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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Courses and Grades

Courses

All students will be automatically registered for all mandatory courses in the ISP. On the other hand, it is the responsibility of every student to connect with the Counselor and Supervisor to make sure that the student is registered for elective courses. The Program apologizes for its inability to offer enough elective courses or places in elective courses that meet the expectations of all students; however, every student should be part of an elective course on the bases of availability, seniority and first-come-first-serve bases. Taking an online elective course doesn’t exempt students from taking the elective courses offered at DAS. Online courses are always supplementary courses. It is important to clarify that students who do not register for elective courses, or those who make late registration to closed courses (courses who attained full capacity in the number of students) will be registered by the system in a random manner.

At any rate, it is the sole responsibility of the student to follow up with the counselor and supervisor on all courses in due time.

 

Drop and Add

Every student attending any elective course has the right to change his or her elective course by dropping an elective course and adding another one instead. This should be done before the end of the second week of school starting the first day of announced school start. It is the responsibility of every student to initiate this procedure with the counselor and make sure with the Muraqib that the student has been dropped from a course and added to the new one.

The conditions that embrace ISP student’s eligibility to add and/or drop elective courses are as follows:

  • Students meet the ‘organization of program’ requirement.
  • There is a place in the courses added.
  • This is done before the end of the second week of the school.
  • The student continues to attend the course dropped until the course added is confirmed.

This is done ONLY ONCE during the Drop and Add period.

It is important to note here that if the number of students dropping a given elective course would make the number of students in that course less than 8, then the ISP has the right to close this course and ask the students to join other elective courses. Any student who refrains from choosing another elective course will be randomly placed in any of the available courses by the system.

List of Courses

Courses

 

 

Grade Levels

Subject

 

Name

 

Annual Credits

 

9

 

10

 

11

 

12

MATHEMATICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Algebra and Geometry

 

1

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Algebra and Geometry

 

1

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Mathematics I

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Advanced Calculus I

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Advanced Statistics I

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

General Mathematics II

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Advanced Calculus II

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Advanced Statistics II

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

SCIENCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Sciences

 

1

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physics

 

0.5

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chemistry

 

0.5

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biology

 

0.5

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Physics I

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Advanced Chemistry I

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Advanced Biology I

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Advanced Physics II

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Advanced Chemistry II

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Advanced Biology II

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

ARABIC LANGUAGE ARTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arabic Language Arts I

 

1

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arabic Language Arts II

 

1

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arabic Language Arts III

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Arabic Language Arts IV

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Language Arts I

 

1

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Language Arts II

 

1

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Language Arts III

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

English Language Arts IV

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

English Language and Composition

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

English Literature and Composition

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

ISLAMIC EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Islamic Education I

 

0.5

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Islamic Education II

 

0.5

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Islamic Education III

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Islamic Education IV

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

COMPUTER SCIENCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computer Science I

 

0.25

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computer Science II

 

0.25

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computer Science III

 

0.25

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Computer Science IV

 

0.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arabic Social Studies I

 

0.5

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arabic Social Studies II

 

0.5

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geography

 

0.5

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World History

 

0.5

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global Issues

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Technology and Society

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Education I

 

0.25

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Education II

 

0.25

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Education III

 

0.25

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Physical Education IV

 

0.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

Elective Courses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           Elective 1 (First Semester)

 

0.25

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           Elective 2 (Second Semester)

 

0.25

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           Elective 3 (First Semester)

 

0.25

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

                           Elective 4 (Second Semester)

 

0.25

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

                           Elective 5 (First Semester)

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

                           Elective 6 (Second Semester)

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

                           Elective 7 (First Semester)

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

                          Elective 8 (Second Semester)

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

                                     

Credits

Course credits are computed in reference to the number of minutes/hours students formally attend classes for that specific course. The general rule is that courses that are given six 40-minutes weekly periods over 180 teaching days are considered to constitute 1 credit.

Examples

  • Math course that is given 6 periods per week in one semester constitutes 0.5 credits
  • Economics course that is given 3 periods per week in one semester constitutes 0.25 credits
  • Physical Education course that is given 2 periods per week in one semester constitutes 0.125 credits.
  • and so on.

Although other credit computations can be made accordingly, the school preserves its right to make the necessary approximations as long as these approximations meet the minimum requirement of the Ministry of Education and the international accrediting body.

Grades

Semester grades are Grade Point Averages (GPAs) that are reported in percent. The score that every student in the ISP graduates with is a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) computed in percent. GPA (of a given semester) is computed by generating a sum (Credit Score) of the products of final grade on each course and the number of credits associated with this course, and then dividing this sum by the total number of credits. To compute the cumulative GPA (at any point in time during the course of study in the ISP) is computed in a similar manner to the GPA, except that the sum (Credit Score) computed earlier takes into consideration all courses in all semesters prior to the semester where the cumulative GPA is computed.

Example 1

Calculating the Semester GPA of Semester 1 of Mohamad, whose grades are as follows:

Course

Credits

Grade Grade Point

General Algebra

0.5 75

0.5  ×  75  =  37.5

Global Issues 0.25 85 0.25  ×  85  =  21.25
English Compositione

0.5

60

0.5 × 60 = 30

Modern History 0.25 100 0.25  ×  100  =  25
Physical Education 0.125 100 0.125  ×  100  =  12.5
TOTAL

1.625

  126.5

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Example 2

Calculating the Cumulative GPA of semesters 1 and 2 of Mohamad, whose grades in the second semester are as follows:

Course

Credits

Grade Grade Point
Calculus 0.5 60

0.5 × 60 = 30

Computer Science 0.125 100 0.125  ×  100  =  12.5
English Literature

0.5

60

0.5 × 60 = 30

World History 0.25 100 0.25  ×  100  =  25
Psychology 0.125 100 0.125  ×  100  =  12.5
TOTAL

1.5

  110

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 The cumulative GPA of semesters 1 and 2 is computed as follows:

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Other forms of reporting can be requested for specific external use.

Online Courses

Taking at least one online course during the years of study at the ISP is a graduation requirement. This represents a remarkable opportunity for students to engage in a technology-based envirnement (TBE) of learning not only academic content and skills that might not be offered or available on site in school, but also formally engaging in virtuallearning settings and formally networking with other students and educators in non-familiar learning situations, skills and content knowledge. This unique and rich experience is intended to prepare students to this mode of learning that is very common in higher education and professional training contexts.

The school can provide support in arranging the registration of online courses in accredited institutions. It is optional for students to consider giving school credit as elective courses to these online courses, and it is optional to students to report the scores of online courses on the transcript of record. Furthermore, students who arrange taking online courses on their own must show evidence of this as part of the graduation requirement. At any rate, online courses DO NOT replace any mandatory or elective school-attended course unless a written consent was issued ahead of time from the Secondary School’s Principal and the ISP Director.

Senior Project

Senior Project is a four-semester original piece of extended research that is exclusively designed by every student in the ISP, with the help of the student’s teacher and mentor, to match the student’s areas of interest, motive and commitment to service. Students start with their Senior Project at the beginning of grade 11, and are expected to finish it by the end of grade 12 where it is judged by a committee of school professionals. Practically speaking, there are four courses split over the last four semesters of the ISP; the collective work put in these four courses make the senior project complete at the end of the fourth semester in grade 12. However, each course has a clear product and clear criteria of evaluation; a final grade is given to each of the four Senior Project courses.

The Senior Project is a graduation requirement that has specific expectations and its own criteria of evaluation and grade computations. For more information, please refer to the Guide of Senior Project.

Correct Use of Language

Written and oral facility in clear, correct, and responsible use of the relevant language of instruction is a requirement that the school expects each student to acheive. Any written document submitted by any student that is ill-written, or any oral submission that is ill-presented no matter what the course, may receive a lower grade for the quality of presentation alone. The final grade in any course may be lowered for consistently substandard written or oral expression.

As a student in the ISP, it is important for you to improve your facility of using English at times where the language of instruction is English, and in informal settings. Accordingly, ISP students are highly encouraged to engage in activities that would enrich their use of English in formal and informal contexts.

Dual Language

The school believes in the importance of bi-lingual education, and promotes this in its practices. Research shows that the likelihood of achievement is higher in bilingual learners than it is in mono-lingual learners. Students who are able to shift between languages and express themselves in either language adequately have higher IQ score, attain better college achievement and are, statistically, in more demand in the marketplace than mono-lingual students. Therefore, students are highly encouraged to practice, under the supervision of their teachers, their bi-lingualism in formal academic contexts. Accordingly, students may be asked to produce work in a language other than the language of instruction of any course. So in some instances, for example, a novel can be read in Arabic and a critique or synthesis of the novel can be asked to be produced in English, or vice versa. Many other examples of practicing dual-language strategies can be given. This is meant to develop students’ content vocabulary and phraseology, and thus empowering them to acquire an edge in whatever content they are learning.