Educational Program Policies & Procedures

  Educational Program Policies and Procedures

I. Curriculum Development, Review, and Revision Policy

An overview of our school's comprehensive policy and procedures for developing, reviewing, and revising curriculum areas within our educational program. This framework is designed to ensure the continuous enhancement of our academic offerings, fostering a dynamic and responsive learning environment.

1. Curriculum Development:

· Collaborative process starting with a needs assessment involving educators, students, and parents.

· Identification of educational goals, alignment with Lebanese National and common core curriculum standards.

· Incorporation of innovative teaching methodologies.

· Active involvement of subject teachers, coordinators, and peer collaboration in content creation.

2. Curriculum Review:

· Annual reviews to evaluate the effectiveness of the existing curriculum.

· Feedback collection from educators, analysis of student performance data, and staying abreast of educational trends.

· Identifying areas for improvement to keep the curriculum current, inclusive, and aligned with institutional goals.

3. Curriculum Revision:

· Revisions based on insights gathered during reviews, involving active participation of teachers and subject coordinators.

· Input from students and parents considered for a holistic approach to enhancement.

· Focus on refining content, teaching methods, and assessment strategies.

4. Parental Involvement:

· Recognition of the value of parental input in development, review, and revision processes.

· Opportunities for feedback through surveys and focus group meetings to incorporate diverse perspectives.

5. Adherence to Educational Standards:

· Commitment to established local, national, and international educational standards and frameworks.

· Regular evaluation of the program to ensure alignment and global recognition.

6. Continuous Professional Development:

· Ongoing professional development opportunities for educators to support successful curriculum implementation.

· Keeping educators informed about the latest educational research, teaching methodologies, and technological advancements.

The overarching goal is to maintain a curriculum that prepares students for success in a changing world, with a commitment to excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement as core values.

II. Vertical and Horizontal Curriculum Alignment Policies:

Aligning the curriculum vertically and horizontally is crucial for ensuring a unified and comprehensive educational program. To achieve this alignment, AECHS has adopted the following policies:

Vertical Alignment Policies and Procedures:

1. Curriculum Mapping:

· Each department maintains a comprehensive curriculum map detailing subject scope and sequence across grade levels.

· Annual reviews ensure updates and alignment with learning goals.

2. Cross-Grade Collaboration:

· Weekly meetings and collaboration sessions among Arabic and English language teachers from different grade levels.

· Department meetings with subject coordinators conducted whenever the need arises, to facilitate communication on content, teaching strategies, and learning expectations.

3. Learning Progression Documents:

· Scope and sequence documents double as learning progression guides, articulating skills and concepts for each grade level.

· Guide teachers to ensure continuity in student development.

4. Vertical Planning Meetings:

· Formal vertical meetings scheduled once per year (at the beginning of the academic year) for teachers to discuss curriculum content, share insights, and address gaps or redundancies.

5. Data Analysis:

· Subject coordinators as well as HODs analyze student performance data, by considering the class average to identify trends and areas needing alignment.



Horizontal Alignment Policies and Procedures:

1. Grade Level Collaboration:

· Collaboration among teachers within the same grade level, taking place twice per year, to addresses academic and behavioral challenges across different subjects.

2. Parent Communication:

· Communicating horizontally aligned curriculum information to parents at the beginning of the academic year.

· Fostering shared understanding of learning expectations and content across subjects.

Overall Goal: The implementation of these policies and procedures aims to create a more cohesive and aligned curriculum, ensuring seamless progress for students throughout their educational journey.