Upper School education consists of 3-year cycle: grades 10, 11, and 12. The Upper School includes two programs:
1. The Lebanese Baccalaureate program
This program includes Grade 10 one common branch, Grade 11: Scientific and Literary Branches Grade 12: Life Sciences, Economics and sociology, and General Sciences Branches.
The curriculum prepares students to sit for the official Baccalaureate exams which requires the teaching of Arabic, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Sociology, Economics, and Philosophy, Physical Education, Art, Subjects may vary depending on level and branch. Classical Arabic is the main language in Arabic and social studies classes, sociology, economics, and philosophy. English is the language of instruction in the other subjects.
2. College/Freshman year Preparatory program
A three-year curriculum designed for foreign and Lebanese students who meet Lebanese government requirements for exemption from Arabic language study or exemptions from official exams. Students in this program cover all the requirements for the American High School with French and Arabic language at varying levels.
The courses given are Math I, Math II and Pre-calculus, Physics I, II, III Chemistry I, II, III and Biology I, II, III English I, II and III, Arabic (as second language), World History and World Geography, psychology, media, PE, and Visual Art. The students shall be placed in the courses according to their performance levels.
The curriculum in Upper School is devised based the National standards set by the Ministry of Education, International McRel standards and Ahliah’s school mission statement and objectives. Learning objectives aim at building a variety of skills and promote higher order thinking, using a variety of approaches and strategies that cater for the varied needs and learning styles of students. In the process of coping with 21st century skills the curriculum planning integrates The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. The vertical alignment in all subjects ensures the continuity of skills and horizontal alignment across disciplines provides opportunities for multidisciplinary learning experiences.
Teaching practices encourage collaborative work, project based learning, discussions, researching, performance tasks and problem solving, role play and creating opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning through creative and varied methods. The curriculum provides students with all the requirements for external examination, national official exams, SAT, TOEFEL, university entrance exams etc.., prepare students for further schooling in national and international universities.
A variety of formative and summative assessment is used to monitor students’ learning and evaluate their achievement of learning objectives. Assessment may include tests, quizzes, research papers, projects, presentations, performance tasks, self and peer assessment.