AY Program of Study

Arabic Year Program of Study

Students participating in the Arabic Year program are able to construct a course schedule that meets their individual academic interests and curricular goals, within the framework of the King’s Academy curriculum and requirements. Like all students at King’s Academy, those in the AY program must take year-long Arabic, mathematics and English courses. In addition, AY program participants can take year-long or term-long courses in science, history, world languages, the arts and other areas. For those students returning to a home school after participating in Arabic Year, efforts are made to coordinate a student’s courses at King’s Academy with the home school’s requirements and recommendations. Most students at King’s Academy take six courses per term.


Students in the Arabic Year program may choose to take one or two classes of Arabic per day. Students seeking to advance their fluency quickly are strongly encouraged to take double Arabic. All Arabic classes include instruction in Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic. Students are placed in Arabic classes according to their background and fluency level.


In grade 10, students take Arabic Literature in a Global Context (regular or honors level). Grade 11 students may take either World Literature in English (regular or honors level) or an AP English course (AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition). Grade 12 students can choose either Readings in World Literature (regular or honors level) or an AP course (AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition).


According to their math level, students will be placed in Integrated Math, Geometry, Algebra II (regular or honors level), FST, Pre-Calculus (regular or honors level), AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC or AP Statistics.

Physical and Life Sciences

In grade 10, students typically take Chemistry (regular or honors), but alternative courses are offered if a student has already taken chemistry.

Juniors and seniors may choose one or two course offerings from the Department of Physical and Life Sciences that include year-long courses such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C, and AP Chemistry and term-long courses such as Marine Biology, Introduction to Biotechnology, Astronomy and Y Class Project-Based Learning.

History and Social Studies

In grade 10, students take History of the Middle East in the Context of the World. Grade 11 and 12 students are encouraged to take the series of three term-long courses that focus on the Middle East (The Rise of Arab Nationalism, The Rise of Arabism and US Policy and the Middle East), but can also choose from year-long courses – AP World History, AP US History, AP Art History, AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics), AP European History, AP Comparative Government and Politics. 

World Languages

Students may take year-long courses in French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese from beginner to AP level.

Fine and Performing Arts

Students may take year-long or term-long courses that suit their interests.

Year-long courses include Evening Orchestra, Guitar Orchestra, Evening Choir, Evening Dance Ensemble, Arabic Folkloric Dance: Dabkeh, Evening Acting: Improvisational Comedy, AP Music Theory and AP Studio Art.

Term-long courses include Introduction to Studio Art, Drawing and Painting, Introduction to Design, Ceramics, Sculpture, String Ensemble, String Guitar, Introduction to Performing Arts, Dance and Theater.

Computer Science

Students may take AP Computer Science (year-long) or term-long courses, which include Introduction to Programming with Alice, Introduction to Programming with Java and Website Design and Development.

Ethics, Philosophy and Religion

Students may take term-long courses, which include Introduction to World Religions, Introduction to Ethics, First Questions in Philosophy and A Universal Quest: An Exploration of Cross Religious Spirituality and Mythology.

For a complete list of courses and course descriptions, click here

Last updated
October 6, 2015