Compass International School Doha: Committed to Educating and Nurturing Students towards Responsible Global Citizenship
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Ambition is the key that may be hard-wired into our DNA; however, it only becomes activated when properly stimulated. Ambition and positivity are features of human nature that are recognized in our parents, our teachers, and our peers. These attributes are nurtured in many children as they move through their formative years and drives them to greatness in their field. As part of the Nord Anglia family of international schools, Compass International School Doha drives the same ambition towards each student’s education. This British International school is located over three campuses with over seventy nationalities and provides global opportunities for all its students.

Established in 2006, the 1600 strong school has links with over fifty-five partner schools across the world and a global campus of fifty-five thousand students. With the location in Doha, Qatar, it is an International School with campuses located in Gharaffa, Madinat Khalifa, and Rayyan. Gharaffa and Rayyan Campuses cater for children from Early Years 1 to Year 6 (3 to 11 years old) whilst Madinat Khalifa Campus is a Primary and Secondary School from Year 1 to Year 13 (5 to 18 years old).

The school provides an excellent education for local families looking for a British style education. At Compass International School Doha, our philosophy is all about how teachers and support teams encourage children to Be Ambitious. This philosophy runs through the very core of school life preparing students for future success and encouraging them to be motivated in all areas of their life. The school strives to achieve the same ambition of developing lifelong learners in all its students.

Accreditations and Associations

Compass International School Doha has been awarded accreditation from The School Evaluation Department of the School Evaluation Institute, Qatar. As CISD is part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools, its students benefit from unique partnerships with The Juilliard School for the performing arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as it pertains to STEAM along with UNICEF to help the students become global citizens. The school does not stop there and offers a Masters Programme with Kings College London.

Furthermore, the following associations accredit the school:

  • French Bilingual Immersion Classes – Rayyan Campus
  • Dutch Language – Gharaffa Campus
  • International Primary Curriculum – a thematic approach to learning with the English National Curriculum for English and Mathematics
  • IBDP –International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Compass International School Doha is an approved Council of British International Schools (COBIS) member. Being a Member is a clear mark of quality within the international school’s network and this association is something that the school community is proud of. The school is accredited by various others such as Edexcel, Cambridge International Examinations, LanguageOne, British Schools in the Middle East, The International Baccalaureate, and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards.

About the Resolute Curriculum

The school provides a stimulating education in a welcoming school environment. Its curriculum is divided into the following programmes:

Early Years

With the power of two international programmes Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) and International Primary Curriculum (IPC), the student forms the base of successful and relevant learning and provide the necessary tools and challenges to support all children at an individual level, throughout their learning journey.

Primary Years

The classes allow young children to explore the wonders of reading and mathematics, as well as art, history, geography, music, sport, technology and science. The dedicated teachers also work tirelessly to create an environment in which every child feels supported and included, and in which they learn to respect others and open their eyes to the world. The classroom curriculum is complemented by visits and trips to locations in the local area and beyond.

Lower Secondary – Key Stage 3

The curriculum expands the student’s knowledge of a wide range of subjects while encouraging them to analyze and make connections between them. The curriculum at lower secondary level builds childrens’ knowledge and gives them the tools and confidence to critique what they hear and see and to embark on their own learning outside of the classroom.

Upper Secondary – IGCSE

In Year 10, students at Madinat Khalifa, start studying for their International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSEs) – an international version of the GCSE exams. The IGCSE exams are built on a number of core subjects. All students are required to take subjects such as mathematics and English, while they will also tackle biology, chemistry, and physics.

These exams provide a solid bridge to further study such as the IB Diploma and give children more autonomy to choose the subjects that inspire them.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

At age 16 and above (Years 12 and 13), students can apply to study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). This two-year course is a balanced academic programme, building confidence and leadership as well as broadening the students’ understanding of world cultures.

Physical Education, Sport, After-School Clubs, and Expeditions

The school’s PE and Sports programmes are an important and compulsory part of the curriculum and include games such as netball, football, basketball, gymnastics, athletics, dance and swimming among others. After-school activities vary from clubs to music, arts, and culture, through to sports. The school works with external companies to provide additional activities. School trips include local museums and attractions for year 1 to 6 students as well as international trips for year 6 and Secondary students.

An Erudite Leader

The school is led by a pioneering leader, one that has a wealth of experience from a variety of UK teaching positions to lead, mentoring and management experience in the UK and globally. Dr. Terry Creissen OBE, Executive Principal, worked in a variety of schools prior to joining Nord Anglia Education. Between 1994 and 1997, he was a founding Board Member of the UK Teacher Training Agency for Schools and Chair of its CPD Committee. A former Ofsted Inspector, Terry has been a consultant for the UK Government Innovation Unit and was appointed as an e-learning consultant for the British Educational and Communications Technology Association (BECTA). He was on the National Executive for the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and chaired the Schools Funding Forum for three years.

Terry received recognition and was awarded an OBE in June 1997 for “Services to Education.” Terry has been with Nord Anglia Education since 2007, spending over five years at The British International School Shanghai; two years at The British School Warsaw; and joined Compass International School Doha in 2014. Terry is fully immersed in the three campuses and enjoys being involved with daily school life. He is a keen musician, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA) and is often seen supporting the school’s band and orchestra.

Students’ Life at Compass International School Doha

The children at Compass International School Doha attain an international outlook, a strong community of friends from around the world along with social and academic success. The school provides an educational experience beyond the ordinary, where children exceed all expectations. From the first day of school, CISD treats every child as an individual and understands the relevance of its learning with the perspective of the world. At Compass, children make lifelong friends and achieve academic excellence.

More than Just a School

The school conducts various annual events at each campus to motivate students, which are as follows:

Spring Fete – a gathering of all students and families to celebrate, before it gets too hot in the desert heat

Arabian Night – A celebration of the country and area in which students live, dancing, wares, and Arabic cuisine

International Breakfast –A celebration of over seventy nationalities of Compass International School. Families bring dishes from their native countries, dress in their national dress or colors and enjoy dancing, games, and community spirit.

Rainbow Picnic – A family driven event at Rayyan campus with dancing, games, and positivity on a Saturday morning

After-School Clubs – Ranging from Histories, Gymnastics, Mad Science, Legos and many more

Steam Week – With challenges put together by professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the students have the unique opportunity to learn and explore

Steam Week – Compass Curiosity Cubes- 2017/18

Steam Week – Compass Possibility Pyramids- 2018/19

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