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Achievement Grades for Grades 7-12 (MYP & DP)

7 Excellent

6 Very Good

5 Good

4 Satisfactory

3 Mediocre

2 Poor

1 Very Poor

INC Work Incomplete

Band Descriptors for Achievement Grades 1-7 and Levels of Achievement



Level of Achievement


A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills and the ability to apply them almost faultlessly in a wide variety of situations. There is consistent evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation where appropriate. The student consistently demonstrates originality and insight and always produces work of high quality.



A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills and the ability to apply them in a wide variety of situations. There is consistent evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation where appropriate. The student generally demonstrates originality and insight.

Very good


A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills and the ability to apply them in a variety of situations. The student generally shows evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation where appropriate and occasionally demonstrates originality and insight.



A good general understanding of the required knowledge and skills and the ability to apply them effectively in normal situations. There is occasional evidence of the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.



Limited achievement against most of the objectives or clear difficulties in some areas. The student demonstrates a limited understanding of the required knowledge and skills and is only able to apply them fully in normal situations with support.



Very limited achievement against all the objectives. The student has difficulty in understanding the required knowledge and skills, and is unable to apply them fully in normal situations, even with support.



Minimal achievement in terms of the objectives.

Very poor

For PYP, the reporting is linked to standards achieved and a rating against those standards on a 4-step scale:

1 The student exceeds grade-level expectations.

2 The student meets grade-level expectations. The student displays understanding of

concepts and application of skills.

3 The student approaches grade-level expectations. The student needs additional

practice and support.

4 The student is below grade-level expectations. The student has not yet demonstrated

understanding of concepts and acquisition of skills. This is an area of concern.

* Does not apply at this time

Reporting for each term:


Report cards

Parent teacher conferences

End of term reports

Progress reports


Records of achievement

Unit of Inquiry events

Parent teacher conferences

Student portfolio

Student-led conferences

Dissemination of Information on Student Performance and Expectations:

Individual Student Reports:

  • Interim reports that reflect commendable performance or performance that causes concern.

  • Student At-Risk letters.

  • Monitoring letters.

Parent Teacher Conferences:

    • Set Parent teacher nights.

    • Individual meetings at any time with a teacher by appointment, to discuss student performance and progress.

    • Student-led portfolio conferences.

    • Teachers are always available via email.

Curriculum Information Evenings:

    • Open House

    • Introduction to new parents and students

    • Transition evenings

    • Grade level meetings

    • University Nights

Course Literature:

  • Curriculum Brochures/Overviews

  • Course Syllabi

  • Weekly Plans

Academic Achievement Awards:
ALS awards academic achievement certificates at the end of every semester. To qualify for these awards, students in grades 7-12 must have an overall grade average of 6 or above. Another criterion for these awards is that students do not exceed the maximum limit of absences or tardies.
Daily Homework

Copying a daily homework assignment is considered just as serious as cheating on an exam, and both the giver and receiver of information will be dealt with according to the consequences listed below.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Plagiarism refers to a form of cheating. To use another person’s ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source is to plagiarize. Plagiarism, then, constitutes intellectual theft.

You are plagiarizing if you:

  • present ideas as your own without citing the source;

  • paraphrase without crediting the source;

  • use direct quotes with no quotation marks, footnotes or textual citation of the source;

  • submit material written by someone else as your own;

  • submit a paper or assignment for which you have received so much help that the writing is different from your own (This will be judged by the classroom teacher and the programme coordinator.);

  • are seen copying work by any ALS staff member.

The Counsellor and the Principal will keep records of each incident of cheating or plagiarism on homework, quiz, test, project, paper, lab, etc. The consequences are as follows:

1st Infraction:

The Counsellor, Boys/Girls Coordinators and Principal are notified; a zero is given; the parents are notified by the teacher.

2nd Infraction:

The Counsellor, Boys/Girls Coordinators and Principal are notified; a zero is given; the parents are notified; and an after school detention is assigned. If the student is a member of the Student Council he/she will not be able to assume this post. Parents will be informed in writing and a parent conference will be held with the teacher and the Principal.

3rd Infraction:

The Counsellor, Boys/Girls Coordinators and Principal are notified; the student receives a one day in-school suspension. Parents will be informed in writing and a parent conference will be held with the teacher and the Principal.

Further incidents will lead to out of school suspension and academic probation. The contract the student is placed on will detail conditions of continued enrollment at ALS.

All plagiarized work will receive a zero and the student will have to re-do the work in order to get credit / grade on the course by the end of the quarter.


ALS recognizes that language is central to learning. We also recognize that all teachers are in practice language teachers and, as such, need to have the appropriate support.

ALS’s mission statement stipulates that it “encourages its students to become democratic, responsible, knowledgeable world citizens, who are capable of interacting positively and productively with others.” Language becomes an integral part of that interaction.
Within the school, many languages exist side by side, and students are encouraged to compare their languages and the cultures associated with them.
English is the language of instruction within the school. To experience success in other areas, students need to have a certain level of competency within this language. English lessons have an obvious role to play in teaching and reinforcing the language skills needed in other mainstream subjects. However, subject teachers are also language teachers, and should be developing students’ language skills. It is especially important to take into account those language skills required in their particular subject area(s). In addition to this, teachers are responsible for adapting their materials and teaching styles to take into account the needs of students who are not native speakers of English. Subject teachers are encouraged to correct mistakes in English as well as content of written work, and to provide missing vocabulary where appropriate.
Teachers should encourage students to speak English in class (except in Arabic, French, or Spanish classes), but should be aware that students may benefit from help from another student in their mother tongue, in which they are not only linguistically more competent, but can also think more easily. Providing quality education in English for children from a variety of cultural backgrounds implies from the school’s side a commitment to providing support for students that are weak in English, the recognition of the important role that teachers play in developing language acquisition and a belief in the importance of mother-tongue development.
Language lessons at ALS, not only provide a medium for the acquisition of language, they also promote the development of the whole child. This occurs as a result of the fact that it is not only language that is promoted, but also the recognition and understanding of the culture that accompanies it. Throughout their language studies, students also attempt to explore, when appropriate, the links with other subject areas.
As ALS accepts students with a wide variety of linguistic backgrounds, it is extremely important that its language policy is as flexible as possible, thus allowing the students to build up their language skills to a level at which they can then pursue English as an academic language.

Standard Forms of Language

Students should be exposed to the language and culture of different countries. No one form is considered standard. It is necessary for older students to appreciate the different forms of the English language. The type of language a teacher is likely to use depends on where that teacher is from. The teacher will, however, point out differences in expression or spelling where appropriate and the only guiding rule is uniformity of use within a given document.

Language Courses Offered

English, as the language of instruction is compulsory throughout the school. The course offered in the Diploma Years is suitable for students with a variety of English levels from native speakers to those with a basic command of English.

All students have the opportunity to learn additional languages at the school. The school currently offers Arabic, Spanish and French depending on the grade levels.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL instruction is offered for students who have limited competency in English language, and thus have difficulty coping with mainstream classes in English. These students need extra support in English. In both PYP and MYP, this is done through a combination of pull-out or in-class support, depending on the level of the student.

Language A

In Language A courses, the language is taught in a way appropriate to


  • for whom that language is their mother tongue;

  • as one of their mother tongues;

  • who have reached native or near native competency in the language.

English and Arabic in the DP and MYP are currently taught as Language A.

Language B

In Language B courses, the language is taught in a way appropriate to


  • for whom that language is not their mother tongue.

In MYP, Language B will be Arabic and French. In DP Language B will be Spanish.


Students also produce a variety of different forms of handwriting dependent on previous school experience. All students are taught D’Nealian handwriting in PYP. Throughout the school, however, all forms of handwriting are acceptable, provided that the writing is neat and legible.


Assessment in language like all other subject areas within the school is carried out in accordance with the school’s assessment policy guidelines. These guidelines follow the general principles of the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes.


The purpose of homework at ALS is to:

• extend learning;

• reinforce new skills and concepts;

prepare students for new tasks;

• consolidate previously learned skills and knowledge;

• enable students to revise effectively;

• establish independent habits of study.
The type of homework assigned and the length of time expected for students to spend on homework vary from grade level to grade level. Parents are encouraged to speak with the classroom teacher concerning issues related to homework.
Failure to hand in assigned homework on time will result in a time penalty and eventually no credit for the work. No forgotten homework, projects or books may be delivered to students during school time. Students are required to bring the homework to school with them in the morning.
The basic standard for the amount of homework to be assigned is:

Ages 7-9: Approximately 30 to 45 minutes per night

Ages 10-14: Approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours per night

Ages 16-18: A minimum of 2 hours per night.


Grades 7-12

Students who pass all courses and meet the attendance requirements will be promoted to the next grade level.


  • At the end of each quarter, parents of students failing any course will be informed in writing. Students at risk of failing will meet with the Principal, the Counsellor, and parents. A student failing any course will receive a biweekly academic monitoring report issued by the Counsellor to inform the parents of the student’s standing.

  • Students whose grades are below 4 in one of the core subjects (English, Mathematics, Arabic, Science, and Social Studies) will be promoted on probation.

  • Students who have failed two non-core subjects will be promoted on academic probation.


  • Students will be retained if they fail two core subjects.

  • Students will be retained if they fail more than two subjects of any type.

  • Students will be retained if they fail the same core subject for two consecutive years.

  • Students will be retained if they fail the same two non-core subjects for two consecutive years.

  • Students may not repeat any grade level more than once.

  • Students may not repeat two consecutive grade levels.

  • Students may not repeat more than two grade levels at ALS.

Students At Risk

During a marking period, if a student is not meeting the standards of a course or its requirements, the parents will receive an “At Risk” notification. Parents should not be surprised by report cards and at Parent-Teacher evenings by their child’s performance. A student at risk of failing the year will meet with the Principal, Counsellor and parents.

For students in K-6 who are at risk, achievement is discussed with the parents throughout the year. Decisions and recommendations regarding promotion on probation, retention or change of school are communicated to parents in a timely manner based on evidence related to achievement standards.

Classroom Rules and General Behaviour

Students are expected to follow classroom rules to ensure a safe and academic environment that allows all students the opportunity to learn. Students who violate classroom rules will be subject to disciplinary measures from the teacher and/or Principal.

In order for students to make the most of their educational experiences they must assume the responsibility to:

  • Report promptly to class, assemblies and other required student activities.

  • Bring appropriate material and supplies to class with them.

  • Not chew gum or bring food or drink (except water) into the classroom.

  • Be attentive to the teacher’s instruction, work on assigned tasks, participate in class activities and complete all assigned work to the best of their ability.

  • Be respectful of the staff, other students and the learning environment.

Disciplinary Consequences

Students are expected to demonstrate their maturity by complying with rules without constant monitoring. When sanctions are needed, the following consequence will apply.


  • Break/Lunch detention: This will be assigned by teachers as part of their classroom rules.

  • After school detention: Students will be required to stay after school for one hour. Parent notification via email or direct telephone call is required.

Examples of behaviour that would result in an after school detention include:

  • Disrespectful behaviour*

  • Collecting three incidents in a week as recorded by teachers on the incident sheet

  • (3) tardies to class or school, or skipping part or all of a class while on campus

  • Anti-social behaviour

  • Swearing

  • Bullying

  • Continual disruption of classroom instruction

  • Repeated gum chewing or eating

*Disrespectful behaviour: Refusing to follow a reasonable direction, talking back to teachers and staff, rude behaviour, making threats, and refusing to identify oneself, are all examples of disrespectful behaviour that will have consequences and will not be tolerated at ALS.


Students will not be allowed to participate in any school activities during the period of suspension and a parent conference will be required before the student may return to regular classes.

  • In-School Suspension: In-school suspension will be in an office at school with teachers sending students their work from the classroom. Students who receive in-school suspension are required to bring their own lunch to school.

  • At-Home Suspension: Students who receive at-home suspension for the first time are allowed to make up projects and tests, but will receive an automatic 20% deduction.

The second time they receive an at-home suspension, they will lose credit for any work missed.

Parent notification via email or direct telephone call is required

For major misbehaviour, a parent conference in person with the Principal is required.

Restoration or payment for damaged property is also a consequence.

Examples of behaviour that would result in suspension include:

  • Repeated violations of school rules or policies

  • Use or possession of tobacco products

  • Vandalism or activating a fire alarm

  • Fighting

  • Leaving school or missing multiple classes without authorization

  • Major disruptions involving violence, defiance, force, insubordination or threats

  • Possession or use of dangerous materials

  • Forceful or unlawful entry of school premises or rooms

  • Making threats, mental or physical assault, abuse or harassment of students or staff

  • Cases of theft or forgery

  • Misbehaviour or disruption during examinations

Disciplinary Probation

Students who consistently misbehave at school may be placed on Disciplinary Probation. A letter will be sent home to inform parents that their child has been placed on Disciplinary Probation. Students on Disciplinary Probation will be monitored closely by the Principal and the students’ teachers.

Consequences for behaviour not acceptable to the school will be more severe. A student must earn the privilege to be removed from probation. While on probation, students will be restricted from participation in any extra-curricular activities.


Expulsion will be recommended when it is determined that the student is a threat to the safety and welfare of others, has continuously or seriously disrupted the education of others or has been placed on a behaviour contract by the administration and has not fulfilled the requirements of this contract. Final decision needs the approval of the Board of Trustees.

Unacceptable Consequences for Students:

  • Corporal punishment.

  • Use of group punishment for individual or small group behaviours.

  • Use of academic work as a disciplinary procedure to correct a behavioural concern (i.e.assigning extra homework).

  • Use of evaluation procedures as a method of discipline (i.e. arbitrarily assigning a test).

Disciplinary procedures are progressive. When it is clear that the methods being used are not having a positive effect on the students’ behaviour, more serious consequences will be applied.

ALS School-wide Rules and Procedures for General Behaviour

Actions and Consequences:

Fighting: Being directly involved in a fight or inciting or aggravating a fight will result in suspension.

Disregarding the safety of others: Ranges from Wednesday after school detention to at-home suspension, depending on the seriousness of the incident.

Skipping classes: Wednesday after school detention. No makeup work.

Chewing Gum: Gum is banned from campus. An adult will ask the student to dispose of the gum in a sanitary way and will confiscate any gum in his/her hands.

Mobile Phones, IPods and Laptops: Mobile phones, Ipods and laptops are not allowed in class without the teacher’s permission. If used during class without permission, they will be confiscated. Students can use them responsibly during the breaks; however, any phone calls home can only be made from the principal’s office. Parents and students should be aware that the students are responsible for these items in school. The school will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of any items belonging to a student. If a teacher on duty feels that a student is irresponsible in the use of such an item, the teacher has a right to confiscate it and the student will be banned from using it. The Parents will be notified in this event.

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