Currently, KG and Elementary occupy 30 classrooms, 2 art rooms, 2 music rooms and one computer lab, as well as a Library, a Reading Room and a fully equipped gym. The classrooms are spread over 2 buildings.
In December of 2014 QAK opened the new Middle School building that includes 11 classrooms with additional rooms for Music/Drama, Art, IT and Design Technology. Three specifically designed science labs support the MYP science program. In addition, the facility includes a gym, canteen and the Secondary Library.
There are two well-equipped play areas for KG students and one area behind the Elementary school for students in grades 1-3. Grades 4 to 10 use the large grassed playing field behind the Middle School.
Qatar Academy Al Khor is located in the coastal city of Al Khor about 50 kilometers north of the capital city of Doha. The Academy opened in September of 2008 with classes from KG to grade 4 and has been adding one level each year to reach grade 12. Grade 11 was added for the 2015-2016 academic year and grade 12 will be added in September 2016.
QAK is a private, non-profit and coeducational school. Subjects are taught in English as the primary language and Arabic is the medium of instruction in the Arabic language classes, Islamic Studies and Qatar History. Beginning with the Middle School (Grade 6) and onward students move to single-gender classes to meet their cultural needs. The Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and is an authorized IB school offering the Middle Years Programme (MYP and the Diploma Programme (DP).
The Academy uses different approaches to teaching and learning applying a student-centered approach through inquiry-based learning. The Academy aims to provide students with content knowledge as well as engaging them in inquiries to develop their awareness and deepen their understanding of the world around them
Courses and curriculum:
Currently, Qatar Academy Al Khor serves students from pre-4 to grade 11 and offers a dual-language program giving special attention to the reinforcement of the Arabic Language as the mother tongue and English as the language of instruction. During the 2016-2107 academic year QAK will be adding the 12th grade. QAK has adopted the Qatar Supreme Education Council Standards for Arabic Language, Islamic Studies and Qatar History. Other international standards are selected to fit the requirements of each subject in the Elementary School. QAK is an IB authorized school and is offering the MYP and DP programs at the Middle and Senior School. However, all educational programs are aligned with the subject standards and objectives to ensure proper articulation and scaffolding of skills. QAK has been accredited by the MSA from grade K-10 and is currently seeking accreditation for grades 11 and 12.
Qatar Academy thrives to develop well-rounded students with strong personal attributes who are able to achieve academic excellence. Different teaching and learning strategies such as student-centered, concept-based and inquiry-based learning strategies are implemented to help students develop their critical thinking skills, be active learners and global citizens who are ready to support their community and the world at large.
QAK’s rigorous academic programs are supported by a Discipline Policy that requires following school rules and regulations and enforces the development of the IB Learner Profile attributes, and the Approaches to Learning as per the IB program.
What makes your school unique?
QAK is an international school which offers a unique bilingual educational approach that builds the foundation for a lifetime of continuous learning in both the Arabic and English languages. Our strong bilingual program gives equal and great importance to both languages. Furthermore, on a daily basis, the QAK environment encourages students to come to school, remain engaged and experience all sorts of curricular and extracurricular activities which provide them with academic, emotional, physical and social support .Our activities not only go on during the school day, but every term, our dedicated team provides the students with a different range of after- school activities to choose from. They are not only taught to collaborate and work together, but to also be responsible citizens who give back to their society through a variety of charity projects and community services. Additionally, to maintain our standards, all our staff members are provided with professional development opportunities to ensure that all strategies and approaches remain up-to-date. To complete the circle, we are also a school that believes in a strong home-school connection where parents are always kept informed of their child’s progress. To sum up, at QAK, everyone works together for the utmost benefit of our students!