School Wide Curriculum

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School Wide Curriculum 


Al Ain American School follows the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education (MoE) curriculum for the Arabic subjects.


English Language, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Health, and the Visual and Performing Arts are taught in English and are based on the CCSS.

These educational standards set a benchmark describing and establishing the knowledge students should attain in each subject for each grade, thus ensuring they are well prepared to set foot in the next level of their learning journey.


Arabic Language, Islamic Studies, and Arabic Social Studies are taught in Arabic and are based on the MoE standards which cover the required skills for every grade level for every subject.

Our school also offers Arabic as a Second Language (ASL) for students whose Arabic is not a first language, as well as Islamic Studies (for Muslims) and Arabic Social Studies. ASL is taught during the Arabic as a Second Language periods. The Islamic Studies and Arabic Social Studies are taught in English. ASL lessons are taught by the ASL teacher and are held in the ASL room which gives the teacher more of a chance to sit one-to-one with the students in a bilingual room which we believe helps more in the student acquisition of the Arabic language. 


Our curriculum focuses on

  • Reading Literacy
  • Integration between subjects
  • Hands-on Math approaches
  • Inquiry based science lessons
  • Problem solving and reasoning
  • 21st Century learning skills
  • DIY Projects
  • STEAM Activities
  • Cross-content teaching


Books used to support the learning are the Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt books for English Language, Mathematics, and Science.

The MoE books are used for Arabic language, Islamic studies, Arabic social studies and Moral Education.


AAAS Academic Team conducts regular curricula reviews. The main goal of this process is to make sure that the curricula is aligned with other divisions, thus providing a smooth learning journey and transition to our learners from one level to another.


Simultaneously, the school continuously works on the training and growth of the staff. We believe that by creating a community of professionals, we are able to provide the students with the best learning environment.

To ensure success, we are always looking for evidence of learning through various types of assessments, rubrics and checklists which also monitors the implementation of the curriculum. Data from both school and international assessments are used to drive the instruction, to modify where needed, and to make curriculum related decisions.