Welcome to the Primary School
On behalf of the entire staff, student and parents, I would like to welcome you to Qatar Academy Doha.
Qatar Academy Doha is recognized as a leading pioneer school within the Qatar Foundation as it was the first founding school founded on 1996 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the father Emir and H.H Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser.
There is no question that QAD has established an excellent and well-deserved reputation in the State of Qatar and regionally, for providing students with an outstanding quality education, from our Early Education Centres through to Grade 5 and beyond.
The primary school is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) and its curriculum framework. The school fosters a stimulating and modern learning environment based upon the international Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy and is enhanced by advanced technologies.
A strong academic foundation is established through an inquiry-based approach to discovery and learning. At the heart of the programme is the IB Learner Profile and students develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes based around these key attributes. The programme is built around concept-driven Units of Inquiry and students spend their week studying Arabic and Islamic Studies too.
Arabic and English languages are both used for learning, as an integrated teaching approach at the school, from our Early Education Centres (EEC) to our Pre School 4 students, aged 4. Arabic and English share the same importance and value at QAD. Both languages are given equal weight in their education and in their utilization to learn, with English being the medium of the curriculum. The expectation is to master both languages as students employ both to convey concepts and ideas with a richness that is unavailable to either language by itself.
The best thing about our school is the students. Throughout the school, they are lively, enthusiastic and highly motivated. They are challenged to think critically and develop an international mindset. We guide them to take responsibility for their own learning and encourage them to inquire into the world around them. Our staff embodies a wide range of experience and a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm when facilitating children’s learning, as we aim for the highest standards for ourselves and internationally.
Our parents are tremendously supportive and contribute a huge amount of time and energy to the school, whether it is as part of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or as individual family members. We all work together to maintain open lines of communication between the school and the community.
Please take the time to browse our website and navigate around our wonderful school.
I look forward to welcoming you to QAD Primary!
Primary School Principal
Sana Alavi is a Canadian who has a passion for Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has earned a double major Bachelors in Bilingualism and ESL teaching from the city of Chicago. She also holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and is particularly interested in curriculum and assessment in school development.
She sees all aspects of the school life through the PYP curriculum framework lens – developing the learner profile within staff and students, a transdisciplinary approach to learning and teaching where subjects are not compartmentalized, the idea of exploring timeless and significant concepts and lastly, bringing in a sound sense of agency for students and teachers.
Sana has held leadership positions as a PD/workshop provider and a teacher leader. She very much values a collaborative and WE culture. As a leader, Sana stands for excellence, creativity, service and commitment to schools and all kids. Qatar is moving at a futuristic speed and Sana wishes to build and sustain learning communities towards their full potential in this flagship school.