We consider the school as a dynamic production team. Administrators, teachers, and students are all contributors to this team. Knowledge and ideas are the product of the team effort. Since students are the ones who benefit most directly from the product, they should be most concerned that the product is of a high quality.
Everyone in a SABIS® school has a job to do; everyone is accountable. Administrators, students, and staff "self-audit" in order to discover and correct errors. It is teamwork that allows us to reach heights that would be more difficult to reach individually.
Like all SABIS® schools around the world, ISC-Damascus is a highly academic, non-selective, co-educational, English-medium, independent day school catering for the complete individual.
ISC-Damascus provides top-quality education to children of different races, nationalities, and backgrounds. At ISC-Damascus, we believe we can add more value to students to enable them to perform to the best of their abilities, be admitted to the most competitive universities, and be successful in their careers. The school develops students' academic competencies, learning techniques, interpersonal skills, and personalities, in addition to instilling high ethical, moral, and civic values. The multicultural setting of the school helps students develop a better understanding of world cultures.
The curriculum implemented at ISC-Damascus is specifically designed by SABIS® to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop a solid academic foundation. This foundation will help students achieve their full potential and develop a love of lifelong learning.
All courses for students at all levels are clearly structured to enable students and teachers to know precisely what should be learned. Teachers teach one concept at a time using the SABIS Point System® with each lesson alternating frequently between oral work, individual work, and group work in such a way that it is difficult for students to “switch off”.
Students engage in regular assessment using exams that teachers do not see in advance. Everyone in the school is accountable. Accordingly, students learn more in class and have more time for relaxation and fun after school.
Students who fall behind in their work are advised, motivated, helped, and coached until they catch up. As long as they manage their own time successfully, students' time is theirs, otherwise help is given.
All courses at ISC-Damascus are structured. A system of academic tracking - the SABIS® AMS, a computerized method of detecting gaps in knowledge - allows the administration to closely follow the progress of each individual. Gaps are pinpointed as soon as they form, and efforts are focused on eliminating them. Valuable time is saved and a gap-free, cohesive structure of knowledge is built in students' minds.
The SABIS® Student Life Organization at ISC-Damascus works hand in hand with the staff. Members of the SLO are appointed by the administration for their competence rather than elected by the students based on popularity. SLO seeks to:
Raise academic standards
Promote high social and moral values
Develop communication and management skills and
Involve students in organizing sports and aesthetic activities