(Say:”Travel in the land and see how (Allah) originated creation) 29:21
(قل سيروا في الأرض فانظروا كيف بدأ الخلق)
Inspired by Allah’s (SWT) invitation in the above verse, Al-Hayat International School (HIS) has developed solid foundations for a comprehensive inquiry-based educational program that encourages people to explore, investigate and strive to learn.
As an IB-PYP authorized school, our curriculum follows the IB-PYP program and is up to date to what are the best practices in teaching and learning. The academic program meets the Lebanese national curriculum standards as well.
Goals of HIS Educational program:
- Empowering all those who have a stake in the school: students, teachers, administrative staff, parents, and the surrounding community.
- Implementing differentiated learning in all classes: even in close age range groups, students have different interests, skills, and abilities. Thus, our educational program respects students’ differences and helps them meet their needs. Learning Support programs are developed to help students with special rights enjoy learning and improve their abilities.
- Integrating the Lebanese educational curriculum in our inquiry-based educational program.
HIS program is, therefore, characterized by the following:
- Based on an inquiry approach: According to HIS educational philosophy, students are guided to always ask, notice changes, and interact in events to experience and reach a deeper understanding of knowledge. This encourages students to harness their natural curiosity to investigate, explore, discover, study, observe and reflect on what they are learning. This is fostered in collaborative and mutually respectful classrooms and in a school environment in which everybody is trying to progress within their groups rather than compete against others. Consequently, the students are held accountable for collecting and communicating accurate and credible data, and they must reflect on their learning. In this way, they can develop social skills and reach a higher stage of thinking.
- Adopts A concept-based curriculum and instruction which incorporates a three dimensional learning approach which:
– Covers the content (what they learn),
– Develops the skills (how they learn),
– And builds conceptual understandings (what they understand) (Erickson, 2007).
Drawing out conceptual understandings goes beyond the basic content of the curriculum. It involves the student actively in real-life contexts. As a result, HIS prepares lifelong learners who are capable of facing life challenges thoughtfully, resourcefully, and with passion and balance.
- Enhances integrated learning: This reflects the ever-changing nature of life surrounding us. The student is urged to explore concepts in different trans-disciplinary themes. Subsequently, the student refers to a variety of resource materials, rather than to just one text book. There are different centers all over the school grounds; learning resources center, ICT center, science- lab, playgrounds, and garden areas. These places are open for the students to use all day long and provide them with the resources and spaces to explore concepts in a multidisciplinary approach; using mathematical, scientific, linguistic, social, personal, spiritual, and artistic skills.