Based on our innovative SEK Intelligent Clasroom model, and the learning principles of the International Baccalaureate (IB), we have designed a Future Learning Model that offers personalized learning pathways for each student that foster collaboration, autonomy and the construction of meaning, and makes them future-ready for the third millennium
The central ideas of this model are:
• making learning more personalised
• nurturing student agency and self-directed learning
• using assessment to best support learning
• valuing diversity in learning approaches, environments and spaces
• nurturing global citizenship
• leveraging technology to support learning
• and supporting staff self-directed professional learning.
The SEK-Riyadh curriculum is an international model developed by the SEK Education Group for the context of Saudi Arabia, designed to meet the demands of a global third millennium international school, and to put our Future Learning Model into practice.
Central to the philosophy of our curriculum model is the principle that purposeful, structured inquiry is a powerful vehicle for learning that promotes meaning and understanding, and challenges students to engage with significant ideas. The curriculum aims at building and reinforcing students’ sense of identity and cultural awareness, while equipping them with the skills to learn, acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to reflect upon this process so that they become lifelong learners. By applying those skills and knowledge, and through the development of the SEK Profile and the IB learner profile, students are supported in becoming the future citizens who will create a better and more peaceful world.
The curriculum model is grounded in the social and historical context of Saudi Arabia, while also aligned with global contexts and international benchmarks. The curriculum will satisfy the educational needs of the local and expatriate population and is aimed at developing the next generation of Saudi Arabian and international students who will become active contributors to the local, regional, Saudi, and global communities.
We aim for the curriculum to consist of the three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes leading to the award of the IB Diploma and a US accredited High School Diploma.
1. IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) http://www.ibo.org/pyp/
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 to 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.
2. IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) http://www.ibo.org/myp/
The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).
3. International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB DP) http://www.ibo.org/dp/
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.
4. New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredited US High School Diploma https://cie.neasc.org/
The school will also offer the NEASC accredited US High School Diploma (US HSD) to all students who satisfy specific requirements. The curriculum is designed with an emphasis in critical and creative thinking, academic achievement, breadth and depth of study, intercultural understanding and community action. To obtain the US HSD, students must successfully complete the IB Middle Years Programme (Grade 9 and 10) and IB Diploma Programme (Grade 11 and 12)