Dr. Dave Harycki is the incoming Educational Consultant at Modern Knowledge Schools. After being a student in Chile, Dave taught middle school Spanish for ten years in Wisconsin, USA. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction specializing in early adolescent education. Dr. Harycki achieved tenure professor status at two different U.S. universities. For the last eight years, he was either a Dean or an Associate Dean of a School of Education and Counseling, Director of Graduate Studies, and Accreditation and Assessment Officer. Dave led a team of faculty in an unaccreditated university School of Education to achieve a full seven-year of national accreditation. Dr. Harycki conducted formative accreditation reviews and site visits for the largest global teacher education accreditation agency, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. He is very happy in Bahrain, and is very thankful to the Founders for this opportunity.
The kindergarten (KG1-KG 2) is the foundation for all future learning. The MKS curriculum provides for development of social skills, self esteem and academic success. Language and literacy development involves speaking, listening, writing and reading. MKS extends their oral language skills as students listen to and join in reading stories, poems, and songs. Students’ creativity is encouraged through play, art, drama, and kitchen science. Each class is planned by teachers who know the best way to encourage learning in young children. All instruction is in English. Arabic language is taught as an integral part of the curriculum.
The elementary school (grades 1 through 5) expands the foundations for academic achievement, personal growth and responsible citizenship. MKS values diversity and supports social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. The curriculum provides for the continuous development of knowledge, skills, and understanding in the areas of reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, art, music, library skills, technology education, Arabic, and physical education. Students remain in self-contained classrooms with their homeroom teacher for core subjects. All instruction is in English; Arabic language, Islamic Religion and Arabic Social Studies are taught by specialist teachers and in accordance with the Bahrain Ministry of Education guidelines. Art, music, technology and physical education are taught by specialist teachers. Upper level students participate in School Safety Patrol.
The middle school (grades 6 through 8) curriculum at MKS is designed to meet the needs of a child as well as an adolescent during the transition from the elementary to the high school. Through a caring and secure environment, the MKS middle school program ensures that all students experience challenge and success. Highly qualified subject area teachers provide academic instruction in English, math, science and social studies. All core subjects are taught in English. French is a required subject for all students. Arabic Language, Islamic Religion and Arabic Social Studies are mandatory for all students holding Arabic passports. Students participate in art, computer, music and physical education taught by specialist teachers. Students have the opportunity to participate in Middle School Student Council.
The high school (grades 9 through 12) curriculum follows a college preparatory curriculum and includes the IB Diploma program in grades 11 and 12. . All students develop a personal four year plan to help determine high school goals and objectives. Students in grades 9 and 10 follow the traditional college preparatory program of English literature with writing, French, Algebra l, Geometry, Ancient and Modern History, Biology and Chemistry. In grades 11 and 12 students have various options in all disciplines. Students may elect to enter the rigorous two year IB diploma program or continue on the college preparatory track. All high school students participate in physical education each year. Students may elect to study courses from the Fine Arts, Science or Social Studies. All instruction is in English. Arabic Language, Arabic Social Studies and Islamic Religion courses are mandatory for all Arab passport holders and are taught according to the Bahrain Ministry of Education guidelines.