The lower school student body consists of students between the ages of x and y coming from different cultural backgrounds. The lower school consists of six grade levels from Grade one to Grade six. There are two sections of each grade level and the number of students in each section varies between 18 to 24 students.
All lower school teachers have the appropriate qualifications and expertise and are constantly engaged in professional development. There are 19 full time teachers, 5 common with other divisions, 4 special educators, a speech therapist, a psychomotor therapist and a students life coordinator for 250 students with a student-faculty ratio of ten. The lower school staff also includes a counselor, librarian, and an activities coordinator.
The Lower School curriculum is aligned with the Lebanese national educational standards, international standards and Ahliah School articulation of quality education and ensures the appreciation of music and fine arts. Teaching methodologies include project based learning, real life problem solving, guided inquiry, discussions, promotion of creativity and critical thinking, role-playing, and other engaging teaching approaches. Teaching practices also include differentiated instruction, cooperative learning, and use of technology tools to address the different learning styles of students.
The curriculum includes language arts (English, Arabic and French), mathematics, social studies, science, visual art, music, and physical education. The language of instruction is English in Math, Sciences, and Social Studies. Arabic teachers use classical Arabic in their classes. The scope and sequence of all subjects ensures vertical alignment along different grade levels and horizontal alignment across different disciplines ensures meaningful cross-disciplinary learning experiences. The curriculum also ensures the integration of technology within the different subject matters based on the International Society for Technology in Education standards (ISTE).
The lower school curriculum also includes the character education and safety programs. Teachers integrate these programs within all subject areas to ensure the appropriate social and emotional development as well as all the health and safety practices.
Ahliah’s Lower School curriculum caters for the individual needs of students by offering programs tailored according to the needs and skills level of the individual student. These programs are: