El Zahraa School has made significant achievements in order to reach our strategic goals. Several aspects played a major role to our success.
1) School Building:
Parallel to the annual growing enrollment from 103 students in the academic year 2011-2012 to 258 students in 2016-2017, the school has expanded by building two additional floors to decrease the capacity number inside the classrooms. In 2014-2015, we changed the students’ furniture to be conductive to effective student grouping and allow flexibility in terms of class activities.
2) School Facilities:
In consequence of the increasing number of students in our school, we have given due care to improving the school facilities including science lab, computer lab, multimedia lab and library. In 2014-2015 all the classrooms were equipped with projectors and in 2016-2017, all classes were equipped with smart boards to increase the usage of instructional technology across the school. In addition, 21 extra computer devices were purchased and the computer lab furniture was renovated. In 2015-2016, the internet speed was also enhanced to 8 Mbps and additional emergency line was installed according to MAP requirements.
3) Student Enrollment:
The number of student enrolled in ZAS has been increased from 103 students to reach 258 students in 2016-2017.
4) School Awards:
- 2013-2014 The school received two certificates of appreciation for the participation in a Festival called Alexandria the Town of Security & Tourism”
- 2014-2015 The school was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation, 4th Place in Poetry Competition at Educational Eastern Directorate, Alexandria.
- 2015-2016 School principal was awarded a certificate of appreciation as a member of an AdvancED External Review Team.
5) Academic grades:
By studying the students’ performance data analysis, the data team observed some areas are above the expected levels of performance.
According to the SAT assessment, Grades 11 and 12 scores of 2013-2014 were compared to scores of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 to identify areas of improvement as well as areas of decline. The area showing high expected positive trends is Reading, especially in grade 12; the percentage of students who got more than 400 increased from 21% in 2014-2015 to 51% in 2015-2016. In the first semester of 2016-2017, the scores exceeded the expectations and reached 81%. The result reflects the effectiveness of the curriculum and the instructional strategies presented to our students.
With regards to the SAT assessment, the English subject shows positive trend through the last three years from 23% in 2013-2014 to 28% in 2014-2015 and to reach 35% in 2015-2016 for the students who got more than the score of 900. Concerning the total SAT score, the percentage of students got more than 1440 increased from 33% in 2013-2014 to 39% in 2014-2015 and reached 41% in 2015-2016.
In fall 2016-2017 and concerning the MAP assessment, data team indicated that the percentage of Grade 10 students, who got proficient and advanced levels in Mathematics, exceeded the expectations by more than 49.1%. This is a satisfied result since most of grade 10 students are newcomers and they had this test after only 4 instructional weeks. This year, the school has changed the placement tests for admission to raise the level of the accepted students and this result shows that the right decision was made.
ZAS has more than one observable point that shows the positive trend in performance. According to the GPA data analysis, the team highlighted a positive trend in the four core subjects through the last two years. The percentage of students got “A” in English subject in all grades increased from 36% in 2014-2015 to reach 43.7% in 2015-2016. In Mathematics, the percentage increased from 58.8% in 2014-2015 to be 65.5% in 2015-2016. In addition, Science subject percentage increased from 64.9% in 2014-201ff5 to reach 77.3% in 2015-2016. Finally, Social Studies subject percentage increased from 46.4% in 2014-2015 to 50.4% in 2015-2016.
6) Standardized test implementation:
In 2015/2016 our school implemented the standardized test MAP, which aims at evaluating student learning progress in English & Math subjects. First MAP test was in spring 2016, and it’s scheduled to be conducted twice a year for grades 7 to 10. To encourage all the students to participate in the learning process, the school provides the test free of charge.
7) Staff development plan:
The school held several training workshops for its teaching staff in variety of areas including methods of teaching, class management, multiple intelligence and learning styles, model lessons. In addition, Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool (ELEOT) was implemented in 2016-2017 as a part of way to make effective learning and to make sure that all the students are involved in the learning process. Many of the school staff has increased their English proficiency level from 60% to 80% by attending courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. The school implemented a rubric method for teachers to assess and evaluate their performance.
Teachers who did not meet the expected performance levels are placed in a professional development plan and are provided with additional resources and regular progress reviews. Teachers are given the opportunity to participate in Global conferences in order to develop their teaching and learning skills provided by the school free of charge. Many of the teachers are pursuing their personal development by enrolling in educational diplomas and master degree programs.
8) Scientific Awards:
Two of grade 11 students got 1st position in the National First Tech Challenge (FTC); a competition in which teams of grades 7-12 are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head to head challenge in an alliance format.
9) Sports achievements:
We’re proud with our students contributing in various sports activities. Many of our students have been awarded on both national and international levels. This includes basketball, handball, volleyball, karate, fencing, swimming and athletics. Nationally, the students were awarded the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places; internationally the biggest achievement was in swimming category winning 3rd place in Germany and in fencing category in African Championship with the result of winning the 2nd place.
10) School voluntary work:
Our school is actively participating in number of social activities. The school social team is visiting several social institutions like: orphanages, nursing houses, hospitals to provide the necessity to its tenants. After identifying their needs, other visits are arranged on regular basis and items provided are a variation of gifts, financial support, clothes, and medicine.
During April, social team is organizing special event day for orphanage children by taking them to a recreational place for fun. During the Holy month of Ramadan, the team offers distribution of food to the needy. In the winter season, clothes and blankets are collected and distributed to the poor.
11) Parent involvement:
As this issue plays an extremely important role in students’ achievement, our school doesn’t limit the connection with the parents to a direct contact only through conferences. There are many ways like: having an access to school website, traditional publications and the School Management System which is updated on a regular basis.
12) Guidance counselor:
In 2016-2017, the school has appointed a full-time Guidance counselor to help students in their lives by advising, guiding, structuring the courses and trying to understand what motivates them to improve their skills for future development. The program is modeled to meet their personal, academic, career, and social needs.