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KING’S ACADEMY Profile 2012-2013

King’s Academy P.O. Box 9 Madaba - Manja 16188 Jordan tel +962 430 0230 fax +962 430 0259 email info@kingsacademy.edu.jo www.kingsacademy.edu.jo CEEB Code 681069

Mission

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 Academy is a founding member of the Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of the world’s leading independant schools whose mission is to translate into online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its member schools.

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. Some 45 percent of King’s students receive need-based aid - considerably more than its peer schools in the United States - with a total 2012-2013 financial aid budget of US $4.5 million. For the 2012-2013 academic year, 440 students are enrolled at King’s Academy, of which 116 are seniors. They come from 27 countries, 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 promotes social equity.

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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 (21 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 In the hopes of unlocking each child's creative potential and individuality, King’s Academy offers a range of courses and co-curricular activities 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 and Macbeth, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Molière's The Miser, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Celeste Raspanti's I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Noel Coward’s Private Lives and William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker, 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 performs a public declamation in Arabic and English during an all-school competition. Students also participate in Model United Nations (MUN), Model Congress, Debate and Toastmasters.

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Calendar and Daily Schedule King’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 165 days of teaching. King’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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Un-weighted GPA Distribution Class of 2012 - Junior Year

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GPA Range

Number of

% of

GPA

Number of

% of

Students

Students

Range

Students

Students

48

41%

4.0 - 4.25

13

11%

30%

3.5 - 3.99

44

38%

13%

3.0 - 3.49

31

27%

11

10%

3.5 - 4.0 3.0 - 3.49

35

2.5 - 2.99

15

2.0 - 2.49

13

11%

2.5 - 2.99

1.5 - 1.99

3

3%

2.0 - 2.49

12

10%

Under 1.49

1

1%

1.5 - 1.99

4

3%

Under 1.49

0

0%

Grade Distribution - Final Year End Grades for the Class of 2012 90 - 100 80 - 89 70 - 79

Department

World Languages r r r r r r r

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

Weighted GPA Distribution Class of 2012 - Junior Year

CRLA - English CRLA - Arabic Physical and Life Sciences Mathematics and Computer Science History and Social Studies Ethics, Philosophy and Religion (EPR) World Languages Fine and Performing Arts All Departments

52% 32% 28% 35% 35% 60% 50% 65% 41%

43% 56% 51% 33% 39% 22% 40% 32% 40%

5% 9% 14% 22% 23% 15% 10% 3% 14%

60 - 69

0 - 59

0% 3% 7% 10% 3% 3% 0% 0% 4%

0% 0% 0% 1% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0%

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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) 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.

SAT Subject Test Scores – up through June 2012 Middle Section Mean Students 50% Tested Biology – Ecology 500 - 620 558 19 Biology – Molecular 500 - 590 575 10 Chemistry 530 - 740 621 66 English Literature 430 - 570 523 25 French 520 - 630 8 584 1 French with Listening 700 - 700 700 800 - 800 510 - 620 530 - 660 290 - 300 500 - 610 530 - 750 420 - 530 530 - 740

Italian Math Level I Math Level II Modern Hebrew Physics Spanish US History World History

605 295 568 640 494 638

SAT Summary 2400 - up through June 2012

Section

Middle 50%

Mean Students tested

Critical Reading

470 - 570

531

Math

520 - 670

597

Writing

500 - 620

564

1530 - 1820

1692

Total

1 89 63 2 54 2 8 17

AP Scores: In 2012, 238 candidates sat for 492 examinations. Scores of 5 were received by 26% of the candidates; scores of 4 were received by 28%; and scores of 3 were received by 23%.

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AP Recognition Awards 2012

Summary of A Level Arabic Results 2012

Result

In 2012, 73 King's Academy students were recognized by the College Board: AP Scholar Award

September 2012

800 573

30

AP Scholar with Honor Award

20

AP Scholar with Distinction Award

23

Number of Students

A*

12

A

38

B

6

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Three-Year University Matriculation List 2010, 2011, 2012 United States American University Amherst College Arizona State University Babson College Benedictine University Bentley University Boston University Brigham Young University Brown University Bryant University Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University Chapman University Clark University Claremont McKenna College Colby-Sawyer College Columbia University Cornell School of Hotel Administration Cornell University Dickinson College Georgetown University Hamilton College - NY Harvard University Hobart and William Smith Colleges Iowa State University James Madison University Johns Hopkins University Lehigh University Lesley University Loyola University - Chicago Manhattanville College Marist College Massachusetts Institute of Technology Menlo College Middlebury College Mitchell College Mount Holyoke College New York University Northeastern University Oglethorpe University Ohio Wesleyan University Pepperdine University Pitzer College Princeton University Purdue University Randolph College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island School of Design Salve Regina University Skidmore College Smith College St. Mary's College Stanford University Suffolk University Swarthmore College Syracuse University Texas A&M University The College of Wooster The George Washington University Trinity College Trinity University Tufts University University of Maryland, College Park University of Miami University of California at Irvine University of Michigan University of Rochester University of Southern California University of Virginia University of Washington University of Wisconsin, Madison Utica College Vanderbilt University Vassar College Villanova University Virginia Polytechnic Institue and State University Washington College Wheaton College MA Wellesley College Wentworth Institute of Technology Wesleyan University Western Washington University Williams College Yale University

September 2012

Canada Carleton University Concordia University - Montreal Dalhousie University McGill University Queen's University Ryerson University Saint Mary’s University University of Ottawa University of Toronto University of Waterloo Vancouver Island University York University

United Kingdom American International University in London (Richmond) Coventry University De Montfort College Durham College Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine King's College London (Foundation) London College of Fashion London School of Business and Finance London School of Economics Queen Mary, Univeristy of London Royal Holloway, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London University College London (Foundation) University of Brighton University of Bristol University of Edinburgh University of Hertfordshire University of Kent at Canterbury University of Southampton University of St. Andrews University of the Arts London University of the West of England, Bristol

Ireland Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Middle East American University of Beirut (AUB) American University in Cairo (AUC) American University of Madaba Birzeit University Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar Georgetown University School of Foreign Service - Qatar German Jordanian University Lebanese American University Mutah University New York University - Abu Dhabi Northwestern University - Qatar Princess Sumaya University for Technology Rochester Institute of Technology - Dubai Royal College of Surgeons Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain University of Jordan

Other Amsterdam University College Franklin College - Switzerland Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Lund University - Sweden

Dr. John Austin, Headmaster email: jaustin@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Ms. Hala Yaish-Salah, Director of University Counseling and Testing email: hsalah@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Ms. Lynda Johnson, Associate Director of University Counseling email: ljohnson@kingsacademy.edu.jo

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