High School Day

The High School uses a modified block schedule of eight 85 minute periods with four 85 minute class periods each day in a Day A / Day B configuration. There is a five minute transition time between classes. Students are expected to be on time for each class.


Student Breaks

There are two nutrition breaks during the day for students, both are during the second period. Which break students attend is determined by their second period class that day. Students who have PE, Art or class on the ground floor of the HS building should attend the first break. Students who have class on the first and second floor should attend the second break. This allows students to attend break by their classes and helps to avoid overcrowding in the courtyard and cafeteria.


Attendance

Students are expected to attend classes regularly and according to their schedules. Attendance is collected every period throughout the day. Students are not allowed to skip or not attend any of their scheduled classes. In the case of illness or family emergency, the school must be notified at the beginning of the day. Medical notes should be provided to the school for absences of longer than one day. Parents withdrawing students from school for any other reason should consider that the classroom experience can never be ‘made up’ with extra work sent home. If absence cannot be avoided, the Principal should be informed in advance. It is the responsibility of the student to complete any work that was missed during their absence.


Late Arrivals

Students who arrive late to school at the beginning of the day must check in with the HS Administrative Assistant. If the attendance for the first period has no yet been collected, the teacher may adjust the attendance sheet manually. If the attendance has already been collected the student must make the adjustment themselves at the Administrative Assistant’s office. A pass will be collected to verify that they have checked in.


Excessive Absences

Regular attendance and punctuality are the student’s responsibility. Students should not be absent from school more than ten (10) days in any grading period and a maximum of thirty (30) days throughout the school year. If this level of absences is exceeded it may result in credit for courses being withheld and may prevent promotion to the next grade level. Excessive lateness and absences will be reported to parents and will certainly have a negative impact on academic performance. When a student is absent from school, the student is responsible for the completion of any work that was missed. The student should arrange for any assignments to be made up with their teachers according to a schedule set by the teacher.


American High School Diploma Graduation Requirements

MKS follows an American curricular program in Grades 9 – 12 that culminates in the awarding of the American High School Diploma to students who have satisfactorily completed both the required and elective courses.

Graduation Requirements: 26 credit units

Students are awarded credit units for satisfactorily completing courses throughout the year. Credit is earned based upon the amount of time that a course meets in a year. A course that meets full time for the entire year earns 1 credit for the student. A course that meets for the full year in rotation with other subjects, earns .5 credit for the student. A course that meets for only one semester and not the full year earns .5 credit for the student.

In order to graduate from MKS a student is required to earn a minimum of 26 credits according to the following distribution:

Arabic 4 credits

English 4 credits

Mathematics 4 credits

Experimental Sciences 3 credits

Social Sciences 3 credits

Islamic Religion 2 credits

Electives 2 credits

Physical Education 1.5 credits

Fine Arts 1 credit

Arabic Social Studies 1 credit

Health .5 credit

Typical Grade Level Course Selections

Students are required to take certain subjects during specific years that they are in the High School. These required courses follow a progression of learning and ability and provide the student with a thorough breadth of knowledge and a good preparation for university studies. Note that Arabic, Arabic Social Studies and Religion are required subjects for Arabic passport holders. Non-Arab passport holders must select French as an alternative to Arabic and choose other elective choices to complete their course selections. The following are the common grade level subject lists:

Grade 9

Arabic 9 - Ancient World History

English 9 - Physical Education 10 / Health 9

Algebra I - Arabic Social Studies 9 / Religion 9

Biology - Elective

Grade 10

Arabic 10 - Modern World History

English 10 - Physical Education 10 / Arabic Social Studies 10 / Religion 10

Geometry - Elective

Chemistry - Elective

Grade 11

Arabic 11 - Physical Education 11 / Religion 11

English 11 - Elective

Algebra II - Elective

Physics - Elective

Grade 12

Arabic 12 - Physical Education 12 / Religion 12

English 12 - Elective

Math 12 - Elective

Elective - Elective


Grading Requirements

Students in the High School are evaluated by their teachers by a variety of assessments. Teachers are encouraged to use a variety of assessment types, both formal and informal, and methods to provide opportunity for all students to demonstrate their knowledge. Grades are awarded quarterly using percentages and letter grades based upon the following scale:

100% - 90% A Excellent

80% - 89% B Good

70% - 79% C Average

60% - 69% D Poor Below

60% F Failing

The school year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is further divided into two quarters. At the end of each semester there is a comprehensive examination in most subjects. The two quarter grades are averaged together with the examination grade to create the semester mark according to the following ratio:

Quarter 40%

Quarter 40%

Examination 20%

The semester marks are combined together to create the grade for the year according to the following ratio:

Semester 1 50%

Semester 2 50%

Grade Level Promotion

Students are promoted to the next grade level if they have received passing marks and earned the appropriate credit in their subjects. If a student receives a grade below 60% or F in a required subject, the student must repeat the course in order to receive credit and be eligible to graduate at the end of Grade 12. If a student receives a grade below 60% or F in three or more subjects for the year, that student may not advance to the next grade level and must repeat the year.

Grade Point Average

A grade point average (GPA) system is used on the report card and transcript to rank students and to determine their eligibility for the Honor Roll and school activities. A student’s GPA is calculated using a four point scale based upon the letter grade achieved in each subject. The scale is a s follows:

A 4.0

B 3.0

C 2.0

D 1.0

F 0

A student’s GPA is calculated each term as marks are awarded in their different subjects. The cumulative GPA is calculated on a semester basis as credit is awarded only at the end of each semester. Students who have transferred to MKS from other schools will have their transcripts evaluated and credits awarded based upon passing marks awarded and the time spent in each subject. A student’s GPA is also converted to a percentage based upon a scale used at MKS to provide a realistic conversion of the 4 point GPA scale to a percent.


MKS Language Policy

It is the goal of MKS to prepare students for English speaking universities and colleges. Therefore, English is the language of instruction and communication throughout the school. When a student insists on speaking a language other than English they are missing an opportunity to improve their language skills. This can also result in the exclusion of other students or teachers which may lead to misunderstanding or impede acceptance.

At MKS all students and staff should strive for inclusion – the use of a common language to communicate and build understanding between all participants. At MKS English is the language of instruction. Students are expected to speak English in all classes except the Arabic language subjects of Arabic, Arabic Social Studies and Religion. Recognizing that language usage contributes to cognitive knowledge, students will:

• Develop their knowledge and understanding of the English language through purposeful use in listening, speaking, reading and writing

• Learn to speak, read and write English developmentally, progressing across a continuum of skills in each area.

• Endeavor to express themselves confidently in English in a variety of situations.

• Be given the opportunity to take part in instruction in multiple languages.

• Be encouraged to seek and use resources in their first language as necessary to help in the understanding of academic content

• Respect each other as valued members of the school community of their first language


Code of Student Conduct


All students at MKS have both rights and responsibilities. Students have the right to receive a quality education free from any kind of disruption. Students have the responsibility to follow all school rules, respect school property and to show consideration and respect for MKS students and staff members.

Student Expectations and Standards of Behavior

The following expectations have been outlined to help ensure a positive, healthy learning environment.

• Students are expected to be on time for school in the morning and to be on time for all classes throughout the day. Students may enter the building for classes at 7:15 and classes begin at 7:30.

• Each absence will require a call from parents to the school and a parent’s or doctor’s note on the first day back in school.

• Students should arrive at school properly attired in the school uniform or approved school clothing.

• Students should not bring any electronic communication devices with them to their classes or any other items that might be disruptive to the educational process. If a student makes use of a phone or other device during the school day, MKS reserves the right to confiscate the device.

• Students should represent their own learning. Copying the work of others without acknowledging the source, submitting the work of another student as their own or allowing their own work to be copied are serious offenses. These actions can result in loss of marks or suspension. See Procedures for Academic Dishonesty.

• Students are to refrain from any form of vandalism and respect school property and the property of others.

• No aggressive or excessive physical contact of any kind, including play fighting, kicking, biting or rough play is allowed at MKS or at MKS sponsored events. This includes events affiliated with the Bahrain Private School Sports League of which MKS is a member.

• Students are expected to enter and exit the school building and their classes in an orderly manner. Students should walk and avoid running and pushing. Students should move quietly and avoid shouting or loud noises while moving to and from classes.

• Mutual courtesy and respect between students and staff is expected from all students. Students may not use disrespectful or offensive language when addressing or conversing with staff or other students.


Classroom Behavior

Students are expected to attend all classes on time and come to class prepared with all necessary books and materials. Borrowing or sharing books and materials is strongly discouraged. Students should work diligently in class and avoid disturbing the class in any manner. Students are expected to follow the teacher’s instructions in class and wait for the teacher’s permission before leaving class.


After School Activities

In order for an after school activity to be an effective and enjoyable experience, students are expected to make a commitment to an activity which includes attending scheduled meetings or practices and notifying the activity coordinator of unavoidable absences. Activities are sponsored by members of the MKS staff and participation is voluntary on the part of the student. Activities are generally announced at the beginning of the year and students may contact the activity supervisor for details and to join a particular activity.


Field Trips

MKS supports learning beyond the classroom as an extension to the school day. Work and activities outside of the school campus can be organized by subject teachers or the MKS administration for the benefit of students at any time throughout the year. All field trips must be approved by the MKS Administration and demonstrate the enhancement of the academic program. MKS reserves the right to restrict student participation in field trips.


Cafeteria Use

The cafeteria is a common area for all students in the MKS Middle and High School. As such it is important that all students make use of the cafeteria in a respectable way to ensure that it will be in good condition for all students. Students should dispose of trash in one of the designated containers and clean their table and area before they leave. Students should always use good manners in the cafeteria. The cafeteria is arranged to maximize speed through the lines. Students should not push or shove in the serving line. At the end of break students should leave the cafeteria in a timely manner so that they can return to class on time.


Uniforms

All students at MKS are required to dress in the approved school uniform. Any special clothing items that have been approved by Administration such as grade level shirts or hoodies may also be worn. Jewelry and non-religious head covering such as caps are not acceptable and may not be worn by students.

On the days that a student has Physical Education, or in times that another event may require it, students may come to school in the PE uniform. The official MKS vest which bears the school logo may be worn as part of the daily uniform at the student’s discretion.

• Male daily uniform consists of a white collared shirt with the MKS logo or initials on the left breast pocket, dark grey trousers and black or white shoes.

• Female daily uniform consists of a white collared shirt with the MKS logo or initials on the left breast pocket, dark grey trousers and black or white shoes.

• The PE uniform consists of the MKS white t-shirt, either long or short sleeve, with blue or black athletic pants.

All uniform items may be purchased at House of Uniforms 17532148


Consequences for non-compliance with the Code of Student Conduct

Discipline is intended to promote the learning of self-control and to change inappropriate behavior. Expected behaviors must be actively taught both at home and in school. The strategies used to develop understanding and respect for the school may vary from student to student. Where there is non-compliance with the behavioral expectations of the code, despite the application of these strategies, appropriate consequences will be initiated. Behavior that interferes with the learning environment or disrupts the efficient operation of the school is unacceptable.

When managing inappropriate behavior:

• Unacceptable behavior is never ignored

• Appropriate action is always taken

• Immediate action is taken to bring a stop to the behavior

• Additional action in the form of an intervention will be designed in order to produce a constructive behavioral change

MKS policies regarding appropriate action and disciplinary actions are in line with those guidelines published by the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Actions taken by MKS in disciplinary situations will follow these guidelines and may include:

• Counseling session with the student

• Conference with the student’s parents

• Peer or staff mentoring

• Withdrawal of privileges

• Student behavior contract

• In school suspension

• Out of school suspension

• Expulsion

High School Code of Conduct