The Islamic Saudi Academy

Math

Grade 7: IB-Middle Years Programme Level 2: Mathematics for the International Student
Grade 8: IB-Middle Years Programme Level 3: Mathematics for the International Student
Grade 9: IB-Middle Years Programme Level 4: Mathematics for the International Student
Grade 10: IB-Middle Years Programme Level 5: Pre-Diploma Studies
Grade 11: IB Mathematics Studies SL1, IB Mathematics SL1
Grade 12: IB Mathematics Studies SL 2, IB Mathematics SL 2

Science

Grade 7: Life Science
Grade 8: Physical Science
Grade 9: Conceptual Physics
Grade 10: Chemistry
Grade 11: IB Biology SL 1, IB Biology HL 1
Grade 12: IB Biology SL 2, IB Biology HL 2
Elective: IB Chemistry SL

English

Grade 7: Literary Genres and Composition
Grade 8: Elements of Literature and Composition I
Grade 9: Elements of Literature and Composition II
Grade 10: World Literature I
IB English 11: IB English
IB English 12: IB English
Drama 7
Theater Arts

Social Studies

In grades 7 through 10, Social Studies is offered in both English and Arabic.
Grade 7: Social Studies: Civics and World Geography; Arabic Social Studies: Geography, History
Grade 8: Social Studies: Ancient World History; Arabic Social Studies: Geography, History
Grade 9: Social Studies: Modern World History; Arabic Social Studies: Geography, History
Grade 10: Social Studies: Global Studies; Arabic Social Studies: Geography, History
Grade 11 & 12 - Social Studies: IB 20th Century World History-HL and SL
Grade 11 & 12 - Social Studies: IB History of Europe and The Islamic World-SL
Grade 11 & 12 - Social Studies: IB Psychology SL and HL

Art

Art 7: Introduction to Visual Arts
Art 8: Visual Arts
Art Elective: Studio Art
Art Elective: Ceramics
Art Elective: Graphic Arts
IB Visual Art SL/HL

Physical and Health Education

Grades 7-12: Physical Education
Grade 10: Health Education

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Level I
Level II
Level III
Level IV
IB English B-11th Grade
IB English B-12th Grade

Computer Science

Grade 7: Computer Science
Grade 8: Computer Science
Grade 10, 11 & 12: Computer Applications, Web Page Design, Programming I,& Programming II

Arabic for Middle and High School

Grade 7: Arabic Language
Grade 8: Arabic Language
Grade 9: Arabic Language
Grade 10: Arabic Literature I
Grade 11: Arabic IB A1 (HL& SL), Arabic B ( HL&SL)
Grade 12: Arabic IB A1 (HL& SL), Arabic B ( HL&SL)

Islamic Studies

Grade 7: Islamic Studies 7
Grade 8: Islamic Studies 8
Grade 9: Islamic Studies 9
Grade 10: Islamic Studies 10
Grade 11: Islamic Studies 11
Grade 12: Islamic Studies 12

Arabic as a Second Language(ASL)

Grade 7: Arabic as a Second Language(ASL)
Grade 8: Arabic as a Second Language(ASL)
Grade 9: Arabic as a Second Language(ASL)
Grade 10: Arabic as a Second Language(ASL)
Grade 11: Arabic Ab Initio (SL)
Grade 12: Arabic Ab Initio (SL)

Islamic Saudi Academy
Secondary School Curriculum
At A Glance

Math
Secondary School Curriculum

Starting this year, the Math department is using the International Baccalaureate textbooks for the Middle Years Programme (MYP), grades 7 through 11, and the Diploma Programme (DP), grades 11 and 12. The IB Math curriculum incorporates a multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives on mathematics.

Math 7: IB-MYP Level 2: covers algebraic, geometric, statistics, and probability topics.

Math 8: IB-MYP Level 3: This is the third book in our new Middle Years series for international schools which is a continuation of the algebraic, geometric, statistics and probability topics.

Math 9: IB- MYP Level 4: IB- MYP Level 4: This is the fourth book in our new Middle Years series for international schools which is a continuation of the algebraic, geometric, statistics and probability topics.

Math 10: IB- MYP Level 5: This course prepares students for an ‘Applications’ type of Mathematics course. It is an integrated curriculum that covers various topics in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, Probability and statistics. After 10th grade, the students are offered two tracks: IB Mathematics Studies, or IB Mathematics SL.

Math 11:IB Mathematics Studies SL 1 & 2: Is a two year course that the students take in 11th and 12th grade. This course caters to students with varied backgrounds and abilities. It is designed for students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies. The course teaches various topics such as probability, statistics, algebra, trigonometry and financial mathematics.

Math 12: IB Mathematics SL 1 & 2: Is a two year course that is offered for students with sound mathematical background and prepares them for future studies such as chemistry, economics, and business administration. This course focuses on advance algebraic concepts like functions and equations, matrices, vectors, circular functions and trigonometry, statistics and probability, and calculus and its applications.

Science
Secondary School Curriculum

Science 7: Life Science: An overview of biology. Topics covered include life characteristics, the cell, classification of living things, and genetics.

Science 8: Physical Science: An overview of chemistry and physics. Topics include the atom, periodic table, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, motion, optics and electricity.


Science 9: Conceptual Physics: An overview of physics where complex mathematics is kept to a minimum. Topics include mechanics, waves, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, light, and optics.  

 
Science 10: Chemistry: An introduction to the study of the properties and changes in matter. Topics include classification of matter, chemical shorthand, structure of atoms and compounds, the mole, chemical reactions, solids, liquids, and gases. A special section on nuclear chemistry is included.


IB Biology SL 1 & 2: Is a two year course that the students take in 11th and 12th grade. It covers the relationship of structure and function at all levels of complexity. Students learn about topics such as cell theory, the chemistry of living things, and genetics. Students become aware of scientific studies and applications in the world around us.


IB Biology HL 1 & 2: Is a two year course that the students take in 11th and 12th grade. It offers an extensive study of topics in biology and it is equivalent to a college course of general biology. It covers all the higher objectives identified for the HL biology curriculum. It consists of topics such as cells, genetics, ecology and evolution, and human health and physiology. Throughout this challenging course, students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Students enjoy multiple opportunities for scientific study and creative inquiry within global context.


IB Chemistry SL:: Is a one year course offered as an elective for students in 11th or 12th grade. This course builds on students knowledge of chemistry in 10th grade and offers them opportunities to appreciate chemistry and its applications. It covers topics of general chemistry such as acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, oxidation reduction, bonding, and organic chemistry.


English
Secondary School Curriculum

English 7 Literary Genres and Composition (MYP English A Level 2): The study of various literary genres and themes develops analysis and composition skills. Vocabulary, spelling, and grammar are integrated into the literary themes discussed. Oral presentation and collaboration figure prominently in learning activities and project assignments. Students are introduced to the research process. The focus genre is non-fiction.


English 8 Elements of Literature and Composition I (MYP English A Level 3): Literary elements are studied through theme-based units. The study of writing conventions continues to develop composition skills. Vocabulary, spelling, and grammar continue to be integrated into class work, homework, activities, and discussions. Skills in oral presentation and collaboration are further developed. Students begin to apply knowledge of the research process to create a final product. The focus genre is drama.


English 9- Elements of Literature and Composition II (MYP English A Level 4):  Good literature enriches the learning community through inquiry and reflection. The writer communicates a message to the reader, and the reader makes meaningful connections across disciplines. Throughout the genres, there is analysis of literary work, and students come to appreciate the writer's craft and the creative uses of elements and structures. Employing various reading skills and strategies, the reader grasps thematic understandings and responds both orally and in writing. With communication established, the reader becomes the writer; genre choices are made, and a portfolio of creative writing is built. The focus genre is the novel.


English 10- Elements of Literature and Composition III (MYP English A Level 5): Students refine their skills in annotation of texts, oral presentation, and essay writing as they prepare to enter the Diploma Programme. The focus genre is poetry.


IB English 11: This course comprises the first year (Parts 1 and 4) of the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme English A1 course. During the first semester, students study world literature texts (texts in translation), and examine a variety of features common to literary prose and the effects they have on readers’ construction of meaning. Second- semester texts center on the theme of Race and Identity, and include the study of different genres. For second semester, students choose to take either the higher level (HL) or the standard level (SL) course.


 IB English 12:This course comprises the second year (Parts 2 and 3) of the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme English A1 course. During the first semester, students study one (SL) or two (HL) Shakespeare plays, along with texts of other genres, and intensify their study of literary features to prepare for rigorous oral assessments (the Individual Oral Commentary). Second- semester texts center on the genre of the novel. Students take two final written IB examinations in May of their senior year.


Drama 7: This course introduces students to the elements of acting and theatrical production. Students explore the purpose of theater, and learn how to work collaboratively in writing, acting in, and designing skits that have a clear message. Students learn to use correct stage vocabulary and to respond appropriately to theatrical work.


Theater Arts: Students explore theatrical production more in depth by staging a full-length work. Focus is on character analysis and development, correct use of stage vocabulary, and design elements of a production. Students also explore play-writing techniques, with each student writing an original ten-minute play.

Social Studies
Secondary School Curriculum

In grades 7 through 11, Social Studies is offered in both English and Arabic.

Social Studies 7: Civics and World Geography: Civics studies the U. S. Constitution and the duties, rights, and privileges of citizens. World Geography studies the world’s physical characteristics and the impact of human activity on the environment.


Arabic Social Studies 7: Geography and History: Geography studies the world’s physical characteristics; History studies Islamic history from the beginning of Islam until year 40 of the Islamic calendar.


Social Studies 8: Ancient World History: A chronological survey of the development of civilization from the appearance of man to the Renaissance.


Arabic Social Studies 8: Geography studies the physical and human geography of countries with Islamic populations around the world; History studies the Omayaad Empire and the Abassid Empire.


Social Studies 9: Modern World History:A chronological survey of the development of civilization from the time of the Renaissance to the present.


Arabic Social Studies 9Geography studies the physical and human geography of Saudi Arabia and the continents of the world as well as demographic issues such as population increase and migration; History studies the history of Saudi Arabia and its kings.


Social Studies 10: Global Studies: An in-depth geography course emphasizing development and encompassing demographics, population growth, resources, economics, political activity, and cultural and religious systems.

Arabic Social Studies 10/11 Geography and History: Global Studies: Geography studies the geography of the Arabic World, as well as the world superpowers, and Islamic and World Organizations; History studies the lives of the Major Prophets and the life of the Prophet Mohammed.

Social Studies: Grades 11 & 12

IB 20th Century World History—Hl & SL: This course is an in-depth study of specific topics in World History: Communism in Crisis 1976-89 (addresses the major challenges—social, political and economic—facing the regimes in the leading Communist states from 1976 to 1989, and the nature of the response of these regimes); the Origins and Development of authoritarian and single-party states (studies the origins, ideology, form of government organization, and the nature and impact of various 20th century authoritarian and single party states); and The Cold War (addresses the East-West relations from 1945 and aims to promote an international perspective and understanding of the origins, course, and effects of the Cold War).

IB History of Europe and The Islamic World-SL: This prescribed subject covers the Arabian peninsula from the pre-Islamic period to the end of the “Rightly Guided Caliphs”. It focuses on the economic, social, political and religious environments into which Muhammad was born, and then examines central issues such as the challenges Muhammad faced in establishing the early Islamic state, questions of succession, the imposition of Islamic rule within the peninsula, and the Arab armies’ conquests of Byzantine and Sassanian provinces beyond it.


IB Psychology: HL & SL This course consists of the systematic study of behavior and the mental processes and examines the interaction of biological, cognitive, and socio-influences on human behavior by using an integrative approach. No prior study of psychology is expected and the skills needed for this course are developed within the course itself. Since IB Psychology is a part of the Group 3 subjects, students are given the opportunity to explore the interactions between humans and their environment in time, space, and place.

Art
Secondary School Curriculum

Art 7:Introduction to Visual Arts: Students are exposed to a variety of media and are given lessons in drawing, color, painting tempera, watercolors, sculpture, architecture, three dimensional design, crafts, appreciation and aesthetics. This is a ten-week program.


Art 8:Visual Arts: The eighth grade art program progresses from the seventh grade program. The content objectives are similar, but the skills are more refined and the projects are more challenging.


Art Elective:Studio Art: This course offers advanced study in drawing and painting. The class begins by developing a foundation of exploratory experiences in drawing and in painting. This introduces the student to a wide range of experiences before he selects a particular medium for concentrated effort.

Art Elective:Ceramics: This course introduces the basics of working with clay. It includes hand-building using pinch, slab, coil, and drape technique. The students learn methods for hand-building clay objects, glazing and firing them.

Art Elective:Graphics Arts: This course is designed for students who desire to take advanced work in the area of printmaking. Graphic design is primarily concerned with designing and printing the yearbook.

IB Visual Art SL/HL: The Visual Arts Course Higher Level and Standard Level at the Islamic Saudi Academy is designed to meet the needs of a multicultural student body whose ethnicity is a unique association of students from America, Middle Eastern, African and European countries. The aims of the visual arts course at HL and SL are to enable students to investigate past, present and emerging forms of visual arts and engage in producing, appreciating and evaluating these. Students will develop an understanding of visual arts from a local, national and international perspective. Through this practice and investigation they will build confidence in responding visually and creatively to personal and cultural experiences. Students of the Visual Arts Course HL and SL will develop skills in, and sensitivity to, the creation of works that reflect active and individual involvement. Students will take responsibility for the direction of their learning through the acquisition of effective working practices.

Physical Education
Secondary School Curriculum

Physical Education : Grades 7-12: The ISA athletic program during these years includes: soccer, Basketball, Fitness, Volleyball, Team Handball, Flag Football, Baseball, President’s Fitness Test, Timed Mile, Badminton, Archery, Track & Field, Gymnastics, Softball, Weight lifting, and Wrestling,.
Through these activities, we hope that students will:

  • Internalize teamwork, sportsmanship, and conflict resolution
  • Learn to set goals, make commitments, and follow through
  • Gain proficiency in a number of athletic activities
  • Learn to enjoy and express themselves through movement
  • Gain a desire to live a life marked by regular exercise and healthy choices

Health: Grade 10: The tenth grade health class covers the following topics:

  • Mental, Emotional, Social, Family, and Community Health
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Communicable and Chronic Diseases
  • Environmental Health
  • Injury Prevention and Personal Safety

English as a Second Language
Secondary School Curriculum

The World-Class Instructional Design Assessment (WIDA) is used to assess speaking, listening, reading, and writing levels. All new students take a screener test (W-APT) to determine if they need ESL and the appropriate level. At the end of the year, all students take a benchmark test (WIDA-ACCESS) to measure progress made throughout the year. Students advance to the next level based on their WIDA test results as well as their teacher’s recommendation. Feedback from mainstream content area teachers is also considered.

English as a Second Language, Level I: Fundamentals of language and structures are emphasized at this level. Students learn basic vocabulary and grammar tenses. Students learn to form a simple sentence and eventually a paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details. Capital letters and punctuation are emphasized. We introduce listening and speaking by having students participate in discussions and stating needs. Students receive at least two classes a day in order to move up to the next level.
 
English as a Second Language, Level II: We read fiction and nonfiction for comprehension and discussion. Here we also start introducing reading strategies, such as prediction, visual cues, inferences, and using references. Then we move into analysis and expressing opinions. In writing we focus on spelling, writing complete sentences, and then paragraphs, all correctly punctuated. Then we move on to complex sentences and paragraphs that distinguish between the general and the specific.
 
English as a Second Language, Level III: We introduce more advanced themes in reading and comprehension, and we use these as a basis for discussion. Writing is also more advanced. It includes writing essays with a variety of themes and structures. We also introduce the students to basic research and writing longer essays.


English as a Second Language, Level IV: Students taking this course will work to acquire the competency to communicate in written academic English.  We focus on advanced grammar, paragraph and essay structure, and reading comprehension.  Students keep a journal and write at least two entries per week from a list of TOEFL writing topics to emphasize independence and to practice justifying their opinions on a variety of topics.  We also stress vocabulary and standardized test strategies for success in mainstream content area classes in English. 


IB English B- Diploma Programme, 11th Grade : This course focuses on language acquisition and the development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Topics include attitudes and values in relationships; effects of modern living; social, political and cultural change; humans and animals; technical and scientific developments. The required IB criteria for both oral and written skills are: Language, Cultural Interaction, and Message. Students take internally moderated oral exams in the early spring and externally moderated written exams in May.  


IB English B- Diploma Programme, 12th Grade: Students taking this course will work to acquire the competency to communicate in written academic English.  We focus on advanced grammar, paragraph and essay structure, and reading comprehension.  Students keep a journal and write at least two entries per week from a list of TOEFL writing topics to emphasize independence and to practice justifying their opinions on a variety of topics.  We also stress vocabulary and standardized test strategies for success in mainstream content area classes in English.

Computer Science Grade 7: Computer 7 is offered in conjunction with Art 7 and PE. The course is 9 weeks in length, and is followed by or preceded by 9 weeks of Art. The goal for this course is to provide students with the computer knowledge necessary to competently function in other classes, where computer use is required. Topics include: Keyboarding, File Management and Windows, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Graphics – Using Paint and Print-shop.

Computer Science Grade 8: Computer 8 is offered in conjunction with Art 8 and PE. The course is 9 weeks in length, and is followed by or preceded by 9 weeks of Art. Topics include: Keyboarding, File Management and Windows, Word Processing using Word, PowerPoint, Spreadsheets, and Internet, Graphics, and Designing Web pages using Word. **Students taking Computer 7 and 8 are encouraged to take more advanced computer courses in high school, such as programming.

Grade 10 &11 & 12 Courses :

Computer Applications : This course gives students an extensive overview of computers and computer applications. The main topics of the course are computer vocabulary, spreadsheets, creating multimedia documents, such as web pages, PowerPoint presentations and desktop publishing documents, with an introduction to Database, in addition to some advanced skills in Word processing.

Web Page Design : The Web Design course gives students a solid foundation in good web design techniques. The course has three major components: using and editing graphics, learning html code, and using Dreamweaver MX to create web sites.

Programming I : In this introductory course, students learn to write well-documented, logically structured programs. They learn how the computer can be programmed to perform specific tasks. The course teaches students to solve problems through the use of flowcharts and algorithms. It provides students a chance to hone their analytical skills.

Programming II : Students continue to learn to write original, well-structured programs in the second part to the programming course. The problems given become increasingly more complex and require a deeper knowledge of programming structures. At the close of the course, students will have an extensive background in computer programming concepts and will be able to apply their skills to other programming languages and computer courses

Arabic for Middle and High School

Grade 7: Introduces students to formal linguistic knowledge of Arabic through reading and writing about scientific, literary, and cultural topics.

Grade 8: Arabic Language covers all Arabic Subjects ( Reading, Grammar, Dictation, Poetry and Composition)

Grade 9: Arabic Language covers all Arabic Subjects ( Reading, Grammar, Dictation, Literature and Composition)

Grade 10: Arabic Language covers all Arabic Subjects ( Reading, Grammar, Dictation, Poetry and Composition)

Grade 11: Arabic IB A1 (HL& SL) Literature Based Program consists of two parts : World Literature and School free Choice. Arabic B ( HL&SL) concentrates on Listening, speaking ,Reading and Writing.

Grade 12: Arabic IB A1 (HL& SL), ) Literature Based Program consists of two parts : Detailed Study and Groups of works. Arabic B ( HL&SL) concentrates on Listening, speaking ,Reading and Writing.

Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies 7: Quran topics: Al-Hujurat Al-Fath, Az-Zumar and Ya-Sin; Tafseer topics: interpretation of suras form juz 30th; Tawheed topics: Monotheism; Fiqh topics: purity and prayer; Hadith topics: 32 Hadiths most of which talk about Tawheed and Fiqh’s subjects.

Islamic Studies 8: Quran topics: Qaf, Ghafir, and Al-Ahzab; Tafseer topics: interpretation of suras form juz 29th; Tawheed topics: fate and trust in God; Fiqh topics: prayer and its rules; Hadith topics: 29 Hadiths most of which talk about Tawheed and Fiqh’s subjects.

Islamic Studies 9: Quran topics: Al-Anfal, Al-Tawbah, Al-Mozzammil, and Al-Furqan; Tafseer topics: interpretation of suras from juz 28th; Tawheed topics: politeness with God; Fiqh topics: fasting and provisions of dress; Hadith topics: 29 hadiths most of which talk about Tawheed and Fiqh’s subjects.

Islamic Studies 10: Quran topics: Maryam, Al-Mu’minun, Al-Anbya’a, and Al-Noor; Tafseer topics: interpretation of some suras from juz 22-27th; Tawheed topics: faith; Fiqh topics: pilgrimage; Hadith and Islamic Culture topics: 6 Hadiths in addition to some morals and rights.

Islamic Studies 11: Quran topics: Al-Baqarah and Yusuf; Tafseer topics: interpretation of some verses of Albaqara and Al-Imran; Tawheed topics: faith; Fiqh topics: Zakat and testimony; Hadith and Islamic Culture topics: three Hadiths in addition to some morals and rights.

Islamic Studies 12: Quran topics: Tafseer studies interpretation of some verses of the Holy Quran; Tawheed topics: prescience; Fiqh topics: provisions of marriage and divorce; Hadith and Islamic Culture topics: six Hadiths in addition to some morals and rights.