Student Assessment

The promotion and retention of students from Grades 4 to 12

To be promoted to the next grade, students must achieve an overall passing grade. If a student fails three subjects or more at the end of the academic year, the student will not be allowed to sit make- up exams and he/she must repeat the year. 

If a student fails less than three subjects, he/she will be allowed to sit the make-up exams at the end of Semester 2. A passing mark on each make-up exam covering the concepts taught during the entire academic year is required for passing the year. 

If a student does not attend the make-up exam(s) in August or does not achieve a passing score, he/she will automatically repeat the year or be requested to transfer at the discretion of the Principal.  Retentions usually occur at the end of the academic year because students have failed to demonstrate subject competency for lack of interest, effort, and work in general. 

If retention appears to be a possibility after the first semester’s report card, parents will be notified and a conference will be arranged before the decision by HASIS is finalized. The School Administration reserves the right to retain a student who has been excessively absent from school. 

Grade 1 to Grade 4

Term marks for all subjects are worth 80% of the final grade and the exam marks are worth 20%, with the exception of Music, Art, STEM and Physical Education for which there are no examinations. Yearly averages are obtained by averaging the term marks. 

Grade 5 to Grade 11

Term grades for all subjects are worth 60% of the final grade and the exam grades are worth 40%, with the exception of Music, Art, STEM, English Literature, English Social Studies, Arabic Second Language through class work and Physical Education for which there are no examinations, they will be assessed on their class work . Yearly averages are obtained by averaging the term marks. 

Grade 10

The Ministry of Education requires students to pass four or more subjects with a grade G or higher in order to progress to grade 11. Arabic Muslim students must also pass the following subjects  Islamic, Social Studies. 

Grade 12

As per MOE requirements. The core subjects at HASIS are: 

  • Arabic 
  • Islamic Studies 
  • English 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science and all related courses (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, etc.) 
  • Social Studies 
  • ICT 
  • Business Studies 

Short and Long Term Project

Students will be given specific assignments as short or long term projects, which will be graded according to the time and level of difficulty (use of rubrics is recommended). They must always be relevant to the instruction given and teachers must communicate the dates of the projects they assign to their students so as to avoid overlap of work. 


A written test is usually conducted at the end of a unit of study with sufficient prior notice. Tests may include oral sections as well. Teachers must ensure that each student records details and date(s) in their Contact Books. If a student is absent on the testing day, he/she will write the test as soon as possible after their return to school provided they have a written excuse regarding their absence. Without a written excuse, students will not be allowed to sit the test and will be awarded a ‘zero’ grade. 

Semester Exams

Exams are usually a teacher-produced series of questions based on a longer period of instructional time (term or semester) which aims at verifying the amount of skills and knowledge acquired by the students at the conclusion of that particular section of the academic year. 


A quiz is a quick test, which takes no more than a few minutes and is given at the beginning or end of the lesson. It is not announced in advance and can be a follow up to a specific lesson or homework assignment. 

Distribution of grades for all core subjects:

 Type of assessment     Grade 1 to Grade 4 Grade 5 to Grade 12
Class work,     Homework, Quizzes Tests Projects Research, Participation Extra-credit work 80% of  final grade 60% of  final grade
Final exams 20% of  final grade 40% of  final grade


Letter Grades

Corresponding Percentages

Description of Competency



Indicates superior work.







Indicates above average work.







Indicates average work.







Below average work but passing grades.







While these are passing grades, they are indicative of a minimum achievement.







Failing marks. No credit is given. Requirements are not met.


Effort grades provide a snapshot of how your child’s teachers assess the effort they are putting into each subject on a numerical scale from 1 (excellent) to 5 (unsatisfactory). A list of descriptors pertaining to each effort grade can be found below. The majority of the descriptors, for each effort grade, must be achieved to be awarded that grade.

Effort Grade




·     I have taken an enthusiastic, active part in lessons.

·    I have tried my very best; learning is completed to my highest standard.

·    I have contributed enthusiastically in lessons.

·    I take responsibility for my own learning.

·    I have made outstanding progress.



·   I have contributed good ideas and answers in lessons.

·   I work well with others and ask for help when it is needed.

·   I have completed learning to the best of my ability.

·   I take responsibility for my own learning.

·   I have made good progress.

·   I have listened to and acted on feedback.



·   I have completed what was asked of me.

·   I have a positive attitude towards my learning.

·   I am able to work without distraction.

·   I work well with others.

·   I have made satisfactory progress.

·   I take an active part in lessons.


Needs some  improvement

·   I have not tried to the level I am capable of.

·   I needed the teacher to prompt me to complete what was expected of me.

·   I have been a distraction to other learners.

·  I have been uncooperative with the teacher on many occasions.


Cause for concern

·   My work is well below the standard of work I am capable of.

·   I have been uncooperative with the teacher on many occasions.

·   I have had a negative attitude in lessons.

·   I have not contributed positively in lessons.


  • Kindergarten students will receive a progress report at the end of Semester 1 and 2. 
  • Grade 1 to Grade 4 receive progress reports at the end of each term. 

Progress reports with continual assessment.
  • Grade 5 to Grade 12 receive progress reports at the end of Term 1 and Term 3.
Progress reports with Continual Assessment, Project Work, and projected Semester Grade for each subject. 

End of Semester 1 and Semester 2

  • Report Cards with continual assessment, Project Work, and Semester Grades for each subject.
  • For grade 5 upwards, Semester Exams and Final Examination will be administered twice a year. 
  • Report cards will be issued at the end of every semester for Grades 5 to 12. 

Parents are expected to review the report cards and to confer with teachers during Parent/Teacher conferences. Each report will give a summary of the work covered during that period of time. Student reports will focus on the following three areas: 
  • The student’s attitude and application to the subject 
  • The student’s progress in continual assessments and project work
  • The student’s results in the final examination


These are held three times a year at the beginning of Terms 2, 3, and 4. The conferences provide an opportunity for the parents to discuss the report and the student’s work ethics and progress with the subject and homeroom teachers. Parents, teachers and administrators may initiate meetings outside of the scheduled Parent Teacher conferences.