PERSONALISED learning is at the centre of the British Columbia (BC) curriculum followed by the Canadian School Bahrain (CSB).
With its focus on supporting students develop their competencies and skills, the authentic learning experience provided by the curriculum “prepares them for their 21st century future”, said CSB offshore school representative Susanne Penner.
All CSB teachers are BC-certified and schools offering the programme must teach the curriculum laid out by the BC Education Ministry in Canada.
“Children in offshore schools are encouraged to value their own country while learning about another,” added Ms Penner.
“This also enables the school to fully meet the requirements of Bahrain’s Education Ministry offering Arabic language, Islamic studies, and citizenship into a blended BC curriculum.”
Schools must also have effective assessment methods to identify student learning and students must learn how to self-assess.
CSB’s compliance with BC curriculum criteria is completed through two inspections, a requirement for all offshore BC programme schools.
“Both inspections have been exceptional,” Ms Penner said, adding that the BC Ministry has been impressed with CSB’s teacher understanding and implementation of the curriculum.
“They feel the school is an amazing example of an effective BC programme school where students have a great opportunity and environment in which to learn.”
The programme is recognised around the world and as such graduates have access to top universities of their choice, with past students attending Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Princeton, Berkley, MIT and many others.
Upon graduation, BC curriculum students receive certificates identical to the ones received by students in British Columbia and “there is nothing that distinguishes them as having taken their programme offshore”.
“This is because the standards and expectations and therefore the opportunities are the same for a BC programme student regardless where they have received their education,” Ms Penner added.
The school follows students through their education path with the help of their Personal Education Number (PEN), a number that is retained through to Grade 12, received upon their enrolment and registration with the BC ministry.
Students’ graduation requirements are identified in grade 12 and upon successful completion, they are issued a transcript which is forwarded by the ministry to a minimum of five universities of their choice.
Students also receive a “Dogwood” certificate of graduation, taken from the provincial flower which is a beautiful white flower that grows on a flowering tree.
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, CSB has kept online classes small so that teachers can interact with as many students as possible all the while ensuring to keep virtual classes to a reasonable amount of time to complement students’ attention span.
“As principal, it is an honour to work with such dedicated, passionate, and highly-trained teachers, all who are focused on providing students with an internationally-acclaimed education,” said CSB Principal Abby Saadeh.
“With the current pandemic, we were able to shift our learning online smoothly, because our teachers have been trained to teach in any environment.
“Students have realised that learning can be engaging and no matter where they are, they can learn and be involved,” she added.
There are 45 BC-certified schools globally and plans have been laid out for three additional schools to open next September.
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