CURRICULUM

CURRICULUM

Newcastle curriculum designed based on STEAM education methodology integrated with the American international curriculum that is deep and flexible enough to produce a skillful graduate able to cope with most university courses around the world. The school is adopting the American Curriculum and running an accreditation process with AIAA organization.

Our educational Standards follow the Common Core State Standards, CCSS, as the framework for our curriculum while incorporating ‘STEAM’ principals as outlined below:

The school will implement a full inclusion model whereby all students will be a part of regular classrooms unless their Individualized Education Plans (IEP)define a different learning setting. Curriculum and instruction will be grounded in the belief that all students are capable of achieving excellence in learning, and that high-quality instructional planning is critical to students’ future success.

THE MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SCHOOL CULTURE, INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN, AND EDUCATIONAL METHODOLOGIES:

NCS School will maintain a culture that promotes trust, respect, and responsibility. Students and teachers have exceptional ownership of the learning experience and their school environment. Working on projects and in teams, students are accountable to their peers and acquire a level of responsibility similar to what they would experience in a professional work environment. NCS School will demonstrate high levels of student engagement and continued growth along several measures of academic progress.

NCS will focus on interdisciplinary, project-based learning using STEAM approach with a focus on science, technology, Art, and Mathematics using the engineering design process. The engineering design process will provide the over-arching theme of the school.  According to the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), “Engineering design, by its very nature, is a pedagogical strategy that promotes learning across disciplines”. STEAM is a philosophy grounded first and foremost in the solution of problems from a multi-faceted and inter-disciplinary perspective. However, it should not just cater to the science, technology, engineering, or math aspects of a student’s education. A well-thought out STEM-based approach to education includes the integration of all subject matter that may be brought to bear on problems, such as; environmental, social, regulatory, legal, institutional, political, and economic aspects. This is how engineers solve problems large and small every day, and for this reason engineering concept and its study is an important part of any STEM program.

NCS will represent a standard innovative learning environment, based on project-based learning approach which will engage students with dynamic, rigorous curriculum, and will allow NCS to be connected with all and other NCS schools in Egypt and outside Egypt in the future.

Project-Based Learning (PBL): PBL is at the heart of the instructional approach will be used by NCS school and will provide a living laboratory of contextualized learning experiences for students. PBL provides a context and structure for integrating academic, technical, and career skills into holistic learning opportunities. Students will collaborate on meaningful projects that require critical-thinking, creativity, and effective communication in order to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. Students will be assessed on their understanding of academic content and on their ability to successfully apply that content using 21st century skills. Through this process, PBL will give students the opportunity to develop the real life skills required for success, and will lead to greater student engagement.  Through its partnerships with area engineering firms and STEAM industries, projects at NCS will be contextualized with problems presented by the community or the grand problems/challenges  facing Egypt within the engineering, environmental science and energy fields, etc… Students will develop solutions utilizing well-tested precepts and state-of-the-industry approaches. Mentors will work with students to apply concepts and knowledge. This approach will provide students with cooperative learning environments, encourage independent thinking, and test application of knowledge while meeting state and national standards.

Integrated Coursework:  Integrated Coursework will demonstrate to students that learning is not isolated and that knowledge is used most effectively and deeply when integrated across disciplines. The integrated courses will be team-planned and team-taught, meeting standards for each content area through cross-curricular projects and the integration of themes and ideas across disciplines. Integrated courses will be supported with two teachers. To house the integrated courses, the facility will be organized with classrooms that are large enough to support team-teaching in a technology-rich environment, and equipped with furniture that allows for collaboration and flexibility.

Business and Community Partnerships:  Partnerships with local businesses and community members will be developed to link the projects that students work on to real challenges faced in their community and in Egypt in general. Opportunities will also be explored for internships, and for local businesses or scientific organizations to develop, support and evaluate student projects. This community involvement will help to establish the school as a high quality resource in the community and will provide opportunities for students to engage in the kind of work that they would be expected to perform when they graduate.

Professionalism and 21st Century Skills: NCS schools are designed to replicate a modern workplace.  In line with this design, teachers will instruct and evaluate students on their level of both 21st century skills and professionalism as students work in their project groups and as part of the learning exhibitions.   Assessment strategies and tools used across content areas, such as rubrics and checklists, will reflect the student’s application of 21st century skills as he or she works in his or her project groups and as part of the learning exhibitions.

On Job Training:

On job training focuses on practical applications of skills learned at school and it is an individual’s development of talents and abilities in the choice and enjoyment of their career.

NCS system /curriculum prepares our learners from Grade 10 on-wards when it comes to choosing career paths.  In order to achieve this, we send our students for vocational training which helps them select their own career paths at an early stage.  We strongly believe that proper career guidance could go a long way in giving the learners the confidence where they want to be in the future. 

NEWCASTLE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Textbooks, E-Learning, E-library, mobile tablet, encyclopedias, etc.

CLASSES’ CAPACITY

Classes of the kindergarten stage will not exceed 18 students, and classes of the upper grades; the specialized halls will not exceed 21 students. Each hall will have a teacher and a co-teacher in addition to a nanny for younger students. The teachers will be combined of foreign teachers with our own locally-trained staff.

SCHOOL DAY

  • The school adopts the semi-full school day starts at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 for Kindergarten, junior and high school students.
  • The school allows students to attend from 7:15 am in the early morning, and leave at 4:00 pm according to their projects and extracurricular activities.
  • The session duration is 45 minutes for all grades.
  • Two breaks are provided for students, each break is 30 minutes.

LEARNING STRATEGIES:

  • E-learning online
  • Self-learning
  • Cooperative learning
  • Authentic real-life experiences
  • Learning to mastery (for excelling students)
  • Research
  • Observe, experiment and explore
  • Discussions and debates

TEACHING STRATEGIES:

  • Project based learning
  • Work sheets
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Integrated curriculum
  • Classroom centers
  • Specialized halls
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Distribution of courses