Qatar Academy aims to create an atmosphere of exploration and discovery throughout the learning environment. From our classrooms to our corridors and staffrooms, students, parents and faculty are encouraged to challenge themselves and their thinking through the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme. This learning environment is often extended beyond the classroom walls and involves the wider community, supporting connections that are made in the real world. By using the framework of the PYP, we aim to foster a culture of life-long learners and critical thinkers, in line with our mission statement.
Qatar Academy continually reviews and develops its Programme of Inquiry (POI) through ongoing reflection. This continual reflection becomes an expectation of the students in and around their classrooms and contributes to the dynamic nature of program units. Qatar Academy also strives to include the culture of our host country within these units.
Qatar Academy uses a curriculum which has been specially developed to meet international standards and the needs of our students. The content of this curriculum is taught and assessed using pedagogies supported by the International Baccalaureate programs.
Qatar Academy’s Learning Support Team works to foster and increase interpersonal competencies and sustain scholastic achievement. Qatar Academy sees students as well-rounded individuals and as such provides services that focus on social and emotional development and health related issues, as well as providing support in areas of academic learning.
The School Counselor helps to facilitate International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP attitudes and social and emotional competencies through skill building activities that are taught to whole classes, small groups or individuals. The Counselor has a highly visible presence around Qatar Academy and practices an ‘open door policy’ and are readily available to meet with students or parents on a one-to-one basis. The Counselor in collaboration with the Well-being Facilitator ensures that all students have a well-rounded experience at school through leadership opportunities and a range of after school activities to promote well-being of students.
Qatar Academy Doha’s Learning Support Team and Qatar Foundation’s The Learning Center collaborate with staff and school administrators to support the academic and behavioral needs for students who struggle to access core curricular and behavioral expectations from Kindergarten to Grade 5. Preschool students have access to support services for speech and language, gross motor and fine motor development. Teachers with specialization in learning disabilities, gifted education, behavioral interventions, and second language acquisition partner with School counselors, School Psychologists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Behavioral Specialists, Head of Gifted Programs, EAL Coordinator to help all Qatar Academy Doha students enjoy a beneficial educational experience. As part of the Qatar Academy Doha’s problem solving body the Student Services Coordinator assists the whole team in determining the degree of direct and supplemental services needed to support success for all enrolled students.
Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a framework through which support services are provided for students at QAD-Primary School. MTSS is a framework that is based on a proactive and data-driven approach that ensures all students are supported in their learning. MTSS addresses the different facets of a student’s learning. A student’s needs are supported based on data, be it in the domain of academics, speech and language, gross and fine motor, social-emotional and behavior. The main tenets of this framework is that it is proactive and evolving and that students move in and out of tiers of support based on their level of need and their response to interventions.
Qatar Academy Student Services include such programs as: