American Curriculum

An enriched American curriculum to take every student on a journey of academic achievement

At GEMS Nations Academy, our curriculum combines an outstanding U.S. standards framework while leveraging the assets of our international student community and the cultural diversity that it brings. Our students will excel academically while becoming part of a kinship that celebrates learning about different cultures, traditions, and habits.

Elementary school: Kindergarten (KG1 & KG2)

For our youngest students in KG1 and KG2, we introduce a school culture rooted in principles of trust and caring. Learning will be experiential. It will challenge confident and enthusiastic students to engage wholeheartedly in activities that expand their skills and conceptual understanding. Technology will play a vital role in the process as students develop 21st century skills of communication and analysis.

Elementary school: Grade 1 through 5

The developmental trajectory of each student is unique, and this is particularly the case in Grades 1 through 5. Today most students are reading by the end of Kindergarten, although we now know that early reading does not correlate with any long-term academic advantage.

As basic skills are developed in all subject areas in the Elementary School at GEMS Nations Academy, the program embraces the flexibility to challenge every student while keeping engagement and motivation high for all students. Students are provided with opportunities to demonstrate their talents, communication skills, and leadership qualities through co-curricular activities, as well as the core curricular areas of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Our teachers are instrumental in capturing the natural enthusiasm and interests of students by integrating their ideas, feelings, and experiences into their journey of learning.

Students are encouraged to accept responsibility for their actions and decisions, enhancing their feelings of self-esteem, self-confidence, and connection. Our teachers place a high value on nurturing relationships with students, establishing a circle of trust within the classroom.

Middle school: Grade 6 through 8

The middle grades represent the vitally important transition to adolescence as young people are exploring more deeply than before the essential questions of identity, purpose, and meaning. At GEMS Nations Academy, we extend the curriculum in the middle grades to include world languages, civic education, service learning, and a deeper engagement in science and mathematics, even as the English language and literature grow more challenging and complex. Traditionally, this expansion of educational range and opportunity was called a well-rounded education.

At Nations, we go beyond well-rounded to well-crafted for 21st century skill- development. Coding, robotics, problem-solving, projects, and inquiry-based learning enrich the program, with constant reference to the U.S. Common Core skills and the high standards of Washington State.

High school: Grade 9 through 12

Obtaining the credentials needed for moving to the next stage of education is important. But in reality, adolescents need much more than this. The variety of programs and experiences that serve the unique developmental needs of this stage of life are offered in high school. Students are supported in taking initiative, thinking and acting with intelligence, learning to express ideas and feelings in constructive and respectful ways, and accepting responsibility for their actions.

In high school, the focus shifts to deep understanding, college-level academic work, and transferable skills. The core academic program intends to build skills and understandings around literacy, numeracy, science, creativity and sustainability, with a continued focus on the Arabic language and the power of coding to instruct machines on routine processes.

Sophisticated laboratory facilities are available in both Middle and High School grades, and the science program will include biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science for all students.