1 . Cambridge Programme:
The Cambridge programmes prepare students for life, helping them to develop an informed curiosity and lasting passion for learning. Cambridge Curriculum helps students become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. The knowledge, understanding, skills and qualifications gained through the Cambridge programmes helps all students to gain access to the world’s best universities, to succeed in completing their chosen courses and be able to confidently pursue their career or business aspirations.
All learners will study the core Cambridge subjects;
Grade 9 and above learners will study the core subjects and extra optional ones of their choce such as Business Studies.
2. Physical Education and Games:
Physical Education teaches students how to enhance their own (and other’s) health, wellbeing and physical activity part. It offers students an experiential curriculum that is relevant, challenging, enjoyable, and physically active.
Our philosophy is based on fun, fitness and friendly competition, with a basis of good sportsmanship and teamwork to develop the whole person. The health, personal development and wellbeing of each individual student is paramount to us and our Health, Physical Education and Sport Programs reflect this. Throughout their years at Waad Academy all learners study the following physical education and games subjects:
The above subjects are based on Cambridge Physical Education Curricula
3. Student Learning and Progress:
The Lower Secondary Programme prepares students for their IGCSE journey. In Grade 9 learners start the Cambridge IGCSE programme by studying up to 9 Subjects (English, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, ICT, Business Studies, Arabic Studies and Physical Education). In Grade 10 learners complete the IGCSE course and sit the exams for IGCSE qualifications. In Grade 11 learners will study 3 to 4 A Level subjects as per the choice strands and sit for 3 AS level examinations. In Grade 12 learners will continue to study 2 to 3 subjects of the chosen strand and sit for the A level examinations.
4. Student Assessments and Reports :
All learners are provided with four summative assessments during the academic year. These assessments, designated M1, S1, M2 and S2 are designed to help the school, parents and the learners understand the level of learner progress and attainment. Assessments for the Cambridge subjects are based on the Cambridge Assessment guidelines and are also marked and graded using the Cambridge Bands (Gold, Silver and Bronze for Stage 1 to Stage 9). The IGCSE levels from Grade 10 onwards are graded according to the Britsih Standards (A* to G), which will soon be changed (1 to 9). Assessments of Saudi subjects follow the MOE guidelines.
In addition to these summative assessments teachers also use formative assessments during their lessons to inform their planning.
All learners receive 3 Reports (T1, T2 and T3) during the Academic year.
5. Qualifications and Certificates :
Waad Academy offers a range of international and national qualifications that will help each learner to secure the entrance qualifications required by most international universities and those in Saudi Arabia. These are:
- 8 IGCSEs (including the three sciences) in Grade 10. Learners will receive IGCSE Certificates from Cambridge.
- SAT1 in Grade 10. Learners will receive SAT Certificates.
- 3 AS Levels – in Grade 11. Learners will receive AS Level Certificates from Cambridge.
- 2 – 3 A levels in Grade 12 Learners will receive A Level Certificates from Cambridge.
- Tahseely at Grade 12. Learners will receive Tahseely Certificates after completing the required examinations.
- Qudurat Grade 12. Learners will receive Qudurat Certificates after completing the required examinations.
- At the end of Grade 12 all learners will receive a High School Certificate from Waad Academy endorsed by MOE.
- In addition, learners will receive IGCSE and A Level certificates for the subjects they have sat for and passed.
The major outcome of Waad Academy’s Model is the integration of Islamic and Local Culture Values with International Learning Standards and 21 Century Skills. This integration puts Waad Academy in a unique position to develop students’ understanding and practice in relation to intercultural literacy and skills required for attending and succeeding in prominent national and international universities while adhering to and developing Islamic values. Students that graduate from Waad Academy are expected to:
- Be confident and engaged learners by:
- Aquiring in depth knowledge of topics studied and passed,
- Aquiring transferable 21 Century skills such as communication skills (oral and/ or written), thinking skills (critical, analetical, crative, & problem solving), Teamwork, etc.
- Have a strong sense of identity with Islamic and local culture values and practices,
- Connected with and contribute to the development of their country in particular and humanity in general, and
- Have a strong sense of wellbeing.