Dear Qatar Academy Sidra Community,
As the principal of Qatar Academy Sidra Secondary School, I am excited to welcome you to our learning community. We are passionate about the educational experiences and opportunities we provide our students. Our international staff are trained to support the academic and social-emotional needs of our students to ensure that all of our learners are successful. Additionally, our student body comprises an exciting and diverse blend of Qatari and International individuals, which results in a harmonious and culturally rich school.
Overall, we focus on helping our students become lifelong learners through our efforts in and out of school. To begin, Sidra is a full International Baccalaureate school, which means that our secondary students pursue the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. Because our teachers are passionate about education, we have exceptional MYP and DP results. Moreover, students at Sidra have the opportunity to pursue a variety of enriching extracurricular experiences in addition to their focus on Service as Action and Creativity, Activity, and Service. At Sidra, students participate in House events, Week Without Walls, Model United Nations, and have access to world class facilities that are part of Qatar Foundation. Through our whole school endeavors, our students gain a sense of global and community awareness, establish a strong MYP and DP background, and develop the skills needed to succeed as future university students. Essentially, we work hard to fulfill the mandate of our vision and mission, which is as follows: We challenge learners of today to inspire them to be the change-makers of tomorrow. We empower our learners with strong skills and sense of self for a life filled with opportunity and meaning
Throughout our website, you will become familiar with our staff and students, the events at our school, the level of community support and involvement our students engage in, and you will gain an appreciation of the overall quality of education our students receive. Of course, if you still have questions or need more information, you are more than welcome to contact the school.
Again, thank you for your time, and perhaps in the near future I will be able to welcome you in person.
Dr. Howard Menand
Qatar Academy Sidra
Secondary School Principal
The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Grade 6-10
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.
The IB Middle Years Programme builds upon the knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) and prepares students to meet future academic challenges, including the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP).
Why the IB Middle Years Programme?
Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the IB Middle Years Programme because
- It provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future.
- Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups.
- Develops multilingualism and understanding of their own cultures and those of others.
- Empowers students to participate in service within the community
- to be best prepared for the rigor of the IB Diploma Programme
What’s unique about The IB Middle Years Programme curriculum?
The Middle Years Programme is a holistic learning experience where student learning across eight learning areas in addition engaging in service as action and completing a personal project. Approaches to learning skills are critical in supporting the development of conceptual understandings. The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Each year, students in the IB Middle Years Programme engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.
All students in MYP-5 must complete the personal project. Students work independently, developing a truly personal and creative product or performance. In a structured report, students apply the skills they have developed in the programme and reflect on their personal and academic growth.
IB Middle Years Programme (IBDP) Grade 11-12
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year international education programme that prepares students age 16–19 years for success going into, and throughout, university. The IB Diploma Programme offers a holistic approach to teaching and learning with a keen focus on developing intercultural awareness. Students learn to explore and understand the world around them through inquiry, critical thinking and open-mindedness.
Why The IB Diploma Programme?
Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the IB Diploma Programme because it offers:
- a challenging academic curriculum that serves as outstanding preparation for university and higher education
- a student-centred approach to teaching, focused on developing students intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially, as opposed to preparation for test-taking only
- a focus on international-mindedness, compassion, and understanding intercultural differences
- respected, reliable and world-renowned academic preparation
- Universities regularly cite IB Diploma Programme students as the best prepared for higher education
- IB Diploma Programme graduates excel at university and often begin their studies with advanced standing
What’s unique about The IB Diploma Programme curriculum?
The IB Diploma Programme students complete courses from six subject groups, ensuring a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding. By engaging with a range of subjects, they experience a comprehensive education that encourages them to link their learning to form a more useful way to apply what they’ve learned.
The study of an additional language is also required, as well as the completion of a compulsory programme core consisting of three components:
- Theory of knowledge (TOK) challenges students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know.
- The Extended essay introduces students to the demands and rewards of independent work prior to entering university, requiring them to produce a self-directed piece of research in an area of personal interest
- Creativity, activity and service (CAS) is an experiential learning component where students engage with a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including community service and athletic options.
Assessment and examination at the end of IB Diploma Programme courses are a recognized worldwide standard, measuring student understanding and providing a passport to university.
University and Beyond the change-makers of tomorrow.
The IB Diploma Programme is uniquely designed to support all students for success going into, and throughout, university. It is offered in many schools across the world, including private, independent, international, and state-funded schools. The IB Diploma Programme graduates are well-equipped to adjust, engage and succeed. They graduate with analytical, writing, communication and presentation skills; research experience; excellent organization and time management; the ability to approach a topic from multiple perspectives; and a deep understanding of academic concepts.
QAS graduates have received offers and scholarships from colleges and universities in Qatar, USA, UK, Canada, Europe and Asia, including:
Qatar: CMU, VCU, Georgetown, Northwestern, HBKU, Qatar University
USA: UCSan Diego, Arizona, Minnesota, Maryland
UK: King’s College London, SOAS, Edinburgh, Manchester, Surrey, Birmingham
Canada: Toronto, McGill, Guelph, Ottawa, McMaster’s
Europe: Amsterdam, Bonn, Maastricht,
Others: Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, Georgia, Egypt, Singapore, Bahrain
In MYP-5 (Grade 10) students are eligible for the IBMYP Certificate. This certificate is recognized globally as an equivalent qualification for students in Grade 10 (age of 15-16 years old). The IBMYP Certificate requires students to engage in a rigours external assessment process which includes e-Assessment examinations, portfolio submissions and the completion of the Personal Project.
MYP eAssessment provides external validation of achievement for students in MYP year 5 in the form of an MYP certificate or course results.
e-Assessments in the MYP focus on conceptual understanding and the ability to apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar situations. They offer a
robust and reliable assessment of student achievement in the MYP.
• Two-hour examinations in four subject groups (language and literature, sciences, mathematics, individuals and societies) and in interdisciplinary learning are individually marked by IB examiners.
• Portfolios of student work for four subject groups (language acquisition, physical and health education, arts, and design) are moderated by IB examiners to international standards.
All students in MYP Year 5 must complete the personal project. Students work independently, developing a truly personal and creative product or performance. In a structured report, students apply the skills they have developed in the programme and reflect on their personal and academic growth.
Grade 12 Certifications
Qatar Academy Sidra (QA Sidra) prides itself on mentoring students to reach their full potential through individualized attention tailored to their skills, interests, and aspirations. Faculty members are dedicated to students’ well-being and academic success and take the time to guide and support them as they make key decisions that impact their futures. Wherever their individual pathways to success may take them, QA Sidra endeavors to help students identify, develop and realize their goals.
There are different qualification pathways that students may pursue. All of these pathways lead to High School graduation and are accepted by different universities and colleges here in Qatar and globally. All of these pathways have the potential to meet Qatar Ministry of Education requirements for equivalency recognition.
Determination of which pathway is right for each student can be made on the results of the MYP programme at the conclusion of MYP-5. This depends on the academic results of the students and is based on approaches to learning, teacher recommendation, student interview, student interests, and parental input.
Students may complete the IB Diploma Programme with one of the following outcomes
- IB Diploma
- IB Bilingual Diploma
- IB Diploma Certificate for one or more selected IB Diploma courses
- QA Sidra High School Diploma
- Qatar Ministry of Education equivalency recognition
All qualification pathways provide students with the opportunity to gain a QA Sidra High School Diploma in conjunction with the IB Diploma Certification.