School Development Areas
Assessment PolicyAt AlS, we believe that exams are not the only indicator of a child's learning. Therefore, less emphasis is placed on numbers/marks, i.e. the conventional way of testing. Instead, informal learning assessments are taken throughout the year, and every child's progress is documented through portfolios. In Phase I of Vision 2024, there will be no formal exams for up to Class 2. Informal assessments during school hours will be taken. Parents will be identified of the assessment s but no formal schedule will go out. Class 3 and above will appear for formal terminal exams at the end of the school year. For this a detailed schedule will be sent to the parents.
Student ProgressThe school year is divided into two terms. There will be two formal parent-teacher meetings during the school year (mid-term and end of the school year). Students portfolio will be reflection of their self-directed learning (PG-2). Portfolios will also be maintained for Class 3 onwards along with summative assessment reports. In Phase II Grade 5 will have PYPexhibition following IB standards and guidelines.
TeachingTeachers will be going under continuous professional development, guiding their pedagogical skills and bringing them up to international standards. Trainings will be conducted by IB certified trainers and consultants.
Student SupportWe aim to systematically identify student needs in the area of support for student development. It is done making good use of information obtained from various means such as in-class teacher observations, in-formal assessment and exams. Once identified, students will be provided with extra support through mentorship, additional worksheets and after school lessons.
School Parent BodyThe school values home-school cooperation and maintains a close link with parents and other school systems. The School Parent Body (SPB) plays an important role in representing parents' views and facilitating communication with the school management. Communication and cooperation with parents are well fostered, not only through the regular SPB meetings, Parent-Teacher meetings, informal contact between parents and the school, but also through parents' involvement in various school functions.
Language PolicyAIS is presently delivering its curriculum mostly in English. All students learn the national language of Pakistan Urdu.
An additional international language may be introduced for students age 7+ in Phase II of vision 2024.