KING’S ACADEMY Proﬁle 2011-2012
King’s Academy P.O. Box 9 Madaba - Manja 16188 Jordan tel +962 430 0230 fax +962 430 0259 email email@example.com www.kingsacademy.edu.jo CEEB Code 681069
Service, Leadership and Meritocracy
In a setting that is rich in history and tradition, King’s Academy is committed to providing a comprehensive college-preparatory education through a challenging curriculum in the arts and sciences; an integrated co-curricular program of athletics, activities and community service; and a nurturing residential environment. Our students will learn to be independent, creative and responsible thinkers within an ethical community that encourages young men and women of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to excel, to cherish one another and to prepare for leadership.
King’s Academy was founded to create what his Majesty King Abdullah II calls “a new tribe in the region . . . the tribe of the talented meritocracy.” As a Round Square school, King’s requires students to participate in an ambitious co-curricular program in the arts, athletics and community service that emphasizes service to others, teamwork, initiative and community and civic engagement. King’s students feel a great sense of ownership in the culture of the school, serving in a variety of leadership positions: as residential proctors, as environmental stewards and as elected representatives to the Disciplinary Committee, Academic Honor Committee and Student Senate. They volunteer to work in refugee camps, local government schools, Habitat for Humanity builds, water conservation efforts and fundraising initiatives to address urgent issues of poverty, social justice and human rights.
History An independent, coeducational boarding and day high school in Madaba, Jordan that opened its doors in 2007, King’s Academy provides outstanding young men and women from Jordan, the Middle East and the world a unique educational experience, blending an American style of education rooted in the liberal arts and sciences with Middle Eastern history, traditions, language and cultural values.
Accreditation and Memberships In the spring of 2011 and at the conclusion of its fourth year, King’s Academy was awarded full accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school is also licensed by the Jordanian Ministry of Education. In September 2010, King’s Academy became the first Arab school to gain full membership in the global Round Square organization. King’s is also a founding member of the newly established Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of leading independent schools from the United States and around the world that "seeks to translate to online formats the educational excellence that characterizes its members."
A Liberal Arts Education for the 21st century King’s Academy students take a remarkably ambitious course of study, including four years of both Arabic and English and two additional years of a third language (Chinese, French or Spanish). Many of King’s students arrive from large government schools at which the language of instruction is Arabic rather than English, where classes of 30 or more are the norm and where the traditions of reading, critical thinking and inquiry are weak. King’s aspires to be a school of engagement, teaching through discussion, debate and dialogue. In addition to courses in math, science, arts and humanities (22 at the AP level), our students take required courses in Arabic literature, history of the Middle East, world religions and Christian and Islamic theology. King’s strives to graduate students who are globally aware, inter-culturally competent and fully bilingual.
The Fine, Performing and Persuasive Arts Diversity and Opportunity: Learning through Community As the only coeducational residential boarding school of its kind in the region, King’s Academy remains the most diverse school in the Middle East and is a pioneering leader in need-based financial aid. The school does not offer merit-based scholarship. Some 48 percent of King’s students receive need-based aid - considerably more than its peer schools in the United States - and the total financial aid budget for 2011-2012 is US $4.5 million. For the 2011-2012 academic year, 422 students are enrolled at King’s Academy. These come from 26 countries in the world and the region, including various desert towns and villages in Jordan. This level of diversity allows King’s to create a unique community that educates students in ways the formal curriculum alone cannot and to forge a school culture that rejects the entitlements of wealth, privilege and status.
In the hopes of unlocking each child's creative potential and individuality, King’s Academy offers a range of courses and co-curricular offerings in the arts. In addition to classes in the traditional and modern arts of dance, ceramics, mosaics, painting, photography, drawing, acting, animation and design, King’s has a youth orchestra and a rich theatrical program. Over the last few years, the school has put on performances of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Molière's The Miser, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Celeste Raspanti's I Never Saw Another Butterﬂy and Noel Coward’s Private Lives, most of which were premiered here in Jordan at King's for the first time. King’s also offers a comprehensive and required program in public speaking. Every year each student is required to perform a public declamation in an all-school competition. Students also participate in Model United Nations (MUN), Model Congress, Debate and Toastmasters.
The Class of 2012 has 118 students.
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Calendar and Daily Schedule Kingâ€™s operates on a three-term basis. Fall term extends from September through December, winter term is from December through March and spring term runs from March through June. There are 170 days of teaching. Kingâ€™s has a seven-block schedule with students taking a minimum of five courses. Students attend classes from 8:00 to 16:00 and co-curricular activities from 16:45 to 18:00. Many students are also involved in evening activities.
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Biology Introduction to Chemistry Chemistry Honors Chemistry Physics Honors Physics AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics B AP Physics C AP Environmental Science Microbiology Astronomy Marine Biology Investigating Biological Cases
Un-weighted GPA Distribution Class of 2012 - Junior Year
Weighted GPA Distribution Class of 2012 - Junior Year
Under 1.49 1.5 - 1.99
2.0 - 2.49
2.0 - 2.49
2.5 - 2.99
3.0 - 3.49
4.0 - 4.25
3.5 - 4.0
Grade Distribution - Final Year End Grades For the Class of 2011
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Elementary Chinese I-II Intermediate Chinese I-II Elementary French I-II Intermediate French I-II Elementary Spanish I-II Intermediate Spanish I-II AP French
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Global Health Math for Computer Science Media Studies Spanish Urban Studies
* King's Academy is a founding member of the Global Online Academy (GOA). Established in 2011, GOA (www.globalonlineacademy.org) offers diverse and rigorous credit-bearing courses to students in member schools from around the world. Courses taken through the online academy are indicated on a student's transcript by as "GOA" and are included in the student's GPA as with any King's Academy course.
Grading Policy Academic work at King’s is graded on a letter scale in which the minimum passing grade is a D. Below are percentage breakdowns for letter grades and Grade Point Averages (GPA): 93% - 100% = A (4.0) 89% - 92% = A- (3.7) 86% - 88% = B+ (3.3) 83% - 85% = B (3.0) 79% - 82% = B- (2.7) 76% - 78% = C+ (2.3) 73% - 75% = C (2.0) 70% - 72% = C- (1.7) 67% - 69% = D+ (1.3) 60% - 66% = D (1.0) 59% and below = F (0.0)
CRLA - English CRLA - Arabic Ethics, Philosophy and Religion (EPR) Fine and Performing Arts History and Social Studies Mathematics and Computer Sciences Physical and Life Sciences World Languages For all departments
Physics Spanish U.S. History World History
54% 86% 39% 47%
27% 13% 42% 28%
17% 0% 14% 16%
30% 33% 45%
40% 41% 35%
22% 18% 15%
510 460 430 550
- 640 - 560 - 530 - 700
582 575 506 629
60 - 69
0 - 59
2% 2% 1% 3% 6% 7% 3% 4%
0% 0% 0% 3% 3% 1% 0% 1%
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AP Recognition Awards 2011 In 2011, 50 King's Academy students were recognized by the College Board: AP Scholar Award
AP Scholar with Honor Award
AP Scholar with Distinction Award
In 2011, 221 candidates sat for 447 examinations. Scores of 5 were received by 30% of the candidates; scores of 4 were received by 25%; and scores of 3 were received by 25%.
Summary of A Level Results 2011
SAT Score Distribution 2011 Critical Reading
700 - 800
600 - 699
500 - 599
400 - 499 0 - 399
80 - 89 70 - 79
Subject Test Scores – Up through June 2011 Middle Section Mean Students 50% Tested Biology – Ecology 510 - 650 583 69 Biology – Molecular 510 - 650 593 37 Chemistry 530 - 700 607 164 Chinese with Listening 750 1 750 - 750 English Literature 440 - 590 531 41 French 530 - 630 19 588 1 French with Listening 800 - 800 800 German 1 770 - 770 770 770 - 800 Italian 2 785 780 780 - 780 Korean with Listening 1 510 - 640 581 Math Level I 225 530 - 660 605 142 Math Level II 2 290 - 300 295 Modern Hebrew
Score Range King’s Academy Highest Honor Roll, High Honor Roll and Honor Roll distinctions are awarded to those students who achieve a minimum weighted GPA of 3.9, 3.75 or 3.5 respectively.
Number of Students
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Published on Aug 14, 2012