Beirut Modern School

    
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Executive Summary

History

Established in 1995, BMS school, located in Bir Hassan on Airport Road in Beirut city, has been a cornerstone of academic excellence for 28 years. Over this period, we have evolved into a dynamic educational institution with a commitment to fostering holistic development and providing modern facilities.
The campus has facilities that contribute to a well-rounded educational experience for over than 700 students. These include 3 open playgrounds, an indoor basketball court, a computer and robotics lab equipped with 30 computers, 50 advanced robots and 15 tablets, a theater, a gymnastic hall, and a scientific laboratory. Additionally, a well-stocked library, includes over 7000 books and 6 computers. 42 computers are distributed among the administrative team, some classrooms, teachers’ lounges and coordinators offices.
As the BMS is committed to efficiency and collaboration, a fully equipped floor which is designed to streamline communication, coordination, and organization among our dedicated team of teachers.
Recognizing the importance of technology in education, we have invested in transforming most of classrooms into an interactive learning space. This initiative not only enhances the teaching-learning process but also ensures that our students are well-prepared for the future.
Our auditorium provides an ideal setting for events, presentations, and international exams as BMS is certified by collegeboard as an international exam center.

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Demographics

The BMS educational community is composed of a highly qualified and diverse staff, including 80 teachers out of which 20% holding master’s degree or above, 5 administrative and an inclusion/support team that is currently providing 3.3% of our students, who experience learning difficulties.
Embracing diversity, BMS is home to a vibrant community of learners consisting of 734 students from various cultural backgrounds. A notable 6.13% of our student population is non-Lebanese students, contributing to a rich tapestry of perspectives within our classrooms.
Around 8.3% of our students are enrolled in high school, whereas the majority follows the Lebanese curriculum. This dual-curriculum approach allows us to cater to a wide range of academic interests and aspirations, ensuring a well-rounded education for all.

Vision, Mission, and Values

Beirut Modern School aims to enhance the intellectual capabilities of its students through logical and factual analysis and is committed to creating an educational and cultural environment based on mutual respect and social interdependence among the members of its community.
The staff and community place great value on quality education and have high expectations. All staff members are expected to have a growth mindset that focuses on student success. Additionally, the school prioritizes the values of integrity, civility, and lifelong learning.
As the mission supports the vision and vice versa, Beirut Modern School has adopted the motto “Tomorrow’s Leaders” that embodies the quote “Do What You Write and Write What You Do".

Philosophy of Education

At the heart of our philosophy is the belief in constructivism, an educational approach that values active engagement, collaboration, and the construction of knowledge through hands-on experiences. We see students as active participants in their learning journey, where they build understanding by connecting new information with their existing knowledge and experiences. Our classrooms are vibrant spaces where curiosity is cultivated, and students are encouraged to explore, question, and create. Beirut Modern School students are expected to engage thoughtfully in classroom activities, and teachers are expected to deliver engaging and interactive instruction that incorporates the individual learner’s interests and skills.

Curriculum

BMS offers a comprehensive education through the Lebanese and American curricula. The Lebanese and American curricula are designed with the aim of implementing standards across all subjects; whereas, the high school curriculum has its new dimensions pertaining the international standards, the Lebanese curriculum is endorsed by the CRDP (Center of Research and Development Pedagogy). Course maps for all classes are created through a collaborative process, which involves monthly scheduled professional learning community meetings to discuss student data and develop resources.
All departments, annually review its learning materials and textbooks following the scope and sequence approach.
The current school year, 2023-2024, adopts cognitive processes, strategies, and creativity, through courses such as robotics, Japanese mental calculations, theater, and music furthermore the school offers an extensive range of afterschool extracurricular activities such as football, basketball, arts, and gymnastics. Although many courses use common formative assessments, these materials are still being updated and developed through interactive lesson plans that support learners.

Classroom Instructions

At BMS the adopted educational philosophies are Perennialism, Essentialism, and Reconstructionism.
BMS classrooms employ a diverse range of teaching strategies that cater to the individual needs and learning styles of our students. Direct instructions form a cornerstone of our approach, providing clarity and foundational knowledge through structured reviews and targeted practice. This strategy is complemented by guided instructions, using different methods such as lectures, practice and drill, work books, and assigned questions, where teachers actively guide students through the learning process and foster understanding and encouraging thoughtful engagement
along with using indirect instructions in some classrooms represented by discovery, guided inquiry, problem solving, and unguided inquiry. Moreover, the teachers use interactive instructions emphasized by different methods such as brainstorming, laboratory groups, and debates.
Mastery learning is another integral aspect of BMS’s educational strategies emphasized by comprehensive assessment before progressing to a new unit. This ensures that each student has a solid grasp of the content, promoting long-term retention and application of knowledge. Additionally, our systematic instructions provide a well-organized framework and allow students to navigate and comprehend complex concepts with ease.
By incorporating these various teaching strategies, we create a dynamic learning environment that caters to diverse learning needs, promotes deep understanding, and empowers students to excel in their educational journey.

Personal Management

Administrative evaluations are conducted by the principal who himself superintend the mechanism of work in each department in which the evaluation is conducted according to a perceived positivity and sustainable effectiveness for the future of the school. However, Teachers’ evaluation at BMS is conducted by following a traditional perspective that entails each of the principal and the department head who first have to make sure that the teacher has at least a bachelor’s degree in education along with his/her academic character that should go parallel with the certificate he/she holds. Then comes the critical step where the principal and the department head observe how a teacher handles a class with the help of checklists, taking into account what is required to be prepared during a long interview previously done by both parties. There, the applicant must convey the basic academic standards such as: planning and preparation, performance, and classroom environment. All this process should reflect the student achievement which, undoubtedly, determines the quality of a teacher in the classroom and, consequently, his/her continuity for the upcoming years. Of course, this comes after the administration evaluation that is conducted by the principal with legal documents and through school policy measures. During the academic year, a teacher receives a qualitative evaluation that is built on specific standards, and who doesn’t meet expectations is assigned a formal improvement plan (Oral upon discussion with the teacher and reassessed later by both parties: coordinators and administration). Based on results, teachers or staff who don’t meet expectations on the formal improvement plan after a year are non-renewed.

Learner Performance

As part of our commitment, teachers provide weekly support sessions to help students take “DELF” and “SAT” exams according to their destination universities. Following up these assessments indicates that there has been substantial growth in Mathematics, French language and English language which is noticed in achieving first rank in Lebanon in Mathematical competition (2023) and students achieving outstanding marks in SAT. In the Lebanese official exams, all our students of different sections in Grade 12 succeeded where most of them achieve remarkable scores.

Administration

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,
As Principal of Beirut Modern School, I would like to welcome and thank you for visiting our school’s website to learn about our curriculum, activities and services we graciously offer at BMS. This website has been prepared in the hope that it will become a valuable resource for you and provide you with school news and useful information. It has been developed to enable everyone to become familiar with our school, its policies, and other procedures.
Here at Beirut Modern School, our staff set high academic standards for our students. Our staff works diligently to ensure that each child is working to his or her maximum capabilities. BMS and its community have a common goal to do what is best for the students. Such an atmosphere offers an opportunity of collaboration among teachers, parents and students and creates a harmonious and efficient environment that nurtures students for the society. Each one of our staff members has given them the chance to work, to play, to dream and to achieve their goals.
The handbook website contains plenty of information that are important and useful. I urge you to read it thoroughly and thoughtfully. These guidelines are written in order to create an environment conducive to learning and a school where all feel safe and secure. The expectations for behavior written in our Code of Conduct are based on the essential value of respecting the rights and dignity of each other. Our school can continue to be an outstanding community when all adults treat all students with respect, when all students treat all adults with respect and when all students treat each other with respectful and responsible behavior.
There are challenges ahead of us, however, as I often say, together we can truly make a great difference, and with the support of the management, staff, parents and students, the school will reach greater heights in the years to come. I will always encourage you to accept the challenge to be a model of respectful behavior at BMS.
At Beirut Modern School, school years provide students with a wonderful opportunity to discover their unique talents and gifts. One way to learn is through the variety of educational processes, indoor and outdoor activities, various individual and collective skills and teams that exist at BMS. There are outstanding athletic teams, art and musical programs, and academic groups that will help students to learn more about themselves and to develop friendships that may last a lifetime. Take a chance by getting involved and trying something new.

School life at BMS is unlike any other time in your life. Its Educational Titles are: “Study hard, challenge yourself, set high goals and enjoy yourself.” We are very fortunate to have a great school with great students and teachers. Make this time some of the most valuable and productive years of your life.
The adults who work here will offer you help along the journey. Please ask for our assistance. We want to be a part of your success and vice versa. Along with the faculty and staff, I wish you an exciting and successful year.

Ali El Khishen
Principal

Message du Directeur

Chers parents,
En tant que directeur de l’école Beirut Modern School, j'aimerais vous souhaiter la bienvenue et vous remercier de visiter le site Web de notre école pour découvrir nos programmes, nos activités et nos services proposés gracieusement à la BMS. Ce site Web a été conçu dans l'espoir qu'il vous sera une ressource précieuse des nouvelles de l'école et des informations utiles. Il a été élaboré pour se familiariser avec notre école, sa politique, ses stratégies et ses procédures.
Ici, à Beirut Modern School, notre personnel, ayant établi des normes académiques élevées, travaille avec diligence afin que chaque élève réalise tout son potentiel. L’école BMS et sa communauté ont pour objectif commun d’inculquer ce qui est le meilleur, à nos apprenants. Une telle ambiance crée d’une part, une opportunité de collaboration entre les enseignants, les parents et les élèves, et d’autre part, un environnement harmonieux et efficace qui prépare, de mieux, les élèves à la vie sociale. Chaque membre de notre personnel, leur donne l’opportunité d’apprendre, de jouer, de rêver et d'atteindre leurs objectifs.
Le site Web de notre établissement présente de nombreuses informations importantes et utiles. Je vous invite à le lire attentivement et soigneusement. Ces lignes directrices sont rédigées afin de créer un environnement propice à l'apprentissage et un endroit sécurisant à tous. Les attentes en matière de comportement inscrites dans notre Règlement de conduite reposent sur la valeur essentielle du respect des droits et de la dignité. Notre école peut continuer à être une communauté exceptionnelle lorsque tous les adultes traitent tous les élèves avec respect, lorsque tous les élèves traitent tous les adultes avec respect et lorsque tous les élèves se comportent respectueusement tout en ayant un sens de responsabilité.
Des défis nous attendent, cependant, comme je le dis souvent, ensemble nous pouvons vraiment faire une grande différence grâce au soutien de la direction, du personnel, des parents et des élèves, l'école atteindra l’apogée dans les années à venir. Je vous encouragerai toujours à accepter le défi tout en appréciant le modèle de comportement respectueux à la BMS.
À Beirut Modern School, les années scolaires offrent aux élèves une merveilleuse occasion de s’épanouir et de découvrir leurs talents et leurs dons uniques par le biais des méthodes pédagogiques variées, des activités à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur de l’école , et grâce aux multiples compétences individuelles et collectives des équipes travaillant à la BMS. Les équipes sportives très compétentes, les programmes artistiques et musicaux bien conçus et les groupes académiques dévoués aideront les élèves à en apprendre davantage sur eux-mêmes et à nouer des relations amicales qui pourraient durer toute une vie. Tentez votre chance en vous y impliquant et en y découvrant une nouvelle vie scolaire.

La vie scolaire à la BMS ne ressemble à aucun autre moment de votre vie. Ses directives pédagogiques sont : « Étudiez sérieusement, mettez-vous au défi, fixez-vous des objectifs élevés et amusez-vous. » Nous sommes très chanceux d'avoir une grande école avec d'excellents élèves et professeurs. Faites de cette période l'une des années les plus précieuses et les plus productives de votre vie.
Les adultes qui travaillent ici sont toujours disponibles à vous aider, à n’importe quel moment. N’hésitez pas à demander notre aide. Nous voulons faire partie de votre succès et vice versa. Avec le corps professoral et le personnel, je vous souhaite une année passionnante et fructueuse.

Ali El KHISHEN
Le directeur




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Calendar

Monday, June 17th, 2024

* Eid Al-Adha

Monday, July 8th, 2024

* Hijri New Year

Tuesday, July 16th, 2024

* Ashoura

Thursday, August 15th, 2024

Assumption of Mary

Infirmary

All B.M.S. students are required to complete the medical data form circulated by the school in order to ensure that proper medical care is provided, particularly in case of emergencies.

Doctors of all kinds of specialties will frequently visit the school to conduct a medical check-up for each student. Students may consult the nurse at any time during the day. In case of serious illness, students' parents will be notified.

B.M.S. students are fully insured, so in case of serious accidents which occur on campus or in connection with any school-sponsored trip, students are transferred to the E.R. (Emergency Room) after notifying the parents.

Policies

Policies / Students' Handbook

The disciplinary regulations at BMS are to instill equilibrium between realizing one's self and the responsibility towards others.

Realizing one's self is encouraged but this should not be at the expense of the rights or needs of others; neither should it be at the expense of the academics imposed by BMS.

I- Disciplinary Probation

Proper discipline is always expected. The repletion of unacceptable behavior will lead to disciplinary probation. The administration will instill disciplinary probation should it be recommended by the disciplinary committee.

Disciplinary probation will be removed at the end of the term only if the student shows an improvement in his/her attitude and conduct.

The students will not be allowed to take part in a school extracurricular activity if he/she is on disciplinary probation.

Should the student not comply with the required behavior and attitude required by BMS, he/she will not be allowed to attend school.

II- Classroom Conduct

The student should show proper behavior and conduct during classroom hours. Any student who does not abide by the classroom regulations will have to endure the consequences. These consequences are set and approved by students and classroom teachers at the beginning of the year.

Students are expected to line up quietly when the bell rings for break.

Students are expected to have all school books and material required.

Students are not allowed to change their classroom seating, unless permission is given.

Students are expected to be prepared for the teacher to start the lesson.

Not to interrupt a lesson, students are not allowed to leave their seats during class hours (to sharpen pencils etc.)Also permission to use the rest room during classes is not allowed unless it is an emergency.

Students should avoid any classroom interruptions unless authorized.

It is up to the students to maintain classroom neatness and cleanliness.

Students will be held responsible for the damage of any classroom furnishings.

Students are restricted from eating, drinking or chewing gum during classes.

Students should present their homework on time; otherwise their grade will be affected.

All books, files, water flasks, jackets etc. should be taken home daily.

Students are not allowed to wonder around the hallways during and in between classes.

III- School Conduct

BMS expects its students to be polite, courteous, civil and well-mannered in their dealings with peers, teachers and any other member of staff.

Students who are verbally or physically abusive of others will be severely reprimanded; put on disciplinary probation, detained, or suspended from school.

BMS expects its students to respect its properties and the properties of others (vandalism, theft etc. will not be tolerated). Should a student par take in such an act, he/she will be placed on disciplinary probation or expelled from school.

Cleanliness of classrooms, hallways and playgrounds is a sign of civilization, and therefore is expected of the BMS students.

Smartphones, gaming devices, audio devices, recording devices, any device with Wi-Fi connectivity etc. are strictly prohibited at school. Once confiscated, it will be the parents' responsibility to retrieve any of the mentioned from the administration.

Should a student be caught smoking or in the possession of cigarettes will receive a written warning and will be expelled for a day.

Playing cards is not allowed at school.

Students are not allowed to leave the school premises during the day, unless accompanied by his/her parents.

During break, students are allowed to remain in class in the presence of their teacher.

All material and possessions should be labeled (name of students, class etc.)

The bell is a reminder for the teacher that the period is over and not for students to move about.

Remember there are classes in session, so please use the hallways and the staircase quietly. Students under no circumstances are allowed to use the elevator.

IV- Absences

Attending all classes is mandatory. Should a student be absent then a written and signed note by parent should be presented stating a valid reason for the absence.

It is against regulations for the student to absent him/herself from class during the day. Should this occur, the student will not be allowed to resume classes unless a signed note is issued by the supervisor justifying his/her absence. The student is also responsible for all material given during his/her absence.

Should the student miss out on a test due to a valid reason (medical report), then arrangements should be made with the teacher to make up for the test.

Should the student absent him/herself from previously assigned test without a valid reason (medical report) then he/she will not be allowed to make up for the exam.

It is the absentee's responsibility to catch up with homework etc.

V- Lateness

The school bell rings at 7:35. Classes begin at exactly 7:40. Teachers will note down any student who comes in late. Should these latenesses surpass their limit, then strict measures will be taken.

A late student should pick up a lateness slip before being allowed to enter the classroom. The student will receive an oral warning after two latenesses.

The third lateness will earn the student a written warning.

Should the student continue being late after receiving the written warning, then he/she will not attend the first period of the day.

Recurring absences for unjustified reasons will be noted in the student's file and the matter will be brought to the attention of the administration and the parents.

Any suspended student is responsible for the material and homework given during his/her absence.

VI- Dress Code

BMS students are expected to attend school wearing the proper BMS dress code. Their appearance should be neat, tidy and presentable.

Short and tight PE T-shirts are not allowed.

Short skirts are not allowed.

Tight jeans are not acceptable

Make up and jewelry is not allowed

Body piercing and tattoos are not allowed.

Boys are not allowed to wear accessories and earrings.

Neat and trim hair is required of boys.

PE uniforms are only allowed on days when students have PE

VII- Quizzes and Tests

Should a student arrive to class late for an exam, no extra time will be allowed.

Borrowing material from classmates or communicating with them during exams is not allowed. Any student caught cheating will face severe discipline.

When the teacher indicated the end of the exam, all exam copies should be handed in promptly, the teacher reserves the right to refuse the copy in case of delay.

Should the student absent him/herself for a valid reason for an exam, he/she should make arrangements with the teacher to set another date otherwise the student will not obtain a grade for that particular exam.

VIII- Promotion Policy

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Promotion Policy


All students and under all circumstances should respect the rules and regulations of the school set by the administration and the teachers. This will enable the student and teachers to fulfill their academic mission. Should the student violate the code of conduct, then severe disciplinary measures will be taken.