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Linking Learning to Life

Never has our motto of 'Linking Learning to Life' been more appropriate. In a time where communication has reached unimaginable limits, we have never been so disconnected from each other and from our surroundings. At I.S. - Al Koura, we want our students to be productive, happy citizens who can put their learning to improve their life. We focus on academics, of course, but this constitutes the floor rather than the ceiling of anyone’s education. We link learning to life by teaching our core values of integrity, self-control, responsibility, courage, empathy, and tolerance. We build character or habits of mind for achieving success in the real world. We prepare our children to be adaptable and flexible to meet a future in which the only constant is change. Only problem-solvers who have the knowledge and skills to negotiate constant change and to reinvent themselves in new situations will succeed.


The curriculum adopted in our Preschool and Grades 1 to 6 is an international-based curriculum where all subjects are taught in English with the exception of Arabic language instruction, French language instruction and Social Studies (in the Lebanese Program).

As of Grade 7, students are segregated into either the High School Program or the Lebanese Program. Students in the Lebanese program follow the curriculum as prepared by the National Center for Scientific Research in concordance with the Lebanese Ministry of Education curricular requirements. All subjects in both programs are taught in English. In both programs, all courses are mandatory and extend over a period of an entire academic year. All students study Arabic Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, Social Studies (World History, Human Geography, Sociology, and Economics), Philosophy, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Arts, Computer Science, and Physical Education.

Curricula and syllabi are regularly updated to cater to a variety of priorities including differentiated instruction, project based learning, and interactive learning.

Our Programs

At I.S., we offer three distinct programs of study. The Lebanese Baccalaureate Program , the High School Program, and the AP® Honors Program.

As part of these three main programs, I.S. - Al Koura prepares its students for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exams, which are admission requirements to most universities in and outside of Lebanon.

Our affiliation with the College Board allows us to administer the PSAT 10 test to our 10th and 11th graders as well as the PSAT 8/9 to our 8th and 9th graders. Our CEEB Code is 685483.

Although Arabic is the official language of Lebanon, English is the medium of instruction for all non-Arabic courses. French is taught as a second foreign language as of KGI. The school considers English a first language and teaches it as it is taught to native speakers as of the formative years of a student's life at I.S. In twelve years of formal schooling (and three years in preschool) all courses are taught in English with the exception of Arabic language instruction and Social Studies (in the Lebanese Program) which are taught in Arabic. Therefore, I.S. - Al Koura graduates are fluent in oral and written English.

Students' end of year results in all our programs are officially endorsed/certified by the Ministry of Education thus allowing students to continue their higher education in universities in Lebanon and abroad.

A. Lebanese Baccalaureate Program

The Lebanese Curricular Program leads to the Lebanese Baccalaureate Degree (LB) in all its four branches – Humanities, Economics and Sociology, Life Sciences, and General Sciences. Upon successfully sitting for the Lebanese Baccalaureate Official Exams, students are granted acceptance at the Sophomore level in universities in Lebanon.

B. High School Program

The International based ‘High School’ (HS) program leads to a High School Diploma, which allows student’s acceptance at the freshman level upon completion of 12 years of schooling in universities in Lebanon and abroad. Students who are exempt for Arabic are allowed to enroll in the High School Program with clear criteria on how to obtain an equivalency for the Lebanese Baccalaureate Degree. (equivalence criteria available here)

C. AP® Honors Program

This option is available for exceptional students in the High School Program as of grades 10, 11, and 12. Students registered in the AP® Honors Program are eligible to receive up to 15 credits in the Freshman level (in universities in Lebanon and abroad) provided they sit for and pass the AP® exams usually administered in May at I.S. - Al Koura.

We are currently authorized to offer AP® Human Geography, AP® World History: Modern, AP® Physics 1, AP® Calculus AB and BC, AP® Biology, AP® Chemistry, AP® Micro and Macroeconomics, and AP® Psychology.

For more course information, check the AP® course ledger by clicking on this link.

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