For all of you that are reading this and are not familiar with the IB system, my first suggestion is: read the information about the International Baccalaureate on their official website, there you will be able to find all of the details about everything you need to know about IB.
By now you probably understand how the IB program works and all of the tricky names that the system uses, but this article is here to show what EMIS has to offer, what is special about us. As you’ve learnt, the IB academic program is divided into 6 groups:
Group 1: Language and Literature and Literacy;
English in Standard or Higher Level
Arabic Standard or Higher Level
You mother tongue in self-taught.
Group 2: Language Acquisition
Arabic ab initio
Group 3: Humanity
Environmental Systems and Societies SL&HL
Business Management SL&HL
Group 4: Science
Environmental Systems and Societies SL
Group 5: Math
Group 6: Arts
Visual Arts SL&HL
You are also able to check the syllabus for each of the subjects in the IBO official website.
All of the teachers are very well prepared and they have all been performing an amazing job so far, the teaching approaches used in EMIS are unique. The school goals make a big difference in every single interaction within the school environment and give all of the students and the staff a wider perspective of any topic that regards critical evaluation.
Throughout this week I ran to our teachers’ lounge to try and get an interview with any of them, so you guys could get a good insight of what the students feel here on a daily basis.
“In History we are in a very unique position. A lot of IB schools around the world study History and the Arab-israeli conflict, but none of them have both Israeli and Palestinian actually studying together about the conflict” Tucker Barrows, History teacher.
According to Ms. Yamama Kassem (Arabic teacher) teaching Arabic or Hebrew is necessary here. Especially, because our mission is to make peace, not only in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but also in the world as a whole through communication as a key factor to achieve it. “Through language we talk into peoples’ thoughts, and reach their hearts”
“Studying ESS (Environmental Systems and Societies) here, in EMIS, is quite extraordinary from other schools, because in EMIS, ESS has real projects included in the school curriculum, so each student has an opportunity to actually practice environmental conservation, environmental protection, environmental education and awareness. What students study is not just a theory behind ESS, but the way they practice it.” Mr. Jeffrey Araula.
The interviews speak for themselves. Studying here is “something special”, as a friend of mine would say. All of the projects and the opportunities that are offered to us here: the advising, the concern, the openness to helping are all factors that contribute to the EMIS students’ well-being.
Written by Gabriel Berdet
Edited by Eng Sou Ea