Secondary

Principal's Welcome

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to IAA. I am very proud to be leading a school that is young yet mature, dynamic yet stable and whose students are so articulate and confident yet grounded and compassionate.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to IAA. I am very proud to be leading a school that is young yet mature, dynamic yet stable and whose students are so articulate and confident yet grounded and compassionate.

At IAA, we interpret education broadly. We view learning as a process and as an outcome. We encourage the development of our core values and skills as well as knowledge. We value the whole child as an individual, with specific needs to be supported within the IAA community. As a result, I am very proud of our sporting success and the Hawks teams. In addition, our major theatrical productions are now of a standard that amazes me! Students who want to be involved in trips, MUN, Robotics, F1 and other activities, can find their niche at IAA.

The strength of both the IB Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme offered in the Secondary School translates into IAA graduates who are better placed to fulfill their potential and make a meaningful contribution to a fast- changing and complex world. This is due to IAA’s academic rigour, breadth and depth, along with the associated ‘soft skills’ built into our educational system.

Like most schools, IAA will be judged by its examination results...and rightly so. We are very proud of how our cohorts have done and their placement in prestigious universities around the world, reflecting their success. This year, IAA was one of the vanguard of schools that embarked upon the MYP e-assessment programme, and it was amazing to see our students sitting their online exams, working on tasks much like you and I do on computers at work. Our Diploma results were our best yet and show continued stability and strength in our ability to bring out the best in our students.

However, we strongly believe that we must not just settle for the measurable over the valuable, or the quantitative over the qualitative, for to do so would be to minimize and simplify the challenges facing the global citizen. If we know anything about the future, it is that it will be dominated by change, uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity. Those who can manage these challenges and succeed will be those students who have developed those characteristics defined in the IB Learner Profile. I sincerely believe that amongst our future leaders will be students from IAA.

The supportive relationship between students and all those who teach, guide and care for them is evident as one walks around the school. Such relationships are key to enabling any young person to flourish, and I would therefore like you to visit our community before deciding whether IAA is the right school for your child.

We trust that you will find it easy to navigate through our dynamic website and that you find all the information that you require. I encourage you to visit the IAA Panorama tab, an initiative run by our Diploma students. You will get a flavor of what they do at school. Happy browsing!  

Martin Thompson
Secondary School Principal

Middle Years Programme

IAA Grades 6-10 students follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). This programme builds on the solid foundation provided by IAA's Primary programme and has been specifically chosen to synthesize best-practice and standards from other international education systems. IAA is also an official 'Leading MYP eAssessment School'. IAA has been working with the IB to implement a new electronic assessment tool to ensure the IB continues to remain on the cutting edge of technology in education. IAA students now undergo their MYP assessments electronically.

IAA Grades 6-10 students follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). This programme builds on the solid foundation provided by IAA's Primary programme and has been specifically chosen to synthesize best-practice and standards from other international education systems. IAA is also an official 'Leading MYP eAssessment School'. IAA has been working with the IB to implement a new electronic assessment tool to ensure the IB continues to remain on the cutting edge of technology in education. IAA students now undergo their MYP assessments electronically.

The IB MYP is a holistic, inquiry-based curriculum framework that not only addresses the broad academic needs of adolescents, but also their emotional and social needs  - especially, in terms of developing them as citizens of the world and leaders of tomorrow.

The focus for IB MYP at IAA is developing international perspectives, employing both the solid curriculum on offer and the diversity of our students and their experiences. The methodology used is student-centered, with teachers utilizing a multiplicity of teaching strategies designed to cater to the different learning styles of our students. Whilst subjects are discretely taught, there is integration of subject areas.

Students are assessed using published criteria and a variety of assessment tasks.

Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8 follow a common core MYP curriculum, which aims to provide ‘skills for learning’ within each subject area.

Grades 9-10

There is a trend towards subject specialization, with students being able to choose options. These options are offered within the framework of the IB Middle Years Programme.

1.    Students are now required to take onscreen examinations (essentially 2-hour exams per subject taken live over the internet) at the end of Grade 10 in Mathematics, Language and Literature - English, Language and Literature - Arabic, Individuals and Societies, Sciences (Integrated or Discrete) and Interdisciplinary Learning.

2.    For Physical and Health Education, the Arts, Language Acquisition (Spanish and Arabic) and Design, students are required to submit e-portfolios of work that will be marked by our teachers and external moderated by the IB, at the end of Grade 10.

3.    To gain the IB MYP Certificate, students are required to take the onscreen examinations, submit e- portfolios for courses that they are registered for, successfully complete their Personal Project and meet the schools requirements for Service As Action.

Additional Curriculum Requirements

·        Students, from Grades 6 to 10, must complete Service as Action requirements.

·        In Grade 8, students must complete a Community Project.

·        In Grades 6 to 10, students also take part in Islamic and Christian Religion classes.

 

 

Transition Booklet for Students

MYP Booklet

 

For more information on the IB Middle Years Programme please contact the MYP Coordinator: n.abdallah@iaa.edu.jo

IB Diploma Programme

The IB DP is a pre-university course, studied over two years. Successful DP students may gain access to many prestigious universities around the world. The IB DP is possibly the most rigorous post-sixteen academic programme in the world. It is reading- and writing-intensive and emphasizes critical thinking and the application of content knowledge to real-world issues and problems.

The IB DP is a pre-university course, studied over two years. Successful DP students may gain access to many prestigious universities around the world. The IB DP is possibly the most rigorous post-sixteen academic programme in the world. It is reading- and writing-intensive and emphasizes critical thinking and the application of content knowledge to real-world issues and problems.

As a rigorous and academically challenging programme, it should not be undertaken lightly, as it requires significant time commitment and time management, as well as perseverance. The programme goes beyond academics and also includes additional components which are not add-ons, but rather key components to the award of the IB Diploma. It is viewed as excellent preparation for students for study at university.

The programme on offer at IAA is varied enough to meet most students' requirements.

The DP's grading system is criterion-referenced, which means that each student's performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement. These are consistent from one examination session to the next and are applied equally to all schools.

The IB DP is offered both as full Diploma and Certificates. All students entering Grade 11 at IAA are entered as full Diploma students. The decision to pursue the Certificate is taken at the end of Grade 11.

The IB Diploma offers a programme of a broad and balanced curriculum comprising six academic areas which are studied at Higher and/or Standard Level These are externally assessed both through examinations and internal assessment assignments marked at school level, but moderated externally.

IAA offers the following subjects at IB DP level:

  • English or Arabic or Spanish
  • English Literature HL/SL
  • English Language and Literature HL/SL
  • English Literature and Performance SL
  • English B HL
  • Experimental Sciences (Chemistry HL/SL, Physics HL/SL, Biology HL/SL, DT HL/SL)
  • Individuals and Society: Business and Management, Economics and History
  • Mathematics : Maths and Maths Studies
  • Arabic B HL/SL, Arabic Ab Initio SL, Arabic A Literature SL
  • Arts: Visual and Theatre

The additional key components, which all Diploma students must undertake, are:

  • CAS (Creativity Action Service). This aims to develop in students a greater awareness of themselves, concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively with other people.
  • Theory of Knowledge. This is an interdisciplinary course taken by all students. It is intended to stimulate critical reflection on knowledge in its many forms. It is assessed externally through an essay and the internal component moderated externally.
  • Extended Essay. This is a 4,000 words essay intended to introduce students to the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities. This is assessed externally.

In addition to the above, all Grades 11 and 12 students study Islamic or Christian Religion (which is taught in Arabic).

Course offerings are detailed in the IB Diploma Programme Handbook.

2016_ib_dp_hand_book_part1.pdf       2016_ib_dp_hand_book_part2.pdf       dp_general_regulations.pdf       dp_general_regulations_ammendment.pdf       

For more information on the IB Diploma Programme, please visit the IB's website, www.ibo.org, or contact the IB DP Coordinator at m.darwish@iaa.edu.jo

A Day in the Life of a Secondary Student

A Day in the Life of an IB Student

By: IAA Student, Ghada Amer

A Day in the Life of an IB Student

By: IAA Student, Ghada Amer

For a brief moment, the fully-­‐packed schedule awaiting me is forgotten. The wide array of tasks, countless assignments, essays and orals that I have due today seem to not be in my mind – only for a single moment. It is in this moment, exactly when I wake up, that the stress of IB drifts away and I am overcome by a sense of completion. Though, this quickly fades away. As I blindly make my way along the corridor into the kitchen, it hits me: the stress, the deadlines, the anxiety of wasting time, IB.  

I prepare myself for the day to come. My sacred morning ritual goes as follows – breakfast, uniform, pack the bag and off to school. The monotonous car ride with the over-­‐played radio songs somewhat relaxes me, as it distracts me from my persistent, uncontrollable desire to plan my day to the nth degree.  

Truth be told, the day goes by quickly. The seemingly endless double periods of mathematics or environmental sciences aren’t that bad at all. Yet, with every minute spent at school, I begin to seriously  appreciate my  life. Yes, IB is hard work. It is the combination of constant stress and an overwhelming desire to succeed that can drive some to madness – but not me.

Regardless of the constant complaining that I undoubtedly do in the face of a tremendous workload, I view the IB as a massive blessing in disguise. It goes far beyond what you could possibly learn in any book or from any website. Yes, it teaches you basic knowledge about a subject, but that’s not all. IB gives you an opportunity to find yourself; from discovering your strengths and weaknesses to finding what interests you. You begin to learn more about yourself than you ever knew, and through all the stress and examinations, you do manage to find what you’re passionate about. At the end of the day, when you find something that you’re passionate about, something that drives you forward every single day, you have succeeded. And for that, I thank IB, for it has pushed me far beyond what I thought I was capable of.