KUWAIT BILINGUAL SCHOOL

Kuwait Bilingual School
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مدرسة الكويت ثنائية اللغة

Kuwait Bilingual School

Children of Today… Leaders of Tomorrow

 

 

المرحلة الثانوية

High School

 

 

 

دليل الطلاب وأولياء الامور

Student and Parent Handbook

 

2015-2016

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The purpose of this handbook is to provide greater understanding of Kuwait Bilingual School – Secondary Stage. It serves as a reference for students and parents throughout the school year.

ACCREDITATION

KBS is a candidate school for accreditation with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) of USA. We have taken this step because we recognize the importance of ensuring that our educational programs are rigorously assessed and approved by outside, internationally accredited agencies. 

VISION

Kuwait Bilingual School is a nonprofit institution that was established in September 1998 in Al Jahra City, Kuwait. Its foundation was a landmark in educational provision in the district, offering a coeducational, bilingual private school education for people of the city and State of Kuwait.

The school’s vision involves the provision of a school worthy of this millennium. Every attempt will be made to develop KBS as a progressive school, whose resources will be utilized for the constant upgrading of its faculty, programs, facilities and services.

 

No educational institution can set a direction for itself without consciously shaping the policies that guide it. Most schools have developed as a result of planned, deliberate actions not by default. Kuwait Bilingual School handbooks have therefore been established for the following reasons:

  1. To provide continuity and stability. This provides the school community with a clear understanding of expectations of them and direction for the school (Aims and objectives)
  2. To avoid decisions made upon impulse, crisis or charisma.
  3. To clarify roles and responsibilities.

  

  

 

Mission Statement

 

Kuwait Bilingual School is a K-12 non-profit English/Arabic educational community founded in 1998 to serve the Governorate of Al-Jahra. Through quality programs that foster ethical and moral values, positive attitudes, a commitment to local and global issues and a life-long pursuit for learning, students will become the leaders of tomorrow.

KBS Principles

At Kuwait Bilingual School (KBS) we believe we are all equal, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity or position. We believe every individual matters.

As members of the KBS community we are guided by, and believe that:

 

         Children are our community’s most valuable asset.

         Everyone has the right to a safe, positive and nurturing learning environment,

         Education is the shared responsibility of the student, family, school, the governing authority, community, and government.

         Interaction with individuals of diverse backgrounds and character teaches tolerance and appreciation for all.

         Effective education fosters ethical and moral values thus developing the whole person; spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.

         Learning how to learn provides the necessary framework for academic success throughout the students’ academic and professional lives.

         Risk-taking and a willingness to change are necessary for continuous growth.

         Instruction should be engaging, inquiry-based and differentiated.

         Assessment should be rigorous and support learning.

         Life-long learning is essential for success in a changing society.

         A commitment to local and global issues is important for the growth and development of our community.

         Promoting students' self-esteem fosters leadership attributes.

 

                   Adopted on May 25, 2014

 

The Bilingual Program

Learning through the medium of two languages, Arabic and English, our students come to appreciate the traditions of the past and meet the challenges of the future of their own culture and that of others, while engaging in the process of promoting true international understanding. Arabic and English are developed to the highest academic standard through a demanding curriculum.

 The High School (Grades 9-12)

 The High School at KBS consists of grades 9-12. KBS provides an educational program designed to meet the individual needs of a select student body. All students follow a core program of studies in each subject and are expected to achieve mastery of basic skills. The program emphasizes: academic excellence; personal, social and intellectual growth and encourages each student to be a well-motivated and constructive member of society. The curriculum is departmentalized with different teachers for each discipline. Students have one team of teachers per grade level, which fosters rapport between teachers and students. Students are taught effective study habits and independent learning.

 Arabic Subjects:

Arabic, Islamic and Qur’an Studies, and Social Studies in Grades 9-10

 English Subjects:

English, Sciences, Math, Computer, Social Sciences

 Electives: Arts, PE, IT, Economics, Contemporary History, English Literature, Public Administration, Psychology, SAT preparation… etc. may be taught in Arabic or English

 

Admission to the High School

 Students entering KBS must have sufficient knowledge of English and Arabic in order to meet the instructional demands of the grade level to which they apply. In addition, they need to demonstrate the potential to contribute positively to our academic and social environment while they are enrolled in the school. KBS only admits students for whom we can provide an education.  

KBS does not have a program for students with learning difficulties, and the school’s admissions policies and procedures make it clear that the school does not provide services for students within this category.

 KBS admissions procedures are selective, and only average and above average students with no apparent learning difficulty gain admission to the school, if seats are available.

 Parents of all new admitted students sign a special acceptance contract that does not guarantee future enrollment. Student progress is closely monitored at KBS. Should it appear that the school’s program is not appropriate for the abilities and/or interests of a student or does not meet his/her educational needs, the school will consult with parents to determine if the student could be better served in another school. In line with KBS's non-discriminatory policy, admission is conditional only upon successful entrance assessment results, a satisfactory report from the student’s current school and the availability of places, regardless of gender, nationality, religion, or race. Academic and social development are the principal selection criteria. Within these general criteria, priority for available vacancies is given to siblings of current students first, then to children of alumni and finally to children of new families. In the admission assessments, which become more formal as the grade level advances, the school attempts to determine that the student is developmentally ready for school.  He/she should have the basic skills required to enter the grade level in question and should demonstrate that he/she will be able to successfully cope with the heavy demands imposed by a bilingual educational program.

 Enrollment Process:

Students who want to enroll in Kuwait Bilingual School must submit an application to the Admission’s office with the required documents and assessment fees within the set registration period that commences in March of every year. Applications that are submitted after this period may not be accepted. Applicants will be asked to provide up-to-date school records, including current report cards. Applicants who meet the criteria for age and academic record will then be invited to take an entrance assessment. English, Arabic, and Math admissions tests for grades 9- 12 have been designed by the school to assess language and math skills. The English and Arabic exams assess reading, writing and oral language skills. The Math exam assesses basic grade level mathematical skills. A student must meet average/above average standards in all three areas in order to be considered for admission.

Admission to the school will be determined by the Director of the school after careful review of the test results, recommendations made by the examining teachers, High School Principal and the previous school academic and behavior records. 

Once a student completes all the assessment tests, the Admission office will contact parents to arrange for an interview between the parents and the Director of the school. The final decision will be made following this interview.

 If assessment results are satisfactory and places are available, parents will be invited to register the student. During the admission process the school will consult with prospective parents to ensure that they support the school’s mission and policies. Registration is only complete after submission of all the required documents, provision of health records, official previous school transcripts, and payment of non-refundable/non-transferable deposit.

 INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM

 KBS Secondary Stage' curriculum and instructional model have been designed to give support and information that will enable each student to succeed, achieve and master skills. As a bilingual school, mastery of Arabic and English is required for all students. The Secondary stage programs foster the development of confident, capable and responsible students. We aim to prepare the students for university/college studies. As such KBS is a college preparatory school.

 We achieve our goals collaboratively, establishing rigorous, yet appropriate standards, while engaging learners in the application of knowledge. KBS strives to instill the love of lifelong learning in all of our students.

 Academic Honesty

 Students are expected to complete and submit their own work. Occasionally some students will need assistance from parents or classmates, but it is important that all students learn to work independently. Copying work during a quiz/test or class work from other students is not acceptable. Using materials from books, websites or other sources without proper acknowledgment is not permitted as well. Such actions will lead to losing marks on the assignment and to discipline consequences, according to the school policy. The repeat of such actions may lead to expulsion from school. (see Appendix for the school’s Academic Honesty policy).

 Assessments

 Standards at KBS are high, yet appropriate. Evaluation of student achievement is based on informal observation and supervision of class work and homework. In addition, formal assessments may include: oral recitations/presentations, quizzes, tests, projects, exams etc.

 Course Work

 Course work grades are based on student participation, attendance, quizzes, projects, reports, tests and other assessments. Each department determines the system used to compute course averages. The department grading system is shared with parents at the beginning of each year.

 Tests and Quizzes 

Students are required to sit for scheduled tests. Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. There are at least two tests per quarter in each subject. Tests are announced on the information board. In case of an excused absence, the student is required to take a make-up test. Generally, students do not make-up quizzes. Students who are absent for announced tests without justification are not eligible for make-up tests and will receive a zero grade. All make-up tests must be approved. The Head of Stage will verify all excuses.

 Examinations

 Exams occur in the majority of subjects at the end of each semester. They comprise 30% of the final grade. Students will be informed prior to beginning a course if they are required to take an examination in that course.

 Awards

 It is our goal to recognize high school students during the school year for achievement and/or effort in academics and co-curricular activities.

 

Awards Criteria:

          High Honor Roll certificate is presented to students who have achieved a GPA of 3.7 or above.

          Honor Roll certificate is presented to students who have achieved a GPA of 3.2 or above

          Department Awards honor a wide variety of students. The criteria for these awards vary. Awards may recognize students who have shown improvement, who are helpful, organized, hard workers, etc.

 Award Ceremonies – Award ceremonies will be announced in advance on the school website and parents of those receiving awards will be invited to attend.   

 Sports Awards are given to all students who have participated in the after school Sports’ Program. These students are recognized at Morning Meetings throughout the year, and they will be awarded in a special ceremony at the end of the year.

 Contest Award Winners are recognized in front of their peers at Morning Meetings throughout the year.

Co-Curricular Programs 

School co-curricular programs offer an opportunity for students to participate in a wide variety of activities. Some of the clubs offered include computer, drama, soccer, basketball, volleyball, ice-skating, etc. In addition, our school belongs to interscholastic sports and activities leagues.

High School students should join various school activities, as many universities consider that student participation is an important factor in deciding admission. Also these activities are an important part of the program that help shape student abilities and skills. 

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, a KBS High School student must successfully complete the following minimum requirements including:

v  English                                               3 credits (must attend 4 courses)

v  Arabic                                                4 credits

v  Math                                                  3 credits (must attend 4 courses)

v  Sciences                                            4 credits (Science is compulsory in Gr 12)

v  Social Sciences                                  3 credits

v  Islamic Studies & Quran                     3 credits

v  Fine Arts                                            2 credits

v  Information Technology                      2 credits

v  Physical Education                             1 credits

v  Community Service                            0.5 credit

v  Graduation Project                             0.5 credit        

A minimum total of 27 credits should be successfully completed within the four years of study in grades 9-12

Graduation projects: All students should demonstrate their leadership and communication skills to achieve their target. The school will provide a mentor to supervise. Students can start preparations from the beginning of grade 11.

A credit is defined as equivalent to 120 teaching hours.

Grading in High School:

v  Percentage                 Letter Grade           Grade Point  (GP)

v  0 – 59.4                       F                                  0

v  59.5 – 62.4                  D-                                1.0

v  63.5 – 66.4                  D                                  1.0

v  66.5 – 69.4                  D+                                1.3

v  69.5 – 72.4                  C-                                 1.7

v  72.5 – 76.4                  C                                  2.0

v  76.5 – 79.4                  C+                                2.3

v  79.5 – 82.4                  B-                                 2.7

v  82.5 – 86.4                  B                                  3.0

v  86.5 – 89.4                  B+                                3.3

v  89.5 – 92.4                  A-                                 3.7

v  92.5 – 96.4                  A                                  4.0

 v  96.5 – 100                   A+                                4.0

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement:

 The student must maintain a GPA of at least 1.00 to be allowed to continue at KBS, if the student GPA drops below 1:00, then the student will be placed on Academic Probation for one year. If the student fails to improve his GPA above 1.00, then he/she will be asked to leave the school.

 

Guidance Services

The Counseling Office is dedicated to helping students with both academic and personal concerns. Our Guidance Department supports and promotes the emotional, social and academic growth of all students at KBS, in addition to providing college guidance to help student apply and gain admission to universities.

Students will also find a number of faculty members available to them to help them with questions, to address problems and frustrations, and to guide them in positive decision-making. A student’s advisor, the counselor, principal and all staff members are willing and eager to work with individual students on all matters.

Progress Reports

The school year is divided into 2 semesters. Students will receive a Progress Report in the middle of first and second semester.

 

Promotion and Retention Policy

 Promotion Policy

In order to be eligible for regular promotion, a student must have:

         met attendance requirements.

         an acceptable disciplinary record.

         passing grades in all courses.

 

Course failure

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, a student who fails a certain course may have the opportunity to make it up during a special summer course. This needs principal approval. Or a student may be asked to repeat the course the following year. If it is not possible to re-take the course, a make-up test may be assigned, or permission given to take another course to replace the failed subject, providing that this does not interfere with credit requirements for graduation.

 

Report Cards

Students will receive a Report Card at the end of each semester.

 

Study Skills

 

Tips to Improve Study Skills:

 

         Give yourself plenty of time. Don’t wait until the last minute!

         Find a quiet place to study.

         Use comfortable table and chair.

         Plan your study time. Give yourself breaks too!

         Organize your time.

         Check your homework diary and weekly schedules.

         Plan your work and activities for each week. Try to spread your work evenly throughout the week.

         If you are studying from class notes for a test, copy them over. This helps reinforce the information.

         After each assignment is completed, make sure that it is organized and ready for the next day.

         Put your subject file/book into your book bag.

         When homework is completed, it is time to research. Read ahead for any upcoming

lessons.

 

Test Taking Strategies

 

         Take a deep breath and relax.

         Remind yourself that you know the information.

         Read the instructions carefully.

         Look for the number of points allocated to the question.

         If you come to a question you don’t know, skip it; you may remember the answer later!

         Answer the questions you are sure about first.

         If the question has 2 parts, underline both parts.

         Always answer “True/False” questions.

         In “multiple choice” questions, if you are not sure, cross out the answers you know are wrong.

         Don’t change answers. The first answer that comes to you is usually right.

         Look for key words in the question, like “discuss, describe, compare, contrast,” before you decide how to answer the question.

         Attempt to answer all questions.

         Remember, a test is not a race. There are no bonus marks for finishing first. Read it over carefully, check your spelling, and try to find mistakes.

         Minor errors may cost lots of points

  

SCHOOL LIFE

 

Book bags

 Book bags should fit in the lockers. The school provides a special homework schedule to reduce the number of books the students takes home every day. Therefore there is no need for a student to carry all his books home every day. 

English Only/Arabic Only

 Students are expected to speak only English in the following classes: English, Science, Math, and Humanities. They are expected to speak Arabic only in Arabic, Islamic Education and Social Studies. Failure to comply may result in the loss of grade points and disciplinary action.

 

Homework

 Homework is a necessary part of each student’s educational program and is also a mean of strengthening skills and reinforcing comprehension gained in the classroom. Project due dates and general reminders are also included. Parents should regularly check with their children to make sure that homework assignments are being completed and that students have a quiet and suitable spot at home in which to study.

 Homework will be assigned in all classes during the course of a week or during weekends, typically requiring the following time commitments.  (NONE ARE GIVEN) Homework is not given during a major holiday. Duration for daily study and homework is about 120 minutes. 

Homework Diary

 Students have homework diaries provided by the school in order to help them organize dates and times for homework and tests. Also it is a mean of communication between school and parents.

 Late to Class Procedures 

Students must get to class on time. There is plenty of time allowed for all students to go from the playground to class after recess. Students are expected to be in class by the time the bell rings. If a student arrives after the bell rings, 1% will be deducted from his/her grade each time he/she is late to class. Teachers will talk privately to late students about the importance of coming to class and school on time. If lateness continues, parents will be contacted by the teacher, counselor and / or principal. A student may be assigned detention or community service hours if this behavior continues. School placement may also be withdrawn in extreme cases.

If a student is late to school, marks will be deducted from his / her classwork grade. The student will be recorded late for that class and will not be able to take ant test/quiz that he might have missed.

 

Lockers 

Each student is assigned a locker so that he/she may have a place to store books and personal items in a secure manner. Students need to use their lockers. They should not carry all of their books and supplies in their book bags. They may bring a lock from home. Lockers are the property of the school, and the student will be held financially responsible for any damage.

 Projects and Major Assignments  

         Projects and major assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date.

         Projects and major assignments will receive a deduction of 5% from the overall grade for each late day, up to a maximum of 10 school days late.

         Projects and major assignments submitted more than ten school days late may receive a maximum grade of 50%. This means that teachers will begin grading the assignment out of 50%.

         If the student does not hand in an assignment by the end of the quarter and there is no justified reason, then the student will receive a zero for the assignment.

         The High School Principal is the person who decides whether the reason given is valid or not.

          School Hours

 School begins at 7:20 AM and ends at 2:30 PM. On certain days, after school activities or detention may be scheduled. Students are expected to arrive at school before classes begin. The school is not responsible for students remaining after 2:45 PM unless they are in a school -sponsored event.

 Submitting Assignments

 One of our educational goals is to help students learn to be responsible about their work and meet deadlines, while at the same time allowing for support and flexibility. We want students to turn in assignments, even if they are late.

 Expectations

         Assignments are expected to be submitted on time.

         In the case of an excused absence, a new deadline will be established. Students will be eligible for full credit.

         Special consideration will be given to students who have extended periods of excused absences. The student and his/her teachers will create a schedule that allows the student to make up missed work/tests; homework may be collected by parents. The Counselor may assist in this process.

         Most teachers do not have students make-up quizzes; they simply do not count them.

         Homework must be complete on the due date at the beginning of class. Late homework usually receives a grade of “0.” (Please remember that this is not for major assignments/projects; homework only.)

         Students who hand in late assignments, without an approved excuse, may be eligible for reduced credit.

         Students who are late to class will not receive full credit for that lesson.

 

SCHOOL RULES AND PROCEDURES

 Consequences of Misbehavior

 No student has the right to disrupt the teaching/learning process. The school operates upon the assumption that students are honest and that they will conduct themselves with a high level of personal integrity. Misbehavior that causes a disruption in the operation of the school, as defined by the school administration, will be treated in a similar way as listed below: Consequences for misbehavior vary from recess detentions to immediate suspension, depending on the offense. The seriousness of the misbehavior and its repetition will determine the consequences applied.

 After investigation the Deputy High School Principal will decide the consequences of the misbehavior. But as a guideline, consequences usually follow a hierarchy of actions as follows:

         Detentions: 15 minutes or more, during school hours, or after school hours, or on Saturday.

         Parent contact

         Assigned several hours of community service at the school

         Behavior Contract

         Losing certain privileges like participating in school field trips, participating in free dress days, attending certain activities and programs, joining after school clubs or sports teams

 

In extreme cases a student is referred to the Director who is the only authority in school who can assign suspension or more serious consequences such as expulsion.

 Daily Attendance

 Students are expected to be in school and to follow their assigned schedule every day. Parents and students should be aware that what goes on in the classroom (teaching, interaction with teacher and students, discussion, lecture, reports, audiovisuals etc.) is essential for a student’s progress. Grades are assigned daily to students for their various classwork. Most of this classwork cannot be made up in case of absence.

 In case of a student absence, parents should call the school nurse by 8:30 AM.

When returning from an absence, the student must bring a written note signed by the parent, guardian or physician indicating the dates and reasons for the absence. Students are responsible for any work that they have missed. It is their responsibility to ask the teacher what work was missed. Assignments must be completed and submitted as soon as possible in order for students to receive credit. An excused absence is one caused by:

         Personal illness.

         Serious family illness or family death.

         Family emergency.

         Other extraordinary circumstances approved by the Principal.

 In order to participate in a co-curricular activity, students must be present during the school day. This includes activities such as drama, athletic practices and competitions, rehearsals, school social events, class activities, etc. Occasionally, it might be necessary for a student to leave school before the end of the school day. A note from a parent/guardian, stating the reason, is required and must be given to the nurse. Parents picking up students are to go to the reception area. KBS does not have an open campus. Students may not leave school during the day (e.g. for lunch) and then return to school. Excused and unexcused absences are included in the total attendance record of each student.

 General Principles

 KBS is a community where the following fundamental rights apply to all students and staff throughout the entire school day, including travel to and from home and during school field trips:

         The right to an education, which means that teachers are free to teach and students are free to learn without being interrupted by inconsiderate and unruly behavior.

         The right to develop one's own personality, so long as it does not interfere with the rights of others, without criticism or pressure from others.

         The right to be treated respectfully.

         The right to have freedom from physical and mental abuses such as intimidation, harassment, name calling or mocking because of race, sex, religion, culture, handicap, classroom performance, etc.

         The right to have personal and school property respected and safeguarded.

         Self-discipline is essential to assure these rights for members of any community. Self-discipline develops and promotes responsible citizenship. Continued positive self-control requires the cooperation of students, faculty and parents.

 

Immediate Referral to Administration

 Behaviors that will result in immediate referral to the administration, and may result in serious consequences, are as follows:

         tardy to school/late to class during the school day

         not in uniform

         acts of insubordination; disobedience or disrespect to a staff member; inappropriate language usage

         intentionally disrupting the teaching/learning process

         destruction of school property; littering the school; graffiti

         leaving school without written authorization

         substance abuse; use of tobacco, drugs etc.

         fighting, play fighting, spitting

         throwing objects, including book bags, pencil case, etc. at others or from the stairs

         cheating

         possession of any weapons, explosives, or other dangerous objects

         inappropriate behavior while arriving or leaving campus

         violation of fire safety; the use of any open flame

         harassment; bullying; racial slurs or any cruel treatment of others

         other inappropriate behaviors

         using of mobile phone in class

         taking pictures without permission

 

Improving Behavior/ Progressive Discipline 

In the event a student does not demonstrate appropriate self-discipline regarding the school's policies, procedures and regulations, a variety of procedures help the student improve his/her behavior.  Initially, the teacher concerned interacts with the student; a parent may be contacted; the student may serve a detention, or be referred to the counselor or Deputy Principal. Parents need to help solve recurring misbehavior before it leads to suspension or expulsion.

 Clinic

 A qualified nurse who is available to provide first aid care coordinates the clinic. Parents must notify the nurse of any health problems their children may have and if a student is taking medication. Students who become ill during class time should get a note from the department secretary and go directly to the clinic. If the nurse feels that the student is too ill to continue in school, she will call the parent or guardian to inform them that the child should be picked up.

 Students Leaving School

 At times it may be necessary for a student to leave school due to a doctor’s appointment. Students will not be released to nannies or drivers without parent permission. The school must speak directly to the parent who will confirm that he/she is giving permission for the child to leave school.

 Leave Before a Holiday

 The instructional program is in place each & every day. It is disruptive to the educational program if families request that their children leave school early before 2:30, the day before a holiday. Students are expected to attend school before holidays and stay the entire day. Students may not be pulled from class to attend an event held in one of the other divisions – Pre-K/KG/Primary/Middle.

 School Standards

 

Students must:

         Arrive at school on time.

         Wear proper school uniform.

         Be prepared for all classes.

         Speak respectfully to adults and fellow students.

         Take proper care of school property.

         Not bring gum or Banac to school.

         The student loses his right to bring his mobile phone to school for the rest of the school year, if he/she uses the mobile in an improper manner and violates the guidelines. No second chance is given.

         Not run in the building. Move safely between classes.

         Not leave school without written authorization from the nurse or office.

         Not engage in “play-fighting.”

         Not bring pets to school.

         Keep the school environment clean and free of litter.

         Line up when buying food from the canteen.

         Follow all the rules of any special area, such as: the media center, the gym, the science labs, the theater, and the clinic.

         Follow exam rules.

         Follow the English/Arabic rule.

         Follow classroom rules set by the teachers.

         Not use his mobile phone for taking pictures without permission.

 

GENERAL MATTERS

 

After School Clubs

 After School Clubs take place on Wednesdays from 2:45-3-45. An additional fee is required for these clubs. Joining a club is optional.

 Birthday Parties

 Birthday parties are not permitted

 Canteen

 The school canteen is open every day during morning snack and lunch break.

 Clean Campus

 We are proud of the way our campus continues to improve its appearance. Our campus must be free of litter. Students must dispose of trash in trash bins. Students cannot throw trash on the ground and expect the cleaning staff to pick it up.

 Canteen services will be suspended if this rule is not followed.

 Dress Code

 The school uniform must be worn to school and when students are engaged in school activities outside of school. School uniforms must be purchased through our storeroom.

School Uniform consists of:

         Navy blue pants

         Navy blue polo shirt

         Navy blue Sweater (for the cold season).

         Shoes or sneakers of any color are acceptable. Sandals and beach type sandals are not allowed.

         An additional PE shirt and pants and PE shoes are needed on PE days.

 

The following are some guidelines for uniform:

1.      Uniforms need to be clean, neat, and ironed.

2.      Tight clothing is unacceptable.

3.      The length of boys’ hair should be appropriate. Boys may not wear their hair long. (It is not allowed for boys to tie their hair back).

4.      Hats are not part of the school uniform and therefore should not be worn in the classrooms.

5.      Large or dangling earrings are unacceptable.

6.      Make up for school is not allowed.

 

Dress code for seniors:

 

Upon agreement with the principal, seniors may wear Graduation sweatshirts, jumpers etc.

 Educational Trips

 Educational trips provide students and teachers with opportunities for learning and teaching beyond the classroom. One letter is sent at the beginning of the school year to all parents to secure their written approval for their children to participate in all trips that will take place during the school year.

  In addition, a written notification indicating the purpose of each trip will be sent before every trip. A student must be in school on the day of the trip in order to attend any field trip or special event. Bus and entrance fees will be collected for each trip. The school reserves the right to withdraw any student from a planned field trip, with no refund, if the student has poor behavior.

 Emergency Procedures

 In case of fire or emergency evacuation, every student is to leave the building as quickly and quietly as possible. Evacuation procedures are posted in each classroom and are reviewed on a regular basis. Drills to reinforce these procedures are practiced throughout the school year. If any student deliberately set off the fire alarm for an invalid reason, he / she will be suspended.

 End of Year Procedures

 Students must comply with end of year procedures. These include returning all library books, textbooks, emptying lockers, desks, etc.

 Forgotten Items 

Students need to learn to be responsible for their schoolwork. Students are not permitted to call home to ask that homework, projects, clothing, food, etc., be delivered to school.

  The school will NOT deliver items to students, as this would disrupt the instructional process.

 Gifts

 Gifts to school staff are not to be made. Parents and students are requested to abide by this regulation.

Identification of Belongings

 Student belongings (books, copybooks, jackets, PE suits, bags, etc.) must be clearly marked with the student’s name. Student book bags are property of an individual and are to be respected by all.

 

Loss of Books and Other Materials

 Students are provided with the necessary textbooks for the educational program. However, each student is responsible for his/her own books. Students must pay for or replace any lost textbook issued to them.

  If a library book or other material is lost or damaged, the person to whom it is checked out must pay for its replacement. Report cards will be withheld from any student who has lost or damaged books.

 Lost and Found

 A Lost and Found container is located near the main gate. Students should check this area, as well as the office for any lost items.

 Money/Valuables/Electronics

 Students are advised not to bring money or valuables to school. The school will not assume responsibility for money or possessions lost at school.

 PE Uniform

 Students are not permitted to call home to ask that their PE uniform be delivered to school. 

Private Tutoring

 For obvious reasons, it is considered unethical and poor professional practice for a teacher to tutor one of his/her own regular students for pay; it is the policy of the school not to permit a teacher to serve as a tutor for KBS students, except as a part of a school approved program.

 Student Council

 Students elect KBS Student Council Representatives. The Student Council has a faculty advisor. The Student Council serves as a vehicle for students to exercise effective leadership, address concerns coherently, sponsor school activities and service projects, accomplish tasks efficiently.

 Student Personal Information Update

 Your home and emergency telephone numbers and email addresses are essential for the school to have on file. Please notify the school of any information changes.

 Use of Telephone

 Students may use the school telephone for EMERGENCY calls, before school, during recess, and after school, only with our authorization. Calling to ask for permission to go to a friend’s house is not an emergency.

 

COMMUNICATION

 

Back to School Night

 Parents are invited to Back to School Night when teachers present their course descriptions, goals, curricula, expectations, grading policy and regulations. Teachers prepare handouts with this information. Dates are on the school calendar.

 Circulars/Letters/Website

 Communication between school and family is of utmost importance. The primary mode of communication from school to home is via the KBS website or emails (or SMS in case of emergency).

 Students are expected to deliver school letters and circulars to their parents on the day of distribution. Please check our website at www.kbs-edu.com for important information.

 Open Door Policy 

The administration operates an “Open Door Policy.” Parents are always welcome to call or come in to ask questions, discuss concerns or offer suggestions at any time. If possible, call for an appointment.

 Parent-Teacher Conferences

A teacher or parent may request a Parent-Teacher Conference. Parent contact is essential to the wellbeing of our students. The high school secretary will assist families in scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences throughout the school year.

Reports to Students and Parents

 Progress reports and report cards reports give the results of continuous evaluation and help diagnose a student's progress. In addition, a progress report is given to any student anytime who may be in danger of receiving less than a 70% for the given quarter.

 This communication is done in a timely manner in order to allow a student to improve his/her performance. Parents are invited to meet with teachers to discuss ways to help a student’s progress.

In addition parents and students have access to the SKOOLEE program through the school website, where they can login and check the student progress daily or weekly and read any remarks or reminders from teachers.