School Program

School Program

Qatar Academy aims to create an atmosphere of exploration and discovery throughout the learning environment. From our classrooms to our corridors and staffrooms, students, parents and faculty are encouraged to challenge themselves and their thinking through the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme. This learning environment is often extended beyond the classroom walls and involves the wider community, supporting connections that are made in the real world.  By using the framework of the PYP, we aim to foster a culture of life-long learners and critical thinkers, in line with our mission statement.

Qatar Academy continually reviews and develops its Programme of Inquiry (POI) through ongoing reflection. This continual reflection becomes an expectation of the students in and around their classrooms and contributes to the dynamic nature of program units. Qatar Academy also strives to include the culture of our host country within these units.

Curriculum Documents

Qatar Academy uses a curriculum which has been specially developed to meet international standards and the needs of our students. The content of this curriculum is taught and assessed using pedagogies supported by the International Baccalaureate programs.

Qatar Academy Student Services teams work to foster and increase interpersonal competencies and sustain scholastic achievement. Qatar Academy sees students as well-rounded individuals and as such provides services that focus on social and emotional development and health related issues, as well as providing support in areas of academic learning.
 
The Counseling team of Student Services helps to facilitate International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP and MYP attitudes and social and emotional competencies through skill building activities that are taught to whole classes, small groups or individuals. Counselors have a highly visible presence around Qatar Academy and practice an ‘open door policy’ where they are readily available to meet with students or parents on a one-to-one basis. Parenting workshops or Coffee and Chat sessions are offered over the year where Counselors are available to meet with parents concerning their child's progress and/or emotional development. As students enter the Diploma Program, in Grades 11-12, counseling services continue to be an integral part of scholastic success. During these critical years Counselors work closely with each individual student to ensure college readiness and to help guide all students through the university application process. Qatar Academy has a nearly 100% college matriculation rate and past records show our graduates have entered universities on five different continents.
 
Qatar Academy Doha’s Learning Support Team and Qatar Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Center collaborate to support the academic and behavioral needs for students who struggle to access core curricular and behavioral expectations from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Teachers with specialization in learning disabilities, behavioral interventions, and second language acquisition partner with School Psychologists, Speech and language pathologists, Instructional coaches, Occupational Therapists, and Autism Specialists to help all Qatar Academy Doha students enjoy a beneficial educational experience. As part of the Qatar Academy Doha’s problem solving body, Student Services Coordinators assist the whole team in determining the degree of direct and supplemental services needed to support academic success for all enrolled students. Classroom teachers, school administrators, and coordinators are engaged by all specialists to develop and deliver a high quality instructional program for struggling students.
 
Qatar Academy Student Services also includes our School Nurses whose main role is to support students and families regarding health issues. Both Primary and Senior campuses have Family Affairs Coordinators who work to promote and foster a positive relationship between Qatar Academy and its Qatari families.
 
Qatar Academy Student Services include such programs as:
Anti-bullying campaign
Personal/individual counseling
Crisis Intervention – when and as required
Psycho-educational assessment
Speech and language assessment and intervention-as needed
New student orientation
Grade 5 transition to Middle School – Parent sessions
Academic counseling
Career pathways workshop/counseling
After School Homework Club
College Guidance Workshops
University Tours and Fairs