American Section

American Section

MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to educate and develop the whole person – mind, body, and spirit.  The students will be educated to become leaders with inquiring minds developed through critical thinking, writing, reasoning, investigating, problem solving and collaborative experiences.

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY

Narmer American College (NAC) is a Nursery-Grade 12 international college preparatory school with English as the language of instruction. NAC serves a community of predominately Egyptian and Middle Eastern families seeking an American primary and/or secondary curriculum of education. Our families represent the professional segment of Egyptian society plus expatriate families who are in Egypt working for various embassies and private business enterprises.

CAMPUS

NAC is located on a 23,000 square meter campus in New Cairo City consisting of three floors with 76 classrooms, outdoor athletic fields and track, 1000 m² indoor sports courts, an indoor gymnasium, an almost 800 m² swimming pool, and an indoor cafeteria.  The campus also includes an indoor auditorium with a capacity of 500 seats, music and art rooms, science and computer labs, a library and a clinic.
 

GOALS

As NAC experiences steady growth, The Board of Directors is encouraging the continued development of a diverse community of parents, students and teachers who share a love of learning and who strive for excellence in all they do.  One of the Board’s major goals is for NAC to prepare students for lives of leadership and citizenship, including service to their communities. Another goal is to nurture strength of character, which will enable students to accept the responsibilities of adulthood.

CURRICULUM

The underpinning of the NAC educational programming is the American system of education.  Our curriculum is based on the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, which is a curriculum in the U.S. sponsored by the College Board that offers standardized, college-level, courses to grade 11 and 12 students that are much more rigorous than the regular course offerings. Following the College Board Standards for College Success (CBSCS) outlines a clear and consistent path towards AP and college readiness.  Students are consistently being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills and prepare for higher intellectual engagement. The culminating achievement for our graduating students is the completion of requirements and credits leading toward an American high school diploma.  Qualified students may earn an additional AP International Diploma (APID) by passing in five AP exams.

ACTIVITIES

NAC recognizes that student involvement beyond the classroom is important for intellectual, physical, and social development.  Therefore, an expansive after- school student development program has been organized. The emphasis throughout the spectrum of activities is on competence, character, leadership, and citizenship. Our activities program offers a wide variety of options, ranging from Model United Nations, art, theater, dance, and music to community service and team sports.

NAC FACULTY

There are 85 faculty members.  Twenty of our faculty hold a Master’s Degree, one is in progress of earning a Master's Degree, three have earned a Doctorate Degree, and two are in the process of earning a Doctorate Degree.  Additionally, there are 11 assistant teachers.  All faculty members are carefully selected for employment at NAC based upon their professional proficiency and experience plus their commitment to education.

CALENDAR AND SCHEDULE

The NAC school year begins in early September, ends in mid-June, and consists of 177 days divided into two semesters and four quarters. Graduation takes place in mid-June.  Grade 9 - 12 students attend seven periods per day all year. Each class meets for 45 minutes daily.

ACCREDITATION AND ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

Accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.
Candidate for Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation, USA
Approved by the Egyptian Ministry of Education
Associate Member of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools – NESA

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

At the conclusion of each year, credits are awarded for each course completed with a passing grade and according to the following guidelines:  full-time/full-year course  =  one credit;

full-time/semester course = 0.50 credit.
full-time/quarter course = 0.25 credit.
part-time/full-year or semester course = between 0.25 and 0.50 credits.

A minimum of 24 credits is required for graduation for the Class of 2013, 25 credits for the Class of 2014, and a minimum of 26 credits for the Class of 2015. Students must also complete 20 hours of community service throughout their 4 years of high school.

Subject                             Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015
English 4 4 4
Mathematics 4 4 4
Sociel Studies 3 3 3
Science 3 3 3
World Languages 2 2 2
Arabic/ASL *
3 3 3
PE/Health 1 1 1
Fine Arts 1 1 1
Techonology 0.5 0.5 1
Electives 2.5 3.5 4
TOTAL 24 25 26


Students transferring from a non-American system of education must enter NAC no later than grade 10.  Transfer grades are assessed and converted into credits toward an NAC diploma. 

* Required by the Egyptian Ministry of Education for Egyptian students


COURSES - GRADE 9 - 12

** Indicates partial credit course
 
English  Math
English 9 Integrated Math (Alg. & Geom.)
English 10 Algebra II
English 11 Pre-Calculus
English 12 Calculus
AP English Language & Composition AP Calculus AB
AP English Literature & Composition Introduction to Engineering
Creative Writing & Composition  Statistics  

AP Statistics
Science
Integrated Science (Bio, Chem, Phys) Social Science
Biology World History I
Chemistry  World History II
Physics Global Studies
AP Biology Business
AP Chemistry Economics
AP Physics Psychology
Environmental Science Sociology

Accounting & Finance
Technology AP World History
Computer Science I **
AP Comparative Gov. & Politics
Computer Science II **
AP Macroeconomics
Introduction to Programming AP Microeconomics
Graphic Design AP Psychology
AP Computer Science

Fine Arts
Arabic Music and Composition **
Arabic  High School Band
Religion Music Technology
Social Studies AP Music Theory
Civics Introduction to Art & Design **
Arabic as Second Language Art & Design

AP Studio Art
World Language
French I, II, III Physical Education
German I, II, III PE 9, 10 **
AP French Health & Wellness 11, 12
AP German
Spanish I, II, III

TESTING INFORMATION

IOWA standardized achievement tests are administered to all NAC students in K-12 to measure student performances, weaknesses and strengths in the areas of reading, grammar, spelling, mathematics, science, social studies, and sources of information.  The results provide information about students’ potential, assisting students and school advisors as they make their high school course selections and plan for college. Additionally, internal benchmark assessments are administered to students in grades 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 to monitor their performance and progress in all subject areas at the end of each year.        

Most NAC graduates take the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I) for admission to Egyptian universities as well as to universities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and other locations.  Many also take SAT Subject Tests (SAT II), either because they are required for admission consideration or because they will enhance a student’s competitiveness for acceptance into his/her chosen universities.   All grade 10 and 11 students take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) as a practice test.  Students for whom English is not the first language may be required take the TOEFL or IELTS when applying to English medium universities in or out of Egypt.

 

POST SECONDARY ACCEPTANCES

Below are the colleges and universities where the graduates from the last two years were accepted:

Egypt:  American University in Cairo; Arabic Academy for Science and Technology; British University in Egypt; Canadian International College; Cairo University; Future University; German University in Cairo; Misr International University; Nile University; October University for Modern Sciences and Arts.

United Kingdom:  University of Bath; Warwick University; Queen Mary University of London; David Game College; University of Surrey; Nottingham Trent University; Northumbria University; University of the Arts, London; University of Liverpool; City University London; University of Portsmouth.

United States of America: Boston University; California State University Northridge; California State University Stanislaus; Drexel University; Fordham University; Mississippi State University; Texas A & M University; St. John Fisher College; New York Film Academy; School of Visual Arts; California State University - San Marcos; American University Washington, DC; George Mason University; Kent State University; University of Arkansas; Missouri State University; Parkland College.

Canada: Concordia University; University of New Brunswick; York University; St. Mary’s University.

Europe: European School of Economics; Italy; Jacobs University Breman, Germany; Les Roches International School of Hotel Management; Switzerland; University of Genova, Italy; Amsterdam University, Netherlands; NHTV Breda University, Netherlands; Webster University, Netherlands; Paris School of Business, France.

Middle East: Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar; Qatar Aeronautical College; American University in Dubai; Dar Al Uloom University, Saudi Arabia.