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Founded in 1989 as the first school in Oman to pioneer the IGCSE/’A’ level curriculum and conveniently, centrally located in Qurum, Muscat International School is a private, co-educational day school, licensed by the Omani Ministry of Education to deliver the English national curriculum alongside Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies from the Omani curriculum, to students of all nationalities in the KG to Grade 12 age range. M.I.S. has now expanded to a three-form entry school.
Children in the Kindergarten follow the English national curriculum pre-Key Stage 1 Foundation Programme, leading to implementation of the Cambridge International Primary Programme in Grades 1 to 6, equivalent to Key Stages 1 and 2, again modelled on the English national curriculum. This progamme is extended into Grades 7 and 8 [Key Stage 3] culminating in Checkpoint testing, set by the University of Cambridge, at the end of Grade 8.
Thereafter, in Grades 9 and 10, students are taught the IGCSE curriculum, based again on University of Cambridge syllabuses. AS-A2 courses follow in Grades 11 and 12. Non-Moslems may be exempted from Religion, non-Arabic speakers may receive their Social Studies in English and non-native speakers of Arabic take beginners’ Arabic up to and including Grade 8.
Special provision for non-native speakers of English needing intensive support is available so that they can be fast-tracked into the mainstream curriculum.
Students with learning difficulties, which currently range from attention deficit issues to mild cases of autism or physical handicap, are welcome to apply to join M.I.S. A personal interview with the individual student and his/her family is a pre-requisite before final acceptance can be given.
Teaching staff, who are all appropriately approved and qualified, represent some seventeen nationalities in all, and many of these are seasoned professionals from the British and/or international school circuit. All teachers are expected to commit to the school’s activities programme, as indeed are all students, which is incorporated into the daily timetable. All students, for the purposes of sporting competition and school activities, are designated a School House.
Students proceed after graduation [for which twelve completed and successful years at school, not counting KG and Reception, are an absolute must] to universities worldwide. Currently the most popular destinations are the U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Lebanon, Australia, Jordan and the Gulf countries besides Oman itself. M.I.S. maintains links with its former students through the Alumni Club.
The school year runs from the third week of August to the third week of June and is structured on a two-semester system with a two/three week holiday in January. Each semester has a one-week half-semester break. All students are obliged to wear school uniform. Admission is by interview and placement test, but previous school reports, IGCSE and AS results are taken into consideration where appropriate. High standards of behaviour and discipline are required. All enquiries regarding admissions are initially to be addressed to the Principal/Registrar.
Level / Class
Kindergarten to Grade 12 [IGCSE, AS and A2]
School facilities and resources are excellent. M.I.S. is equipped with a gymnasium, swimming pool and training pool, a most impressive armchair theatre, examination halls, craft, drama, music and home economics studios, computing suites, four very well-equipped specialist science laboratories, as well as ample and generous classroom space. Provision for outdoor recreation and sport is also excellent.
From RO:1400/- to RO:3500/-
P O Box 1031, PC 112
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