Middle School & High School
The NIS Middle and High School departments are focused on guiding our scholars through their academic requirements, while developing lifelong learners that are able to navigate an ever-changing, interdependent global society.
Teachers tailor their training to students’ needs, ensuring that all learning styles and levels are met.
Our middle school has grades 6 to 8. As these years are a critical period of transition in a child’s development, we focus on the whole child as we provide student-centered learning experiences that cater to the needs of our students. Our curriculum is based on US AERO Standards as well as other US National Standards (for non-AERO subjects) and UAE National Standards (for Ministry of Education subjects). All courses are of equal importance and treated as such. This does not mean that each course has the same amount of time allocated to it, but we strive to give students a balanced curriculum that allows them to explore and develop their full potential.
Our high school has grades 9 to12 and is designed to prepare students for entrance into the university and program of their choice without having to complete a foundation year. Though our courses are challenging, we still focus on the whole child as we provide student-centered learning experiences that cater to the needs of our students. Our curriculum is based on the US AERO Standards, as well as other US National Standards (for non-AERO subjects) and UAE National Standards (for Ministry of Education subjects). All courses are of equal importance, as successful completion of each course earns students a half or full credit towards meeting their graduation requirements.
Though the academic year in the country is split into three terms, American-curriculum schools such as NIS run on two semesters (or four quarters). Courses (except Islamic Studies) that bear a half (0.5) credit only last for a semester. Islamic Studies lasts the entire year but will still earn 0.5 credit once successfully completed. Courses that bear a full (1.0) credit last the entire school year (both semesters). Passing a full year course is determined by averaging the first and second semester grade. Successful completion requires a grade of 60% or higher.
Though our courses are challenging, we still focus on the whole child as we provide student-centered learning experiences that cater to the needs of our students.
High school students are provided with opportunities to experience a variety of courses that appeal to their educational interests. Teachers at the high school level facilitate students’ learning by exposing them to a variety of educational experiences in and out of the classroom, both within the UAE and internationally. Our students are encouraged to try new experiences!
Parents are encouraged to be active participants and are given opportunities to engage with our Counseling Department as students progress through NIS. Parents are always kept up-to-date with their children’s progress, as well as upcoming events and important dates.
NIS offers a breadth of courses and electives to our high school students.
- English Language Arts
- Algebra 1
- Integrated Math 2 (will transition to Geometry in the 2022-2023 school year)
- Integrated Math 3 (will transition to Algebra 2 in the 2022-2023 school year)
- Calculus (available as an AP course)
- Biology (available as an AP course)
- Earth Science
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Environmental Science
- Chemistry (available as an AP course)
- World History and Geography
- US History
- International Relations
- Business Studies
- Web Design and Yearbook
- Coding (C++ Programming)
- Art 1
- Mixed Media (in terms of art)
- Music Through the Ages – from Debussy to Drake
- Center Stage (musical performance)
- Physical Education
- French 1
- French 2
- Arabic A/B (non-native mandatory through grade 10)
- Islamic A/B
Students must meet these requirements in order to graduate.
|Courses||Credits Needed to Graduate|
Arabic A is compulsory for Arab natives through grade 12.
Arabic B is compulsory for non-natives through grade 10.
(4 Arabic if an Arab native)
(0.5 each year)
|Islamic Education (Compulsory for Muslim Students)||2
(0.5 each year)
|Electives||4.5 for Non-Arab Non-Muslims
2.5 for Non-Arab Muslims
2.5 for Arab Non-Muslims
0.5 for Arab Muslims
|Total Credits required to graduate||24|