To bring diversity and rigour to the learning experiences of our students, Aga Khan Schools have a two-fold curriculum approach.
First, the syllabi prescribed by the examination boards are enriched, which means that the entire curriculum is reviewed and revised with special focus on certain themes and concepts. The teaching of English is skill-based, focusing on reading and critical thinking, writing skills, oral communication skills, as well as on the ethical and social dimensions of language learning. The Science teaching and learning focuses more on conceptual understanding and exploration. Our approach is inquiry-based and students learn through project work and practical experimentation.
In addition, the School is introducing Physical Education and Health, as well as PrISM — Personal, Intellectual, Social and Moral development — curriculums.
Classroom sessions are student-centered with a focus on interactive teaching that includes discussions, case studies and research projects. For assessment, the School is affiliated with the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB), the only examination board in South Asia to integrate e-marking, or computer-based marking, in its assessment methodology.
Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Kharadhar offers instruction in following areas:
A four-year pre-primary programme facilitates development during the child’s formative years (3 to 7 years). Children are encouraged to explore their potential in the following areas:
An eight-year junior secondary programme provides several exciting, inspiring and thought-provoking opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes in the following areas:
The national curriculum is followed for grade VIII but teachers have made significant enrichments in the syllabus. The prime focus of the grade VIII curriculum is to give a strong basis in English, Mathematics and Science subjects. Other compulsory subjects like Urdu, Pakistan Studies and Islamiat are also part of the curriculum.
The School offers science and general group subjects at the secondary level.
Aga Khan School, Kharadhar recognises the importance of a well-rounded education. The School regularly provides students with opportunities to broaden their horizons through exchange programmes like the YES programme by iEARN, a one-year scholarship to attend high school in America with a host family.
Health issues are also stressed and staff from the Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Medical College conduct discussions on health issues.
The School also organises a series of seminars and awareness programmes on future trends in various professional fields.
Students are encouraged to enhance and pursue their interests in sports, art, aesthetics and music. Popular sports include cricket, football, table tennis, throw ball, badminton and basketball.
The School art room is equipped with facilities for students to enhance their artistic capabilities. The Art teacher is actively supported by subject teachers who guide and prepare students for music and drama competitions, and take them for excursions to various museums.
Students also actively participate in local and international essay writing competitions in different languages, quizzes and debates, science exhibitions, and spelling bee competitions.