Frequent asked question by new parents

A. What is the Admission procedure?

Please check following link http://hasis.edu.om/v2/how-to-apply.php

B. Does HASIS have a waiting list to enroll my child?

No, the School has moved into a new building and therefore has capacity in all grades.

C. Do admission test apply in order to enroll my child?

– Yes – students in G3 and above will sit the Cambridge CAT4 test which will give us a picture of their baseline level of developed ability at the time of testing. Students below that age will be invited to the School for a taster-day to ascertain their level of readiness for School and peer-relationships.
A. What grades are though at the school and what is the corresponding age range of children for each grade?

– KG1 (min three years two months at 1 September) to G12 (seventeen years – the eldest year in Omani schools). For more detailed information please see following link: http://hasis.edu.om/v2/how-to-apply.php

B. Which curriculum is thought at HASIS? What are the curricular guidelines and standards are at the school?

– Three curricular are taught at HASIS: the Cambridge International Curriculum which is broadly based on the UK National Curriculum and prepares children for IGCSE. Additionally, the School uses an adapted form of the IPC and IMYC to provide thematic learning for all students. Finally, Omani students and other expatriate first-language Arabic speakers are taught three subjects from the Omani National Curriculum, namely Arabic (1st Language), Islamic Studies and Social Studies.

C. How many Arabic lessons does my child receive per week as a non-Arabic speaker?

Each child learning Arabic as a second language has one lesson per day.

D. My child does not speak English well. How does the School support?

– The School has a team of specialist EAL (English as an Additional Language) teachers who provide support for groups and individuals based on their level of need.

E. Is the school teaching any other language than English?

– French and Spanish are due to be introduced to the curriculum in from September 2019.

F. What is the class size and student-to-teacher ratio in general?

– Class sizes vary from year group, but the average is 20 students per class. This is less for the very young and oldest students due to teaching methods and academic need.

G. What teaching methods are used at the school?

Does school offer individualized learning and differentiated instruction? – Yes, both are supported, with differentiated ability groups in Maths and languages across the School. All staff differentiate for ability within all classes, whether streamed or not.

H. Do you have teaching assistants and what role do they play?

Teaching Assistants support learning in KG and Lower Primary. Learning Coaches are deployed to support children in all Primary Classes.

I. Are measures in place to assist those with special educational needs and those who are gifted and talented? How do you deal with a child who isn’t meeting academic expectations or who has gaps in his/her knowledge?

The Inclusion department deals with the needs of children whose abilities lie outside the usual ability range, and provide in-class support, group-work and one to one support as required.

J. Do you have a homework policy, and if so, what is it?

Yes – please see the policies section on the website for the full document.

K. What is your approach to dealing with discipline? How do you deal with behavior issues? How do you deal with social and behavior problems, such as bullying, teasing, and ostracism?

– Please see the School’s Behavioural Policy on the website which deals with these issues.

L. Does religion play any role in your curriculum? Does your school have a religious affiliation?

Islamic studies are a core element of the curriculum for Omani and Arab-Expat children. No other religious instruction is provided.

M. What are your teachers’ qualifications? What is the background of your teaching staff?

– All the Teaching staff have a Bachelor of Education or first degree in the relevant subject plus a Post-graduate Certificate in Education, and five years’ experience post-qualification. The majority of the teaching staff are British.

N. How does a typical day run? What is the daily program at school in general?

The School day runs from 7.20 am to 2.30 pm, with one hour following for voluntary after-school clubs. Please see the ‘Shape of the School Day’ document on the website for more details.

A. Is there a parents’ association such as PTA? If so, what does it do?

Yes – they are an elected body who hold meetings to observe and assist on Education and Standards, Health and Environmental Matters, Student Activities and Social Events.

B. How do educators communicate with parents? Who do I go to with questions about my child?

Staff communicate via Skolaro, our communications and data management app. Parents can also phone or email the School to make appointments with specific class teachers. The Housemasters are also a key point of contact for parents to discuss their children’s welfare and pastoral needs.

C. How, and how often, are parents updated on their children’s progress?

HASIS has at least six formal points of contact, with three Academic Reports and three Parents’ Consultation Evenings, per year. If issues present themselves, staff will contact parents to discuss the matters at hand.
A. What kinds of extracurricular activities do you offer? When and how often do these activities take place?

– After School activities take place at the end of the School day each day of the week bar Wednesday and Thursday. We offer a wide range of different clubs which encompass community services, skills and crafts, sports and activities, languages and curriculum-support sessions.

B. Are these activities included in tuition or do I have to pay extra for them?

At time of writing, all activities are provided free of charge, although for those activities requiring and external coach or facilities, charges may be required.

A. What kinds of technological resources do you have and in what ways do students have access to these?

The School has three computer rooms: one is dedicated for the primary students with purpose-built furniture and equipment for younger children to use. The senior students have two rooms, one with PCs and the other iMacs. HASIS also has four fully functional laboratories for practical science.

B. How is technology integrated in the classroom at each level of education?

– Every classroom in the School has a Clevertouch interactive screen. The school campus has wireless connectivity throughout, enabling use of laptops and tablets in the classroom at every year group from KG1 to G12.

C. Do your offer any tech-based courses, and if so, which ones?

Technology is integrated into the curriculum, and is most obvious in ICT and Science, but also taught through all timetabled subjects from Maths to Music.

D. What are your safety policies and regulations? Who oversees these?

Our safety policies and systems are developed by the Health and Safety Committee with input from HSE advisors from Oman LNG. Our HSE policies are also scrutinised by the Council of International Schools as part of our continued accreditation process.

E. What kinds of facilities and resources do you have? Is there a gymnasium, library, sports field, playground, music room, art studio, laboratory and the like?

The School has a large sports hall, multi-purpose hall for drama, AstroTurf, two swimming pools, playground, art studio, music room, three computer rooms, four science labs and two libraries.

– the School does not provide a nursery or creche Pre-KG