The curriculum in each subject area reflects a coherent, orderly progress through the grades. There is a definite unity and co-ordination of subject -matter among various subjects in each grade. The School curriculum is based on Ontario Board of Education’s guidance, enhanced with Arabic Language and Islamic studies. The school prepares the pupils for Ontario EQAO conducted annually by the Ministry of Education
Al-Rassool Islamic School believes that every student needs to practice the knowledge, skill and values which are critical to personal development and social order. The Curriculum emphasizes the need for the entire student to
. Learn to use fundamental skills.
. Participate in the government process.
. Prepare for a career and family.
. Develop self-esteem.
. Act creatively.
. Maintain a sound body and mind.
. Think with clarity and freedom.
. Appreciate cultural pluralism and diversity.
. Strive for excellence.
The curriculum is thoughtfully chalked out to allow student to learn the great depth as well as make logical connection that exits among subject areas, thus making learning more meaningful, interesting and hence long-lasting.
The child – Centered approach together with stress on creative self-expression and a belief that freedom from fixation can be achieved only through activities, finds expression in the largely activity-based curriculum we follow. The curriculum promotes self-confidence in children enabling them to make the most of their individual talent.
Curriculum objectives are based on National standards as set by the Council of Teachers of English, lectures as well as lab classes. The school also offers instruction in Arabic (as a second language), and Islamic and Quranic Studies at multiple levels, based on student placement. The Islamic Studies curriculum is based exclusively on the Jafferia school of thought, although other schools of thought are respected and recognized. Daily congregational prayer is offered at mid-day. Students are encouraged to practice their daily prayers based on the jurisprudence that is practiced within their homes.
Where possible all of these areas of learning are combined into topic based activities for the children. However, sometimes it is necessary to teach particular concepts in isolation, for example certain aspects of mathematics. In line with the principles of the Ontario ’s guidance, all teaching and learning in the early classes are through play-based activities. A variety of methods are employed to deliver the curriculum, some activities are led by the teacher in small groups; others are based on independent exploration and sometimes a teacher will work with the whole class.
Regular meetings of the teaching staff are held to ensure effectiveness of curriculum content and delivery methods. The curriculum is regularly reviewed to assess its effectiveness and development takes place when necessary. Our staff frequently attends training courses to keep abreast of developments in their particular fields. The directors of the school constantly monitor the curriculum and how it is applied. Any further information about the curriculum and its organization is available from the office.
Learning objectives are achieved through an integrated and center-based approach with emphasis on hands-on and student based learning. The average student-teacher ratio is one to fourteen.
As per accreditation standards, core subject teachers are either state certified or in the process of certification with at least a Bachelors degree. Teacher Assistants are provided in many elementary classrooms.
Physical education facilities include an outdoor playground, an indoor play area/gym, (Under contruction: small soccer field and almost full-sized, outdoor basket-ball court.)
Once admitted to the School, the student should strictly comply with the rule and regulation of the school.
We consider the Ontario curriculum to be the minimal standard for our school and have designed our syllabus to develop a greater level of skills. We offer the following areas of learning All core subjects as well as many electives including
3. Social Studies (knowledge and understanding of the world)
5. Arabic (language)
6. French (language)
7. Islamic Studies (Fiqh, Akhlaq, History and Quran)
8. Physical and creative development
9. Personal, social and emotional development
10.Physical Education, Health,
12. Computer Literacy are offered in English.