Heritage International School is a Canadian International School using the Manitoba curriculum and providing a Manitoba High School Diploma, which allows it broad latitude in the design and implementation of its Manitoba curriculum at all levels of the school, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. However, being on Egyptian soil, Heritage International School also maintains the high ideals of Egyptian education and social values. The school also complies with national, provincial, and municipal education policies.
The kindergarten and elementary curricula of Heritage International School consist of a core–language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science (including computer education)–and supplements–physical education, music and visual arts. Within the Manitoba curriculum there is a particular emphasis on the use of interactive multimedia technology for instruction.
And as part of our mission to build an intellectual student, Arabic and Religion will be a part of the curriculum starting Junior Kindergarten all the way to Grade 12. Egyptian Social studies will also be a part of the curriculum starting grade 4, as a part of the Arabic lessons.
The First Priority: Language Acquisition
Teaching the Manitoba curriculum across the grade levels proceeds in a sequence that emphasizes English language fluency, literacy, and subject mastery in the core and supplementary subject areas.
The Next Priority: A Learning Community
With sufficient foundation in English, students are prepared for subject mastery in disciplines, as they will move from the elementary grades through high school. At these levels faculty members will continually engage in teaching for understanding that emphasizes the thoughtful selection of themes within the disciplines, and the goals for understanding.
Teaching and Learning for Understanding
Teaching and learning for understanding is a both a philosophical approach to education and a formal model of schooling. As a philosophy it places understanding at the center of what education should ideally achieve. Understanding is defined as the connecting of knowledge and skills in ways that make the learner effective in her or his interaction with the environment, especially other people. To be effective means more than merely surviving. It means thriving, enjoying a quality of life marked by meaningfulness, engagement, productivity, and fulfillment. To enlarge one’s understanding is to expand and complexity the connectedness of knowledge and skills, to become even more effective.
Graduation from Heritage International School
Heritage International School’s High School grade levels will be operating under the authority of the Province of Manitoba, Ministry of Education, Culture and Youth. Manitoba is situated in the geographic centre of Canada with the capital city of Winnipeg. Winnipeg is an international centre of agricultural business both in the buying and selling of wheat (Canada Wheat Board) and in the research and development of plant varieties (University of Manitoba and Canada Research Council.) Winnipeg is the transportation hub linking eastern Canada to western Canada. It is also a centre of manufacturing for the aerospace industry and bus and furniture manufacturing industries.
A high school graduation diploma issued by the province permits a student in good academic standing to enter universities in Egypt, Canada and the United States of America. The Egyptian and American University of Cairo (for example) does not require its Canadian applicants to write the S.A.T. tests to gain entry to their programs.
Instruction and Curriculum
No duty is more important to the teacher than to inspire a love of understanding by crafting the shape and content of the curriculum and teaching it with passion, clarity, and insight.
Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences.
Discover and Explore:
– Express ideas.
– Consider others’ ideas.
– Experiment with language and form.
– Express preferences.
Set goals Clarify and Extend:
– Develop understanding.
– Explain opinions.
– Combine ideas.
– Extend understanding.
In all grades, students develop skills in literacy and communication, working with others, solving problems, and using technology.