All subjects are conducted in English except for Arabic, Islam and Arabic Social Studies. English should be spoken throughout the school, except for in Arabic classes, as this will promote and improve fluency. Since English is the language common to all, it is simply common courtesy to speak English when in a diverse group, even outside the classroom.
English Language Arts
English is taught by utilizing strategies appropriate for students learning English as a second language. Strategies include a “whole language” approach, which means that our students learn reading, writing, and spoken language together. We utilize lessons in grammar, spelling, building vocabulary, and reading for understanding to develop students’ skills at a deeper level of understanding.
Math instruction is always evolving with new approaches to pedagogy, engagement, and technology. Our curriculum meets students and teachers on their math journey, raising student’s achievement scores and supporting teachers along the way.
Our approach incorporates the latest thinking in its comprehensive approach and engages digital learners with cross-platform technology. It helps teachers to differentiate instruction, build and reinforce foundational math skills that easily translate from the classroom to real life.
GBA follows the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These are current, international, K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do.
A goal for developing the NGSS was to create a set of research-based, up-to-date K–12 science standards. These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom-learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepare them for college, careers, and citizenship.
The Arabic curriculum is prepared and provided by the Ministry of Education in Kuwait. We deliver this curriculum in accordance with set standards and competencies. The teaching of Arabic language arts includes practical, essential, and culturally rich instruction linked to the abilities of learners. Our teachers blend essential instruction with modern strategies and use of technology, to enhance the quality of teaching and learning for our students. We enrich the curriculum with a variety of activities to encourage critical thinking skills and keep all students engaged.
The subject of Islam is presented and taught according to the curriculum plan received from the Ministry of Education. Our teachers enrich students’ learning with various educational activities to provide relevance, raise the level of interest and connections, and to develop the thinking skills of students and link it to students’ lives and society.
The social studies syllabus is the result of continuous research and study in accordance with Kuwait’s new national approach to present our culture and history in a clear, scientific manner – based on original sources. Educational materials are supported by maps, images, charts and documented tables that help our students acquire knowledge, values and thinking skills through educational activities
GBA students will develop basic computer technology skills, knowledge, and competencies that will enhance opportunities for learning in all areas of the classroom curriculum. We continually seek to improve digital literacy for our students.
It has been proven that early exposure to visual Art promotes activity in the brain. Art helps children understand other subjects much more clearly-from Math and Science to Language. Participating in art activities helps children to gain the tools necessary for understanding human experience, adapting to and respecting others’ ways of working and thinking, developing creative problem-solving skills, and communicating thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways.
Physical Education in school affects students mentally, physically, and emotionally. It is important for students to participate in P.E. class because it builds a foundation for participation in activities later in life. Moreover, Students can burn off excess energy so that they can focus better in class.
The GBA school library has more than seven thousand books that cover various areas of interest. We encourage our students to borrow books once a week and return them the next week.