At MCS we provide a caring learning environment, where our expectations of the students – both academically and personally – are challenging. We explicitly teach Intellectual Character Virtues to our students, supporting them as they develop Intellectual Courage, Curiosity, Carefulness, Fair-mindedness, Tenacity, Humility and Honesty. We also encourage our staff to continue to grow their faith and develop their professional skills through inservice training and external accreditation.
The school uses the British National Curriculum for England & Wales and aims to meet or surpass the British National standards; we are not a postal service delivering a curriculum, we are here to facilitate, inspire and challenge our students to greater heights, more complex questioning skills, critical thinking and understanding. Each teacher has the target statements or key objectives for Maths and English, Science etc made available to them and receives training on this during the induction week in August before school begins. This training runs alongside a focus on brain compatible learning, modalities and so on.
The children come from over 11 different countries. We set standards as though the children are all native English speakers and the majority of our children speak English fluently. There is a minimum level of English, which children need to have before they can enter the school although we have seen an influx of families from non-english speaking countries and therefore we have expanded our EAL provision.
Elementary (Reception – G5) classes work on Reading, Writing (Literacy) and Maths (Numeracy) in the mornings and stay with their own class teacher for these core subjects. The afternoons are left for Science, Social Studies, Bible, ICT, Art, Music, Eco-studies (hydroponics / paper brick making / permaculture etc), Arabic, Drama and PE, some of these subjects are taught by subject specialists. Secondary students (G6 – 8) have specialist subject teachers for each class: English, Maths, Science, Bible History, Geography, ICT, French, Arabic, Drama, Art and PE. Classes are occasionally vertically grouped dependent upon the numbers of children in each Grade, although this is not the case at the moment.
Extra curricula activities always vary. We have had Dance, Music appreciation and composition, Still-life drawing, Eco Warriors, Choir, Violin, Guitar, Trumpet, Soccer, Basketball, Chess, Drama, Pickleball,Four Square and African Drumming clubs.
The PE programme has included tennis coaching, gymnastics, swimming, basketball and badminton. Many students also participate in extra curricular sports run in Maadi by parents from various schools. These include baseball, soccer and basketball at various times during the year.
In 2009 with 60 students the school became the first AdvancEd accredited Christian school in the Middle East – http://www.advanc-ed.org/ it successfully underwent a five year review in the spring of the academic year 2013 – 2014. MCS is also a member of The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). ACSI offers vital support and excellent conferences and professional development opportunities worldwide. MCS now has 90 students and has a capacity of 100.
We are committed to incorporating the explicit teaching of our seven intellectual virtues throughout all keystages: intellectual courage, intellectual carefulness, intellectual tenacity, intellectual fair-mindedness, intellectual curiosity, intellectual honesty, and intellectual humility.