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Al Hekma International School

 

 

 Our mission is “dedicating our lives and hearts to building confident and motivated life long learners.”

 

Mission: To be a leading international school, in which students receive a comprehensive balanced education, based on technology and academics; while taking into account their social and cultural development . Al Hekma strives to create a confident and motivated lifelong learner who will further his/her aspirations and those of the world community.

Philosophy: The philosophy of the school focuses on the culture, beliefs and values of hospitality, openness and tolerance towards others. Al Hekma International School offers an educational program that allows students to work to improve and build abilities. This creates an environment that nurtures high-motivation, low-anxiety and a sense of belonging. 

ACCREDITATION AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Al Hekma is currently accredited by the MSA (Middle States Accreditation), Candidate status of AdvancED (formerly known as CITA Commission of International and Trans Regional Accreditation), NESA (Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, AAIE (Association for the Advancement of International Education), NBOA (National Business Officers Associates) and NAIS (National Association of International Schools), ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), ICDL (International Computer Driving License).

AL HEKMA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
SY 2011-2012

Introduction

  • President's Welcome
  • Principal's Letter
  • Where to go for help
  • School Contact Numbers

SECTION I

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

  • Entrance Requirements
  • Parental Involvement

  • Parents as Role Models
  • Parent Association
  • Gifts
  • Accreditation and Professional Memberships
  • Student Information Data
  • Contact Hours and Parent Meetings
  • Grading Guidelines

    • Report Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences
    • Academic Standards
    • Grade Point Average
    • School Wide Grading Policy
    • Extra Credit Policy
    • Exemptions
    • Honors at Graduation
    • Academic Probation
    • Assessments -Final Examination & Testing Procedures
    • Homework Guidelines
    • Homework Class Work Guidelines
    • Weekly Agendas
    • Parent Conferences
    • Promotion and Retention
    • Tutoring

SECTION II
CURRICULUM RELATED INFORMATION

  • Academic Programs
  • Awards and Honor Roll
  • Schedules and Student Breaks
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Computer Access, Acceptable Use and Code of Conduct Counseling
  • Extracurricular Activities and Clubs
  • Physical Education
  • Textbooks
  • Notebooks
  • Standardized Testing  

SECTION III
GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Attendance
    • Compulsory Attendance
    • Tardy Policy
    • Passes
    • Attendance for Credit
    • Leaving and Returning to School
  • Makeup Work After an Absence
    • Makeup Work Assignments
    • Incomplete work
  • Student Conduct
    • Rules and Regulations
    • Conduct Before and After School
    • Unstructured Time
    • Procedures for Discipline
    • Applicability of School Rules
    • Cheating/Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty
    • Citizenship and Sportsmanship
    • Detention
    • Entering and Leaving Class
    • Disruptions
    • Bullying and Taunting Behaviors
    • Smoking
    • Weapons
  • Distribution of Published Materials/Documents
    • Teacher and Student Announcements
    • Bulletin Board
    • School Materials
    • Use of School Name
    • Non-School Materials
    • Approval Required
    • Posters
  • Dress and Grooming
  • Field Trips
  • Organizations
    • Student Council
    • Athletics
    • Fund Raising
    • Community Service
    • Bahrain National Anthem
    • Safety
    • Drills: Fire, and Other Emergencies
    • Emergency Medical Treatment Information
  • School Facilities
    • Cafeteria
    • Library
    • Media Room
    • Printing Service
    • Teaching Resources
    • Lockers
    • Electronic Devices on Campus
    • Lost and Found
    • Vandalism
  • Transportation on Buses or Other School Vehicles
  • Videotaping/Photography of Students
  • Visitors to the School
  • Student Drop-off/Pick-up
  • Do's and Don'ts
  • School Contact Information (telephone, land address, email address, web address) 

PRESIDENT'S WELCOME 

Dear Parents and Students, 


On behalf of the administration and faculty, it gives me great pleasure to welcome parents and students to Al Hekma International School. Our school's commitment to our children has become a tradition in the Kingdom of Bahrain . This year, we are complimenting our excellent educational standards with:

  • A serene, beautiful and educationally captivating environment
  • Tenured and experienced teachers
  • Structured electives (journalism, home economics etc...)
  • Academic support
  • Standardized testing
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Student involvement

Our goals are attainable! We prepare our students for higher educational institutions. 

We provide an excellent quality of education in a positive learning environment. We teach good citizenship to help strengthen the student's identity and ability to participate in society. We stress moral and behavioural discipline. We maintain high standards through constant improvement of teaching methods. 

We anticipate your full cooperation and appreciation of our school to implement the many programs supported by the enthusiasm and the ever relentless efforts of our qualified staff. The academic future of your children is very important to us. We shall save no efforts in paving the way for them to excel and be prepared for higher education armed with proper knowledge. 

I sincerely thank all the parents and friends who support us with kind words, simple visits, and warm thoughts. Here at Al Hekma International School we are honoured to have you as part of our family!

Dr. Mona R. Al-Zayani 

Founder & President 

Al Hekma International School 

PRINCIPAL'S WELCOME

Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to school year 2011-2012! For this year to be successful, we must all work together: students, parents, teachers, and other school staff members. Education at Al Hekma International School is designed to meet the needs of each individual student. The administration and staff believe that every student is a unique and special individual who can learn. We believe it is our responsibility as educators to nurture and develop every student's maximum potential. This includes the academic, physical, social, and emotional development. We are committed to providing lessons and activities that will assist you/your children in making self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions when solving problems that you may encounter in our multicultural, ever-changing world.

The Al Hekma International School Parent Student Handbook is designed to provide a resource for some of the basic information that you and your child will need during the school year. In an effort to make it easier to use, the handbook is divided into three sections:

Section I —IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS—with information all parents will need about assisting their child and responding to school-related issues; 

Section II —CURRICULUM-RELATED INFORMATION—providing information to students and their parents about required courses, extracurricular, and other activities; and 

Section III —GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS—describing school operations and requirements such as safety procedures, student conduct, the dress code, discipline, transportation and the campus environment.

Both students and parents must be familiar with the Al Hekma Student Code of Conduct, which is intended to promote school safety and an atmosphere for learning. Please be aware that the student handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revision may occur throughout the year. Changes in policy will be made available to students and parents through newsletters and other communications.

I strongly recommend that parents review the entire handbook with their children and keep it as a reference during this school year. If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact a teacher, the Discipline Officer, Guidance Counselor, Director of Curriculum. Also, please complete and return the parental acknowledgment and consent forms so that we have a record.

Ultimately, each student will gain from school according to the effort he/she applies. To increase the degree of educational success, it is important that teachers, parents, and administrators communicate openly and frequently. By working together, we can make Al Hekma International School an excellent place for you to learn.

Opening day traditionally marks the beginning of a new year. 

We're looking forward to a great year!

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP

When do I call one of my son's/ daughter's teacher(s)?

Contact your child's teacher through the school switchboard/reception when you have questions about his/ her academic performance, grade on report card, issues regarding classroom activities, homework or class work. You need to leave a message and the teachers will try to contact you as soon as possible.

Which school administrator do I see when I have a question about….?

•Contact , Mrs.Dawn Lee, Principal , when you have a question about school policies, accreditation, rules and regulations, Discipline.

•Contact Mrs. Sawsan Mouawad, Director of Registration and Student Services , when you have questions regarding your child's report cards, transcripts, exam timetables, schedules, student records, attendance, and registration. 

•Contact Mrs. Rima Kaissi, Director of Development , when you have questions regarding school policies or development of programs. 

•Contact Mrs. Maya Harb Grades PS-1 , Academic Controller , when you have questions regarding weekly agendas, pacing calendars, academic concerns, resources. 

•Contact Mr. Jehad Yousef Grades 2-12, Academic Controller , when you have questions regarding weekly agendas, pacing calendars, academic concerns, resources. 

•Contact Mrs. Sara Shoman, Elementary Supervisor , when you have questions or inquiries regarding the elementary grades in school. 

•Contact Ms. Amal Thani , Administrator , when you have questions regarding transportation. 

•Contact Mr. Sudakar, Senior Accountant , when you have questions regarding tuition fees and payments. 

•Contact Mr.Zaher, Librarian (Middle/High School), Ms. Fatima, Librarian (Elementary School) when you have questions regarding borrowed books from the library, student textbooks, and school provided notebooks. 

•Contact Mr.Ahmad Hachicho, Discipline Supervisor , when you have questions regarding your child's behavior at school.

Tel: 17 620820 - 17 623999 - Fax: 17 624800 - P.O. Box: 26489 - Kingdom of Bahrain 

E.mail:info@alhekma.com - Website:www.alhekma.com

SECTION I 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENT

This section of the Al Hekma International School Student Handbook includes information on topics of particular interest to you as a parent.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

To attend Al Hekma International School, parents must provide a record showing

•Your child's birth certificate 

•A copy of your child's passport and CPR card 

•Previous school records (transcripts) 

•Your child's immunization record

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

WORKING TOGETHER

Both experience and research tell us that a child's education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school, a partnership that thrives on communication. Your involvement in this partnership should include:

•Encouraging your child to put a high priority on education and working with your child on a daily basis to make the most of the educational opportunities that Al Hekma provides. Ensure that your child completes all homework assignments and special projects. Be sure your child comes to school each day prepared, rested, and ready to learn. 

•Becoming familiar with all of your child's school activities and with the academic programs. Monitor your child's academic progress and contact teachers as needed. 

•Attending scheduled conferences and request additional conferences as needed. 

•Participating in our Al Hekma parent teacher organization 

•Offering to serve as a parent representative in one of our focus groups for accreditation. For further information regarding joining a focus group contact the Principal.

We encourage each parent to communicate with the school in important matters concerning their children in order to ensure their progress. The following procedures were planned to benefit the students and parents in their communication process:

PARENTS AS ROLE MODELS

Parents are the most important teachers and role models for our students. How a parent speaks, drives his/her automobile, and interacts with school personnel sets an important example for our students and larger community. Parent leadership and ambassadorship when within the school and the Bahrain community helps us to maintain a high profile as we recruit new students and staff.

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

Al Hekma parents can apply to become members of the Parent Teacher Association. The purpose of the association is to serve the school's best interests by supporting the school's mission, programs and activities. The school needs parent participation in all aspects of school life. Parents are encouraged to be involved.

The Parent Teacher Association:

•Promotes positive school spirit 

•Nurtures positive parent to parent and school to parent communication 

•Helps with classroom and administrative needs on an invitation basis 

•Raises funds in coordination with school wide development policies and programs

The school will:

• schedule quarterly parent-teacher meetings 

•respond in as timely a fashion as possible to parent phone calls, emails and notes 

•provide reports that indicate a student's progress and performance 

• publish written and on-line communications that outline important school news 

provide opportunities for parent education on issues related to child development, teaching and learning

We ask that parents: 

• take advantage of the scheduled parent-teacher meetings to follow- up on their child(ren) performance and progress at school 

• I nform the school before 7:30 a.m. when illness or emergency keeps students from arriving to school on time. 

• Inform the school, in writing, in advance, if a student will need to leave the school early or not use the bus service (if applicable). 

• read progress reports and discuss them constructively with their child(ren) 

• use AHIS website as a resource for timely information, read school mobile phone SMS and publications and participate as actively as possible in AHIS meetings and activities 

• Contact the school for appointments to meet teachers or administration. Please remember that teachers might not receive messages until the end of the day 

• Pay all school fees (must be paid in full prior to student's sitting for final exams and receiving report cards/ transcripts)

Communication Tools: 

• When students are falling behind in class, are not completing homework, or are demonstrating inappropriate behaviours the teacher will: 

• Contact Registration, in writing, for a phone conference. (Registration will translate to parents that do not speak English). 

• All calls and contacts are documented for future follow up if problems arise.

• Each student is provided with a weekly agenda that lists details of the week's assignments provided by the school, for each class. This becomes an important communication link with parents.

•If you want to send a letter to the teachers or a note, please contact the school and inform

•The receptionist that you sent a memo to a teacher, in case your child lost it and it was never delivered.

•There will be quarterly parent-teacher meetings from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. These dates will be highlighted in the school's academic calendar. We advise all parents to attend these meetings and discuss the performance of their children in school.

•In cases of urgent matters, parents can contact the school and schedule a meeting from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

• The office staff is not equipped to hand deliver messages to students unless they are of an emergency status. We appreciate your planning ahead and communicating with your child(ren) regarding any change in pick-up arrangements, etc., prior to their arrival to school. Students must have an administrator's permission to use the school telephones and may not use them for non-emergency calls

GIFTS

We want to model for children that showing appreciation and honouring people we love comes from the heart. However, in an effort to honour teachers and staff, we don't want to create an uncomfortable situation for any employee, child or parent. Try to keep things as simple as possible; less is really more! Handmade items such as notes, drawings, group crafts and photos are always appreciated. We want to convey the message that gifts are about thoughtful expressions of appreciation, not monetary value.

STUDENT INFORMATION DATA

We ask parents to update the registration department with any information regarding students such as change in the telephone numbers or address.

CONTACT HOURS AND PARENT MEETINGS

You can contact the school from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. 

Tel: 17 620820 / 17 623999 Fax: 17 624800 

Parent/Teacher Meetings are scheduled once every quarter typically from 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

GRADING GUIDELINES

REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES

Report cards/progress reports with each student's grades or performance and absences in each class or subject are issued to parents at the completion of each quarter. Teachers follow grading guidelines that have been designed to reflect each student's academic achievement for the grading period, semester, or course.

Questions about grade calculation should first be discussed with the teacher; if the question is not resolved, the student or parent may request a conference with the Director of Curriculum.

Report cards and progress reports must be signed by the parent and should be returned to the school within 5 school days.

The reports received at the end of each semester serves as a student's permanent academic record. The semester grades are the ones that will appear on transcripts submitted to colleges and universities.

Each quarter is worth 35%

Each Final Exam is worth 30%

Each semester is worth 50% of the final annual average.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Teachers should make every effort to ensure that students succeed in all of their courses. However, students must take the primary responsibility for their own academic success. Students must pass all required courses with a grade of ‘D-' or above. Grades below ‘D-' indicate that steps must be taken to achieve a grade of ‘D-' or above prior to taking the next level course. Students are responsible for all work required in each course. Students who receive an ‘F' in the overall cumulative average in any given subject at the end of the academic year will be allowed to sit for a re-examination as scheduled by the school office.

If a student fails 3 core subjects from the following: Social Studies, English, Arabic, Science, Math, he/she will not be allowed to sit for re-examination, he/she will not be promoted and will be expected to repeat the same grade again. If a student fails 2 core subjects and 2 non-core subjects in addition to discipline report , the student will not be allowed to sit for re-examination and will not be promoted. If a student fails a course with modification , he/she will not be allowed to sit for re-examination. If a student fails 2 core subjects and 1 non-core with modification in addition to a discipline report , the student will not be promoted.

If a student fails less than 3 subjects and does not have a discipline report , he /she will be able to sit for the re-examinations. If students pass the re-examination, they will be issued a letter stating that they have passed with a “D-” grade. The grade on the report card will not change. If students fail the re-examination, they are promoted but they will be obligated to retake the course in order to achieve the required credits during the following year. The subjects will be taken during times other than the day-school times. If they passed the course that they have retaken, they will be issued a letter stating that they have passed the subject with the grade they have achieved at the end of the academic year. The previous grade on the report card will not be changed. For high school students, the subject will be shown during the year that the course was retaken on the transcripts.

The grading system for American High School Diploma reflects the expectations of how the class will be taught, and the expectations of the program. Daily class work, quizzes, and performance based assessment are ongoing, and directly connected to the instruction

This grading system considers three major factors concerning the teaching and learning process in the American High School Diploma program: 

•Learning is measured and evaluated against the course objectives through daily participation in classroom activities, assignments, and homework. Teachers know when students are achieving by their daily work and homework. Students need to value the daily teaching and learning process, focus on instruction, learning activities and homework. 

•Students are evaluated regularly to determine if they have mastered the expected learning. Students are expected to demonstrate their performance and learning regularly. This benefits the student and the teacher. Students then know what they need to improve on and the teacher knows what they have learned long before the final exam. The data collected in the ongoing daily classroom assessments allows for the student and parents to make adjustments before it is too late. 

•The final examination is the summative assessment. This examination will cover material that has already been taught and learned.

The American High School Diploma teachers follow this procedure for grading students: 

The teacher will assign grading points to all work done in class and homework, quizzes and other forms of assessments.

The distribution of grades for the subjects is as follows:

Grades 6-12

CW/HW/Informal/labs Quizzes/Tests Final Exams
Social Studies 55 15 30
Science 55 15 30
Math 55 15 30
Arabic 55 15 30
English 55 15 30
Health 70 10 20
Religion 70 10 20
Computer 70 10 20
Jour/Bus/Eco/Acc 70 10 20
Civics 70 10 20
PE 70 10 20
Art/Music P/F

Kindly note the following:

• Students are not allowed to retake test and quizzes if they fail. 

• Students will not be allowed to make up any test or quiz unless they have a medical excuse that prevented them from taking the test in the first place. Medical excuses need to be given within 48 hours after the test date or else it will not be a valid excuse for the student to sit for a make-up test. Students are expected to make up any approved test at the teachers earliest convenience. 

• Late papers and late assignments will be accepted with a 10% deduction of grades, unless a medical excuse is presented or approval from the school principal is granted. All late work must be turned in on the day the student returns to school (if already given to the student) or at a time prescribed by the teacher (if student does not already have the assignment)

GRADE POINT AVERAGE

It is important for parents and students to note that there is a significant difference between a passing grade and a college recommending grade. From the start, therefore, a student is expected to work for the highest grade commensurate with his given gifts and talents. Not only does a student experience the pride and satisfaction that comes with working to one's potential, but students who realize a high level of academic achievement have many more options open to them when they begin the process of choosing a college or university.

GRADING SYSTEM

The grading system reflects the expectations of how the class will be taught, and the expectations of the program. Daily class work, quizzes, and performances are ongoing, and directly connected to the instruction, and the performance curriculum.

This grading system considers three major factors concerning the teaching and learning process:

• Learning is measured and evaluated against the objectives through daily participation in classroom assignments, and homework assigned. Teachers know daily when students are achieving the learning by their performance on daily work and homework. Students need to value the daily teaching and learning process, focus on instruction, learning activities, and homework. 

• Students are engaged in formative evaluation regularly to determine if students have mastered the expected learning. Students are expected to demonstrate their performance and learning regularly. This benefits the student and the teacher. Students know what they need to improve on and the teacher knows what they have learned long before the final exam. The data collected in quizzes allow for the student and parents to make adjustments before it is too late. 

• The final examination is the summative assessment. This examination will be over material that has already been taught and learned in part one and part two. It measures retention of learning. 

• Alternative forms of assessment are taken into consideration as well in the grading system. Such forms of assessment include but are not limited to: presentations, research papers, projects, essays, activities, group work.

The objective of the grading procedure is to focus students on the daily teaching and learning process that in fact creates the desired learning standards. To adequately measure their performance based on a variety of academic demonstrations, rather than the limitations of a final test at the end.

Grading procedures must be accurate and must always be available for review by parents, students, and administration.

SCHOOL WIDE GRADING POLICY

Each academic department of the school uses the following scale to assign grades:

A+ = 97-100A+ = 4.3
A = 93-96A = 4.0 Indicates Excellent work.
A- = 90-92A- = 3.7
B+ = 87-89B+= 3.3
B = 83-86B = 3.0Indicates above-average work.
B-=80-82B-=2.7
C + = 77-79C+ = 2.3
C = 73-76C = 2.0Indicates average work.
C- = 70-72C- = 1.7
D+= 67-69D+ = 1.3
D = 63-66D = 1.0While this is a passing grade, it indicates minimum achievement – below average work
D-=60-62D-=0.7
F = 0-59F = 0.0No credit is given; most, if not all, course requirements are not completed 

EXTRA CREDIT POLICY 

From time to time teachers will offer extra credit assignments to students to be completed before the end of each semester. These assignments vary according to academic discipline. Teachers will not give academic rewards or penalties to encourage participation in school functions that are not directly related or germane to the curriculum in their subject area. Extra Credit Policy is only applicable to students averaging C- and below. Students with averages of C and above are not eligible for extra credit assignment.

HONORS AT GRADUATION 

All graduates who achieve at least a 3.7 GPA through seven semesters of work at Al Hekma are eligible to graduate with honors.

ACADEMIC PROBATION 

Students will be placed on academic probation if their grades drop below a C- average. Students and parents will be notified in writing regarding their child(ren) academic standing and performance. If, after ongoing conferences, counselling, and teacher assistance, a student cannot achieve a passing grade or better, or improve learning attitudes, a meeting will be arranged with parents and administration to determine the best educational setting for the student.

FINAL EXAMINATION TESTING PROCEDURES 

The testing procedures for the final examination (grades 6-12) are very structured and strictly enforced. As we evaluate how we want to grow in this area, we need everyone to comply with the current procedures.

•All final exams are to be scheduled and students are notified through the annual academic calendar. Registration will send a memo home notifying parent and students of this schedule. 

• During final exams week, the core subjects (math, science, English, social studies, Arabic) will be tested. Students will finish their exams and leave for home to prepare for the exam (s) on the following day. The elective subjects will take place during normal school days according to the normal schedule. 

• We have zero tolerance for cheating. Students cheating on final exams, or allowing others to copy from them, will have their papers picked up, and they will receive a “0” for the exam. There is no option where cheating is concerned. 

• Students will not be allowed to take any books, papers, mobile phones, PDA's, or calculators (except when specified in math exams) to their desks. 

• Students should only have pens, pencils, and erasers with them at the time of the test. 

• Students will make sure they place their name on all papers, and scratch papers as well. 

• Students receiving a “0” may be allowed to have a retest based on a committee decision. The committee evaluates retest options. If the student is allowed a retest: the best possible grade the student will be able to achieve will be a (D-) for the semester. If the committee finds that the student did not cheat or violate the code, the students points will be restored based on the actual student performance. 

• All fees and dues must be paid before a student is allowed to sit for an exam. 

• Students who are absent for the exam without a medical/approved excuse will not be allowed to sit for the exam again and will receive “0” on the final exam. 

• Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late to the exam will be sent home; they will be scheduled to take a different version of the exam the next day and will have a 20% deduction in grade. 

ASSESSMENTS 

Classroom based performance assessment is done on an ongoing basis. Assessment activities include, but are not limited to:

• final exams, 

• quizzes, 

• research, 

• projects, 

• oral presentations, 

• and rubrics

HOMEWORK

•Homework shall not be assigned as punishment. 

•No homework is to be given unless the concept has been taught. 

•The teacher will give ample notice of long-term assignments: notebooks, projects, special reports 

•The students shall be responsible for completing assignments on time and scheduling after-school activities so that they do not interfere with the completion of the assignments.

Students are expected to complete their homework on a regular basis. Teachers will provide quick feedback and follow-up if the student does not complete homework.

Some homework tips that can help you:

• Schedule your time. 

• Do not leave things to the last minute. 

• Attempt to complete your homework and prepare your questions for the teacher the next day if you have a problem with solving it. 

• Do not copy your homework because this will not help you learn and you will be punished if you are caught by the teacher. 

• Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis through a weekly agenda issued and distributed to students each Wednesday.

WEEKLY AGENDAS

Students will be given a weekly agenda that states all their class work, quizzes and homework assignments for the following week. Parents need to keep these agendas stapled in the student's notebook. Teachers may write a note on them. If a student does not receive one or they lose or misplace it, they should contact the Director of Curriculum's office and they will fax them one.

CONFERENCES

Parents and teachers are encouraged to establish and maintain frequent communication about student progress. A student or parent who wants information or wants to raise a question or concern is encouraged to talk with the appropriate teacher.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION

A student will be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter of the course or grade level. To earn credit in a course, a student must receive a grade of at least 60 based on course-level or grade-level standards.

TUTORING

Teachers work hard to maintain strong academic standards, while both challenging and supporting students. Though we offer a highly personalized education, we are not able to provide support within the regular program to students who require one-on-one tutoring. However, we are able to provide and monitor remediation classes to get of this level and support for additional fees after regular school hours. We feel that it is advantageous for students to have the support. We believe that this approach allows more students to be successful. Each family will be billed a remediation fee per session. Students will be assigned remediation based on their teacher's recommendation. Registration will prepare the remediation schedule for each student.

SECTION II

 CURRICULUM-RELATED INFORMATION

This section of the handbook contains pertinent requirements for academics and activities. Much of this information will also be of interest to your parents and should be reviewed with them, especially if you are a new student at Al Hekma. This section includes information on extracurricular activities and other school-related organizations; and awards and honors.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

The American Diploma offered by Al Hekma International School has international credibility and is widely accepted by prestigious universities in Bahrain and the world. Al Hekma International School is accredited by CITA (The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation) and the MSA (Middle States Association for Colleges and schools), thus, offering the following subjects abiding by American curriculum standards.

 We have newly revised curriculum in the core subjects of Math, Science, Social Studies, English, and Arabic. These curricula are redesigned to reflect higher performance standards driving us toward higher order thinking and authentic assessment. To achieve excellence in education, the school administration continuously revises its curricula, and enhances its different courses by assessing their needs for equipment, and concentrates on recruiting and retaining outstanding staff in all professional ranks.

Our curricula are designed for Preschool through Grade 12. This means that each grade is dependent on what was taught in the grade before it. We provide flexibility on how teachers approach their instruction. They teach to the curriculum and use tests, quizzes, class-work, homework, and projects to monitor student progress.

AWARDS AND HONOR ROLL

Students are motivated and encouraged to keep high standards and grades. Students will be awarded the following awards and certificates of achievement:

  • Outstanding Student of the Term : these awards will be issued in all subjects on a term basis to motivate and encourage students who show improvement or academic excellence in their grade level. It is not necessarily given to the highest average in class. It is not standard procedure or given that excelling students should receive this award every month .
  • Student Honour List: Students will be awarded this certificate for achieving an average above 90% in all core subjects. These certificates will be awarded at the end of each semester. Yearly award will be awarded at end of the year.
  • Principals Honour List: students will be awarded this certificate for achieving the highest grade in all core subjects in each grade level. These certificates will be awarded at the end of each semester.
  • Perfect Attendance : awards will be given to students who are not absent. No perfect attendance award will be given to those students who enroll late.
  • Sports Awards : are given to those participating in various sporting events
  • Special Awards : for excellence and motivation in different subjects. 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 

In order to graduate from Al Hekma International School, the school requires that a student fulfill the following requirements:

•Meet or exceed all academic requirements 

•Complete community service requirement 

•Be recommended by the faculty as a student of good character and integrity 

•Be approved by the school administration 

•In addition, parents and guardians must meet all financial obligations to the school before any student is eligible to graduate

Requirements for Graduation Policy

  1. AHIS Students need to have a maximum of 34 credits and minimum of 32 in order to graduate.
  2. Students must pass all subjects in order for the credits to be counted.
  3. Any subject that has an F for a final grade will get 0 for credits.
  4. Students must pass all core subjects: English – Science – Math – Arabic - Social Studies
  5. Exceptions : Students who are exempted from certain courses will have different requirements of credits for graduation:
  6. Non Muslim students who are exempted from Religion need to have a minimum of 32 credits in order to graduate (2 credits Religion are deducted).
  7. The elective subjects that are taken on a one semester basis are subject to change upon availability of teachers and material. 

COMPUTER ACCESS, ACCEPTABLE USE AND CODE OF CONDUCT

Only students who are under direct supervision of designated Al Hekma employees are permitted to use a school computer or to access any local network or outside telecommunications resources such as the Internet. Prior to such authorization, the student and the student's parent must sign and return the Student Agreement Form acknowledging their responsibilities and the consequences of violation.

Students are expected to observe network etiquette by being polite and using appropriate language. Students are prohibited from pretending to be someone else; transmitting or seeking obscene messages or pictures; revealing personal addresses or telephone number – either their own or another person's; or using the network in way that would disrupt use by others. Students and their parents should be aware that electronic communications – email – using school computers are not private and are monitored by Al Hekma staff.

COUNSELING

The Guidance Counsellor will provide guidance and counselling to the high school students to help them select and choose the right university. Junior and senior students will meet the Guidance Counsellor in individual meetings and these meetings will be documented in the student's file. It is critical that students attending the university counselling set appointments.

Students will also attend workshops regarding careers, universities, majors, entrance exams, completing university applications and essays and fulfilling requirements for admissions.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS

Participation in school and school-related activities is an excellent way for a student to develop talents, receive individual recognition, and build strong friendships with other students; participation, however, is a privilege, not a right.

Our student activities are a mix of between co-curricular, speech, art, music and language. We expect all subjects to be involved with school-wide projects. These projects are designed to allow students to show-case their talents, and for teachers to reward students with co-curricular opportunities.

This year's activities may include but are not limited to:

• The International Day 

• The National day 

• The Gergaoon (mid-Ramadan celebration very exciting). 

• Reading Day 

• Science and Art Days 

• B.Y.E., Bahrain Young Entrepreneurs. 

• Spelling Bee Contests. 

• Y.L.C., Young Leader's Council 

• Drama/Plays 

• M.U.N. 

• Sports Days 

• Kite Day 

• Storytelling Day 

• Book Fair 

• Beach Clean Up 

• Chess Championship 

• Tennis Tournament 

• Overseas Trip 

• Pre-Graduation Dinner Celebration 

• Puppet Shows

Because of the preparation for each of these, we expect that the maximum amount of direct relationship to curriculum and learning be integrated. These activities are scheduled in advance to allow you to plan your year.

 Students are also encouraged to join our extra-curricular clubs that take place after school. Some clubs like the Yearbook and Student Life Committee Clubs take place during the normal school day and students breaks. The following clubs are examples of clubs offered in the past at AHIS:

•Science Club 

• Math Club 

• Basketball Club 

• Tennis Club 

• Poetry Club 

• Penmanship Club 

• Arts Club 

• Music Club 

• Racquetball Club 

• Arabic Club 

• French Club 

• Chess Club 

• Debate Club 

• Computer Club 

• Amnesty International Club 

• Book Club 

• Track Club 

• Soccer Club 

• Swimming Club 

• Video Club

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Participation in physical education classes is required as in any other subject. All students will perform to the best of their abilities.

•Physical education students will be required to dress in appropriate gym clothing 

• Physical education classes are times for physical training and enjoyment; however, unnecessary noises such as extreme yelling and whistling will not be permitted. 

• Gym classes will not be dismissed until all equipment has been put away in the proper place. 

• Students will remain with or under the supervision of the physical education instructor the entire class period unless given permission to do otherwise. 

• Students will not be permitted to use the gym after school hours and on weekends unless accompanied by a physical education instructor or another teacher and with permission from the athletic director. 

• Intramural programs give the entire student body an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and to compete throughout the year: soccer, volleyball, etc.

TEXTBOOKS

Students purchase their textbooks from the school Students are solely responsible for their textbooks.

NOTEBOOKS

Each of our students is given notebooks. The school provides notebooks for them to organize their note taking, and their homework. They receive these for each class. Students are required to bring needed materials to each class. This includes textbooks, pencil, pens and the notebooks.

STANDARIZED TESTS

Test taking is a skill, as well as one method to assess academic progress. Test taking trains students in gauging time, in making responsible choices and in understanding the expectations of test makers. Such practice prepares students for the inevitable testing to follow high school and most centrally in the college admissions process.

Standardized tests allow the school to compare the effectiveness of its educational programs against those of other fine schools, and sometimes offer teachers insights about an individual student. Standardized tests are given yearly. 

SECTION III 

GENERAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS 

Topics in this section of the handbook contain important information regarding school operations and requirements. Included are provisions such as student health and safety issues; fees; the school's expectations for student conduct use of facilities, such as the cafeteria, library, and transportation services.

ATTENDANCE 

When a student is absent for any reason, please notify the registration office before 7:30 AM on the morning of the absence at 17 620820 or 17 623999 - Fax: 17 624800 . When returning to school after an absence, a student must bring a note, signed by the parent, which describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by the student, even with the parent's permission, will be considered a forgery and the student will be disciplined. Any students arriving to school after 8:00a.m without an excused absence will be sent home and giving unexcused absent.

A student absent from school, for any reason, is encouraged to make up specific assignments missed and to complete additional in-depth study assigned by the teacher to meet subject or course requirements.

Parents may pick up children for health care appointments during the school day by following the sign-out procedure in the registration office. No student will be allowed to leave campus unless the sign-out procedure is followed properly. If the child goes to the doctor for a health care appointment and returns with a note from a professional, the child is not considered absent for the day. Notes from the professional must be submitted to ensure that the student is coded properly for attendance purposes.

Any absence from school represents an educational loss to the student. Field trips are scheduled as part of the educational process. A student not attending school on a field trip day will be given an unexcused absence unless the student returns with a note from a doctor that the student was ill.

Excused absences are defined as illnesses, urgent medical appointments, or a death in the family. We strongly discourage any absences due to activities such as family trips or routine appointments. If students are absent, they are responsible for all class work and home work assignments.

ATTENDANCE FOR CREDIT

Punctual, regular attendance to the school is crucial for the educational process. Every school day is an important one. Student supervision begins at 7:15 am

Students who exceed 10 days of unexcused absences in any subject will not receive credits for the subject. Students are not allowed to miss more than 10 days unexcused days of the entire academic year (180 days). Registration will send a written notification to parents by mail when any student misses a cumulative total of 5 day intervals.

A student who exceeds the 10 days of excused absence from the class cannot receive credit for the year unless the attendance committee finds that the absences are the result of extenuating circumstances. The attendance committee will use the following guidelines to determine extenuating circumstances:

• All absences will be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days. If make-up work is completed, and health-care appointments will be considered days of attendance for this purpose. 

• The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for the absences. 

• The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student or the student's parent could not exercise any control. 

• The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing grades in the course or subject. 

• The committee can decide to give the student a “D-” grade and credit for the subject.

If the attendance committee finds that there are no extenuating circumstances for the absence or if the student does not meet the conditions set by the committee to earn or regain credit, the student will not receive credit for the class.

TARDY POLICY

Students who are tardy to classes present three major problems that must be dealt with in the school:

•They disrupt the teacher and other students. 

•They disrupt their own educational program. 

•They do not learn to respect time and develop the self-discipline required to respect time. 

•The discipline for lateness to class will be dealt with in an educational forum and a punishment forum.

Procedures:

All teachers will follow this procedure in all classes:

1.Students will be given a documented warning. 

2. Students will be required to have a teacher conference. 

3. Students will serve detention following the rules and regulations manual.

When a student is late in the morning, discipline will take place outside of class by the Discipline Supervisor. No student is allowed in class without a note.

PASSES

No student is allowed to be in the hall without a pass. If administration wants a student they will send for them. Students should not leave class to go to administration. Any administrative issues can be resolved during the student's break or after school.

 We discourage students going to the restroom during class time (exceptions are made for students with medical excuses.) This is and has been an expectation of the school. Students should not be in the cafeteria area during a class period.

LEAVING AND RETURNING TO SCHOOL

1. When a student leaves school for any reason, the parent must come inside to the admissions office, and physically sign the student out. This must be done, regardless of whether or not a note or phone call was made or given. Students should remain on the couch outside the admissions office while waiting to be picked up. No student will be allowed to meet their parent in front of the school. 

2. If it is determined that a student needs to go home, a parent must be contacted. If a student leaves school for any reason other than illness, a written request from parents must be submitted to the admissions office giving the exact time the student should be released and the necessity of the absence. The student will then check out though the admission office. Failure to sign out will be viewed as skipping . A student may not make the determination to leave school. 

3. Students who are sent home because of violating the hair or dress code will be counted absent from each class missed. Even when being sent home, students must be signed out with admissions office. 

4. If a student returns to school the same day after leaving, he/she must sign in at the admission office. Any time a student comes to school late, no matter what period, he/she must sign in at the admission office or Discipline office. Otherwise, he/she will be counted absent for the entire day.

MAKEUP WORK AFTER AN ABSENCE

A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed because of absence due to health, with appropriate written excuse. For any class missed, the teacher may assign the student makeup work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements.

A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher.

INCOMPLETE WORK

• Students will be required to do all work assigned. 

• If a student is absent only one or two days, he/she has the same number of days to make up the work as the number of days absent. However, if the student is absent only one day, and a test is given or a project (notebook, report, paper, etc) is due, the student will make up the test or turn in the paper on the day he/she returns to class. 

• If a student is seriously ill or is injured, their absences exceed five days, and the student brings a valid medical report, the student shall have ten school days after he/she returns to school to complete the assignment and/or tests. 

• A student who has been absent is responsible for asking their subject teachers for the assignments missed. No work will be considered made up until it is done to the satisfaction of the subject matter teacher. 

• The student is responsible for getting in all make up work including tests that were not taken when the test was originally administered. 

• Incomplete grades will be considered failures if they are not remedied within ten school days.

STUDENT CONDUCT

We believe in educating the whole child. This means that beyond academic subjects we have a commitment for developing our students in art, music, sport activities, MUN, student council and much more. Part of educating the whole child is teaching him/her the way he/she is expected to act and behave.

Al-Hekma is in the business of creating future leaders of Bahrain. This means we must develop self-motivated learners. This must be taught and mastered with a strong behaviour management program.

•No student has the right to interfere with another student's right to learn. 

•No student has the right to interfere with the teacher's right to teach. 

•No person has the right to steal another person's dignity. 

•All students will be held accountable for time management. 

•All students will be held accountable for positive work ethic behaviours. (study skills, homework completion, quality as well as quantity.)

These beliefs can be stated differently:

•No student has the right to interfere with a family's educational investment 

•No student has the right to interfere with the school's educational investment 

•All people in this school should feel safe from mental, physical and psychological abuse 

•We will all collaborate to teach time management skills 

•We will all collaborate to teach work ethic, work management, effective values, independence and responsibility both personal and group

Having all materials (books, pens, notebooks or materials) for class is the responsibility of the student.

The following require action from the teacher and /or administration:

•Damaging textbooks and notebooks (this includes graffiti to texts and pictures)* 

•Not doing homework and class work 

• Sleeping in class 

• Speaking Arabic in American High School Diploma classes 

• Disruptions in class: 

• Talking 

• Causing a disturbance 

• Gum chewing 

• Eating or drinking

OVERT DISRESPECT TO A TEACHER REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FROM CLASS, AND REFERRAL TO THE DISCIPLINE SUPERVISOR. It is the belief of the school that behaviours that damage the class, student performances, and teacher performances must carry a penalty at the classroom level. When discipline is needed out of the class, it will take place away from the teacher. The teacher will always maintain consistency with discipline in the classroom.

RULES AND REGULATIONS(rules with an * are subject to MOE consequences per Violation 25 of MOE directive)

A primary goal of AHIS is to guide and teach its student body to demonstrate self-discipline simultaneously with their academic excellence. The school will make every effort to assist students in the achievement of this goal. It is the policy of the school that students enrolled in the school shall, while on or around the school grounds, conduct themselves in a manner which will bring credit to themselves and the school. When people work and live in a small, confined space such as the school campus or classroom, some rules are established to guarantee the welfare and safety of all. Guidelines are designed to help promote reasonable order and good citizenship of each student.

When students are referred to the discipline office, a discipline notice will be placed in the student's file. A copy of this notice will be sent home with the student in addition to a phone call from the school administration to confirm the delivery of the notice. Probation letters that are endorsed by the student and his/her guardian, the consequences of this letter are retained as long as the student is enrolled in the school (the letter is carried from one year to the other until the student proves his/her behavioural improvement.)

The following infractions result in an automatic suspension:

• Fighting (all parties engaged in the fight) 

• Possessing, using and or distributing tobacco or tobacco products (on or around school campus before or after school times) and drugs 

• Possession of weapons such as knives, BB guns, etc... 

• Making political statements that may incite anger and unrest in the classroom or on campus.*

Note: students suspended will be responsible for all school work missed during his/her absence. MOE will not allow to expel students. We can have them leave at end of school year. We can suspend until end of school and allow in for tests and exams until end of school.

Other incidents such as:

• Stealing 

• Showing disrespect to staff, teachers, students, any person on campus and the government of Bahrain including making slogans, writing messages, protesting on school premises .* 

• Abusing, destroying or damaging school property including the Kingdom of Bahrain's flag and/or textbooks, with governmental leaders' pictures.* 

• Repeatedly violating school rules 

• Threatening that might lead to other fights

All incidents will be presented to the Discipline Committee. The Discipline Committee can give any decision it deems fit as a consequence as per Student & Parent Handbook

* Violation (25) according to MOE: Violating of the National Sovereignty (for all middle and high school students)

Showing disrespect to any of the country's leaders by destroying their photos (cutting, tearing, stepping on, etc…), graffiti against the government or its leaders, disrespecting the country's flag, raising a flag from another country different than Bahrain's flag, ruining the flag of Bahrain, lowering (half-mast) the flag, or publishing instigation papers are subject to the following consequences:

Step 1 : Suspending the student for one semester and allowing him/her to enter end of semester exams.

Step 2 : Suspending the student for one academic year and disallowing him/her to enter end of semester exams.

Step 3 : Expulsion

Note: students suspended will be responsible for all school work missed during his/her absence.

The discipline committee may recommend that a student be expelled at the end of the academic year for the following:

1.Possession, wielding, or threatening use of a dangerous weapon (i.e. firearms) 

2. Possession of any drug not properly authorized or prescribed by the student's physician 

Curriculum

Islamic Studies
All pupils throughout the school receive Islamic Education. The tharbiyah of the students is made through our Islamic environment. And by learning about Islam. Learning takes place in the form of assemblies, projects, class work, homework, plays, presentations, debates and also respect towards teachers and staff. Students will be taught various dua’s, Islam history, Seerah, Qur’an and other vital topics. A library of Islamic literature has been compiled to support students with their studies.
Islamic Characters and Morals
Learning to adopt Islamic characteristics and morals is part of the Islamic studies at Al-Hikmah School. Unlike mainstream schools, we will be very particular about how our students conduct themselves in their daily lives in and out of the school. Pupils will be required to follow a code of conduct that is according to Islamic ways at all times. The school also has a new Islamic prospective curriculum to promote the contribution of Muslims to science and technology.

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