AMERICAN DIPLOMA PROGRAM
The American Diploma (AD) Program adopted by Dar Al Fikr Schools is a cohesive system that integrates the national ethos of educational system and the global competitive high school standard. It starts the accumulative credits GPA from grade nine over four years.
DAF Schools’ aim of such a new sustainable system in KSA is to give graduates strong foundation for successful university education inside and outside the Kingdom and prepare them simultaneously for real life and practical demanding market.
The DAF high school requirements have been designed to satisfy the vision and statement mission the schools foster and to meet the requirements of local and international universities through scoring high in SAT and Qudurat ( a national test equivalent to SAT).
The schools also took into consideration the rules that have been conditioned by the Ministry of education regarding graduates that they should take advanced courses in Arabic language, Islamic Studies and homogenous social and civics studies.
On the other side, the schools have chosen the educational standards of the California State in Math, Science and English. DarAl Fikr schools have been accredited in 2007 by Advanc-Ed, NCA and still operating accordingly. Holding the view of the importance of introducing a variety of elective courses, the school offers two groups of courses, one as compulsory and the second comprises a variety of subjects. Student should choose seven courses over four years ( 9 – 12 ) . At the beginning of each course students have the right to drop the course and opt to another in the first two weeks of the term.
Twelve graders who are going to medical or engineering colleges are directed to choose advanced math & Science courses. Also , students in grade 12 who are part of the partnership program with Mawhiba are following the same track.
The school offers (30) credit hours from grade 9 to 12 . Students who have learning difficulties or missing schooling opportunities beyond their abilities are required to fulfill minimum 26.5 credits. Students should pass all subjects and score in each subject over ( 60 % ).
Those who score less than 60 % are deemed fail. The schools extend hand to students who are working hard but still unable to pass required courses in many ways: after school tutoring, Thursday school, online teaching, or summer courses. Students who fail again will have their graduation delayed at least one semester. On the other hand, the school offers a summer course for students who finished their eleventh grade and who scored above 80% so that they can accelerate their graduation in grade twelve and graduate at the end of the first semester to get earlier chance to join universities.