About QA High School

Qatar Academy High School consists of three affiliated schools within the Qatar Academy family of schools: Qatar Academy Doha (Grades 11-12), Qatar Academy Sidra (Grades 11-12) and Qatar Academy of Science and Technology (Grades 9-12). We offer multiple pathways to higher education in a gender-mixed environment. Our open-campus model provides students with access to world-class educational and cultural institutions, enabling them to gain experiences and make connections that will serve their future goals.

High School Principal

My name is Mark Schoemer and it is an honor and privilege to welcome you to Qatar Academy High School!

QA High School is the newest educational institution under the Qatar Academy family of schools and we could not be more excited to Lead Personalized Learning for our students in Grades 9-12.

The 2023-2024 academic year provides us with the opportunity to build on the successes of our affiliate schools and programs, while working to solidify our unique identity with our over 300 students and 50 staff.

Offering multiple academic pathways to post-secondary studies is at the foundation of what we do. We are a well-established IB Diploma Program (DP) center as well as offering the IB Diploma Courses option. Students in our STEM pathway sit Advanced Placement (AP) exams through the US-based College Board. We look forward to adding additional individualized pathway options next year with the introduction of the IB Career-Related Program (CP), the first of its kind in Qatar.

We welcome you to join us in our journey!

Mark Schoemer
Principal
Qatar Academy High School
mschoemer@qf.org.qa

Pedagogical Leadership Team

Natalie Parker
Assistant Principal, IB Diploma Coordinator
nparker@qf.org.qa

Pedagogical Leadership Team

Rana Naji
Assistant Principal, Student Life and Well-Being
rnaji@qf.org.qa

Pedagogical Leadership Team

Vaughan Lewis
Assistant Principal, QAST
glewis@qf.org.qa

Pedagogical Leadership Team

Zeina Jawad

Zeina Jawad
Open-Campus Coordinator
zjawad@qf.org.qa

Pathways

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP), for students aged sixteen to eighteen, is offered in the Grades 11 and 12 (DP1 and DP2). This is a two-year course of study recognized internationally as a qualification for university entrance, which also allows students to fulfill the requirements of their national education system. Students in the DP share an educational experience that emphasizes critical and complex thinking as well as intercultural understanding and respect for others in the global community. The DP offers a broad and balanced curriculum in which students are encouraged to question and apply what they learn to real world issues and problems. There are six curricular aspects to the Diploma Programme. They are: Language A (Literature or Language and Literature), Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts. Students select 3 courses to study at Higher level (HL) and 3 courses at standard level (SL). The final grade is based on a 1 – 7 scale with 1 being the lowest and 7 the highest.

In addition, all students follow a Theory of Knowledge course, complete an Extended Essay in a subject of their choice and take part in CAS (Creativity-Activity-Service). This is a compulsory element in the Programme and involves the students obtaining credit for community service both in and out of school, as well as for sports activity, drama and arts. The full IB Diploma pathway is structured to satisfy Qatar MoEHE Equivalency requirements.

The IB Diploma Courses pathway allows students to achieve a high school diploma that will give them many options to pursue post-secondary educational programs and achieve Qatar MoEHE equivalency. Students select two DP courses to study at Higher Level and 4 at Standard Level. Students also complete the requirements of CAS (Creativity-Activity-Service) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE), although in the case of DP Courses candidates, these components are internally moderated by the school and marked on a pass/fail basis.

The Advanced Placement (AP) pathway is designed to support students with a particular interest in STEM subjects. AP courses are internationally recognised and provided by the US based College Board. Many US universities give credit based on the results of AP examinations.

Our AP pathway offers AP courses and examinations in: mathematics; biology; chemistry; computer science; physics; and English. Self study AP courses in environmental science, economics and psychology are also available. Students can take up to eight AP courses during Grades 11 and 12. Students also take part in research based internships at institutions and companies in Qatar.

The BTEC with IB Diploma Courses pathway allows students to achieve a high school diploma that will give them many options to pursue post-secondary educational programs and achieve Qatar MoEHE equivalency. Students select four DP courses to study at either Higher Level or Standard Level along with a BTEC Career-related study which is equivalent to two courses and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Students also complete the internal moderation requirements of CAS (Creativity-Activity-Service) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE).

IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP), for students aged sixteen to eighteen, is offered in the Grades 11 and 12 (DP1 and DP2). This is a two-year course of study recognized internationally as a qualification for university entrance, which also allows students to fulfill the requirements of their national education system. Students in the DP share an educational experience that emphasizes critical and complex thinking as well as intercultural understanding and respect for others in the global community. The DP offers a broad and balanced curriculum in which students are encouraged to question and apply what they learn to real world issues and problems. There are six curricular aspects to the Diploma Programme. They are: Language A (Literature or Language and Literature), Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts. Students select 3 courses to study at Higher level (HL) and 3 courses at standard level (SL). The final grade is based on a 1 – 7 scale with 1 being the lowest and 7 the highest.

In addition, all students follow a Theory of Knowledge course, complete an Extended Essay in a subject of their choice and take part in CAS (Creativity-Activity-Service). This is a compulsory element in the Programme and involves the students obtaining credit for community service both in and out of school, as well as for sports activity, drama and arts. The full IB Diploma pathway is structured to satisfy Qatar MoEHE Equivalency requirements.

The IB Diploma Courses pathway allows students to achieve a high school diploma that will give them many options to pursue post-secondary educational programs and achieve Qatar MoEHE equivalency. Students select two DP courses to study at Higher Level and 4 at Standard Level. Students also complete the requirements of CAS (Creativity-Activity-Service) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE), although in the case of DP Courses candidates, these components are internally moderated by the school and marked on a pass/fail basis.

The Advanced Placement (AP) pathway is designed to support students with a particular interest in STEM subjects. AP courses are internationally recognised and provided by the US based College Board. Many US universities give credit based on the results of AP examinations.

Our AP pathway offers AP courses and examinations in: mathematics; biology; chemistry; computer science; physics; and English. Self study AP courses in environmental science, economics and psychology are also available. Students can take up to eight AP courses during Grades 11 and 12. Students also take part in research based internships at institutions and companies in Qatar.

The BTEC with IB Diploma Courses pathway allows students to achieve a high school diploma that will give them many options to pursue post-secondary educational programs and achieve Qatar MoEHE equivalency. Students select four DP courses to study at either Higher Level or Standard Level along with a BTEC Career-related study which is equivalent to two courses and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Students also complete the internal moderation requirements of CAS (Creativity-Activity-Service) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE).

QA Team

Co-curricular

Qatar Academy Doha student-athletes compete locally and throughout the Middle East in competitive individual and team sports. Each season culminates with a NESAC (Near East Schools Activities Conference) tournament held at a sponsoring school in the region.

Volleyball/Football/Basketball

  • Boys & Girls U14
  • Boys & Girls Junior Varsity (U16)
  • Boys and Girls Varsity (U19)

Badminton

  • Boys and Girls Teams

Track & Field

  • Sprints
  • Long Distance
  • Throws
  • Jumps
  • Qatar Foundation Schools Sport Association (QFSSA) locally held tournaments in a range of sports including Football, Basketball and volleyball
  • Qatar United English Speaking Schools (QUESS) locally held tournaments in all sports Participate in Sports Leagues-in basketball, football and volleyball.
  • Qatar Academy 2020 – 2021 Near East Schools Activities Conference (NESAC) Tournaments.
Athletics Information Booklet 2022-2023

The Qatar Academy extra and co-curricular activities programme offers quality opportunities for each student to develop the skills and mindset needed to become an active and contributing member of both our local and global community. The activities program seeks to develop the whole child, and to foster empathy, tolerance, action-oriented service, and healthy lifestyles in its participants. The activities program provides students with leadership and personal growth opportunities.

Our activity options feature a World leading MUN programme which runs an intense schedule of conferences and event fixtures throughout the year, the highlight event is hosting the THIMUN Qatar in late January.

Here is an example of our experiential learning activities that will be delivered this school year;

  • New Student Orientation
  • MUN Festival Administrative Assistant
  • QMUN Administrative Assistant
  • QMUN Press Crew
  • Eid Al Adha Suitcase
  • Orphans Club
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Quran Memorization
  • Concert Bands
  • Botball
  • Community & Service Leadership
  • Workers Appreciation
  • MUN Action
  • Spanish Club
  • Art Club
  • Get to Live Islam
  • Destination Imagination
  • School of Rock
  • Clothing Drive
  • Middle School MUN
  • Debate Club
  • Sports & Event Volunteers
  • Student Sports Council
  • Student Council
  • Drama Club
  • Qatar Culture Club
  • Our Place, Our Community
  • Quran Memorization
  • Promoting Moral Values in the School
  • World Robot Olympiad-Lego
  • QAD Beginners/ Intermediate Band
  • QAD Action
  • Music helpers
  • Orchestra
  • QAD NESAC / Jazz Advanced Band
  • Qatar History
  • Entrepreneurs Club
  • QAWS
  • High School Theatre Production

Model United Nations takes place in school clubs around the world. It is an extra-curricular activity where students are delegates and represent a country of the world at a conference. Ahead of the conference, students research the policies of the country and prepare opening speeches, a policy statement and resolution on an issue that will be discussed and debated in their committee. Conferences can last from one to four days and can be organized by middle schools, high schools, or universities.

As students gain more experience and understanding about MUN they can apply for Chair positions and lead the debate in committee rooms. There are also other roles including various executive positions, press, and admin.

Qatar Academy Doha MUN has three main branches that continue to grow in student numbers and participation.

The High School MUN (grades 9-12) goes to nine in Qatar conferences and two international conferences (Paris MUN and Beijing MUN).

The Middle School MUN (grades 6-8) goes to three in Qatar conferences and one international conference in Singapore.

QA Action (grades 6-12) is the service wing of MUN at Qatar Academy Doha. They plan and host activities at school including the international food festival, movie night, and teachers appreciation to name a few. This year the a group of high school students will be going to Bandipur, Nepal for a week long service trip in November.

Pre University Education’s Academic Affairs is proud to host The Hague International Model United Nation’s (THIMUN) regional office, bringing world class leadership, Model UN and Leadership opportunities to students in Qatar and the region. The THIMUN Qatar office hosts the fall Qatar Leadership Conference, the Middle East’s largest MUN conference each February, the Arabic Model UN conference each spring, and a new international middle school Model UN conference, the first in the region.

The THIMUN Foundation, established in The Hague in 1981, is an accredited NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information and was granted, in 2003, Roster Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. THIMUN’s flagship MUN conference began in 1968, with a second conference added in Singapore in 2005. The THIMUN Qatar office was established in 2011 to meet the growing demand for quality MUN experiences for high school students in the Middle East.

The THIMUN Qatar office is located at Pre University Education HQ, and staffed by THIMUN Qatar Head Fatima El Mahdi .

Based on the THIMUN philosophy, all events are planned and run by high school students for their peers, making THIMUN Qatar one of the region’s most innovative and important leadership incubators. The THIMUN Qatar program has doubled in size since its inception in 2011, and is experiencing strong annual growth, a testament to the demand and desire students and schools are putting in high quality experiential learning programs in Qatar and beyond.

THIMUN Qatar MUN Conference
Held at the end of January, the THIMUN Qatar conference is one of only three THIMUN conferences worldwide. Over 1500 student delegates, student officers, press, Admin, IT and members of the Student Executive team participate in the region’s largest MUN conference. Held in the state-of-the-art Qatar National Convention Centre, the conference attracts schools from as far away as Australia, China, Tanzania and the United States.

Qatar Leadership Conference, QLC.

The QLC is a unique leadership event, bringing thought leaders in the areas of youth activism, peace and reconciliation, social entrepreneurship and SDG action, in addition to MUN, together with some of the region’s brightest high school students. The QLC format sees over twelve unique sessions of workshops and presentations each hour, allowing students, teachers and recognized experts in their fields to learn and share from one another. The QLC is meant to be an incubator for ideas, and a networking opportunity for participants

For more information about THIMUN Qatar’s MUN conference, the Qatar Leadership Conference, or the SDG Action projects, please visit the website at https://qatar.thimun.org or contact the office at thimunqatar@qf.org.qa

Sports

Qatar Academy Doha student-athletes compete locally and throughout the Middle East in competitive individual and team sports. Each season culminates with a NESAC (Near East Schools Activities Conference) tournament held at a sponsoring school in the region.

Volleyball/Football/Basketball

  • Boys & Girls U14
  • Boys & Girls Junior Varsity (U16)
  • Boys and Girls Varsity (U19)

Badminton

  • Boys and Girls Teams

Track & Field

  • Sprints
  • Long Distance
  • Throws
  • Jumps
  • Qatar Foundation Schools Sport Association (QFSSA) locally held tournaments in a range of sports including Football, Basketball and volleyball
  • Qatar United English Speaking Schools (QUESS) locally held tournaments in all sports Participate in Sports Leagues-in basketball, football and volleyball.
  • Qatar Academy 2020 – 2021 Near East Schools Activities Conference (NESAC) Tournaments.
Athletics Information Booklet 2022-2023

The Qatar Academy extra and co-curricular activities programme offers quality opportunities for each student to develop the skills and mindset needed to become an active and contributing member of both our local and global community. The activities program seeks to develop the whole child, and to foster empathy, tolerance, action-oriented service, and healthy lifestyles in its participants. The activities program provides students with leadership and personal growth opportunities.

Our activity options feature a World leading MUN programme which runs an intense schedule of conferences and event fixtures throughout the year, the highlight event is hosting the THIMUN Qatar in late January.

Here is an example of our experiential learning activities that will be delivered this school year;

  • New Student Orientation
  • MUN Festival Administrative Assistant
  • QMUN Administrative Assistant
  • QMUN Press Crew
  • Eid Al Adha Suitcase
  • Orphans Club
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Quran Memorization
  • Concert Bands
  • Botball
  • Community & Service Leadership
  • Workers Appreciation
  • MUN Action
  • Spanish Club
  • Art Club
  • Get to Live Islam
  • Destination Imagination
  • School of Rock
  • Clothing Drive
  • Middle School MUN
  • Debate Club
  • Sports & Event Volunteers
  • Student Sports Council
  • Student Council
  • Drama Club
  • Qatar Culture Club
  • Our Place, Our Community
  • Quran Memorization
  • Promoting Moral Values in the School
  • World Robot Olympiad-Lego
  • QAD Beginners/ Intermediate Band
  • QAD Action
  • Music helpers
  • Orchestra
  • QAD NESAC / Jazz Advanced Band
  • Qatar History
  • Entrepreneurs Club
  • QAWS
  • High School Theatre Production

Model United Nations takes place in school clubs around the world. It is an extra-curricular activity where students are delegates and represent a country of the world at a conference. Ahead of the conference, students research the policies of the country and prepare opening speeches, a policy statement and resolution on an issue that will be discussed and debated in their committee. Conferences can last from one to four days and can be organized by middle schools, high schools, or universities.

As students gain more experience and understanding about MUN they can apply for Chair positions and lead the debate in committee rooms. There are also other roles including various executive positions, press, and admin.

Qatar Academy Doha MUN has three main branches that continue to grow in student numbers and participation.

The High School MUN (grades 9-12) goes to nine in Qatar conferences and two international conferences (Paris MUN and Beijing MUN).

The Middle School MUN (grades 6-8) goes to three in Qatar conferences and one international conference in Singapore.

QA Action (grades 6-12) is the service wing of MUN at Qatar Academy Doha. They plan and host activities at school including the international food festival, movie night, and teachers appreciation to name a few. This year the a group of high school students will be going to Bandipur, Nepal for a week long service trip in November.

Pre University Education’s Academic Affairs is proud to host The Hague International Model United Nation’s (THIMUN) regional office, bringing world class leadership, Model UN and Leadership opportunities to students in Qatar and the region. The THIMUN Qatar office hosts the fall Qatar Leadership Conference, the Middle East’s largest MUN conference each February, the Arabic Model UN conference each spring, and a new international middle school Model UN conference, the first in the region.

The THIMUN Foundation, established in The Hague in 1981, is an accredited NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information and was granted, in 2003, Roster Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. THIMUN’s flagship MUN conference began in 1968, with a second conference added in Singapore in 2005. The THIMUN Qatar office was established in 2011 to meet the growing demand for quality MUN experiences for high school students in the Middle East.

The THIMUN Qatar office is located at Pre University Education HQ, and staffed by THIMUN Qatar Head Fatima El Mahdi .

Based on the THIMUN philosophy, all events are planned and run by high school students for their peers, making THIMUN Qatar one of the region’s most innovative and important leadership incubators. The THIMUN Qatar program has doubled in size since its inception in 2011, and is experiencing strong annual growth, a testament to the demand and desire students and schools are putting in high quality experiential learning programs in Qatar and beyond.

THIMUN Qatar MUN Conference
Held at the end of January, the THIMUN Qatar conference is one of only three THIMUN conferences worldwide. Over 1500 student delegates, student officers, press, Admin, IT and members of the Student Executive team participate in the region’s largest MUN conference. Held in the state-of-the-art Qatar National Convention Centre, the conference attracts schools from as far away as Australia, China, Tanzania and the United States.

Qatar Leadership Conference, QLC.

The QLC is a unique leadership event, bringing thought leaders in the areas of youth activism, peace and reconciliation, social entrepreneurship and SDG action, in addition to MUN, together with some of the region’s brightest high school students. The QLC format sees over twelve unique sessions of workshops and presentations each hour, allowing students, teachers and recognized experts in their fields to learn and share from one another. The QLC is meant to be an incubator for ideas, and a networking opportunity for participants

For more information about THIMUN Qatar’s MUN conference, the Qatar Leadership Conference, or the SDG Action projects, please visit the website at https://qatar.thimun.org or contact the office at thimunqatar@qf.org.qa

Online Information System

ManageBac

ManageBac is an online-based Student Information System used by parents, students, and staff throughout QAD Senior School. Parents can visit the site or use the mobile app 24 hours a day, seven days a week for an immediate, up-to-date record of their attendance, and academic performance in class and view reports.

Teachers use the site to take attendance, record student grades, create report cards and track student support services. Parent contact information is also held. To log in, navigate to QAD.managebac.com and click “forgot password” you can then use the email registered with the school to reset your password.

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Forms and Publications

Student and Parent Handbook 2022
Forms and Publications

Facilities

The striking architecture of Qatar Academy Doha buildings on the outside is matched on the inside with spacious classrooms, natural light, and a sense of openness. The Academy has the most advanced facilities of any school in the country and competes with the very best in the world.

Library & Media Center

The library and Media Center in the Senior School provide support for the learning and recreational reading needs of students, teachers and parents. In addition to more than 60,000 print and AV resources, the library provides access to an extensive list of electronic subscriptions and online resources available through the Destiny Library Management System. Qualified librarians provide full services in English and Arabic.
The Senior School Library provides the information support required for MYP students (Grade 6-10) and IB Diploma students (Grades 11-12). The qualified teaching specialist in the Media Center works with students and teachers to generate multimedia resources (photos, moving images and sound) to use in integrated classroom projects. In addition, a fully equipped Mac lab is available for the IB Film program.
As a member of Education City, Qatar Academy Doha students and faculty have reciprocal access to resources from all onsite universities through Inter Library Loans. Parents are welcome to join any of the Qatar Academy libraries as borrowing patrons.

Science Labs

Students who graduate from Qatar Academy Doha are equipped with a firm foundation of scientific knowledge and skills so that they are scientifically literate, active participants and informed decision-makers on matters of scientific importance. Teaching methodology is based on hands-on inquiry with a great deal of time spent in the school’s science labs. The Science Department is equipped with:

  • Six science labs with fume cupboards for Grades 6-12
  • Two labs used solely for Grade 12
  • A data-logging room equipped with networked computers to perform experiments with probes
  • A darkroom for light and photography experiments

Technology Department

School-wide technology is supported by a wireless network that allows students to access files, emails and classroom work at any time. Qatar Academy’s IT and E-Learning department oversees:

  • 10 state-of-the-art computer labs
  • Mobile learning equipment
  • Audio and video recording equipment
  • Online learning management system

Auditorium

The Qatar Academy Doha auditorium has a fully appointed stage and seating for an audience of approximately 250 people. The venue’s perfect acoustics and excellent sight lines provide an inviting setting for Qatar Academy Doha events. The space is used regularly to host school plays and musicals, debates, choral and orchestral events, and invited speakers.

Sports Venues

The Senior School houses excellent sports venues that provide a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities throughout the school year.

  • Olympic standard 50-meter swimming pool, with electronic timing and scoreboards
  • Two training pools for young swimmers
  • Multi-purpose sports complex
  • Squash courts
  • Fitness centers
  • Outdoor running track
  • Two Football pitches
  • Four indoor gymnasiums
  • Gymnastics room

Dramatic and Visual Arts

Qatar Academy Doha recognizes the importance of the arts and their role in the creation of a well-rounded student curriculum. The Senior School offers a wide selection of visual arts, theater and music classes from photography and film classes to drama clubs and orchestral performances. QAD’s Dramatic and Visual Arts venues include:

  • Two drama classrooms with stages
  • Ceramics studio and adjoining kiln
  • Three art studios
  • Two music studios
  • Eight practice studios
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