoy and benefit from the challenges that an advanced course provides, including exposure to some topics not found in typical high school science courses. Students will engage in experimental work that will refine their critical thinking and analysis skills, help them develop an appreciation of the essential hands-on nature of scientific work, promote an understanding of the benefits and limitations of scientific methodology, and an opportunity to both polish their laboratory skills and acquire some additional ones. Additionally, students will work collaboratively with other science students on an interdisciplinary project that mirrors the work of real scientists. These courses are available only to students in Grade 12 who have already completed one year of an introductory senior level course (DP 1 SL or DP 1 HL) and are offered either at the Standard Level or Higher Level. Students in the advanced senior level courses will prepare to write the IB exams in that subject in May of their graduating year and must complete in the Group 4 Project.

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DP2 PHYSICS SL
Description: This course continues where DP 1 HL left off, exploring topics such as thermal physics, gravity, orbital motion, and nuclear physics in addition to possible options in sight and wave phenomena, quantum and nuclear physics, digital technology, relativity and particle physics, communications or astrophysics. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 12 Physics/DP1 Physics Standard Level or DP1Physics Higher Level

DP2 PHYSICS HL
Description: This course will continue where DP 1 HL left off, exploring topics such as thermodynamics, electromagnetic induction, and nuclear physics in addition to possible options in astrophysics, communications, electromagnetic waves, relativity, medial physics or particle physics. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 12 DP1 Physics Higher Level

DP2 CHEMISTRY SL
Description: Students will study chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, oxidation and reduction, and organic chemistry. Additionally, two of the following optional units will be studied, applying the core material to more specific fields of: medicines, further organic chemistry, human biochemistry, environmental chemistry, food chemistry, or chemistry in industry and technology. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 12 Chemistry/DP1 Chemistry Standard Level or DP1 Chemistry Higher Level

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DP2 CHEMISTRY HL
Description: In this second full year of chemistry, students will study chemical equilibrium, acidbase chemistry, oxidation and reduction, and organic chemistry, as well as advanced material in other core topics. Additionally, two of the following optional units will be studied, applying the core material to more specific fields of: medicines, further organic chemistry, human biochemistry, environmental chemistry, food chemistry, or chemistry in industry and technology. Each topic in the course is studied with additional breadth and depth in comparison to the Standard Level course. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 12 DP1 Chemistry Higher Level

DP2 BIOLOGY SL
Description: This course will continue where DP 1 SL left off, exploring topics such as cells, energy, ecology, and evolution in addition to possible options in human nutrition and health, physiology of exercise, cells and energy, neurobiology and behavior or ecology and conservation. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 12 DP1 Biology Standard Level or DP1 Biology Higher Level

DP2 BIOLOGY HL
Description: This course will continue where DP 1 HL left off, exploring topics such as infectious diseases, human physiology, excretion, the nervous system, ecology and evolution in addition to possible options in neurobiology and behavior, microbes and biotechnology, ecology and conservation, or further human physiology. Credit: Grade Level: Prerequisites: 1 12 DP1 Biology Higher Level

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GROUP 5: MATHEMATICS MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT FLOWCHART

Math 9 Core

Math 9 Extended

Math 10 Core

Math 10 Extended

DP1 Math Studies SL / Math Studies 11

DP1 Math SL / Pre-Calculus

DP1 Math HL

DP2 Math Studies SL

DP2 Math SL

DP2 Math HL

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MATH 9 CORE (MYP 4)


Description: Math 9 Core is the fourth course in a five year integrated math program which incorporates the study of number, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, probability and statistics, and discrete math. The course includes the study of radicals, linear functions and equations, rational expressions, three-dimensional geometry, right triangle trigonometry, and probability. Teaching and assessment will emphasize knowledge and understanding of concepts, investigating patterns, communication in mathematics, and reflection in mathematics. Daily activities and projects require students to have their own scientific calculator. A graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus/Silver or TI-84 Plus/Silver or TI-Nspire) can also be used and will be required from grade 10 onwards. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year Successful completion of Math 8, or a solid understanding of basic algebra, geometry, and problem solving processes.

MATH 9 EXTENDED (MYP 4)


Description: This course will extend the depth and breadth of Math 9 Core. Topics to be studied include radicals, linear functions and equations, rational expressions, three-dimensional geometry, right triangle trigonometry, and probability. The topics will be studied at a deeper level than they are in Math 9 Core and the expectations of students will be greater. Teaching and assessment will emphasize knowledge and understanding of concepts, investigating patterns, communication in mathematics, and reflection in mathematics. Daily activities and projects require students to have their own scientific calculator. A graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus/Silver or TI-84 Plus/Silver or TINspire) can also be used and will be required from grade 10 onwards. Math 9 Extended is designed for students with competence and a strong background in mathematics. Students will choose to take this course because they have a genuine interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and problems, or because they need mathematics for further studies in this subject or related subjects such as physics, engineering or technology at the university level. Students planning on taking DP Math Higher Level are strongly encouraged to take this course. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year Exceptional performance in Math 8, which would be supported by a MYP grade of 6 or better.

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MATH 10 CORE (MYP 5)


Description: Math 10 is the last course in a five-year integrated math program which incorporates the study of number, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, probability and statistics, and discrete math. The course includes a study of irrational numbers, quadratic equations and functions, exponents and logarithms, circular trigonometry, sequences and series, systems of linear equations, and statistics. As the culminating course in the five year program the emphasis will be placed on synthesis and versatility in applications of skills and concepts. Teaching and assessment will emphasize knowledge and understanding of concepts, investigating patterns, communication in mathematics, and reflection in mathematics. Daily activities and projects require students to have their own graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus/Silver or TI-84 Plus/Silver or TI-Nspire). Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year Math 9 or a strong background in Algebra 1 and Geometry.

MATH 10 EXTENDED (MYP 5)


Description: This course will extend the depth and breadth of Math 10 Core. Topics to be studied include polynomial, exponential, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric equations and functions as well as sequence and series, irrational and complex numbers, statistics and systems of linear equations. The topics will be studied at a deeper level than they are in Math 10 Core and the expectations of students will be greater. Teaching and assessment will emphasize knowledge and understanding of concepts, investigating patterns, communication in mathematics and reflection in mathematics. Daily activities and projects require students to have their own graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus/Silver or TI-84 Plus/Silver or TI-Nspire). Math 10 Extended is designed for students with competence and a strong background in mathematics. Students will choose to take this course because they have a genuine interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and problems, or because they need mathematics for further studies in this subject or related subjects such as physics, engineering or technology at the university level. Students planning on taking DP Math Higher Level must take this course. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year Exceptional performance in Math 9 Core or Math 9 Extended, which would be supported by a MYP grade of 6 in Math 9 Core, a MYP grade of 5 or better in Math 9 Extended.

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DP1 MATH STUDIES SL / MATH STUDIES 11


Note: Students enrolled in Math Studies 11 are required to complete the same tests and assignments (including the internal assessment) and will be assessed according to the same criteria as students in DP1 Math Studies. Description: This is the first of two courses that are part of the two-year Math Studies program (Math Studies 11 is a one-year non-DP course) which is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies. Students likely to need mathematics for the pursuit of further qualifications are advised to consider either Math Standard Level or Math Higher Level. The Math Studies program concentrates on mathematics that can be applied to other curriculum subjects, to common general world occurrences and to topics that relate to home, work and leisure situations. The primary areas of study include linear, quadratic, and exponential equations and functions as well as algebra, trigonometry, 3D geometry, sets, sequences and series. Daily activities and projects require students to have their own graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus/Silver or TI-84 Plus/Silver or TI-Nspire). This course may be taken as a one year stand-alone course or it may be followed by DP2 Math Studies SL or Pre-Calculus. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 1 Year Math 10

DP2 MATH STUDIES SL


Description: This is the second course in a two year program which is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies. The Math Studies program concentrates on mathematics that can be applied to other curriculum subjects, to common general world occurrences and to topics that relate to home, work and leisure situations. The primary areas of study in this course include further studies in sets, statistics, logic, probability, and introductory differential calculus. Daily activities and projects require students to have their own graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus/Silver or TI-84 Plus/Silver or TI-Nspire). Credit: Length of Course: 1 1 year Prerequisites:

DP1 Math Studies SL / Math Studies 11

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DP1 MATH SL / PRE-CALCULUS


Note: Students enrolled in Pre-Calculus are required to complete the same tests and assignments (including the internal assessment) and will be assessed according to the same criteria as students in DP1 Math SL. Description: This is the first of two courses that are part of the two-year SL Math program (precalculus is a one-year non-DP course) which is designed to provide a background of mathematical thought and a reasonable level of technical ability for those students planning to pursue further studies in such fields as chemistry, economics, engineering, medicine, geography and business administration. The primary areas of study include linear, quadratic, exponential, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric equations and functions as well as sequences and series, and statistics. This course is a demanding course since it contains a variety of mathematical topics and requires good background knowledge. It includes an in depth study of abstract mathematical concepts and therefore requires students to possess strong study habits as well as a willingness to solve challenging problems. Daily activities and projects require students to have their own graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus/Silver or TI-84 Plus/Silver or TI-Nspire). This course may be taken as a one year stand-alone course or it may be followed by DP2 Math SL. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 1 year Strong performance in Math 10 Core, Math 10 Extended or Math Studies 11, which would be supported by a MYP grade of a strong 5 (87%) or better in Math 10 Core, a 5 or better in Math 10 Extended, a final Math Studies 11 grade of 85% or higher.

DP2 MATH SL
Description: This is the second course in a two year program which is designed to provide a background of mathematical thought and a reasonable level of technical ability for those students planning to pursue further studies in such fields as chemistry, economics, engineering, medicine, geography and business administration. The primary area of study is vectors, calculus and its applications, and further studies of trigonometry, functions and statistics. This course is a demanding course since it contains a variety of mathematical topics and requires good background knowledge. It includes an in depth study of abstract mathematical concepts and therefore requires students to possess strong study habits as well as a willingness to solve challenging problems. Daily activities and projects require students to have their own graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus/Silver or TI-84 Plus/Silver or TI-Nspire). Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year DP1 Math SL/ Pre-Calculus

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DP1 MATH HL
Description: This is the first course in a two year program which is designed for students with a strong background in mathematics who are competent in a wide range of analytical and technical skills. Students may choose to take this course because they are planning to include mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology, or because they have a genuine interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and problems. The primary areas of study include polynomial, exponential, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric equations and functions as well as sequence and series, vectors, probability and statistics, complex numbers and proof by mathematical induction. This course is very demanding because it includes an accelerated study of advanced mathematical topics. Students must possess strong study habits, a willingness to learn, and excellent math skills in order to meet the requirements of this program. Daily activities and projects require students to have their own graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus/Silver or TI-84 Plus/Silver or TI-Nspire). Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisite: 1 1 year Exceptional performance in Math 10 Extended, which would be supported by a MYP grade of a strong 5 (87%) or better.

DP2 MATH HL
Description: This is the second course in a two year program which is designed for students with a strong background in mathematics who are competent in a wide range of analytical and technical skills. Students may choose to take this course because they are planning to include mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology, or because they have a genuine interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and problems. The primary area of study is Calculus and its applications but the course also includes further studies of trigonometry, functions and statistics. An option topic, on differential equations, discrete mathematics, or probability and statistics, is also studied intensively. This course is very demanding because it includes an accelerated study of advanced mathematical topics. Students must possess strong study habits, a willingness to learn, and excellent math skills in order to meet the requirements of this program. Daily activities and projects require students to have their own graphing calculator (TI-83 Plus/Silver or TI-84 Plus/Silver or TI-Nspire). Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year DP1 Math HL

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GROUP 6: FINE ARTS


VISUAL ART COURSES
GRADE 9 ART I: VISUAL ART STUDIO COURSE (MYP 4)
Description: This course is designed as an introductory course for the beginning art student. The curriculum focuses heavily on the development of basic drawing skills to provide a strong
foundation for greater creative exploration in two dimensional and three dimensional media. The art history/criticism portion of the course will focus on learning to read the language of art and on developing personal art interpretations. Course study includes the exploration of major art movements and their significance, through practical application. This course serves as the prerequisite for advanced art courses and the arts credit required for graduation at AIS. Students will study elements of design and develop an understanding of design concepts. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook Developmental Workbook throughout the course, as a cumulative record of their creative process. Students will focus on drawing painting, sculpture, print making and digital media. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year Open only to Grade 9 students.

GRADE 10 ART II: VISUAL ART STUDIO COURSE (MYP 5)


Description: This intermediate course builds upon the elements of knowledge and skills acquired in Art I. Students are required to utilize existing understanding and explorations of drawing skills, 2D and 3D media and the elements of design, in order to expand and develop a more comprehensive understanding of visual art. The art history/criticism portion of the course will focus on learning to read the language of art and on developing personal art interpretations. Course study includes the exploration of major art movements and their significance, through practical application. Furthermore, students will examine the conceptual meaning of artworks created. Students are given the opportunity to explore and create art works based upon cultural significance. Students will explore and evaluate various media areas related to 2D art. Students will study the elements of design and develop an understanding of design concepts, to strengthen the conceptual meaning of their artworks. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook Development Workbook throughout the course, as a cumulative record of their creative process. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year Grade 9 Visual Art I, open only to Grade 10 students

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Grade 11/12 VISUAL ARTS


Visual Arts 11/12 is accessible to all students with or without a visual arts background. The class offers two tracks. Track 1: If you have taken MYP art 9 and 10, Visual Art Open offers you the opportunity to create a body of 12 artworks over the course of two years, in any medium and style. Students have approximately six weeks to complete each artwork. The artworks will be built around a theme of the students choice using an Investigative Workbook as a developmental tool. The instructor acts as a facilitator, guiding the student towards appropriate resources. Artworks and Investigative workbooks are graded with a multi-criteria rubric. Track 2: is for students with a limited art background or no art background. For these students, Visual Arts Open offers, in the first year, a more structured environment of step-by -step projects that explore drawing, painting, printmaking, and digital design. In the second year students will embark on the creation of their own body of 6 artworks in any medium or style, built around a theme of the students choice. Artworks and investigative workbooks are graded with a multicriteria rubric Final evaluation in both tracks is a culminating public exhibition created, built, publicized and hosted by the students. The class will take at least one domestic art field trip during the year, pending school and Ministry of Education approval. Students of appropriate maturity, academic accomplishment and ability can earn a spot on a possible international art field trip, pending school and Ministry approval. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 Year Text: Developmental Workbook Prerequisite: Track 1: MYP Art 1&2 Grade 9/10 Art Track 2: Portfolio Submission (5-10 artworks) [open only to students who have taken Fine Arts appreciation or a different Fine Arts course in both grades 9 and 10]

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DP 1 & DP2 VISUAL ARTS SL/HL


Description: The IB Diploma Visual Arts program focuses on students development of analytic creative problem solving skills, and further develops their technical media skills. Students enrolled in Diploma Visual Art develop a theme, which they investigate and create art that visually communicates messages about their theme. Students use creative processes to develop and solve visual communication problems related to their theme, Students are required to thoroughly record their creative processes and its development in Research Workbooks, Students are expected to work towards becoming skillful visual communicators and develop expertise in one or two artistic mediums during the course of creating a body of work comprised of a minimum of 12 pieces, Students are expected to already have a foundation in art history, Students are expected to have established technical abilities in one or two, mediums, and have an understanding of the elements and principles of design and how to use them to create dynamic artworks. Credit: 2 Length of Course: 2 years Prerequisites: A prerequisite of Art 10. Students having 1 year of Fine Art Appreciation will be considered individually on the basis of an art portfolio, and permission from the Head of Department. This is an elective option available at the diploma level, (Standard Level and Higher Level).

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VISUAL ARTS FLOWCHART


FA Appreciation 9 MYP FA 4

Art 9 MYP ART 4

Art 10 MYP ART 5

FA Appreciation 10 MYP FA 5

DP Art 1 ~ HL I

DP Art 1 ~ SL 1

Grade 11 / 12 Visual Arts

DP Art 2 ~ HL2

DP Art 2 ~ SL 2

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THEATRE ARTS COURSES


GRADE 9 THEATRE ARTS (MYP 4)
Description: All the worlds a stage! Students will be expected to develop performance skills through the study of the Elements of Theatre, Improvisation Techniques, Script Analysis and Play Production. Students must be prepared to work independently and conjunctly with others to develop their production & technical skills. Students will be engaged in research and study of theatre styles and genres that have influenced the development of theatre. Learn and demonstrate the skills for effective communication. interpret and illuminate play scripts and other theatrical texts analytically demonstrate an understanding of, and some skill in acting techniques maintain a Developmental Workbook Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year Open only to Grade 9 students.

GRADE 10 THEATER ARTS (MYP 5)


Description: This class is designed to lead strongly into the DP Theatre programme. The class will include improvisation techniques, play analysis, script writing, as well as small scale scene production. Students will research and study theatre styles and genres. The students will then put into practice the studied styles. Students must be prepared to work independently and with others to develop acting skills. Study and research the major developments and techniques in theatrical history Interpret and illuminate play scripts and other theatrical texts analytically Demonstrate an understanding of, and some skill in acting techniques Maintain a developmental workbook (journal) assuming responsibility for decisions made in the creation and presentation of drama. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year Grade 9 Theatre Open only to Grade 10 students.

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GRADE 11 THEATRE PRODUCTION


Description: Modern theatre demands creative thinkers. This course demands a serious study of Theatre using practical performance. Students must be prepared to work independently and conjunctly with others to develop their production and technical skills. The predominant focus of study is on performance and theatrical production. Interpret and illuminate play scripts and theatrical texts Understand the art of the stage and stage production Perform before an audience, and demonstrate an understanding of, and some skill in acting techniques Acquire technical skill to produce satisfactory work in at least one of the theatrical arts or crafts Become immersed in the processes of theatrical production Research imaginatively, selectively Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 Year Text: Various scripts and theatre texts Prerequisite: Grades 9 and 10 theatre arts and audition

GRADE 12 THEATRE PRODUCTION


Description: Senior theatre students will be involved in a culminating year that consists of producing and performing three one-act plays. Students will be involved in all aspects of theatre production and will be called upon the various roles of: light designer, set construction and designer, costume designer, properties manager, publicity and media manager, stage manager, director, and actor. Students will be required to memorize significant scripts and will be challenged to use proven blocking practices and advanced character techniques when staging their plays. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 Year Text: Various scripts and theatre texts Prerequisite: Grade 11 Theatre Production or grade 9 and 10 drama.

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DP1 & DP2 THEATRE ARTS HL/SL


Description: Modern theatre demands creative thinkers. This course demands a serious study of Theatre using practical performance. Students must be prepared to work independently and conjunctly with others to develop their production & technical skills. The predominant focus of study is on performance and theatrical production. Study and research the major developments and techniques in the theatrical history of more than one culture. Interpret and illuminate play scripts and other theatrical texts analytically and imaginatively. Understand the art of the stage and criticism in relation to it. Perform before an audience, and demonstrate an understanding of, and some skill in acting techniques. Acquire sufficient technical skill to produce satisfactory work in at least one of the theatrical arts or crafts. Understand the processes of a theatrical production. Research imaginatively, selectively and with persistence. Maintenance of a journal (Personal portfolio) Credit: Length of Course: Texts: Prerequisites: 2 2 years A variety of texts, and research materials. Theatre 9, Theatre 10.

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THEATRE ARTS PROGRAM FLOWCHART


Theatre Arts 9 MYP TA 4 FA Appreciation 9 MYP FA 4

Theatre Arts 10 MYP TA 5

FA Appreciation 10 MYP FA 5

DP Theatre I ~ SL 1

Theatre 11 Production

DP Theatre II ~ SL 2

Theatre 12 Production

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MUSIC COURSES
GRADE 9 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (MYP 4)
Description: This course is an intermediate music class for students in grade 9. Students may take the course if they have played a wind or percussion instrument for 1 year and can perform at a Grade 1 level. Musicianship skills will be developed through study of: the elements of music, performance, composition, historical & cultural musical connections. Theoretical course work will involve a development of the musical elements of Western music traditions. perform (solo, small and large ensemble groupings) before an audience, and demonstrate intermediate skills in musicianship; mandatory participation in department events develop technical skill to produce compositions in specific musical forms, and styles maintain a Developmental Workbook Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisites: 1 1 Year Standards of Excellence Series Repertoire Theory: Course work in Developmental Workbook Grade 8 Instrumental Music

GRADE 10 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (MYP 5)


Description: This course is an advanced music class for students in grade 10. Students may take the course if they have played a wind or percussion instrument for 2 or more years and can perform at a Grade 2 level. Musicianship skills will be developed through performance, composition, historical & cultural connections. Theoretical course work includes development of the musical elements of Western music traditions. Students will; perform (solo, small and large ensemble groupings) before an audience, and demonstrate intermediate skills in musicianship; mandatory participation in department events develop technical skills to produce compositions in varied musical forms, and styles demonstrate musical leadership through conducting ensembles & class groups Credit: Length of Course: Texts: Prerequisites: 1 1 Year Standards of Excellence Series Repertoire Grade 9 Instrumental Music

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GRADE 11/12 ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC


Description: This course is an advanced class for students in grades 11 or 12. Students may take the course if they have played a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument for 3 or more years and have started a level 3 method book. Students will: Perform in small and large ensembles for audiences at events of all kinds Compose and improvise music in varied musical forms, and styles Demonstrate leadership through participation in ensembles and small groups Develop an understanding of compositional, historical, and cultural connections through music Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 Year Text: Standards of Excellence Series, Repertoire Prerequisite: Grade 10 Instrumental Music or audition

GRADE 11/12 GUITAR/OUD CLASS


This class is designed to develop an understanding of beginning Guitar and Oud technique. This course allows students to: Play basic pieces including solos, duets, chord solos, and ensemble works and understand how they were composed. Play traditional folk songs and music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern/Contemporary periods Develop music reading skills to provide access to written music Study music theory to understand form and composition. By the end of the course, students will have been introduced to scales, intervals (melodic and harmonic) and chords. Learn about music history as it pertains to guitar and oud Students will need to practice outside of class time at least 20 minutes a day or more and own an acoustic guitar (nylon strings) for home practice. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 Year Text: Prerequisite: open only to students who have taken Fine Arts appreciation or a different Fine Arts course in both grades 9 and 10; Less than 1 month of experience on guitar or oud.

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GRADE 9 VOCAL MUSIC (MYP 4)


Description: This course emphasizes vocal performance at a beginning level that strikes a balance between facing musical challenges and learning musical skills. Student learning will include ensemble singing including unison, canons and partner songs, as well as participating in creative activities, perceptive listening, and reflection. Participants will be required to demonstrate a basic understanding of the elements of music, musical terminology and some simple compositional techniques. Research requirements will include historical, social and cultural study of music, musicians and their interconnections. Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisite: Expectations: 1 1 Year Developmental Workbook, Repertoire Open for grade 9 students only. Performance at scheduled concerts throughout the year.

GRADE 10 VOCAL MUSIC (MYP 5)


Description: This course emphasizes vocal performance at an intermediate level that strikes a balance between facing musical challenges and learning musical skills. Student learning will include ensemble singing with two and three part songs and solo performances. Students will participate in creative activities, perceptive listening, and reflection. Participants will be required to demonstrate a specific understanding of the elements of music, musical terminology and some simple compositional techniques. Research requirements will include historical, social and cultural study of music, musicians and their interconnections. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 Year Text: Developmental Workbook, Repertoire Prerequisite: Vocal Music 9, or Vocal assessment by the Head of Department.. Open for grade 10 students only. Expectations: Performance at scheduled concerts per year as well as school musical events.

GRADE 11/12 VOCAL MUSIC


Description: This course emphasizes choral performance at an advanced level that challenges students to apply their sight reading and harmonization skills. Student learning will include ensemble singing with two and three part songs and solo performances. All students will be engaged in preparing concert, assembly, elementary classroom, and solo performances. Students will participate in creative activities, perceptive listening, and reflection. Participants will develop and apply an understanding of the elements of music, musical terminology, and conducting patterns. Repertoire will be varied and include historical, social, and cultural music. Credit: 1 Length of Course: 1 Year Text: Developmental Workbook, Repertoire Prerequisite: Vocal Music 9 & 10; audition required.

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FINE ARTS APPRECIATION 9 (MYP 4)


To Run Concurrently with the Grade 9 French Program

Description: Student learning will be focused on an integration of the Arts (Music, Theatre and Visual Arts). Participants will be required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the elements of the Arts, related terminology, related creation techniques and movement. Research requirements will include historical, social and cultural studies and the interconnections between the Arts. Units of Study: Visual Art A critics look at art; Drama Pantomime and silent theatre; Music Theatre Turning a story into a musical; Music African drumming Credit: Length of Course: 1 Semester Texts: Music: Its Role and Importance in Our Lives Prerequisites: None Expectations: A desire to understand the arts in an eclectic format. Year 1 of a 2 year program.

FINE ARTS APPRECIATION 10 (MYP 5)


To Run Concurrently with the Grade 10 French Program

Description: A continuation for students from Fine Arts Appreciation 9. Student learning will be focused on an integration of the Arts (Music, Theatre and Visual Arts). Participants will be required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the elements of the Arts, related terminology, related creation techniques and movement. Research requirements will include historical, social and cultural studies and the interconnections between the Arts. Units of Study: Visual Art (Book Creation); Drama (Acting technique/Script & Film Analysis); Music (Independent Research) Credit: Length of Course: 1 Semester Prerequisites: Fine Arts Appreciation 9 Expectations: A desire to understand the arts in an eclectic format. This is year 2 of a two year program.

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MUSIC PROGRAM FLOWCHART


FA Appreciation 9 Grade 9 Instrumental MYP 4 Grade 9 Vocal MYP 4 Concurrent with PE & French MYP FA 4

FA Appreciation 10 Grade 10 Instrumental MYP 5 Grade 10 Vocal MYP 5 Concurrent with PE & French MYP FA 5

Instrumental Music 11 & 12

Grade 11 & 12 Guitar / Oud

Vocal Music 11 & 12

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TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
INFORMATION AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY 9 (MYP 4)
Description: Information and Computer Technology 4, a requirement for all grade 9 students, concentrates on the Design Cycle and on office-suite and graphics applications for creative solutions to reality-based IT challenges. Students complete formal training exercises, but the emphasis is on the design of original IT products and systems. Successful students will be able to apply their new computer skills across subject areas. Summative assessment can be based on any or all of unit activities, design projects and formal examinations. All students will take Information and Computer Technology 9; non Muslim students will additionally take Design Technology 9. Credit: Length of Course: credit 1 semester

INFORMATION AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY 10 (MYP 5)


Description: Information and Computer Technology 5, a requirement for all grade 10 students, concentrates on the Design Cycle and on office-suite and graphics applications for creative solutions to reality-based IT challenges. Students complete formal training exercises, but the emphasis is on the design of original IT products and systems. Successful students will be able to apply their new computer skills across subject areas. Summative assessment can be based on any or all of unit activities, design projects and formal examinations. All students will take Information and Computer Technology 10; non Muslim students will additionally take Design Technology 10. Credit: Length of Course: credit 1 semester

COMPUTER DESIGN TECHNOLOGY 9 (MYP 4)


Description: Design Technology is a requirement for non-Muslim students. It concentrates on the Design Cycle and on hands-on materials and systems approaches such as robotics for creative solutions to reality-based IT challenges. Students complete formal training exercises, but the emphasis is on the design of original IT products and systems. Successful students will be able to apply their new computer skills across subject areas. Summative assessment can be based on any or all of unit activities, design projects and formal examinations. Credit: Length of Course: credit 1 semester

COMPUTER DESIGN TECHNOLOGY 10 (MYP 5)


Description: Design Technology is a requirement for non-Muslim students. It concentrates on the Design Cycle and on hands-on materials and systems approaches such as robotics for creative solutions to reality-based IT challenges. Students complete formal training exercises, but the emphasis is on the design of original IT products and systems. Successful students will be able to apply their new computer skills across subject areas. Summative assessment can be based on any or all of unit activities, design projects and formal examinations. Credit: Length of Course: credit 1 semester

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, MARKETING, AND DESIGN


Description: Digital Photography, Marketing, and Design draws upon students previous knowledge in Art, Business, and Computer Technology in the creation and marketing of the schools yearbook. This course is very much a real-world experience for students who will have the opportunity to apply critical-thinking skills to the hands-on challenges of resources and deadlines. This is a rigorous course that involves considerable independent work and afterschool commitment. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year Instructor prior approval is required. Strong Computers, Art, and Business skills are advisable.

INTRODUCTION TO AUTOCAD
Description: Introduction to AutoCAD provides students with the opportunity to develop computerized drafting, design, and management abilities in a project-based setting. Students will complete a skills-based series of tutorials before using two- and three-dimensional drawing to address original design challenges that also include scheduling and materials requirements. This course is especially appropriate for students interested in pursuing careers in engineering or architecture. Credit: Length of Course: Prerequisites: 1 1 year Strong general background in Computers and Mathematics is advisable, as evidenced by above-average achievement in previous courses in those areas.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT


PHYSICAL EDUCATION 9 (MYP 4)
Description: In Physical Education 9, the curriculum focuses on four areas: Cooperation, Responsibility for Daily Life, Active Living and the Benefits of Health. Students are encouraged to build on the knowledge, skills and concepts gained through participation in Physical Education 8 (MYP3). The MYP Areas of Interaction are also an essential aspect of student learning in Phys. Ed and will be integrated throughout the program. Assessment in Physical Education focuses on four areas: Criterion A Use of Knowledge, Criterion B - Movement Composition, Criterion C Performance, Criterion D - Social Skills and Personal Engagement. Specifically, students will participate in a variety of sport and health-related units that emphasize and reinforce game strategies, rules and regulations, motor skills and techniques and tactics. Examples of these units include team games/activities, individual games/activities, international games/activities, movement activities, and sport and health related fitness. Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisites: 1 1 Year None PE 8 (MYP 3)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 10 (MYP 5)


Description: In Physical Education 10, the curriculum continues to focus on the four areas: Cooperation, Responsibility for Daily Life, Active Living and the Benefits of Health. As the final year of the MYP, students are responsible for demonstrating their accumulated knowledge and performance from the preceding years. Specifically, students will participate in a variety of sport and health-related units to assess their level of understanding and performance in team games/activities, individual games/activities, international games/activities, movement activities, and sport and health related fitness. Assessment in Physical Education focuses on four areas: Criterion A Use of Knowledge, Criterion B - Movement Composition, Criterion C Performance, Criterion D - Social Skills and Personal Engagement. Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisites: 1 1 Year None PE 9 (MYP 4)

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION/FINE ARTS 9 (MYP 4)


Description: This course is designed for students taking French 9. The Physical Education department offers a semester (half credit) option in which students will take a Fine Arts class in the opposing semester. This course is an abbreviated form of Physical Education 9 and may not include all units; team games/activities, individual games/activities, international games/activities, aesthetic activities, and sport and health related fitness. Students are assessed against four criteria: Criterion A Use of Knowledge, Criterion B - Movement Composition, Criterion C - Performance, Criterion D Social Skills and Personal Engagement. Credit: per course Length of Course: 1 Semester Text: None Prerequisites: PE 8 (MYP 3)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/FINE ARTS 10 (MYP 5)


Description: This course is designed for students taking French 10. The Physical Education department offers a semester (half credit) option in which students will take a Fine Arts class in the opposite semester. This course is an abbreviated form of Physical Education 10 and may not include all units; team games/activities, individual games/activities, international games/activities, aesthetic activities, and sport and health related fitness. Students are assessed against four criteria: Criterion A Use of Knowledge, Criterion B - Movement Composition, Criterion C - Performance, Criterion D Social Skills and Personal Engagement. Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisites: per course 1 Semester None PE 9 (MYP 4)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/RELIGION 11
Description: Students enrolled in Physical Education 11 will participate in a variety of sporting units and activities throughout the year. Individual and team sports will build upon concepts learned in the preceding MYP program. A variety of recreational activities will be introduced to promote lifelong health, fitness and physical activity. The improvement of fitness and understanding will be an expected outcome of this course. Students will also focus on developing leadership skills and building community within AIS. Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisites: per course 1 Semester None PE 10 (MYP 5)

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION/RELIGION 12
Description: Students enrolled in Physical Education 12 will participate in a variety of sporting units and activities throughout the year. Individual and team sports will build upon concepts learned in PE 11. In addition, a variety of recreational activities will be introduced to promote lifelong health and physical activity. The improvement of fitness and understanding will be an expected outcome of this course. Students will continue their focus on developing leadership skills and building community within AIS. Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisites: per course 1 Semester None PE 11

STRENGTH & FITNESS I


(Males Only)

Description: Looking to improve your fitness and health? The overall objective of this course is to create a lifelong enthusiasm towards personal health and fitness. This course will teach students the benefits of lifelong training applied through the methods and theories of training for strength and conditioning. Students will develop a personalized health program for their own needs and goals. They will learn the importance of training through various exercises of strength and conditioning. Students will also explore theory topics such as components of fitness, basic training principles, the FITT principle, proper nutrition, and basic anatomy. Students will learn, explore, develop and create exercises based on several training methods such as free weights, machines, exercise balls, yoga, Pilates, Plyometrics, interval training, kettle bells, mat work and other methods of interest. Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisites: 1 1 Year None PE 10 (MYP 5)

STRENGTH & FITNESS II


(Males Only)

Description: Looking to continue improving your fitness and health? This course will continue to build on Strength Training I with the intention of fostering your enthusiasm and enjoyment towards personal health and fitness. Students will continue to develop and apply a personalized health program for their own needs and goals. Students will also explore some more advanced theory through the application of the theories. Students will continue to explore a variety of training methods such as free weights, machines, exercise balls, yoga, Pilates, Plyometrics, interval training, kettle bells, mat work and other methods of interest. Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisites: 1 1 Year None Strength I or Fitness I with a grade of 85% or above, and instructor approval.

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STRENGTH & FITNESS I


(Females only)

Description: The mission of the Physical Education department at AIS is to encourage all students to discover the enjoyment of physical activity and pursue lifelong physical fitness. In this course a wide variety of exercises are offered to students which will help them find activities that they enjoy and can succeed in. Through activities such as interval, running, circuit, kickboxing, pilates, dance, yoga and resistance training, students will gain a better understanding of cardiovascular fitness, aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility. Students will also explore theory topics such as target heart rate zones, the components of fitness, basic training principles, the F.I.T.T. principle, the importance of a healthy diet, caloric intake and expenditure and basic weight management. The Fitness I course offers fun and memorable opportunities for students to develop key values and attitudes, as it promotes teamwork, leadership, self-respect and respect for others. It is a great place to step out of your comfort zone and build more confidence and a positive self-image alongside other females at AIS. Fitness I is an activity-based course for females in grades 11-12 who are interested in personal fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The theme for the class is challenge yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally, in a fun and positive environment! Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisites: 1 1 Year None PE 10 (MYP 5)

STRENGTH & FITNESS II


(Females only)

Description: The mission of the Physical Education department at AIS is to encourage all students to discover the enjoyment of physical activity and pursue lifelong physical fitness. Fitness II continues to offer exercises to students which will help them find activities that they enjoy and can succeed in. Students will engage in interval, circuit, kickboxing, Pilates, dance, yoga and resistance training to further their understanding of cardiovascular fitness, aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility. Students will continue to explore theory topics covered in Fitness I, but will focus more on training concepts and applied skills in this Fitness II course. The Fitness II course offers fun and memorable opportunities for students to further develop key values and attitudes, as it promotes teamwork, leadership, self-respect and respect for others. Fitness II allows students to reflect on their goals and achievements from Fitness and Strength I so they can continue to pursue their interests and accomplish new goals. Fitness II continues to be a great place to step out of your comfort zone, build more confidence, and maintain a positive selfimage alongside other females at AIS. Fitness II is an activity-based course for females in grades 12 who are interested in personal fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The theme for the class continues to focus on challenging yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally, in a fun and positive environment! Credit: Length of Course: Text: Prerequisites: 1 1 Year None Fitness I with a grade of 85% or above, and instructor approval.

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