Departments & Courses
The English Language Arts program provides a comprehensive program of studies in English language, writing, reading, and literature consistent with the Common Core standards of learning. The elementary program supports developing reading, writing, and oral language skills. The middle school program builds on students’ comprehension skills and supports students as they become critical readers and writers. The high school program continues to develop students’ writing and analysis skills and provides a survey of the American, British and World Literature.
The Mathematics Department supports a comprehensive program that enables all students to be college and career ready at the completion of high school. In order to prepare students for successful citizenship in the 21t century, IAI teachers of mathematics will create an environment which fosters in students critical thinking skills, a disposition for problem solving, mathematical communication and productive discourse skills, and fosters in teachers development as reflective practitioners and a commitment to continued growth. The mathematics program provides manipulates to assist all students in understanding high level mathematics concepts through critical thinking and mathematical reasoning. The mathematics program provides benchmark assessments to ensure that instruction and curriculum are aligned and to provide teachers a tool to identify student strengths and weaknesses.
The International Academy of Iraq’s science programs are designed to actively engage students in the process of science and use reasoning processes that build scientific thinking. These programs teach students to know, use, and interpret scientific explanations of the natural world; to generate and evaluate scientific evidence and explanations; to understand the nature and development off scientific knowledge; and to participate productively in scientific practices and discourse.
This program focuses on developing and implementing a rigorous world language instructional programs and providing equitable access to rigorous coursework in world languages. The Word Language program is designed to prepare school system graduates to thrive in a dynamic world through cultural understanding and becoming proficient in the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the target languages they study.
French 1 aims to introduce students to French and its culture. The course stresses language acquisition through the development of communicative skills, with heavy emphasis placed on interpersonal speaking. Speaking, listening, reading, and writing are all addressed in this course. Grammar is introduced as needed to help students understand the structure of the language. By the end of this course, students should be able to carry on basic conversations, follow more complex conversations, read simple texts, and write short compositions about themselves and aspects of their life. The main topics of study are school, family and friends, free time activities, food, clothing, as well as basic phrases to facilitate communication in the target language in class.
French II continues to develop students’ language to the intermediate low proficiency level while further exposing students to French and its culture. The course stresses language acquisition through the development of communicative skills, with heavy emphasis placed on interpersonal speaking and expanded experiences in listening, reading, and writing. At the intermediate low proficiency level, students are able to use practiced vocabulary from a wide range of familiar themes and topics, show consistent control of present time frame and practiced structures, and begin to use past and future time frames. By the end of this course, students should be able to ask a variety of questions to continue conversations and extend their own responses with a range of details or description. Cultural comparisons and traditions are explored throughout the year. The main topics of study are everyday life, taking care of myself, celebrations, at the mall, city and rural life, vacation and travel.
This course serves the needs of students across the Novice Low to Novice Mid Arabic Language proficiency range. By the end of this course students will be able to communicate and present information about themselves and other familiar topics using single words and phrases that they have practiced and memorized. This includes exchanging greetings, giving identity, answering simple questions and naming familiar objects from the immediate environment. Additionally, learns will be able to identify, read and write some high-frequency words or phrases related t familiar people, places and objects when strongly supported by context. Moreover, students will begin to develop a basic insight into main practices, perspectives and products of Arabic culture. Each students will be assisted and placed into the appropriate level.
This course serves the needs of students across the Novice High to Intermediate Low Arabic language proficiency range. By the end of this course students will be able to communicate, exchange and present information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences. This includes handling short social interactions, asking for and giving directions, telling about a familiar experience or event and making plans with others. Additionally, learners will be able to understand, read and write short messages, notes, descriptions, postcards and other simple texts on familiar topics related to everyday life. Moreover, students will further develop an insight into some practices, perspectives and products of Arabic culture.
This course serves the needs of students across the Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid Arabic language proficiency range. By the end of this course students will be able to participate in conversations and make presentations on familiar subjects using series of connected sentences. Additionally, learners will be able to handle social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions. Furthermore, students will be able to understand, read and write non-complex texts on a wide array of familiar topics related to everyday life and personal interests. Moreover, students will further develop an insight into several practices, perspectives and products of Arabic culture. This course will fully equip students to be able to sit for the Edexcel Al Level Arabic exam required for students who wish to achieve the Tawijihi Equivalency.
This course is for those wanting to learn Chinese from scratch and with no prior knowledge of the language. It introduces the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese, and is structured for attainment of proper pronunciation, learning of the basic grammatical patterns, and the mastery of approximately 200 characters and compounds. The course stresses communication skills and the static knowledge of grammar.
ART & Mixed Media:
Mixed Media is an arts course designed to challenge the conventions of traditional visual art methods, materials, and techniques. Students will have an opportunity to work with a combination of acrylic mediums, printing techniques, cut paper design, watercolor, ink and collage. Students learn to appreciate the aspects of composition, color discrimination, positive and negative space and perspective. Students focus on developing skills in drawing, painting, and mixed media while applying the elements of art and principles of design.
Drama explores the fundamentals of acting and theatre through three major units of study. The units of study are designed to help students learn the importance of the ensemble in theatre, how to develop characters and relationships on stage, and the basics of theatre production. Students will create, stage and perform original or scripted pieces of theatre. The course objective is for students to gain confidence in themselves, discover the creativity in themselves and in others, and to develop a lasting appreciation of theatre.
The Physical Education program develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is vital to all aspects of normal growth and development and the health benefits are widely recognized. The curriculum is made of three strands: Health, Fitness, and Sports. Students have to fully participate in all three components of the curriculum in order to complete the course.
Knowledge of history and social sciences is essential to understanding the political, social, and moral issues of today. By studying the achievements and failures of the past, students will have a more thorough comprehension of the choices our society faces and their likely consequences in the future. Social studies offers our students a chance to better understand the world in which we live by increasing their knowledge and respect for local, regional and international cultures and background.
Through the implementation of a wide range of interactive teaching methods combined with up to date technology, we challenge our students to go beyond the content, to be critical and creative thinkers, reflective learners, information gatherers, and problem solvers. A strong emphasis is placed on being able to directly address a topic, and to clearly articulate one’s point of view of that topic through writing, discussions, debates, and formal presentations.
It is through this vision complemented with a pedagogical approach that develops conscious and critical thinkers that the social studies department at AES works to develop and graduate global citizens of the world.