The IB College, now relocated in the purpose built Randa Kawar building, enjoys purposely designed learning and recreational spaces catering to the needs of our Grades 11 and 12 students. This stimulating location and the experiences it offers provide students with the opportunity to develop a mature and age-appropriate independence within a structured and supportive environment.
Middle Years School
Students in Grades 6-10 follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). In 2002, Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS) was the first school in Jordan and the Middle East to be authorised to implement the MYP; a programme that provides an in-depth study of conventional subject areas within a challenging framework that emphasises the teaching of life skills for its students and prepares them for the challenges of the 21st Century.
The Primary School is authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) and its curricular framework. A strong academic foundation is established through an inquiry-based approach to discovery and learning. At the heart of the programme is the IB learner profile where students develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes based around these key attributes.
From the earliest years of the KG to the pomp and circumstance of the Grade 12 graduation, Arabic and English share importance and value at the Amman Baccalaureate school (ABS). It is taken for granted that both languages are utilised and mastered by the time an ABS student leaves for university.
Both languages are given equal weight in their education and also in their utilisation to learn other courses. Arabic and English lessons start in KG1 with ABS’s youngest students and continue through Grade 10. By Grades 11 and 12, students’ mastery of both languages is apparent as teachers employ both to convey concepts and ideas with a richness that is unavailable to either language by itself.
While Arabic and English are both taught and used for teaching at the school, other elective languages offered to students are French and Spanish
The International Section at the Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS) was initiated in August 2010 for students in Grades 6-12, who do not have the level of Arabic to cope with an ABS bilingual education, but wish to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that ABS offers.
Students in the International Section from Grades 6-10 follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), which demonstrates how school subjects are inter-related and teaches students that consideration of issues and problems in their widest scope will enhance their critical thinking. The students’ ability to find acceptable solutions to a range of problems and adapt them to a variety of situations is developed through concepts and contexts that ‘provide shared starting points for inquiry into what it means to be internationally minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement’. This holistic approach to education promotes in students the values of understanding, tolerance and respect. By consequence, adolescents are helped to grow into responsible members of a world community. The IBMYP is considered to be an excellent preparation for the IB Programmes that ABS students follow in Grades 11 and 12.
Students in the International Section at ABS in Grades 6-10 take the following MYP subjects: English Language and Literature; Arabic Language Acquisition; French Language Acquisition (optional for Grades 9 and 10); Spanish Language Acquisition (optional for Grades 9 and 10); Mathematics; Sciences (General Sciences for Grades 6-8); Physics, Chemistry & Biology (for Grades 9 & 10); Individuals and Societies (History and Geography); Physical and Health Education (PHE); Product Design and Digital Design; Visual Arts, Drama, and/or Music. In addition, students take the following non-MYP subject: World Religions (taught in English).
International Section students will be taught in English for Mathematics, Sciences, Modern Languages, Individuals and Societies, Arts, PHE and Design, but they will also be exposed to the Arabic language during their school day, apart from in their Arabic lessons.
International Section students will be offered intensive Arabic classes in small groups that will allow them to benefit from the ABS experience. The curriculum is tailored to suit the needs and the levels of each individual student depending on his or her current understanding of Arabic.
International Section students are also welcome to join Grades 11 and 12 in the IB College, where they will study a prestigious pre-university academic programme. Although we encourage all students to study Arabic, it is not mandatory at this level as a variety of other languages are being offered.
International Section students in the IB College can study IB Arabic ab initio which will allow them to learn basic Arabic – reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. This course will also introduce students to Arab culture and current events.
Please click here for more information about the International Section at the Amman Baccalaureate School.
Mr Stuart Bryan, Principal
Mrs Cathy Souob, Head of IB College
Mrs Sarah Byham, Head of Middle Years School
The Performing Arts Department at the Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS) offers a variety of World drama, music and dance activities. ABS has an excellent reputation in the region for its outstanding annual productions.
There are performance opportunities throughout the whole year in the form of the annual Arabic play, annual English play, music concerts, talent shows, Theatre in Education shows and assembly performances. Students are auditioned by a panel of teachers and student directors and all students are encouraged to apply for roles whether they take the subject of drama or music in school or not.
On several occasions, the department took students interested in Performing Arts, on an educational theatre trip to London or Manchester. Students took part in workshops led by top theatre experts; they were able to meet and interview professional actors and directors, attended a course in technical theatre, visited the theatre museum and saw over eight varied theatrical productions in one week. The ABS is a proud member of The International School Theatre Association (ISTA) which works hand-in-hand with the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The School encourages students to be involved in all aspects of productions as well as performance. Students can opt to take the opportunity to direct, to manage backstage, to orchestrate lighting and technical aspects, to budget and market, and to arrange set and costume design. New students are encouraged to join the productions as a great way of integrating into the school and making new friends.
At Amman Baccalaureate School, Physical and Health Education (PHE) is a planned holistic programme of activities designed to contribute to the development of the student’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social maturity, which aims to produce a physically educated and challenged individual. ABS provides a coherent PHE programme from K-10.
Personal, Social and Physical Education (Primary School K-Grade 5):
The programme is designed through safe, sequential, and enjoyable learning experiences of gradient levels and teaching tactics to ensure that students are challenged and provided with opportunities to:
- develop/maintain good levels of personal health and fitness
- improve/enhance psychomotor coordination
- develop/refine movement skills in a wide range of activities
- explore the knowledge and understanding related to physical activities, exercise and health
- develop responsible, personal and social skills (self-esteem, sportsmanship, cooperation, teamwork, leadership, decision making, pride, spirit, etc)
Physical and Health Education (Middle Years School Grades 6-10):
PHE focuses on both learning about and through physical activity, incorporating objectives set by the International Baccalaureate (IB). Both dimensions help students to develop approaches to learning (ATL) across the curriculum. PHE contributes a unique perspective to the development of IB learner profile, promoting health of individuals and communities.
Through PHE, students learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others, and develop effective collaboration and communication skills. It also offers many opportunities to build positive interpersonal relationships that can help students to develop a sense of social responsibility.
Physical activity and health are of central importance to human identity and global communities. They create meaningful connections among people, nations, cultures and the natural world, and they offer a range of opportunities to build intercultural understanding and greater appreciation for our common humanity.
The aims of the IB Middle Years Programme Physical and Health Education are to encourage and enable students to:
- use inquiry to explore physical and health education concepts
- participate effectively in a variety of contexts
- understand the value of physical activity
- achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
- collaborate and communicate effectively
- build positive relationships and demonstrate social responsibility
- reflect on their learning experience
For questions regarding the ABS PHE Programme please contact the PHE Department.