Curriculum

Offering an American Education from Pre-K to Grade 12

Our program of study is based on U.S. curriculum and national standards, and modeled on the American system of education, but we also embrace the cultural diversity our international student community offers.

Pre-K

GAAQ employs highly trained teachers with expertise in early childhood education, learning goals tied to K–12 standards, low child/staff ratios, and small class sizes. Our Pre-K syllabus is based on the Creative Curriculum, a program that incorporates the latest research and best practices while meeting the needs of all types of learners.

The Creative Curriculum contains important developmental strands: social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. These strands are integrated and taught within themed units throughout the year, using interest centers based around drama, science, literature, art, creative play, music, building blocks, gross motor/outdoor play, and other free-play choices. Other daily activities to promote developmental skills in all areas include discussions of themes, songs and poems, show and tell, stories, games, and assembly performances. Students are encouraged to express themselves and share their experiences.

Our modern facilities and cheerful classrooms open onto outdoor spaces and are equipped with wonderful opportunities for exploration and discovery that enable children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.

Kindergarten 1 (KG1)

The KG1 program has been adapted from the U.S. Creative Curriculum to accommodate the international nature of our students and families. The program has all the elements of the American standards with the addition of Health and the creative Arts (Music, Art, and Performance). The play-based day in KG1 allows children to work at their own pace while having opportunities to develop relationships in a variety of learning environments.

 Download our Parent Guide: Parent Guide for KG 1

Kindergarten 2 (KG2)

The KG2 program follows U.S. curriculum standards for Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. Students also have components of Social Studies, Health, Arabic and the creative Arts (Music, Art, and Performance). Subjects are taught through a combination of direct instruction and play-based activities (group, pairs, and individual) that allows students to connect their learning experiences and develop higher-order thinking skills in a personal, meaningful way.

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Curriculum Standards (Grades 1 - 12)

Language Arts integrates skills that include reading, writing, spelling, speaking, and listening. The development of these skills is supported through appropriate fiction and non-fiction works to gain a rich understanding of language and communication.

The study of Mathematics includes basic computation, problem solving, and real-life applications, with computers and technology integrated appropriately. The Math program is supplemented by the use of manipulative materials to provide concrete experiences that lead to conceptual understanding and the development of higher-order thinking skills.

Through our Science program, students are encouraged to develop and exhibit an understanding of key scientific concepts and principles. As they develop their capacity for scientific thinking and processing, they will also be developing skills such as questioning, predicting, and making connections between their lives and the world around them. Students study life, physical, earth, and space science supported by an engineering component.

In Social Studies, students are prepared to become responsible, participatory citizens in a global society. The program takes advantage of the school’s setting in Qatar and its international character by using instructional materials that integrate Arabic, Islamic, and global studies. The Social Studies curriculum covers four strands: Civics, Economics, Geography, and History.

College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

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Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved, the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Course Ledger.

At GAAQ, we offer the following AP courses:

  • AP Calculus
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP Spanish
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Comparative Government
  • AP English Language

CollegeBoard SpringBoard Program

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SpringBoard is a different kind of instructional program for grades 612. Developed by teachers for teachers, SpringBoard offers core instructional materials in print and digital that are fully aligned to state standards, Advanced Placement (AP) coursework, and the SAT Suite of Assessments. The program features student materials, teacher resources, and formative and summative assessments, as well as professional learning for teachers and administrators. SpringBoard was built around a simple belief: If you give teachers the best materials, engaging methods, and ongoing professional support, then student success will surely follow.

Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma Program

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AP Capstone™ is a diploma program based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. These courses are designed to complement other AP courses that the AP Capstone student may take.

Instead of teaching specific subject knowledge, AP Seminar and AP Research use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills students need for college-level work.

The College Board developed the AP Capstone Diploma program at the request of higher education professionals, who saw a need for a systematic way for high school students to begin mastering these skills before college. 

For more information on this program, please click here.

Duke of Edinburgh International Award

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This award is the world's leading youth achievement award which equips young people for life in over 140 countries and territories across the globe.  At GAAQ, the Award will be available to Grade 9 - 12 students starting the 2019 - 2020 school year.  The Award encourages students to design their own program of activities, set their own goals and challenge themselves to achieve their aims.  Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people.  Through non-formal education, the Award can play a critical role in the individual, personal development of GAAQ's high school students.

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Course Options

In addition to the core subjects of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, our curriculum includes Elective courses such as Art, IT, Music, Physical Education, Arabic Language, Islamic Studies, and Qatar History. 

*GAAQ is proud to have all graduating classes achieve an 100% college acceptance rate during its existence.