Whenever it comes to knowledge and education, the elementary cycle very well manifests solid fundamentals regarding all subjects. English, Arabic, mathematics, science, computer, and social studies are strongly acquired in the first two cycles of the Lebanese curriculum (Grades 1 to 6). Students are thoroughly exposed to these subjects through enhancing not only critical thinking and problem-solving, but also effective oral and written communication.
Teaching new skills to all of our students is a new educational challenge that requires development of different ways of teaching and testing and new methods of working together along with our students. That is why we provide our students with a vast variety of extra-curricular elective courses in music, drama, crafts, genius map, photography, culinary arts, and robotics. Therefore, the requirements of the Lebanese curriculum, presented in the subjects mentioned above, go hand in hand with the students’ interests, adaptability, background, curiosity, needs and imagination. Besides, physical education and fitness have great importance at our school especially that students have the opportunity to participate in the after-school sports clubs and even become members in the basketball and football teams that are achieving excellent results.
In today’s digital age, the next generation is accustomed to instant gratification and use of the web for extending friendships, interest-driven and self-directed learning; they are constantly connecting, creating, and multitasking in a multimedia world, everywhere except in school. Here came the idea behind implementing the Mindfulness Program at our school. Mindfulness helps students and staff members manage their stress more effectively and work through it more quickly. Frequent mindfulness practice, even micro-sessions of a few minutes or less, grants everyone at our school various health benefits. Research suggests that mindfulness programs can improve cognitive performance as well as resilience to stress (social and emotional behaviors).
In order to motivate and teach our students, our school system is trying to implement advanced methodology to teach, learn, and assess. We strongly focus on creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, communication, collaboration, information management, and adaptability. Undoubtedly, these are the skills that will be of value to students for the rest of their lives.
Not only do we care about our learners’ well-being, but we are also taking an extra mile. Our learners and their parents fully acknowledge that we are continuously developing our curricula in different subject areas to meet the requirements of the 21st century where our learners acquire new information and enjoy the learning process through addressing their individual needs.