Welcome message from the Superintendent / CEO

Ms. Ghadeer Abu-Shamat

2020, A Year of Challenges and Accomplishments

The year 2020 will be forever etched into our brains as the year of Covid-19, a year of challenges, shifting realities and priorities. However, it was not just a year of challenges for the community of Al-Khaleej National School. AKNS community is known to be resilient and tenacious and that is exactly what we put out to roll with 2020. Our accomplishments during this school year are also worth celebrating, so let’s take a look at our journey through 2020.

DSIB Inspection 19-20

In February 2020, we had our annual inspection from DSIB while the learning for our students was in full swing. DSIB inspection 19-20 results for AKNS are a testament to the continuous journey to excellence for our school community.

Here are some highlights from DSIB Inspection 19-20:

-          The school sustained the overall rating of “Good”.

-          A total of 16 indicators moved up.

o   4 indicators moved from Acceptable to Good.

o   10 indicators moved from Good to Very Good.

o   2 Indicators moved from Very Good to Outstanding.

These results indicate strong commitment of AKNS leaders and teachers to their students’ learning and well-being, as well as a strong sense of community.

According to the DSIB Inspection report, the Best Features of the School are:

-          Very high standards of safety, care and guidance, which lead to students’ very good or better personal and social development in all phases.

-          Students’ good and very good progress in almost all core subjects and phases.

-          Very strong provision in the KG, which supports children’s very good progress in English, mathematics and science.

-          The outstanding level of students’ understanding of Islamic values and Emirati heritage, and the high degree of social responsibility that students show.

-          The commitment and expertise of the senior leaders to improve students’ achievements.

It is worth-noting the journey of the school over the last 6 years. Statistics in the table below are a proof of the hard work of AKNS community:

 

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Indicators Moved

 Up

6 (7%)

13 (15%)

20 (23%)

38 (43%)

15 (17%)

16 (18%)

Indicators Moved

 Down

14 (16%)

7 (8%)

7 (8%)

0

1 (1%)

0

Overall

 Rating

Acceptable

Acceptable

Acceptable

Good

Good

Good

Frame

work

Old

Inspection Framework

Inspection Framework 2015-2016

Over 5 years, 99% of Performance Indicators moved up.

 

Distance Learning Evaluation 19-20

AKNS started distance learning for its students in March 2020. Although COVID-19 inflicted anxiety for everyone in all walks of life, our students and teachers adapted to this new-normal quickly. We worked hard to evolve and refine our remote learning provision throughout the remainder of the school year ensuring that our students’ learning doesn’t get compromised.

We are therefore delighted to show that our pioneering work in this area was so comprehensively acknowledged in the recent Distance Learning Evaluation (DLE) by DSIB, where AKNS was awarded the top-tier ‘Developed’ rating. The same is reflected a large majority of students and parents who expressed satisfaction in our distance learning provision. This also supports our confidence in that fact that no matter what form school takes, we know we are ready for next academic year.

Advanced Placement (AP) Results 19-20

Despite the challenges, our students took their Advanced Placement Exams while at home. School’s AP results are another reason for school community to celebrate:

In summary:

-          A total of 18 students sat for the AP exams.

-          6 students sat for AP Biology, 3 for AP Physics C: Mechanics, 5 for AP Psychology, and 4 for AP Studio Art: Drawing

-          2 students sat for 2 different subjects; both students passed both subjects with an average of 4.5 and 3.5.

 

 

 

Score Earned

Recommendations

College Course Grade Equivalent

Number of AKNS Students

Percentage

(Max)

Extremely well qualified

A+ or A

4

22%

4

Very well qualified

A-, B+, or B

6

33%

3

Qualified

B-, C+, or C

5

28 %

2

Possible qualified

----

1

6%

1 (Min)

No recommendations

----

2

11%

 

-          Below table indicates the average score for students in each AP subject offered by the school.  

Subject

Number of student

Average

Passing Rate 

AP Biology 

6

3

67%

AP Physics C: Mechanics

3

3.67

100%

AP Psychology

5

3.8

80%

AP Studio Art: Drawing 

4

4

100%

Overall AP Passing Rate for AKNS Students

83.3%

 

 

-          It is worth- mentioning that AKNS’s average scores surpass both UAE and World Average Scores for AP as indicated in the table below:

AKNS Students’ Average Scores for AP Subjects

UAE Average Scores for AP Subjects

World Average Scores for AP Subjects

3.56

3.24

2.95

 

We are looking forward to having more achievements in 2020-2021!

Sincerely,

Ms. Ghadeer Abu-Shamat

Superintendent / CEO