ABA offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum from Kindergarten to grade 12. The school opened its doors in September 1987 and IB authorization was granted as follows:
IB authorization of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) – October 18, 1988
IB authorization of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) – March 4, 2002
IB authorization of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) – January 7, 2004
In 2004 ABA became the first IB World School in the Gulf region authorized to offer the IB Primary Years Programme , IB Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme. The programmes were evaluated successfully in 2017.
CIS and MSA Accreditation
ABA is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), most recently in 2017. However, ABA has been accredited for many years and with each revision of the CIS and MSA standards has reached levels approved by the agencies.
IB and CIS/MSA Reports
In the recent IB and CIS/MSA reports to the school we were commended on many things including:
- The thoroughness, transparency, and commitment to improvement
- The positive school culture and sense of community.
- The positive role of the school’s Guiding Statements – Mission, Vision, and Values – in decision-making and relationships among stakeholders.
- ABA’s explicit commitment to global-mindedness throughout all aspects of the school program…the use of ‘internationalism’ is not merely a cosmetic appliqué but a philosophy which is part of the fibre of our school.”
- The development of support for students with specific learning and language needs.
- The broad, engaging co-curricular opportunities supported by faculty.
- The Board’s actualization of the vision of a Master Plan including the development of a new campus and renovation of the current campus.
- The understanding of, and commitment to, an IB education by all
- School’s commitment to professional development.
- A conducive learning environment in PYP based on understanding and respect.
- In PYP, structured collaborative planning and reflection to be based on agreed expectations for student learning.
- MYP teachers for engaging students as inquirers and thinkers.
- In MYP, opportunities for students to be actively responsible for their own learning.
- A DP written curriculum that broadens student horizons.
- In DP, the utilisation of all manner of teaching and learning strategies and tools, and its on-going development of “Effective Learning Principles” .
- In DP, ABA students, supported by their teachers, parents, and the school community, are confident young people who enjoy learning and eagerly take up the challenge of becoming responsible for their own learning.
- In DP ABA students participate actively and spontaneously in class, and do not hesitate to ask and answer questions, which indicate that they reflect not only on content, but on the reasons and the manner of their learning.