iCademy Middle East welcomes you to our school. Whether you are a new student or and existing student, we are here to support you in every way possible.
Role of the Teacher
In lower school, students are assigned a single “homeroom” teacher—a highly qualified professional with specific expertise in the lower grades. This online teacher oversees all facets of the instructional experience for every subject, while the Learning Coach works side-by-side with each student to facilitate his or her progress through the daily lessons. Throughout the week, the teacher stays in close contact with the learning coach and student, communicating regularly by school e-mail, over the phone, and in one-to-one, real-time meetings that take place online.
The middle school parent or designated Learning Coach continues to work closely with their student to facilitate progress through the daily lessons. Students are exposed to more content-specific teachers in grades 6-8. Middle school instructors possess deep expertise in their dedicated subjects. They provide feedback and grades on student unit assessments and teacher graded assignments in their content-specific subjects to help prepare students on their journey toward high school. Throughout the month, each teacher stays in close contact with your student and you, communicating regularly by school email, Skype, over the phone, and in one-on-one, real-time meetings that take place online via Class Connect and Study Hall sessions.
High school courses are taught by teachers specifically experienced in their respective subjects. They grade students’ assignments/assessments, respond to student questions via school e-mail, Skype, or phone, conduct live Class Connects to supplement the course content, and conduct online Study Halls which allow students to “drop in” with questions. Please note – teachers will respond to any Skype messages, voicemails, and school e-mail within one school day. Furthermore, all teacher-graded assignments will be graded, with feedback, within three school days.
iCademy ME requires each student to have a designated Learning Coach. The Learning Coach is typically a parent, but could be another adult relative, tutor, or other individual who is the point of contact for the school and who will work directly with the student to help insure their success.
ROLE OF THE COLLEGE AND CAREER COUNSELOR
The iCademy Middle East School Counselor is an educated professional responsible for working with families and schools to ensure student success in an online environment. The School Counselor reports to the High School Department Lead, but also works closely with the Head of School, Learning Center Supervisor, Lower School Department Lead and Middle School Department Lead as appropriate.
The School Counselor is responsible for:
- College applications and letters of recommendation
- Career awareness, exploration and planning
- Support with Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and goal setting
- Supporting transitions from Elementary to MS and MS to HS
- Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
- Communication and problem solving
- Academic Support (exam anxiety, time management, study skills)
- Personal Development
- Implementing and supporting the Child Protection policy as necessary
- Referral to outside providers and professionals as necessary
Students in the UAE interact with teachers and other students through regular outings and field trips. Many of these activities are culturally and educationally oriented—visits to the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque, Sharjah Wildlife Center, and Dubai’s Bastikiya have been among the events. Additionally, we offer online clubs and social events where students may meet other students with similar interests.
iCademy Middle East currently offers more than 100 online club options for its full-time students. These clubs for grades K-12 are often initiated and brought to life by energetic teachers and students eager to share their passion for an activity or topic with other like-minded learners. All clubs are teacher-moderated. The potential for adding new clubs is as broad as our school’s international reach.
Our clubs offer many of the same features as those in a traditional setting, as well as some added benefits. The only difference is that students connect through our web-based meeting tool, rather than face-to-face.