Grades 1 to 5
The main purpose of the Elementary School is the broad and holistic intellectual and social development of the children aged from 5 to 10 years of age. The curriculum is designed based on American International Education standards, mainly CCSS in Math, English and NGSS & California State standards in Science, which may be complemented by additional Local or school standards that reflect the school needs, cultural requirements, school’s vision & values, demographic requirements and beliefs. The curriculum is based on clear education standards, progressive, well balanced, dynamic and strongly reflects the requirements of the local community and the students’ needs. Promotion from one Grade to the next Grade is based on the student’s achievement of specific skills, learning objective and knowledge in different subject areas which are described by subject standards, Performance Indicators and “I Cans” statements.
Basic Subject Requirements for Elementary school:
English, Arabic Language (MOE curriculum), Islamic Studies, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (in Arabic as per MOE curriculum for native Arabic speakers), Global Perspective (GP), ICT (Information Communication Technology) and activity-based subjects including Creative Arts and Physical Education.
KG classes have a class teacher-based program (plus specialist teachers) where major English medium–instructed subjects (Math, English and Science) are taught by one teacher and Arabic medium-instructed subjects (Arabic and Islamic Studies) are taught by an Arabic speaking teacher. NAS has a clear vision to provide class teachers for grades 1 to 4, we believe that such structure will strengthen cross-curricular integration, thematic teaching and will eventually help improving students’ achievements.
The pastoral program at NAS, led by Assistant Principals and supervisors, plays a major role in providing guidance and support for both students and parents.
Students from grade 3 are given the opportunity to nominate themselves and be elected as members of the school’s Student Council, or Elementary Class Monitors, when they can actively participate in the ongoing development of the school, and exercise their personal skills and leadership qualities.