ABS Vision Statement
The Amman Baccalaureate School is recognised as a leading pioneer school in the region for fostering a stimulating learning environment based upon the International Baccalaureate philosophy and enhanced by appropriate educational technologies and a rigorous differentiated curriculum.
The Amman Baccalaureate School is an IB World School that provides a bilingual education in Arabic and English, which, whilst meeting the highest international standards, remains firmly rooted in the Arab heritage. The School is a Jordanian, non-profit, institution that promotes international understanding, communication and awareness through embracing other cultures. The Amman Baccalaureate School works towards developing well rounded responsible world citizens.
The Amman Baccalaureate School is a non-profit IB World School, bilingual, coeducational day school for grades K-12. It offers an academically rigorous programme which, while remaining firmly rooted in the Arab heritage and culture, aspires to meet the highest international standards. The Amman Baccalaureate School welcomes students of all nationalities and backgrounds whose academic aptitude is suited to the education it offers.
The School promotes an appreciation of the students' own as well as other cultures and faiths, thereby enhancing tolerance and mutual respect. Within its practices, the School models and fosters ethical behaviour and a sense of justice, equality and individual worth.
The School provides a stimulating learning environment with emphasis on learning as a skill and encourages the positive involvement of all its stakeholders. Students engage in intellectual, aesthetic, creative and physical activities to enable them to grow as responsible individuals towards themselves, the society and the environment. They are encouraged to become involved in service to the local and wider global community and to develop an informed awareness of national and international issues.
Through its programmes, The Amman Baccalaureate School believes it equips its students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they need in order to assume future roles of responsibility in all walks of life.
The Teaching Objectives of the Amman Baccalaureate School are adapted from the IB Learner Profile. As a Jordanian IB World School, ABS aims to provide an educational environment where students aspire to become:
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives- intellectual, physical, and emotional- to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
The accreditation process has long been recognised in international school circles as a highly effective means of initiating and maintaining school improvement and demonstrating alignment with a set of publicly stated standards. There are a number of benefits associated with the award of accreditation to a school, but the main aim is to provide an opportunity to improve the quality of the education offered at the school through a rigorous process of self-examination followed by an objective external appraisal by a team of trained evaluators. ABS has acquired and maintained a number of internationally recognised accreditations, as outlined below.
Council of International School’s (CIS) Accreditation:
ABS was first accredited jointly by CIS (Council of International Schools) in 1997, and reaccredited in 2007. The five-year report was sent in March 2012 and was considered a model report by the CIS. More recently, ABS hosted the CIS again for the Preparatory Visit before our next reaccreditation in September 2017. ABS was rated as “impressive” and “outstanding” in all evaluated domains. In September 2017, ABS became the first School in the world to obtain CIS Accreditation under the new International Accreditation Protocol. Again, the report submitted was used as a role model report and used in CIS training materials. In the majority of standards, ABS was aligned with the highest rating outcome, aspirational.
ABS was one of the first Schools in the world to attain IB Accreditation, as we acquired IB Diploma accreditation in 1986. Since then, ABS went on to be become accredited to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in 2002, and the IB Career-related Programme in 2014 and finally the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 2015, which was the first bilingual PYP programme to be authorised in the world for English and Arabic. In 2015, therefore, we became an IB World School as we offered all four IB programmes.
ABS is fully accredited by the Round Square Organisation to offer their Co-Curricular programmes that enrich our students so as to become Round Square Explorers. ABS is at the forefront of the next chapter in the RS Organisation, as we have forged ahead with integrating the RS Discovery Framework into our curriculum and daily life. This is visually depicted within the ABS Experience Model.
Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Accreditation
ABS is also a centre for offering BTEC in Media Studies, which compliments the IB Career-related Programme. ABS has trained adjudicators who oversee the standards within the programme.
World Academy of Sports
In 2015, ABS became accredited to be a World Academy of Sports School. This means we are a sports friendly School that can accommodate elite sportsmen and women to continue with their rigorous sports training whilst granting them the flexibility in completing their IB Diploma course requirements over a three year period rather than doing so in two years.