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Parents Handbook

AAB believes that the school and parents form a partnership for success. Individual conferences, class meetings, and parent suggestions are always welcomed. Volunteer work in student outings and functions is also appreciated.

 

PREFACE

This handbook has been developed in order to acquaint parents and students with the rules, regulations, requirements and operation procedure of the American Academy of Beirut. The procedures are intended for the welfare of the entire school community. It is the goal of the school that students, faculty members and staff join in the development of an environment in which students can develop their potential, learn to serve their community and become citizen leaders in our society. Suggestions are welcomed from the parents, faculty and students.

 

 

I. PHILOSOPHY

AAB’s philosophy is based on the belief that every student can be a citizen-leader. Students are encouraged to demonstrate virtues of self-discipline, responsibility and appreciation of diversity through teamwork. AAB believes in creating a non discriminating cooperative learning community.

 

II. VISION

Since diversity is one of Lebanon’s most prominent aspect, our aim is to motivate our students to become tolerant effective communicators. With continuously updated teaching methods, AAB strives to construct knowledgeable charismatic and skillful student body. The school aims at providing the appropriate means for the students to apply their acquired skills in new situations in order to face the challenges of their future.

 

III. MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the American Academy of Beirut is to provide and educational environment that stimulates the intellectual and ethical development of each student in a supportive, caring and nurturing attitude. AAB’s environment does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin or religion. With a highly trained multi-national faculty, that implements a challenging curriculum which develops an international dimension, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to enroll in well recognized colleges and universities. Recognizing that no two students learn in the same way, or at the same pace, AAB’s individualized program fosters equal learning opportunities and stimulates each student’s cognitive potential. Remedial intervention programs are offered to students with learning difficulties. AAB also houses a Learning Center for students with special needs, who are often provided with the opportunity to be integrated in extra-curricular school activities. AAB always strives to be an innovative and vibrant student-centered school which supports students in their pursuit of success.

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III. ACADEMICS


A. ADMISSION TO THE ACADEMY & REGISTRATION

Admission is based on results of entrance exams, past academic achievements, recommendations, the student’s potential for success and an on campus interview. All students should submit the certified copies of their previous school records. Grade 10 Lebanese Program applicants should submit a copy of their official Brevet grades. Applicants to the High School Program should submit the documents approved by the Ministry of Education permitting them to join this program.

Admission to the Learning and Remedial Intervention Program should be based upon:

- A Professional external psychological educational and medical assessment and/or report.


- An on-campus assessment and placement.


- An on-campus interview with both parents and applicant.


Admission to the learning Center and Remedial Intervention Program should be based upon:

- A professional external psychological, educational, and medical assessment and/or report.


- An on campus interview with both parents and applicants.


- An on campus assessment and placement by specialists.


The Admissions Staff makes decisions in the best interest of the applicant, as well as in the interest of the specific grade level. The right is reserved to refuse admission to any applicant who does not meet the admissions requirements. The right is also reserved to determine the placement of an accepted applicant in the grade level deemed most appropriated for his/her success.


Entrance exams and interviews are scheduled individually throughout the year by appointment.


The entrance tests are administered to all applicants in Pre-Kindergarten and above, including former AAB students returning after one or more years of absence from AAB.


Once the student has been accepted, a Registration Slip filled out by the authorized person will be given to the parents to submit to the Business Office for official registration.

 


B. REPORT CARDS & PROGRESS REPORTS

Students are expected to do quality work with the professional support of the academic staff. Academic reports are issued at the end of each of the three grading periods followed by a parent-teacher conference. Teachers will be receptive to meet with parents to discuss grades, academic and/or behavioral problems. Parents are also encouraged to communicate with the administration and teachers should the need arise. Any requested appointments should be scheduled through the AAB Administration.

Report cards will be issued three times a year. Grading periods are approximately 60 days long. Half way through each term, a progress report will be issued to students who are enrolled in the Regular and Remedial Intervention Program.

The Learning Centre will meet with parents twice a year to discuss the IEP, and will send progress reports three times.

Preschool students will take home a portfolio of their completed work in order to enable parents to follow up on their child’s performance.

 


C. GRADING SYSTEM

From Nursery to Grade three, students will receive an effort grade in each subject. From Grade Four through to twelve, students will receive numerical achievement grades in all subject areas. An Individualized Educational Plan and a written progress report will be prepared to cover academic and social progress for the Learning Centre students. The grading and effort scale is numerically represented as follows:

90 – 100 Excellent

85 – 90 Very Good

80 – 85 Good

75 – 80 Average

70 – 75 Satisfactory

64 – 70 Needs improvement

Below 64 Failing

 


D. ADVISORS

From Nursery through to Grade six, the classroom teacher will serve as the students’ advisor.

Grades seven to twelve, advisors are appointed by the Principal.

The role of the advisor is to help students with academic and social issues.

 


E. PROMOTION POLICY

Secondary, Intermediate students and Elementary should meet the following criteria for promotion:

- A minimum general average of 64.

- Should a student fail to achieve an overall yearly average of 64, he/she will be required to attend Summer School and sit for a make-up test.

Based on makeup test results, students will be placed on academic probation the results

- Should the student fail in two main subjects (English, Arabic, Math) the student will be required to sit for a Make-up test in September.

Note: The Administration reserves the right to handle certain individual cases as seen appropriate.

 


F. HONOR ROLL POLICY

A student with a minimum overall average of 85% will be placed on the honor roll list.

Subject awards are received for an overall average of 85%.

 

IV. STUDENT EXPECTATIONS


A. BOOKS

At the beginning of the school year, students will be issued their book lists. They will get their new books from the school.

 


B. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

The school will open to receive students at 7:40 a.m. No responsibility is accepted for students arriving before this time.

School hours are from 7:50 a.m. until 2:35 p.m. During the first period, the supervisor takes the attendance. In addition, teachers will record attendance at the start of every period throughout the day. A student missing from any class will be immediately reported to the supervisor and /or administrators. Any urgent early dismissal from classes will be honored with a parental request note which must be presented to the supervisor at the start of the first period. Parents need to pick up their children from the main office. Upon return, the student should report to the main office before joining his/her class.

 


C. SICKNESS

Should a student become sick during the day and needs to be sent home, the secretary will call his/her parents to inform them of the situation at hand. Parents should be responsible for any decision taken.

If a student is required to take medications, parents should send a written note with the instructions on how to administer the medication.

 


D. ABSENCE AND TARDINESS

Progress at school requires the best level of attendance and punctuality, as both are essential for efficient class work. Regular and punctual attendance is therefore required by all students.

Parents are required to contact the school if their son/daughter is going to be late or absent for the day. Excuses should be valid and urgent. Any student without a parent’s written note will not be allowed to enter class. In case of absence of sickness,absence for more than one day requires a medical report.

Parents/students are responsible for securing class work and/or homework assigned during the student’s absence. The office should be contacted in the morning to request the assignments and arrange for their collection at the end of the school day from the office.

Any tardiness to school or classes needs to be justified by parents. Upon repetition, progressive measures will be taken (ranging from verbal warnings to detentions and suspensions.)

 


E. PERSONAL APPEARANCE AND UNIFORM

The uniform is considered to be an essential part of life at AAB because it symbolizes all this school stands for.

The school expects the full co-operation of Parents/Guardians to ensure that students are ALWAYS correctly dressed on school days and during school activities.

The uniform is:

* Navy-blue trousers

* Navy-blue V-neck sweater, with the AAB badge

* White shirt

* Appropriate shoes.( black or white).

The following items are considered unsuitable and not part of the school uniform: Jeans and/or denim jackets, piercings, or any item deemed inappropriate by the school authorities.

Students should wear their PE uniforms for PE classes. Any student’s failure to comply during PE will result in losing a percentage of the grade on that day.

Note: If a student cannot wear the uniform on a particular day, he/she should have a note from his/her Parents/Guardians. Failure to produce a note my result in detention.

It has been a tradition at AAB to have “Casual Friday”, this will allow the students the freedom to wear conventional and acceptable clothes. Students are expected to be clean, neatly groomed and cleanly shaven. Hairstyles should be neat and tidy, and conform to the standards of the school and as decided by the school authorities.

Colored or highlighted hair is not acceptable. Furthermore, excessively long hair is not accepted and decisions on this will be at the discretion of the school authorities.

 


F. CONDUCT IN HALLWAYS, PLAYGROUND AND CLASSROOMS

The school wishes to establish a warm, inviting , disciplined classroom environment. Therefore students are expected to:

- walk, not run nor jump up and down the stairs.

- keep quiet when classes are in session.

- always keep to the right of the stairs when going up or down.

- never push or shove schoolmates, as it may cause serious injuries.

- remain quiet and orderly in classrooms at all times.

- keep classrooms clean and tidy.

- use appropriate and respectful language with teachers and school mates.

- respect school property (students who are involved in vandalism are obligated to pay

for the vandalized item. The school principal will decide on the number of suspension days for the student depending on the degree of vandalism.)

- be in their assigned seats and ready to work when the bell rings.

- bring required books and materials to every class, unless instructed otherwise by the teacher.

- pay attention and follow the teacher’s instructions.

- take permission before speaking. Side talks are disruptive and won’t be tolerated.

- food or beverages are allowed during recess only .

- treat everyone respectfully.

- respect other people’s property.

- hand in their assignments on time. (students who fail to meet deadlines will not be exempted from submitting their assignment the next time they come to class. Continuous homework and assignment offenders will risk losing a percentage of that particular subject grade.)

- walk, not run nor jump up and down the stairs.

- keep quiet when classes are in session.

- always keep to the right of the stairs when going up or down.

- never push or shove schoolmates, as it may cause serious injuries.

- remain quiet and orderly in classrooms at all times.

- keep classrooms clean and tidy.

- use appropriate and respectful language with teachers and school mates.

- respect school property (students who are involved in vandalism are obligated to pay for the vandalized item. The school principal will decide on the number of suspension days for the student depending on the degree of vandalism.)

- be in their assigned seats and ready to work when the bell rings.

- bring required books and materials to every class, unless instructed otherwise by the teacher.

- pay attention and follow the teacher’s instructions.

- take permission before speaking. Side talks are disruptive and won’t be tolerated.

- food or beverages are allowed during recess only .

- treat everyone respectfully.

- respect other people’s property.

- hand in their assignments on time. (students who fail to meet deadlines will not be exempted from submitting their assignment the next time they come to class. Continuous homework and assignment offenders will risk losing a percentage of that particular subject grade.)

 


G. AUDIO AND VISUAL DEVICES

Audiotape disks, walkman, mobile phones, IPods, PSP..etc are not allowed in school.

The items will be confiscated for the day and may be picked up from the Supervisor or Principal at the end of that day. Should the incident recur; parents will be contacted by school staff to discuss the matter.

 


H.UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR



a) Bullying and Harassment

Harassment or abuse, verbal or physical, such as bullying, aggressive behavior fighting, name calling, using inappropriate foul language etc. are inacceptable. If a student feels he/she has been harassed by individuals, he/she should report the situation to a faculty member or to the Administration. Complaints may result in disciplinary actions. Possible consequences are: an apology, student conference, parent conference, suspension or expulsion.

b) Leaving School Campus

Students may only leave campus during school hours with their parents consent only and after receiving permission from the Principal. Preschool and Elementary school students may leave the school campus only if accompanied by their parents or guardians.

c) Smoking and Drugs

AAB strives to maintain a smoke free environment. The use of tobacco at all times is prohibited on campus or during outdoor school activities. Drugs are illegal in the Lebanese law, therefore they are strictly forbidden. Disciplinary actions may range from probation to suspension to expulsion. Students with repeated violations may be referred for counseling and/or medical assistance.

 


I. DETENTION, PROBATION AND SUSPENSION



A teacher may find the necessity to detain a student after school for neglecting assignments or inappropriate behavior. Students may also be kept on detention during breaks, after school or on Saturday for the violations of the code of conduct (refer to the back of the handbook). For major infractions of the rules or continuous misbehavior, suspension from school may be warranted.

A student who has accumulated several suspensions may be placed on disciplinary probation. All decisions in disciplinary matters may be appealed to the next level, i.e., teachers, supervisors and principal. However, the principal’s finding is final. Also these rules may not cover all situations; however, students and parents must accept the school’s decision.

 

V. PARENTS’ ROLE


A. SCHOOL BUS

In the case of students commuting by school bus, the school cannot take responsibility for escorting them from the bus to the school, or from the school to the bus. Parents/guardians who feel that their children may need to be escorted on these occasions should make arrangements to ensure that some escort is provided. The same level of courtesy and respect which we demand from the students in school is required at all times while travelling or waiting for the bus. Misdemeanors will result in sanctions.

 


B. TELEPHONE

The main office will take messages on incoming calls. If there is an emergency, the call will be referred to an administrator who will transfer the message to the person concerned.

Students are not allowed to carry or use their personal cell phones on the school premises.

For urgent reasons, and after obtaining clearance from the Principal, students my contact their parents from the main office during their breaks.

 


C. HOMEWORK, TESTS AND QUIZZES

Students will be assigned homework from grade two onwards.

Grade two to four’s allocated home work time should be between 30 and 60 minutes.

Grades five to eight, between 60 to 90 minutes is approximately expected.

Grades nine to twelve, a minimum of two hours are expected.

Homework is assigned and checked on daily basis.

Students of all grade levels should expect one or two major tests per subject every term.

Teachers, at their discretion, may administer “assigned or drop quizzes."

 


D. TERM EXAMS AND MAKE –UP TESTS

At the end of each of the three terms, exams in the core subjects will be administered to students from grade seven on. An exam schedule will be distributed beforehand.

Exams in grades 1-6 will be administered during class time.

Should a student miss a class for a valid reason, the teacher and student will set a make-up schedule. Students are not required to be responsible for the make-up work on the day of their return to class.

 


E. PARENTS’ OPEN HOUSE

The school schedules two open houses throughout the year so parents and teachers meet to discuss the students’ progress. Parents are always welcome to contact the school to set an appointment with teachers one day ahead.

 


F.TRANSPORTATION, RIDES AND PICK UP PERMISSIONS

Parents and authorized individuals are allowed to pick up the students.

The school offers a bus service for a specified annual fee. For further information, the school’s front desk can be contacted.

Parents should send a written and signed note, or call the school if their child is not to use the bus on any particular day.

 


G.THE SCHOOL KIOSK

A school kiosk is available on the premises to provide students with a variety of sandwiches, pastries, snacks and beverages.

 

NON ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES


A. FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are an important component of our educational program. Parents are notified in advance of any field trip taking place.


B. CELEBRATION

To promote creativity, teamwork, self confidence and presentation skills, students at AAB partake in different types of social and religious celebrations, organized by the innovative faculty members.

 

VII. AAB CODE OF CONDUCT & PROGRESSIVE PENALTIES


AAB students are expected to abide by the following rules:

- Walk in an orderly fashion in the hallways, classrooms, up and down the stairs.

- Speak in a low voice and respectful courteous manner.

- Avoid the disruption of classes in process.

- Cooperate with friends and teachers.

- Be respectful towards yourself, friends, teachers, administrators and members of staff.

- Be responsible for writing the daily agenda, completing all homework and assignments, bringing to class all required books, copybooks etc.

- keep their books, copybooks and classroom neat and tidy.

- maintain a tidy personal appearance.

- follow the required dress code.

- refrain from pushing, teasing, bullying or engaging in any physical or verbal harassment.

- Always take permission from the teacher and supervisor before leaving the classroom.

- Eat during recess only.

-Never use Mobile phones, and electronic games on the school premises or else they will be confiscated if found,

- respect school property.

- refrain from using foul or abusive language or gestures.

 

Progressive Penalties


At any time the student breaches the code of conduct, the following system of progressive penalties is applied:

1st violation:		Verbal warning
2nd violation:		Teacher’s written warning 
3rd. violation		Administrative written warning and contract which are placed in the 
			Student’s file, and sent to the parents.
4th violation		One day suspension
5th. violation		Three days suspension (return upon probation)
6th. violation	        The student is expelled (After the consensus of most teachers.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Parents or Guardian,

After reading this handbook, please sign the form below and return it to the school with your son/daughter within a week from distribution.

Suggestions, comments and recommedations would be appreciated.

Ask your child to sign the consensus below after reading and understanding the code of conduct.

Name of parent/guardian:___________________________

Signature: ________________________________________

Date: ____________________________________________

Suggestions, comments and recommendations: _______________________________________




As a student at AAB, I hereby declare that I have read the code of conduct. I will abide by its rules and accept the consequences.

Student’s Name:__________________________________

Grade :_________________________________________

Signature:______________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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