Creativity Private School
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Introduction to CPS and its History


Creativity Private School is one of the schools of the Capital Governorate. It was founded in 2007 and is home to 3-18 years of age. The current total number of is 744: (18) classes in the primary school and 9 classes in KG in Manama, and (15) classes in the secondary school in Al-Janabia that was established 5 years ago when our first batch of graduates are in Grade 10. The majority of the students come from an educated and middle class background. The vast majority of them live in Muharraq. The administrative and educational personnel comprise of 40 teachers and 22 administrators.

The CEO of the school is Ms. Mona Salim Mustafa Azreen, who runs the school as the general manager. She has extensive experience in educational work and in the art of school administration.

The primary principal is Ms. Hind Yousif Salmeen who was an employee at the ministry of Education. During the course of her leadership at the Al Mutanabi School in the academic year 2008/2009, she won three of the most important educational awards in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Gulf countries (Excellent rating from the Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training, the Sheikh Hamdan Al Nahyan Award for Distinguished Academic Performance and the Award of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa).

In addition, Mr. Carlos about Murad was appointed in 2016 as the secondary principal. He has extensive experience in educational leadership and student affairs. He has worked as an assistant principal at Bahrain Bayan School for more than 8 years. He is considered an asset to the school and will help the students grow and achieve outstanding outcomes.

School’s Population


The total number of students reached 744 in 2017-2018. Class sizes range from 12 to 23 with an average of about 18 per class. The composition of the student body is about 95% Bahraini citizens and about 5% Arabs of other nationalities. Since acceptance to the school at all levels is based on CPS entrance exams, the students are an exceptional group in terms of their abilities, motivation and parental support. All CPS graduates expect to go to university either in Bahrain or elsewhere.

In CPS no scholarship programs are available so all students are paying the standard tuition.

School’s Grade Levels


CPS offers all grade levels, three years of kindergarten, five of primary, three of middle school and four of secondary. Boys and girls are mixed from the pre-school years and are separated from Grade 1 onwards. Salmaniya campus holds the kindergarten and primary students while Janabiya campus holds middle school and secondary.

Educational Program


Curriculum and Instruction - as a National Private School, CPS operates its standards based on Texas Education Knowledge and Skills (Texas Standard) while complying with the national subjects prescribed by the Ministry of Education – Arabic, Islamic Studies, Citizenship and Social Studies Arabic.

As standards, scope and sequence are becoming clarified, teachers are revising their curriculum maps and the design of their units.

Inquiry and research have played a growing part in our approach to student learning. All students at all age levels are involved in learning independently and collaboratively through use of the library, internet, and their own projects. Teachers are trained and encouraged to use many learner centered strategies such as cooperative learning, literature circles, service learning, and others in order to ensure a focus on thinking and learning skills as well as collaborative skills and a link with real life. Technology is integrated into the normal instructional process as well as being a separate topic of study.

Languages


CPS is a dual language school – Arabic and English.

The school encourages students to speak English all the time especially when they are in their normal school routines such as during break, making small talk with the school staff, expressing themselves, etc.

Location and Facilities


Creativity Private School has 2 campus – one in Salmaniya which is located along Salmaniya Avenue, beside the Salmaniya Garden and opposite the German Embassy. The other one is in Janabiya. Both campuses have Library, Science Laboratory, Computer Laboratory, Action Lab for Robotics, playgrounds for Art Room and Play Room. All classrooms are equipped with electronic audio visual aids.

School’s Annual and Daily Schedule


The annual schedule, as required by the Ministry of Education is eighteen weeks of study in each semester (not less than 180 days in one academic year), including the time allotted for major examinations. There are two major breaks in the school year; one week for winter break and one week between the two semesters.

The daily schedules in the school vary slightly according to the age groups but all students should expect to be in school by 7:15. Kindergarten students leave at 12:30, primary students leave 1:30 while middle school and high school leave 2:15. All students have at least two recesses during the school day during which they have time to eat, play and pray.

Awards Offered to Students


Five Types Of Awards:
Within Creativity Private School, five types of awards are offered each year.

•   Outstanding Academic Achievement
Given each semester to students who have achieved an average of 95% or above in that semester.
•   Continuity of Academic Excellence
Given to students at the end of elementary, middle and secondary stages who have maintained an average above 90% for the previous three years, with the condition that their average at the end of the three year period is at least as high as it was in the beginning.
•   Academic Progress
Given each semester to students who have raised their overall average by 5% in that semester. (They could have raised it from 92% to 97% or from 80% to 85% or from 50% to 55%).
•   Attendance and Punctuality
Given each semester to students who have not been absent or late even one time for any reason during the semester.
•   Leadership
Given to students who have demonstrated willingness, ability and continuity in providing leadership in the school and/or community.

Other awards are given each year to individuals or groups in connection with specific events, contests and projects.
* The first four certificates are awarded to students in grades 5-12. The Leadership Award is only for grades 9 and 12.

Academic Achievement and Performance Results


A summary showing universities where our graduates were admitted with their numbers in different countries:

University No Of Students
Batch 2016 Batch 2017
University of Birminghan, UK 1
Coventry University, UK 1
Bahrain Polytechnic 1
University of Turkey 1
University of Bahrain 4 1
King Fahad Naval Academy, KSA 1
Ahlia University, Bahrain 1
University of Science and Technology, Syria 1

Graduates of CPS are eligible to apply to these major scholarships offered in Bahrain:
Ministry of Education Scholarship
http://www.education.gov.bh/scholarship.aspx?lan=en

Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program
www.cpisp.bh

School Satisfaction Level


Over the years, CPS has benefited enormously from the surveys it has done of the perceptions of students, parents, faculty and staff. At various times, the results found have influenced our work with teachers, with supervisors, with redesign of courses and our program, generally.

Because of the time required for answering surveys, we generally try to keep them as short as possible and only ask about the matters that we consider absolutely essential. Because of this difficulty, we have not included all the points listed in the Self-Study Guide.

We consider the surveys of students based on the Four Criteria/Commitments to be particularly important. The questions were prepared by a committee of teachers from both sides based on what have become four of the most important commitments made by the school. (See the explanation of these Four Criteria in the report on Standard 2, Vision and Mission.) The results of these questionnaires will be used for team discussions and for counseling of individual teachers by supervisors and principals.

Students’ Survey Result

Parents’ Survey Result

Staff Survey Result

School Clinic


The school clinic is fully prepared to receive students who do not feel well or are exposed to small injuries. There is a full-time nurse and the room is equipped with first-aid kit and a bed for examining the patient / sleeping.
Duties of the School Clinic:

1.   The nurse provides first-aid for all injuries, as he/she receives urgent calls and takes responsibility for serious injuries by taking the student to the hospital or calls home.
2.   Takes care of kg classes from 3 years, checks the child's healthy state, takes proper action by giving medicine if necessary, and secludes the child to avoid infection of other children.
3.   There is a list of the diseases that require healthy seclusion during the child's presence in the class. These are: chicken pox, fever, sore throat, conjunctivitis, colds etc.
4.   The school clinic contains the students' health records that include their disease history.
5.   The school clinic helps in supporting and following up the national task forces for vaccinations who come to CPS to give vaccines to students.
6.   The school nurse has a record of the chronic health cases, procedures taken and medicines used for each case to that we can handle the student while present at CPS.
7.   The school clinic has also the phone numbers of all students in order to call the parents if necessary.
8.   The school clinic participates in the healthy and educational activities through lectures in the classes and daily trivia done during the assembly.

School Year Calendar


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Checklist of Ways to Assist Your Child

Ask yourself, does my child:

•   Dress on their own? This helps your child in sequencing activities and helps develop fine motor skills.
•   Brush his/her hair?
•   Clean his/her teeth?
•   Sleep in his/her own bed?
•   Button his/her shirt?
•   Wear shoes in the correct feet?
•   Know where he/she lives?
•   Know his/her telephone number?
•   Know how to tie his/her shoe laces?
•   Sit with family during meal times and feed himself/herself?
•   Show interest in sitting and completing puzzles? This is good for memory.
•   Bring home letters from school and give them to you?
•   Tidy away toys
•   Read his/her reading books and take responsibility for putting them in their school bags to get ready for next day?

Some Helpful Advice For Parents:

During the school day your child is exposed to variety of experiences associated with school life. If you want your child to reach his/her potential, then consider the following advice:

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Separation from Home


This can be a very traumatic experience for some children especially if this is their first time attending school. Some young children feel the school day is an extremely long time away from their family.

You can prepare your child by providing opportunities to leave your child with family or friends while you go shopping or visiting friends. This should be for a very short time to begin with, gradually increasing the time until your child is comfortable with people other than the immediate family and understands that when mom or dad tells them “I will be back to collect you”, that this actually happens.

Never tell your child that you are returning immediately and then not keep that promise. A child quickly knows when an adult doesn’t tell the truth about returning and this contributes to the child feeling insecure and distrustful of adults.

Your child has many pleasant lessons to enjoy and needs to feel comfortable and relaxed in order to gain the most benefit from them. Experience is the foundation of all learning. This is especially relevant to young children.

Elementary


At this stage, children need the attention and follow up of their parents about their school life. We advise the parents to offer their children time to play and communicate about certain topics. Teachers at AHIS can help the parents by giving them information on how their child can spend their time on educational, cultural and interesting activities.

Routine

This is the first concept your child needs to understand and accept for school life. You can assist by:


Making certain your child comes to school on time every day. Students who are constantly late miss very important teaching points that cannot be repeated due to the strict schedule of classes. Young children learn more easily in the morning.

This has a direct link to bedtime routine. Your child will have an active and busy day and needs to come to school refreshed and ready to take an active role in lessons. Young children are often reluctant to go to bed earlier than the other members of the family. Having a bedtime routine for your child and keeping to it can encourage this.

Your child may come home from school and practice some school work, supervised by an adult. There may be lunch or dinner with the family then time to play or watch TV before going to bed.

Bedtime Routine


Your child needs to wash on their own but under supervision before going to bed.

Your child should be able to put the toothpaste on the brush and brush their teeth on their own.

Your child should be able to put on their pajamas.

A bedtime story read by mom/dad is a relaxing way o prepare a child for sleep.

If your child is afraid of the dark, a night-light may provide the necessary comfort.

Alternatively, leaving the door slightly open with a light on in the hall often does the trick.

We will always be pleased to explain our curriculum and its aims to you. The prime motivation for children’s early learning is their own joy in life and the pleasure they gain from the experiences offered to them.

We hope your children will be provided with a rich varied environment, which will help them to develop effectively so that they can cope with the demands of later schooling and life in general.

Is My Child Working Well?


During the year, there will be an opportunity for you to meet with the class teacher and the specialist teachers, to see how your child is doing. We will also have on display the manipulative and equipment the children will be using in order to obtain new skills and achieve the targets set for them. You will receive a written report about your child’s academic progress at school based on skills they are required to acquire and their curriculum. Young children grow quickly and develop skills at different rates. If they can’t do something this week, they may be able to do it a few weeks later. While there is no perfect formula that determines when your child is truly ready for school, CPS can help you prepare your child by providing you with check lists and guides.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (American Curriculum)

•   Sees the student as center of the educational system, not the textbook or the teacher.
•   Supports the building of the student’s personality and leadership qualities.
•   Offers the newest advances in Science and all the other areas. They continuously update their programs and provide the latest technology, equipment and educational materials.
•   Encourages research through the Scientific process, discussion and improved listening skills.
•   Believe that education should be dof joy without the high degree of strict rules found in the other system.
•   Acknowledges theories to be given to the students when they plan their schedule.
•   Allows a large degree of choices to the students when they plan their schedule.
•   Offers flexibility that adapts to student’s abilities.
•   Shows consideration for the diversity of language, beliefs and cultures.
•   Provides full support to the teachers so they can concentrate on the student’s needs.
•   Creative, colorful and attractive in the presentation of the books and materials.
•   Offers newest techniques in science.
•   No unified national curriculum. American educational publishing companies complete in updating their textbooks and advanced teaching methods. Competition assures that only the best and well-designed curriculum packages are offered to school.

Aside from the American Curriculum, we also offer the following co-curricular programs to our students:

✔   MAP Examination (Measures of Academic Progress)
✔   International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
✔   PSAT & SAT Examinations

Pre-Kindergarten 4-5
Kindergarten 5-6
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Grade 6-7
2nd Grade 7-8
3rd Grade 8-9
4th Grade 9-10
5th Grade 10-11
MIDDLE SCHOOL
6th Grade 11-12
7th Grade 12-13
8th Grade 13-14
HIGH SCHOOL
9th Grade (senior 1) (Freshman) 14-15
10th Grade (senior 2) (Sophomore) 15-16
11th Grade (senior 3) (Junior) 16-17
12th Grade (senior 4) (Senior 17-18

Grade Level Entrance Equivalencies


Students transferring from the British school system of “YEARS” are sometimes confused when transitioning to the American system of “GRADES”. The British system of years 1 – 13 is not numerically equivalent to the American system of grades 1 – 12. Please refer to the chart below for equivalent placement when transferring from one system to another.

AMERICAN SYSTEM BRITISH SYSTEM APPROX. AGE
Pre – K (Child Development Program) KG (N) 3.5
Kindergarten I Reception 4.5
Kindergarten II Year 1 (I 1) 5.5
Grade 1 Year 2 (I 2) 6.5
Grade 2 Year 3 (J 1) 7.5
Grade 3 Year 4 (J 2) 8.5
Grade 4 Year 5 (J 3) 9.5
Grade 5 Year 6 (J 4) 10.5
Grade 6 Year 7 (S 1) 11.5
Grade 7 Year 8 (S 2) 12.5
Grade 8 Year 9 (S 3) 13.5
Grade 9 Year 10 (S 4) 14.5
Grade 10 Year 11 (S 5) IGCSE 15.5
Grade 11 Year 12 (L6) 16.5
Grade 12> Year 13 (U6) 17.5

Education and managerial vision

Philosophy and goals:


Excellent in education is a major goal in building a developed nation and productive human beings. The integration of ethics and education, by addressing the spiritual, emotional, cognitive and physical well being of our students, is the major goal of our excellent educational program.

Modern methodology:


Our modern scientific process has its foundation in the science reform act that was adapted recently by the American Congress.

Advanced management:


The application of modern management theories such as : Total Quality Management , Strategic Planning, Creative Thinking, Team Work, Effective Leadership, and theEdward de Bono. Decision making processes distinguishes our school from many others.

Family involvement:


Parents are the primary educators of a student, and we believe that their involvement and support together with that of the teacher and the school administration is essential in establishing ethical values.

An atmosphere of joy:


Education should be joyful and modern. The use of multimedia, computer presentations, and audiovisuals are used together with games and hands on activities in all classes.

Team work:


Classes are designed to promote team spirit and cooperation.

Promotion of Values

Life skills


New courses (life skills) are taught with the goal of building a balanced personality. The student will learn ethics, creativity, leadership, building relations, respect of parents and elders, speaking and listening skills, table manners, and other skills that will be needed in the future. To fully realize these goals, others programs are added and they are:
Robotics Program –VEX Robotics (an internationally known competition)
Chess – where students are starting to show remarkable achievements locally and in GCC.

Guidance Counseling


Specialized counselors trained in psychology of students and caring for emotional health. Uses modern guidance techniques when dealing with educational and other problems and while working closely with parents. Training is also provided by specialists to teachers, students and parents.

Activities center for clubs, trips programs and summer school The school bank where the students collect points depending upon grades, behavior and activities and activities. Points are used to reward all students at the year-end instead of rewarding only few students.

Extra-Curricular Activities


To further enhance the talents and skills of the students, a weekly(or more) extra-curricular activities are being conducted in each class. Assigned teachers to head the different committees prepares a weekly activity depending on the grade level. These committees are:

✔   Junior Chef Committee – encourages culinary talents of students which also promotes enthusiasm on the fun of preparing healthy food.
✔   Go Green Committee – focuses more on the importance of plants and trees, its role in the environment and ways of conserving them.
✔   Young Artists Committee – arts and crafts related activities.
✔   UNESCO Committee – awareness of global issues, crisis and celebrations.
✔   Young Scientist Committee – exploration of the wonder of Science.
✔   Globe Committee – Earth conservation related activities.
✔   Energy Conservation Committee – emphasizes on conservation of our daily utilities such as water and electricity.