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.

Middle School

Our Middle School consists of Grades 6 through 8. As these years are a critical period of transition in a student’s development, we focus on the whole child as we provide student-centered learning experiences that cater to the needs of our students.

Middle School students are provided with opportunities to develop their core academics, and are also exposed to the Arts, Music, Business, Physical Education, and Social Studies, as well as French and Arabic. Our teachers provide ongoing support to students as they develop their critical thinking skills with a variety of student-centered instructional methods.

High School

Our high school has grades 9 through to 12 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.

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 outside the classroom, both within the UAE as well as 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.

Internships enable our older students to experience the world of work before graduating. It is the goal of NIS to have a true triangle of support for all scholars to ensure their academic success.


The three academic streams introduced for high school students are

1) Mathematics and Science, 2) Commerce and ICT,  3) Humanities.

Choosing a stream gets a student that much closer to their university and career pathway. Each stream has a course pathway that will ensure our students take the courses that meet the requirements for entry into the university programs of their choosing. At NIS, we believe that we must do more than just offer courses; we must be committed to monitoring our students’ progress through these courses. We are building a secondary program that the NIS community will appreciate.

We know that there are students who have specific course needs, and we strive to find solutions that will be feasible for our families and our staff. Once a stream is chosen, a child can potentially change his/her mind as they research more about various careers. All streams include the mandatory courses students must take. The elective courses vary per stream and are geared towards that stream.


NIS offers a breadth of courses and electives to our high school students.

  • English Language Arts (Required in Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)
  • Biology (available as an AP course)
  • Chemistry (available as an AP course)
  • Physics (available as an AP course)
  • Robotics
  • Web Design
  • Computer Science Coding 1 (C++ Programming)
  • AutoCAD
  • Physical Education
  • French 1
  • French 2
  • Integrated Math 1 and Integrated Math 1 Honors
  • Integrated Math 2 and Integrated Math 2 Honors
  • Integrated Math 3 and Integrated Math 3 Honors
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus (available as an AP course)
  • Advanced Mathematical Decision Making
  • Arabic
  • Islamic A/Islamic B
  • Humanities
  • International Relations
  • Psychology (available as an AP course)
  • Music Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Art Foundations
  • Art History
New Electives
  1. Economics 1
  2. Accounting 1
  3. Marketing and Business Studies
Graduation Requirements

Students must meet these requirements in order to graduate.

CoursesCredits Needed to Graduate
Social Studies2
Foreign Language (Compulsory for Non-Muslim/Non-Arab Scholars)2
Physical Education2
Fine Arts0.5
Islamic Education (Compulsory for Muslim Students)2
Arabic (Compulsory for Arab Students)4
Electives7.5 for students not taking Arabic and Islamic/5.5 for students taking Arabic and Islamic
Total Credits required to graduate24
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