The AGS Middle School is designed for learners aged 11 to 16. It develops active learners and internationally-minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. It empowers learners to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally, and globally – essential qualities for global leaders of the future. It builds upon the knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed in Primary School.The result is young people who are creative, critical, and reflective thinkers.
The IB Middle Years Program encourages learners to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. It is designed to help learners develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self, and their own responsibility in their community. In Grades 9 and 10, learners have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups. At the end of Grade 10 they would then acquire the IB MYP Certificate.
In Grades 11 and 12 the school will apply for authorization to offer students the choice of two pathways - the IB Diploma and IB Courses pathways. This will enable students to obtain the IB Diploma or IB Courses Certificate at the end of Grade 12. Our aim is for every student to have the opportunity to follow a pathway that best fits their learning potential for future success. The American Gulf School will also provide students and parents with excellent careers support and guidance throughout the Middle Years, which will be customized to each student and will accumulate with extensive support for students gaining entry into the best Universities with support for scholarships and bursaries where required.
Each year, learners in Middle School also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups. Middle School learners also complete a long-term project, where they decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, discover what they will need to know in order to complete the project and create a proposal or criteria for completing it.
We view nationality as an institutional capturing of one form of identity, and within our school, we believe that people of all nations have more in common than they do differences.
American Gulf School appreciates the diverse cultures of the world and believes that education is a vehicle for creating a better, more peaceful world.
The AGS library has a variety of books to help learners from different backgrounds to read books in their mother tongue.
At American Gulf School, we believe that lifelong learning enables each learner to develop confidence and perseverance to tackle any challenge they are given. We encourage learners to work together inside and outside the classroom as well as online, to achieve better results.
Lifelong learning builds self-awareness and respect for others. Learners develop invaluable leadership skills through learning to plan, negotiate, compromise, and consider. They are taught how to take constructive criticism and act upon it, as well as how to give it in order to get the task completed, therefore learning from it.