I am Dr. Rami Habib, Safir International School principal for the new academic year 2018-2019.
I have 4 diplomas, a bachelor degree in education Math department, Suez
Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt.
I earned a degree in Educational leadership and management from Noting Hill College in
A Masters degree in educational leadership and management and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and management from Morocco.
My journey that led me to Safir International School started in 1995, when I was a Math teacher in an international school in Egypt, I was teaching grades from 1 to 12 and preparing students for the SAT exam.
In 1998, I led a research-based study in London focused on the educational systems in the UK and how to integrate them in the educational systems in our countries.
In 2004, I earned a diploma in Educational Technology and IT integration strategies training.
In 2006, I participated in the Educational Development Program (American Teaching Methodology EQUAL).
In 2007, I participated in the AdvancED Five Star Professional Development program.
In 2014, I worked at Manarat Al Madinah International School in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I was the head of the accreditation team and vice principal.
From 2015 till 2018, I was the school principal for the boys’ section and the academic coordinator for both sections boys and girls.
In 2016, I became an ELEOT certified (Effective Learning Environments Observation Tools). ELEOT provides useful, relevant, and quantifiable data on the extent to which students are engaged in activities and demonstrate knowledge, attitudes, and dispositions that are conducive to effective learning.
At Safir international school, we offer all academic grades from Kindergarten to grade 12 with a diverse body of students from over 30 countries.
Safir International School is licensed from the Ministry of Education in Turkey, and accredited by AdvancED. This allows our students to study at any school or university in Turkey or abroad. We offer the American curriculum based on the California State standards. In addition to our core subjects which are English, Math, Science, and Social studies, we offer Islamic studies, History, Art, PE, Music, ICT, Arabic and other world Languages among other subjects. These subjects are delivered to our students by highly qualified and skilled teachers.
Our teachers are the most important asset at our school, that’s why we make sure that we only hire the best and the most skilled ones. In addition to providing regular training on classroom management, modern assessment methods, and the integration of technology in the classroom. We use this strategy to provide our teachers with the academic, social and emotional needs for our students.
We have also implemented an advisory system, where we assign an advisor for each classroom. Their responsibility is to follow up on the academic performance of the students and work with them on activities that implement their Islamic and social values.
We also offer ESL (English as a second language) program as an academic support to our students to catch up with the desired academic levels. Alongside our academic programs and activities, we also offer after-school activities such as swimming, kickboxing, and various clubs such as the Debate club, the Environmental club, and the Drama club.
Last year, our high school students hosted a mock TEDx event, which is a well-known international activities.
We have a scouting activity for all our students. We had abroad trips to Umra, Europe and Malaysia.
We provide our students with a character building program which helps them with integrity, self-discipline, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, compassion, honesty and perseverance.
Our students are also highly involved in community service activities which is an important need for their graduation and will help them be more responsible.
We provide a college counseling service for high school students.
We also offer AP (advanced placement courses) which will give our students a better chance in international universities.
As a part of our improvement plan for the new academic year 2018-2019, we will implement ELEOT methods for Safir’s teachers.
In addition to MAP test (Measure of Academic Progress) for students from grade 3 to 9. MAP tests are based on a continuum of skills in Mathematics and Reading from low skill levels to high skill levels. MAP assessments help teachers identify the instructional level of the student and also provide context for determining how each student is performing in relation to local or state standards and national norms. MAP reports allow teachers to better target instruction based on students’ strengths and needs.
We will increase Turkish lessons 3 more hours. Also, We will increase the activities for the KG level.
The school day will end at 3:00 pm instead of 3:30 pm. The academic year will end at June 14th instead of June 28th.
We will also implement the Learning Resources Center (LRC) which will provide leveled academic resources to our students.
We will also offer SAT courses at the school for grades 10, 11 and 12 to prepare our students for college admission.
We will encourage our students to participate in international competitions such as Kangaroo competition for Math.
As for our parents, we will organize an orientation day before the academic year starts to present our new plans and policies and do direct communication with our partners.
We are working to enhance our communication and transparency across all platforms, using
K12 program, emails, SMS, published reports, Parents Teachers’ conferences, student handbooks and other digital platforms mainly our school website and social media.
Finally, I would like to say that I am very excited about the new academic year and I can’t wait to work with Safir’s staff and meet our students.