Guidance Counseling and University Selection
Though the entire K-12 program is designed to prepare students for the rigors of a competitive university education, Grades 9-12 are specifically structured to meet the course and credit requirements of accredited US universities or international universities of similar standards:
To support our students to prepare for the transition from high school to university, we provide a Guidance program that uses a team approach with staff whom are immediately accessible to our students. The Guidance Team is led by the Guidance Counselor and includes the Head of Sections, Section supervisors, subject teachers and the Activities (Student Leadership) Coordinator. The primary objectives of the Guidance Counselor is to advise in areas of academic achievement, university selection and career choices or personal and social development, depending on the interests and needs of the student.
Due to the determination and discipline of our students, and the rigorous demands of our academic core courses aligned with the US Common Core State Standards, that includes preparing our students for the S.A.T. and TEOFL iBT international standardized exams, all students from our 2017-2018 graduating class who applied for a university education received admissions to at least one university of their choice, while several students were accepted at more than one university. Among the universities accepting our students were:
- Ajman University
- Al Wahdi International University
- American University of Sharjah
- College of the North Atlantic
- University of Toronto
- Canadian University
- Gulf Medical University
- Ryerson University
- University of Iowa
- University of Frazier Valley
- University of Kansas
- University of Sharjah
- University of South Florida
- Warzsaw University – School of Medicine
- Webster University
University and career guidance occurs through the curriculum and extracurricular activities, and more formally through scheduled advisory sessions with the Guidance Counselor. Students prepare for their first mandatory advisory session by meeting with their Section Head and completing a personalized “Student Information Sheet” and a “Student Conference Planning Form”, which are shared with the Guidance Counselor prior to the Guidance advisory session. During the first advisory session, the student is provided a personalized overview of the ‘advisory process’, the student then has the opportunity to share their interests, likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, ideas and concerns. The Counselor then provides a personalized approach to university and career planning by working with the student to further develop their interests, strengthen any skill areas based on their emerging goals, and guides the student to self-help resources as well as encourage the student to continue discourse with their parents, teachers and follow-up advisory sessions with the Guidance Counselor.
Throughout their high school experience, students are guided by their Section Heads, Supervisor, academic Heads of Departments and the Guidance Counselor to select courses that will ensure their fulfillment of both the UAE Ministry of Education and the US NEASC accreditation requirements. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in numerous student leadership and extracurricular activities, under the supervision of the Activities (Student Leadership) Coordinator.
Participation in activities is a critical component of our students’ learning experience and makes them more competitive candidates in the university application process. Such structured extracurricular and leadership experience helps students to apply their critical thinking skills and to develop leadership characteristics that will further support the traits of successful university students who will become productive professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders.