The potential for your daughters to be the best they can be

Liwa International School for Girls offers:

The Liwa curriculum reflects our vision, values, and mission. We use the American Curriculum from California because it provides a rounded education with a strong set of core skills that help creates lifelong learners who can play a full part in society. We endeavour to teach the curriculum to a high standard so that our students can make good progress with their learning at Liwa and secure high standards so that they can enter university if they choose to do so.

Aims and Intentions

Liwa International School for Girls has as its principle aim:

To provide equal access to high quality education for all girls and young women, enabling them to progress and achieve their potential.

This aim is present in all of our policies and practices, including the delivery of the curriculum. At Liwa we provide a curriculum which is challenging, interesting, enjoyable and active, fostering a desire to learn and achieve. Our curriculum that is broad and balanced and appropriate to the pupils’ ages, abilities and aptitudes. It includes a comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities that are organized in order to enrich the children’s learning experience. In addition, we want children to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others. Our curriculum provides learning opportunities that promote this. We provide a strong focus on our national heritage and traditions as well as an education that is equal to the best internationally. Accordingly, Liwa International School for Girls provides an educational environment which is caring, friendly, well-structured, positive and academically challenging for each individual student and helps prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.


Below are the main values of our school, upon which we have based our curriculum. These are not in any order of importance as all these values are of equal importance to us.

  • We value children’s uniqueness, we listen to the views of each individual child, and we promote respect for other cultures.
  • We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
  • We value the importance of each person in our school, and we organize our curriculum to promote inclusion, co-operation and understanding among all members of our community.
  • We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society.
  • We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty.
  • We want to enable each person to be successful, and we provide equal opportunities for all our pupils.
  • We will strive to meet the needs of all our children.
  • We value our environment, and we want to teach our pupils, through our curriculum, how we should take care of the world, not only for ourselves, but also for future generations.

The aims of our school curriculum are:

  • To enable all children to learn, and develop their skills, to the best of their ability;
  • To enable all children to become fluent Arabic and English speakers, readers and writers;
  • To promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
  • To motivate pupils by arousing a sense of curiosity and wonder;
  • To teach children the skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT;
  • To enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;
  • To teach children about the developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time;
  • To appreciate and value the contribution made by all ethnic groups in our multi-cultural society;
  • To be aware of the importance of their own positive contribution to society and their responsibilities as members of a local community and a global society;
  • To teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to distinguish right from wrong;
  • To help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
  • To enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to live and work cooperatively with others;

A Personalized Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to be accessed by all children who attend the school. If we think it necessary to modify some children’s access to the curriculum, in order to meet their needs, then we do this only after their parents have been consulted.

The school provides an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) for each of the children who has special educational needs. This sets out the nature of the special need, and outlines how the school will aim to address it. The IEP also sets out targets for improvement, so that we can review and monitor the progress of each child at regular intervals.

Additionally, the school identifies students who are gifted and talented and ensures that each child has an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) which is regularly monitored and reviewed.

An Overview of Our Curriculum

Early Years


Our Kindergarten provides an excellent foundation to your daughter’s journey into school. We value a balance of play based learning and academic teaching, so that your daughter will graduate with skills to successfully prepare her for the elementary curriculum.

We provide a stimulating learning environment both indoor and in our outdoor area.  These areas enable your daughter to develop skills through a variety of resources and hands-on learning, including role play areas, water play and writing stations.

We pride ourselves on a thematic approach to teaching, where subjects are linked together to deepen learning and promote enjoyment, innovation and critical thinking using the Common Core State Standards and MOE curriculum.


As they move onto grade 1, our elementary school continues to provide a friendly and welcoming environment. 

We continue a theme based approach to teaching and learning, where we integrate subjects with a ‘big’ question to guide the topic.  Subjects are linked together to deepen learning and promote enjoyment, innovation and critical thinking.

A strong focus is placed on your daughter making progress. Using baseline assessments at the start of the year, ensures your daughter is given personalized learning matching her own targets.  We track progress through a variety of assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the MOE curriculum, so that you have a clear understanding of your daughter’s attainment.

Your daughter will have access to a variety of online platforms to support her learning. These programs help with a range of core subjects including, Arabic, English, science and math. These digital resources are programmed to know your daughter’s individual level which helps accelerate her academic progress.

Middle School and High School

Our aim is to develop well balanced students with the content knowledge and 21st century skills for success in becoming global citizens. Our curriculum encourages opportunities to develop our students’ understanding of Emirati national identity, innovative skills and practice, and social emotional growth. English subject curriculum is aligned to the California Common Core Standards and includes the core subjects of Math, Science, English, History, Informational Technology, and Physical Education. Arabic, Islamic Studies and Arabic Civics follow MOE guidelines. High school learners also take elective courses to include Environmental Science, French, Creative Design, Art, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Media Studies, Drama and Debate. Lessons are delivered by subject specialists who are led by school leaders with global experience.

At LISG, we take pride in being a full digital learning school in our English subjects. High school learners access their learning through a school provided Google Chromebook.  Teachers use a variety of digital resources to facilitate learning through explicit teaching and discovery learning. In addition to digital platforms, textbooks are used in MOE subjects.


Individual learning is supported by meeting the needs of all students, providing comprehensive feedback and next steps for students, and delivering student-centered interventions.

Students’ personal development is fostered through weekly advisory sessions with topics covering college and career readiness, study skills, time management, and growth mindset.

Further support is provided by a high school guidance counselor who meets regularly with students to investigate college and scholarship opportunities.


Staff work to foster student curiosity in learning outside the regular school day. During school and after school, students have opportunities to participate in enrichment clubs that stretch and challenge them in academics, sports and arts. High school learners earn ten volunteer hours each year that can be completed in school through assisting with school events and parent seminars or outside of school with parent permission.  Leadership opportunities are provided through club leadership roles and Student Council leadership roles.  Students compete in district and national competitions in various areas to include: IT Marathon, French, Mathematics and Art Competitions, Chevron Reading Cup- Arabic and English, My Morals, My Identity Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, and the Environmental Excellence Award.


Support Your Daughter with Learning at Home

At LISG, we work closely with the parents to ensure that our students continue to make progress and get the maximum benefit of learning at school. This is complemented by a number of methods that you can read here.