Are students generally challenged appropriately by the curriculum? Please describe any particular strengths or weaknesses in this area. Do you have any thoughts how the curriculum is applied and implemented at this school?

I thought she had a good K year. They handled reading differentiation well--kids entered the class knowing basic words or not even knowing letter sounds and they worked with everyone. She made good reading progress and was in a guided reading group of kids at her level. Math was mostly done whole class, but halfway through the year the more advanced math students got pulled to the back of the room for the second part of math for enrichment. I thought social studies and science was a bit weak, especially compared to the curriculum say in Virginia kindergarten. Social studies focused on Little Me in a Big School. They did learn about Egypt in their Egypt Culture class. But nothing with maps, history (aside from a little of Egypt), holidays, etc. Science they didn't even touch until 3rd trimester--they did a unit on living things and one on force and motion (pushes/pulls/etc). She liked science, but I wish they had done more of an alternating unit system throughout the year and did more science topics. - Feb 2020

I think that the curriculum is challenging and fair. The Arabic program, however, is an embarrassment to the school. After four years, the children are learning how to order food from a menu. I thought they would have learned this the first month of school nearly four years ago. No American I know is impressed with the Arabic program. It's a disgrace. They should hire American-trained language teachers and not hire locals. They don't know how to teach, quite frankly. If you want your child to learn Arabic, hire a tutor right away because they will still be learning the alphabet after four years. - Feb 2017

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