At KIS we believe that homework should be an extension of the skills developed at school that promote independent learning. Thus, homework should not be completed by parents nor should parents have a hand in helping their child. If a child is unable to complete or understand their homework then parents should contact the relevant Head of Section.
The following table represents the recommended time an average learner should spend on their homework:
Grade one – Grade two
½ an hour to ¾ of an hour
Grade three – Grade five
½ an hour to 1 hour
Grade six – Grade eight
1 to 2 hours
Grade nine – Grade twelve
1 ½ hours to 2 ½ hours
The above table should be broken into set time allocations for each subject. For instance: if a learner has music for 1-2 periods a week, they should receive 1 music homework assessment per week; if they have 6-7 periods of English per week, they should receive 3 English homework assignments per week and so on.
The above time should also include at least 15-30 minutes of recommended daily reading.
A new learner entering KIS is assessed in the English and Arabic languages to determine his/her competency. If a learner is not up to class level in either English or Arabic, he/she might not attend French classes, but join an ELS or ALS class during these hours to consolidate the lacking language skills. A learner may also be asked to join some sessions in the afternoon. In both cases, additional proportional fees will be charged.
A learner can be placed on academic probation for poor academic performance at any time during the school year. Any of the following criteria may place a learner on academic probation:
- unsatisfactory effort
- missing work on a consistent basis in any class
- being on the verge of a failing average in any subject
- consistent absences
learners placed on academic probation may be required to attend mandatory study halls and tutorials as requested by their teachers. Each learner’s progress is evaluated weekly and a learner can be released from academic probation if the faculty feels the learner has made sufficient improvement upon review of performance. The Head of Section will notify the parents when a learner has been placed on academic probation. A repetitive placement on academic probation may result in asking the Learner not to register in the school for the coming academic year.
Promotion to the next grade level will be automatic in Grades K-2.
For learners in Grades 3-5, retention will only be considered once all remedial efforts fail. Should a child in Grades 3-5 fail two or more core subjects (Arabic, Math, English and Islamic studies), despite all efforts, he/she will be retained at grade level.
For Learners from Grades 6 to 12 their grade level promotion depends on the following criteria:
- Learner will retain at grade level if:
- Attained a yearly cumulative average of less than 60%
- Attained a yearly cumulative average of 60% or more, yet achieved in two core subjects and one secondary subject a cumulative average less than 60%
- Learner will have the right to be placed on a conditional promotion if:
- Attained a cumulative yearly average of 60% or more yet failed up to two core subjects
- Attained a cumulative yearly average of 60% or more yet failed one or more secondary subject
In case of conditional promotion the learner needs to pass all his qualifying before the beginning of the next year, in order to be promoted to the coming grade level. Should the learner pass some and fail others, the school retains the right to ask the child to repeat class or take support classes in the subjects he/she failed as the school sees fit.
Furthermore, failure to comply with the school policy for promotion for any reason including extended absence will imply that the student will be retained at grade level. In case of conditional promotion the learner needs to pass all his qualifying before the beginning of the next year, in order to be promoted to the coming grade level. Should the learner pass some and fail others, the school retains the right to ask the child to repeat class or take support classes in the subjects he/she failed as the school sees fit.
Furthermore, failure to comply with the school policy for promotion for any reason including extended absence will imply that the learner will be retained at grade level.
Grades 6-8 core subjects are English, Arabic, Islamic studies, Math and Sciences.
In Grades 9-12 core subjects are English, Arabic, Islamic studies, Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The letter method offers flexibility in determining a learner’s grade. A letter grade in a five-point scale is commonly used: A, B, C, D, and F. To make these letters understandable, two practices have arisen. Firstly, the letters are interpreted in terms of percentages, where, for instance, A = 90 to 100, B = 80 to 89, C = 70 to 79, d = 60 to 69, and F = any mark below 60. Secondly, definite standards are established for each of the five letter grades. For example, standards for an A might be:
- Always hands in work on time
- Completes all work assigned in a creditable manner
- Completes more than the assigned work
- Shows some creativity in mastering the work assigned
- Has an excellent attendance record
- Successively, lower standards will be established for the remaining letter-grade categories.