Elementary School

Elementary School (Grades 1-6)

Green Heights International elementary curriculum offers an American curriculum, tied to the demanding Common Core State Standards in core classes. The core classes include Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening and words study skills), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Our educational program is enriched further with classes of Information Technology, Art, Music, Drama and Physical Education. Arabic and Religion classes starting KG1 and Arabic Social Studies starts in Grade 4. We also offer students French as a second language starting from KG1.

In addition, the curriculum is enhanced by field trips into the local community. Trips at all grade levels focus on various aspects of our curriculum and take advantage of the diverse and rich cultural and historical opportunities present in Egypt.

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Elementary Curriculum

LITERACY 

At GHIS we recognize that the language environment strongly influences the quality of every child's linguistic development.

We provide an English Language program that aims at developing students' literacy skills and encourages students to increase their vocabularies while infusing reading and writing into their everyday lives. This is achieved through an environment of balanced literacy program that incorporates whole class mini-lessons, guided reading groups, literature circles, conferring, shared and partner reading and independent reading through a literacy workshop based approach. In the Writers' Workshops, all students are engaged in daily writing experiences, ranging from the very emergent writing forms in Pre-K and KG, to a more developed ranges of written expression in grades one to six.

MATH 

The elementary math curriculum is inquiry-based and focuses on rich problem solving.  It is specially designed to match the European standards, national standards and US standards. Students   engage in  in-depth   hands-on   investigations   in  the   areas   of:   number   sense, computation and estimation, geometry, measurement, problem solving, patterns, functions, and algebra,  statistics,  data  analysis  and  probability.

Students work collaboratively to construct mathematical understandings and extend their learning based on their individual abilities and needs. A strong emphasis is based on communicating understandings and sharing strategies with others.

 

SCIENCE  

At GHIS our science department has adopted the latest trend in science education. We have embraced the STEAM educational approach of learning that use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. This is a curriculum that provides an access point for guiding students inquiry dialogue, and critical thinking.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES 

Our social studies program is indeed one of the most enjoyable subjects that our students can learn from in school. The curriculum is centered around the U.S History.

All social studies topics are explored and taught through an inquiry based approach; whereby students are involved in constructing knowledge by engaging in hands-on experiences and making connections between new learning experiences and prior knowledge. The curriculum enables students to be critically thoughtful and informed citizens while communicating their ideas and posing questions about the significant developments, issues and events. The constant reference to current events and 21st century themes and skills help students relate the topics covered to what is happening around them.

TECHNOLOGY 

Technology at our school is integrated thoughtfully into teaching and learning as a way to improve student achievement and enhance learning.

We utilize various technological approaches in all core subjects that enables us to reach out and cater to all students' needs. Teachers use professional content, resources, and systems to help them improve their own instruction and personalize learning both in a computer lab setting and through individual student laptops.

SPECIALIST PROGRAMS

Choir concerts, drama and fine art, to name a few, highlight the unique specialist program we have in place.  Music, Art, and P.E. are taught by a team of specialized teachers, in resource rich environments, which include art rooms, a gymnasium, and a music room. Furthermore, a Learning Support Program serves students who would benefit from additional instructional support, to better enable them to cope with the demands of the academic program. Though the school offers additional instructional support, it is important to realize that the school does not offer a special education program.

WORLD LANGUAGES: FRENCH

All elementary students starting with KG, receive world language instruction in French.  A strong program is used to develop the students' listening, speaking and writing skills. Songs and plays are used to encourage students to practice the language and develop near- native accent. Technology is also integrated in the curriculum through online songs, interactive websites and worksheets that are uploaded on the classroom wiki weekly.

Assessment and Reporting

In Green Heights International School, we base our evaluation on the students' whole year performance. Students receive a trimester report card that clearly shows the ratio of the mark assigned for each criterion and an average of all subjects is calculated to get the final GPA. Assessment criteria cover: subject matter mastery, attendance; behavior, participation, quizzes, project and homework delivery. In assessing the quality of a student's academic efforts, the faculty of GHIS objectively considers various aspects of the student's work: the quality and quantity of the work; the interpretation and application evident in the student's trimester projects in all core subjects; the originality, initiative, and reasoning manifested; and the student's active participation in the class.

Should a student or parent wish to see or review a teacher's grading policy, a meeting is scheduled with the teacher through the stage coordinator.  Elementary School students are given letter grades as follows:

 

Percentage Letter Grade Performance
100 - 98 A+
97 - 93 A Superior
92 - 90 A-
89 - 87 B+
86 - 83 B Above Average
82 - 80 B-
79 - 77 C+
76 - 73 C Average
72 - 70 C-
69 - 67 D+
66 - 63 D Below Average
62 - 60 D-
Ungraded F Failing (No Credit)

Parent Conferences: (PTA)

Parent/Teacher assembly (PTA) are held at the end of every trimester. Prior to these scheduled conferences, academically low achieving students receive a follow up report, notifying parents about the areas of concern. During these conferences, teachers report student achievement in each subject area highlighting areas of strength as well as areas in need of improvement.

Elementary School Academic Probation

At the end of every term, the academic advisors will review the academic performance of all elementary students. Students who are not meeting minimum standards of performance, and who receive several F letter grades on their report card, will be placed on Academic Probation/ Conditional Status.

The objective of our Academic Probation is for the school to work collaboratively with the student, teachers and parents to provide the needed assistance for the student  to  improve  his  or  her  academic  performance  in  order  to  meet the minimum academic standards of performance.

When students are placed on Academic Probation, a parent conference will be held to discuss the conditions of the Probation.  The following items will be discussed and shared with parents.

  • The specific measures that are required to assist the student to improve his or her academic performance and make the necessary growth to enable him/ her to meet minimum GHIS standards.
  • As a condition of Academic Probation parents may be required to provide additional tutoring for their child as well as educational and/or psychological testing.
  • Parents who refuse to meet the requirements of the Academic Probation within a reasonable amount of time will be in violation of the Academic Probation and this may affect the child's continued enrollment at GHIS.
  • The continued enrollment of those students who continue not to meet minimum level standards of performance, and who have made minimal growth despite additional support from GHIS classroom teachers and specialist teachers, may result in a decision to either extend the Academic Probation/ Conditional status for a limited period, retain the student, or not to offer the student a class placement at GHIS. 
  • This decision will be made on a case by case basis, and the final decision rests solely with the administration. These decisions will be based on the student's report card, educational assessments, educational , classroom observations and parent input