High School

High School (Grades 10- 12)

Green Heights International School is deeply committed to providing a comprehensive, college preparatory education with standards-based academics, arts, technology, activities and athletics. The highly demanding academic program prepares GHIS students for admission into public and private universities in Egypt and all over the world. Students of our first graduating class of 2010- 2011 were successfully placed into highly reputable colleges and universities, with most GHIS graduates receiving multiple acceptances from a variety of excellent colleges in Egypt and abroad.

The curricula at GHIS is designed to meet the Virginia standards of learning. Lessons are taught using a variety of teaching and learning strategies which are research-based and proven to be effective with high school aged learners. Great care is taken to ensure students develop confidence and knowledge, personal and critical thinking skills, as well as independent learning skills they need to be successful in higher education and professional life.

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Students are assessed through various continuous assessments and end of trimester assessments. Students in high school are often required to conduct long-term research and project-based learning. They take lessons in class or elective groups and utilize the full range of school facilities including science and ICT laboratories and art and sports facilities. Students earn credits for graduation and complete the requisite courses for entry into university programs.

At the high school level, students take courses in all core academic areas along with additional elective courses each year. The students also follow full courses of Arabic, religion and Arabic social studies.  A High School Diploma is awarded to students who successfully acquire the credits necessary to fulfill the school's graduation requirements.

 

High School Courses offered at GHIS

Grade 10

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Algebra II
  • Biology
  • World History
  • French OR Spanish
  • Computer
  • Fine Arts
  • Career Guidance
  • Arabic & Religion
  • Arabic Social Studies
  • Physical Education

Grade 11

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • French OR Spanish
  • Computer
  • Fine Arts
  • Career Guidance
  • Arabic & Religion
  • Arabic Social Studies
  • Physical Education

Grade 12 (Science)

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Calculus
  • Physics
  • Business
  • French OR Spanish
  • Psychology
  • Fine Arts
  • Mechanics OR AP Biology
  • Arabic & Religion
  • Civics
  • Physical Education

Grade 12 (Non Science)

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Calculus
  • World History
  • Business
  • French OR Spanish
  • Psychology
  • Fine Arts
  • Computer
  • Arabic & Religion
  • Civics
  • Physical Education

Graduation Requirements

  • Students are required to take eight (8) subjects each academic year.
  • Students are required to earn 24 credits with passing grades.
  • Students are required to be in attendance for at least 85% of school days.
  • Students are required to meet minimum university eligibility requirements on the SAT I and SAT II according to university choices.

Public universities:  (SAT I a minimum of 1440 out of 2400)-Old SAT (SAT II 1100 out of 1600)

Private universities:  (SAT I 1320)- Old SAT  (SAT II 1000)

Evaluation and Grading Procedures

i. Making the Grade

At GHIS, we base our evaluation on each student's whole year performance. Assessment criteria cover: subject matter mastery, attendance; behavior 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 projects in all subjects; the originality, initiative, and reasoning manifested; and the student's active participation in the class.

ii. Engrade (online evaluation system)

This online grading system gives parents and students online access to the detailed grades of all subjects, giving them the opportunity to follow up on their child's academic achievements and behavior status at school.

Grading System

iii. Report Card and Progress Reports

Progress reports are sent home periodically. Student report cards are sent quarterly in which students in the High School are given letter grades as follows:

Attendance 5%
Participation 10%
Behavior 10%
Projects 15%
Homework 10%
Trimester Exams 30%
Quizzes 20% (Best 3 quizzes out of 4 quizzes per trimester)
Grade Marks GPA
A+ 98 - 100% 4.0
A 93 - 97% 3.8
A- 90% - 92% 3.5
B+ 87% - 89% 3.0
B 83% - 86% 2.8
B- 80% - 82% 2.5
C+ 77% - 79% 2.0
Grade Marks GPA
C 73% - 76% 1.8
C - 70% - 72% 1.5
D+ 67% - 69% 1.0
D 63% - 66% 0.8
D- 60% - 62% 0.5
F Less than 60% 0.0

Students At Academic Risk

If a student receives a final grade of "F" in a subject, he/she will receive no credit in that subject and will be asked to repeat the subject.  Accordingly the student will attend a paid summer course for three weeks and will sit for a re-exam at the end of the course.  If the student receives "F" in the re-exam, the student will be asked to repeat the year.

Grade Placement and Transfer Credits:

A student's grade placement upon entering GHIS depends upon both the number of high school credits he or she is granted at the time of enrollment and the number still required to graduate.

Students must complete all graduation requirements before their 20th birthday.

* Transfer students are expected to have one year of English or its equivalent for each year of high school. Upon joining GHIS, students are enrolled in the appropriate grade level course of studies for English and must complete it successfully.

Career Guidance Sessions:

The goal of these sessions is for the students to explore their sense of self, their strengths, their weaknesses, interests, capabilities, personalities, skills, and other aspects of who they are in order to answer questions like "Who do I want to be?" or "What do I want to do with my life?" and "How can I make that happen?" These are the questions that will be addressed in these sessions.

Ideally, this self-knowledge will help students make decisions for the future and learn the skills that they will need when they are seniors and in college. This should also create an opportunity to work on the present and hopefully lead to greater student success.

Each student will have his/her own file that will be built upon throughout this year and next.