Curriculum Overview and Graduation Requirements

High School Grades 9 - 12

ABA High School students have the opportunity to tailor a program of studies that suits their academic interests and needs. But along with this freedom comes the expectation that students will focus intensely on preparation for external examinations, university entrance, and the skill development needed for future careers.

The ABA faculty and staff recognizes the pressures that maturing high school students face and are committed to providing them with social and emotional assistance as well as academic support.

Every student is working towards the ABA Diploma, a high school graduation certificate recognized in the USA and by the universities of many other countries for which a minimum of 25 credits is required. The specific credit requirements for graduation are as follows:

Subject Areas Minimum Credits Required
English 4
Mathematics * 3 or 4
Individuals & Societies 3
Science  * 3 or 4
Language Acquisition

(in the same language)

2
Creative Arts** 1
Physical Education 1
Research Project *** 1
Electives 6
Total 25

 

*   Students must complete 4 credits in either Mathematics or Science. Students will  choose which subject they will complete the 4th credit in.

**  May be satisfied by enrolling in any Creative Arts course, e.g., Drama, Art, Design, Music or Theatre.

*** Students must successfully complete either the Personal Project or the Extended Essay to meet this graduation requirement.

Further details are available in the ABA Secondary School Handbook.

HS Programme in Grades 11-12

In Grades 11 and 12, most students continue to earn credit towards graduation and also pursue courses leading to an International Baccalaureate Diploma, which opens doors to a wide range of universities around the world.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a two-year programme offered to Grade 11 and 12 students who follow a set of six challenging courses in a range of curriculum areas. In addition to course work, IB Diploma students must fulfill certain other requirements such as Creative Active Service (CAS) hours, passing Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and completion of the Extended Essay. Detailed information on the IB Diploma and on IB Courses available in individual subjects can be obtained from the Grade 11-12 Course Options Handbook.

Students who choose not to pursue the IB Diploma may still opt for subject-specific IB Certificates and work towards the ABA HS Diploma.

Grade 11 and 12 Courses Options:

·        English Literature SL/HL

·        English Language and Literature SL/HL

·        Arabic Language and Literature SL/HL

·        Arabic B SL/HL

·        French B SL/HL

·        Spanish B SL/HL

·        Spanish Ab Initio SL

·        Some externally tutored language B courses SL/HL (additional costs)

·        History SL/HL

·        Geography SL/HL

·        Economics SL/HL

·        Business Management SL/HL

·        Environmental Systems SL

·        Biology SL/HL

·        Chemistry SL/HL

·        Physics SL/HL

·        Mathematical Studies SL

·        Mathematics SL

·        Mathematics HL

·        Theatre SL/HL

·        Visual Arts SL/HL

·        Computer Science SL/HL

·        Theory of Knowledge

·        Life Fitness

Preparing for Further Education

The University Counselor, School Counselor and IB Diploma Program Coordinator assist students in developing good study habits, applying to university, and in identifying career goals and opportunities. The school’s University Counselor specializes in counseling students on post-secondary study options in three world regions: Australia/New Zealand; UK/Europe; USA/Canada.

Creativity, Activity and Service

These 3 components form a compulsory element of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme and the ABA where students must spend a designated amount of their own time on Creative, Active and Service (CAS) activities.

"Creative" activities can range from organizing a fundraiser fashion show to producing the school yearbook. "Active" commitments may involve participation in sports and physical accomplishments such as climbing mountains. "Service" oriented activities may include peer tutoring, fundraising for worthwhile causes, forming a recycling 'Green Team', helping out at a center for children with special needs and arranging a local beach clean-up.

CAS encourages students to undertake new challenges; plan and initiate projects, work collaboratively with others, develop new skills, demonstrate perseverance and commitment and engage with issues of global importance whilst increasing student knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses.

Support for Applications to University

The University Counselor, School Counselor and IB Diploma Program Coordinator assist students in developing good study habits, applying to university, and in identifying career goals and opportunities. The school’s University Counselor specializes in counseling students on post-secondary study options in three world regions: Australia/New Zealand; UK/Europe; USA/Canada.

HS Programme in Grades 9-10: The IB MYP - Challenging Courses

In Grades 9 -10 ABA students follow the IB Middle Years programme curriculum, using rigorous content goals, MYP course structures and assessment criteria. ABA teachers delivers the approaches to teaching and learning (pedagogy, philosophy, assessment and continuity of the IB learner profile) provided by the MYP.

All students are required to sit end of year MYP exams and to complete the IB MYP Personal Project in grade 10. Many courses in Grades 9 and 10 cover the content that is on the IGCSE syllabi. Students who study these MYP courses have the option to sit the corresponding IGCSE external examinations at the end of Grade 10 if they choose.

Grade 9 and 10 Courses Options:

Students select eight courses distributed as follows:

  • 3 Required courses:
    • 1 English Language and Literature*
    • 1 Mathematics* (student level determined by placement testing)
    • 1 Physical Education
  • 4 Courses Required and Chosen from a Particular Subject Area
    • 1 Individuals & Societies Course:
      • Global Perspectives*
      • History*
      • Geography*
    • 1 Language Acquisition Course:
      • Spanish*
      • French*
      • Arabic*
      • or Arabic Language and Literature*
    • 1 Science Course:
      • Coordinated Sciences: Biology, Chemistry & Physics* **
      • Biology*
      • Chemistry*
      • Physics*
    • 1 Art or Design Course:
      • Art*
      • Design
      • Drama
      • Music
    • 1 Other Course Chosen from any of the 4 Course Options subjects above
      • Students choosing Coordinated Sciences above use this period for the second half of that course.

*Optional IGCSE exam available in this course

Community and Service

As ABA considers service to others to be an integral part of daily school life, all students are encouraged to participate in service activities both in and out of school. In Grades 6 - 10 the requirements are 20 hours during the school year for each student. Guidelines are as follows:

  • All students are expected to participate in at least two service projects per school year. The total amount of time allocated to each service project should be 10 hours.
  • At least one service project must be with the local Omani community or another organization other than the ABA.

Wherever possible, student should show commitment to one project rather than divide the hours between various projects.