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International School of Creative Science, WSA Q&A

International School of Creative Science, WSA Q&A

What is the official name of your School?
International School of Creative Science.

What is your school’s Web site address if parents want to find out more?

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What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?
The school is an ideal combination of East meets West: Where the best in traditional ethics and values are combined with academics and state of Art technology. It harbors high academic standards within an immaculately clean and safe learning environment; where an Islamic ethos drives the continuous strive for excellence.

The school has a distinguished reputation for high academic standards fortified with strong core values. It has a unique dual curriculum strategy where the UK and Local curricula are taught simultaneously with a Quran memorization programme. Moreover, with the diversity in staff ethnicities, affordable fee structure and technology enabled environment, ISCS offers an educational package deal second to none!

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?
Yes, from UAE local families

Does your school have a waiting list?
Yes, for more information cotact rimaa@iscs.sch.ae, or for lower primary: HadilM@iscs.sch.ae or higher primary & secondary: Noors@iscs.sch.ae. For all grades, contact rmussallam@iscs.sch.ae


As a secondary school, what percentage of your students achieve entry to higher educational institutions and, in general terms, which countries?
100% of our passing students go on to tertiary education. About 50% of our students go on to universities in UK. Other than that, USA and Canada are popular choices as well with a wide range of universities having admitted our students such as New York University, Boston University, Colorado University, Texas A&M, Reed College, Purdue University, University of Toronto, McGill University, Western University, etc. However, many if not all, have chosen not to go abroad because their parents wish for them to remain here. Popular choices within the UAE remain to be American University of Sharjah, University of Sharjah and United Arab Emirates University. Furthermore, we have students who have been accepted into Aeronautical Engineering at Emirates Aviation and into Dentistry at RAK Medical and Health Sciences University.

To help guide our students make their decisions, they had personal statement workshop lessons and were urged to attend university fairs for universities here and abroad. We also arranged a career guidance session through Bukhatir training centre this year for students who were still unsure of a degree programme. Students applying to UK were given a tutorial on UCAS and guided on how to use the UCAS course finder, which shows them the different universities offering the degree programme they want to pursue and the requirements.

How does the school promote healthy lifestyles?
The school has a comprehensive health education program for children. Healthy eating and hygiene habits are fostered in all students from KG to year 13. The school canteen offers well balanced meals that are checked for nutritional content and monitored consistently by the school medical team. There are regular checklists to maintain a healthy environment, including ventilation, drinking water facilities and cleanliness. The school carries out routine health awareness programs such as dental check-ups, head-lice checks, healthy eating days and hand-washing activities.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?
We offer a specialized physical training and physical education program where students are encouraged to participate through daily exercises and sports activities. The school offers sports based on student preferences including football, basketball, netball, swimming and badminton.

How do you promote healthy eating?
ISCS promotes healthy eating through in-house campaigns and activities adapted to different grade levels. Our canteen menu is devised and prepared to encourage healthy eating. We are advocates of the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid anti-obesity program. Thus, we keep accurate records of BMI for all students, identifying and helping obese students every year. Moreover, drinking water is available in all student areas and students are encouraged to keep themselves hydrated throughout the day.

Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
Yes, as mentioned earlier, the school maintains its own canteen. This is done with the aid of an on-site kitchen and catering unit that prepares fresh meals on a daily basis, offering a variety of salads, juices, sandwiches, main courses and desserts. A hot meal costs around 20 AED on average.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?
7:05 AM – 2:20 PM.

Is there a school uniform?
Yes, for more information visit: http://www.iscs.sch.ae/ We have a dedicated store on the school premises from which the parents can buy the school uniform. We are currently working to have it available outside.

Please advise on your discipline policy and/or provide a link to your website.
Parents can find out more here: http://www.iscs.sch.ae/

How does your school differentiate learning?
Each lesson plan has a provision for different needs of students. In kindergarten and primary, lessons are facilitated with assistant teachers to personalize teaching and give individual attention, whereas in higher primary and secondary the student to staff ratio is small, with specialized subject teachers differentiating the material to cater for all abilities. Students are grouped as per their abilities and work on developing different skills, with differentiated textbooks, activities and online assignments.

Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
Homework is used as a supplementary tool to re-inforce and re-visit concepts, as well as develop research and independent learning skills through activities and projects. Homework is assigned as per the requirements for different ages and grade levels, as follows:
KG: This sent once a week and it is optional.
Lower Primary: 10 min per subject per grade level. Online: (Active learn, my i-math, Razkids).
Higher Primary: 30-40 min per day on homework with an emphasis on online active learning activities. “Raz Kids” reading program to differentiate reading at home.
Secondary: Research, project work, group work. Recommend time spent on home work is about 90 minutes at KS3, 3 hours at KS4 and 1 – 1.5 hours per subject at KS5, Online: (Active learn, my i-math, Razkids).

How do you give feedback regarding progress and attainment to students and parents?
We have the school website and diaries to report daily progress. We also send home the regular classwork and assessments for parents to check. Added to that, we conduct one to one and general parent – teacher meetings to discuss slow progress or low attainment levels, and send home termly report cards.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?
Parent/teacher meeting twice a year, official reports 3 times a year

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

Which other languages are taught?

Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for Muslim students?

If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?
Higher Primary: CIPP
Secondary: Checkpoints at KS3, IGCSE (Edexcel and CIE), AS Level, A2 Level (Edexcel)

What is your medium of instruction?
English for the English National Curriculum subjects, and Arabic for MOE subjects.

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?
There are staff members such as a social worker allocated for support learning at KG and LP level. There is in class differentiation and students with SEN are referred to external specialized centres. However by having SENCO next year all learning differences and needs will be supported further.

Do you have a learning support team in your school?
Currently only in kindergarten and lower primary make use of assistant teachers.

How do you support gifted, able and talented students?
In class extension activities are planned for, as well as more challenging work and at the secondary level there is an incentive of early exam entries.

Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s syndrome and so forth?

Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs your school provides?
Right now the learning needs mainly addressed are behavioral and academic underachievement due to students’ attitude or lack of follow up from home.

The social worker observes these students and identify their cases and then share a report with parents and the teachers to set an action plan.
43. Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
This is under progress

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?
No, other than special events and fairs.

Kindly add details of such parent group activities you deem will be of interest.
Parents can support in organization of various events, reading intervention and help support in organizing Charity Bazar, guided reading and ECA.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?
Not yet but potentially in the future.

Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?
Yes, we do have orientation meetings at the beginning of the academic year; plus, we give them all the relevant information when they come for admission. In addition, we have ongoing workshops and orientation programmes to raise their awareness of the curriculum expectations, which enables them to help their children.

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