High School Curriculum

The High school curriculum at GIS covers grades 9 to 12. A Diploma or certificate is awarded upon graduation from high school. The curriculum meets the US graduation requirements. It is a comprehensive set of High school classes that give our students a strong foundation in their pursuit of higher education. Electives are offered to allow students to discover and develop their interests and abilities. A minimum of 24 credits is required to earn a High school diploma. Students can earn a maximum of 6 credits per year.  Credits are given for courses taken in grades 9 -12 only. Credits are earned on the basis of course completion. One credit courses are year-long courses and half credit courses are usually semester-long except for Islamic Education, Physical Education and Arts which are year-long courses.

The following terms are used for each class:

Freshman                            Grade 9

Sophomore                        Grade 10

Junior                                    Grade 11

Senior                                   Grade 12

Graduation requirements:

The 24 credits are distributed among the subjects as follows:

English: 4 credits

Arabic: 4

Sciences: 3

Maths: 3

Social Studies: 2

Islamic: 2

P.E: 2

Arts: 0.5

Electives: 3.5

Students in grades 11 & 12 may apply for more mathematics and sciences courses to fulfil the requirements for non-core electives as well. In addition to completing the 24 credits towards graduation, GIS students are required to pass the SAT I (math) and the TOEFL ibt.

 

 

 

A sample course of study

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

English 9

English 10

American Literature

British Literature

Arabic 9

Arabic 10

Arabic 11

Arabic 12

Islamic 9

Islamic 10

Islamic 11

Islamic 12

P.E 9

P.E.10

P.E.11

P.E.12

 World History

Elective math: Alg.I/Geo

Elective math: Alg.II/Pre-calculus

World Geography

 Elective Math:

Geometry/Algebra I

Elective Science:

Environmental/Cell Bio.

Elective: Economics/ Thermodynamics *

Elective: Calculus/ Business

 Elective Science :

Earth science/ intro to physical sciences

Elective : Accounting/Graphic design

Elective : Physical Chem/ ICT *

Elective: Heredity/Waves/Mass comm.

 

Elective: Visual arts/ Drama

 

Elective: Organic Chem./ ICT

 

Note: * All grade 11 students are required to choose one course of science to fulfil the science credits requirement.

The course selection process:

Each spring, students choose courses for the next academic year. Their College counselor introduces the selection process in each grade and the best strategies to follow for selecting the courses. Then. The students complete the 4 Year Plan Sheet taking into account the graduation requirements and the student’s future plans. The Drop& Add period is during the 1st week of the start of the academic year.

Grading matrix:

Letter

Grade

A+

97-100

A

93-96

A-

90-92

B+

87-89

B

83-86

B-

80-82

C+

77-79

C

73-76

C-

70-72

D+

67-69

D

65-66

D-

Below 65

E/F

Below 60

 

 

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

GPA is computed using the above quality points. Beginning with grade nine, all passed subjects are included in the computation. Grades are recorded on the transcript and GPA is computed at the end of each semester.


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