Values & Beliefs

We believe that:
• All children are capable of learning;
• The school should help in the development of each student‘s maximum potential and individual capabilities;
• Education provides a key to success in adulthood, in one’s professional career and in the fulfillment of one‘s personal life;
• Students need the intellectual tools and social skills to function and adapt to an ever-changing international society;
• The ability to read, write, and to articulate one‘s thoughts are the tools which empower the individual over the course of a lifetime;
• Students must be educated to develop a personal code of conduct based on moral principles and compassion for others;
• Students must learn to live in peace with all peoples of the world and offer service to their local communities by becoming responsible citizens;
Objectives: (Expectations for Student Learning):
Academic competencies:
• Meet or exceed standards so they can join top universities worldwide. Communicate academically, professionally and effectively through writing and through speech.
• Demonstrate problem-solving skills, apply knowledge, and think critically and creatively.
• Read for understanding in order to synthesize information and develop a coherent argument.
• Access, utilize, and gain proficiency in evolving technologies to enhance learning and understanding
Social competencies:
• Work effectively with others by listening, communicating, and collaborating while demonstrating respect, tolerance and acceptance of different perspectives
• Act as independently functioning adults by learning to self-advocate, to demonstrate self-respect, and to make positive decisions.

Objectives: (Expectations for Student Learning):
Civic competencies:
• Become informed and active citizens in their local and global community.
Stakeholders’ expectations of Safir staff:
Teachers at SAFIR live, work, and socialize within a very close community. Everyone’s “work life” occupies a far larger part of their waking hours than in their home country, and for many staff, the social life revolves around the same people as those we meet at work.
• Staff’s behavior at all times, both within and outside school, is under scrutiny and open to criticism.
• As professionals, we dress in a way which reflects the expectations our Islamic community places upon all Moslems.
Our expectations of ourselves:
• We recognize that we are all expected to act as professional resources to each enthusiastically in the range of professional activities that take place in the school.
Objectives: (Expectations for Student Learning):
• We recognize that we are all expected to act as professional resources to each enthusiastically in the range of professional activities that take place in the school.
• We expect professional confidentiality to be maintained at all times, and we are all aware of the particular sensitivities that arise when we socialize with parents and other members of the community.
• We all accept that we are expected to contribute positively to the promotion the school to our clients
• We recognize that we have a responsibility towards each other and to the school, to challenge and limit idle speculation and rumor either about the work of the school or about individuals within it.

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