Accreditation and Affiliation
The course of study draws from various educational resources, the content of which is aligned with the attainment targets as prescribed by the Key Stages of the National Curriculum of England and Wales. Students from kindergarten to Grade 12 undertake programs of study that maintain a flow and continuity ensured by academic staff who regularly monitor student performances, collaborate with teachers, make observations, study material, and analyze the effectiveness of the content. Creativity, problem solving, and independent, critical thinking is encouraged across all areas of study and across all grade levels.
The senior students of Grades 9 to 12 are trained for the Cambridge-based International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level examinations. For the purpose of these examinations, Al Waha is an attached centre of the British Council, Jeddah. Cambridge International administered Primary Checkpoint Examinations and Lower Secondary Checkpoint Examinations, are mandatory standardized, externally marked examinations undertaken by all students of grades 5 and 8 respectively.
Al Waha is a regular member of the European based Council of International Schools (CIS). Al Waha has been accredited thrice at 5 year intervals by the US-based Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the accreditation division of AdvancED, now known as Cognia.
As an associate school of Cambridge International, Al Waha is an attached center of the British Council through which we liase for our examination registrations, professional development and other facilities.
Continuous and planned professional staff development is seen as a critical requirement for improving school performance. Teachers across the grade level, as well as administrators, are facilitated through the school to attend professional workshops, seminars and webinars, both within the Kingdom and abroad. Opportunities for on-line professional training through certified organisations are optimised for teachers across the grade level.
In-house training events, conducted through workshops, are continuously held in school in various learning areas to help teachers improve skills of pedagogy and instructional strategy. In the Senior School, regular subject co-ordination meetings ensure that academic delivery in various areas is effectively monitored and continuously improved. The Junior School aims at continuous improvement through particular stress on building skills that facilitate cognition and comprehension.
Coordination sessions between teachers, Coordinators/Supervisors, and the Director and teachers ensures that a tightening of areas that appear weak are attended to and newer areas that engage students on a higher level of thinking are explored.