Lower School curriculum ACS Doha students in library

Lower School

Grades 1 to 4 | Ages 6 to 11
Chantal Theron, Lower School Principal
Our focus is to enable every student to access the curriculum independently and experience a sense of success both in and outside of the classroom.
Chantal Theron, Lower School Principal

Welcome from the Principal

Chantal Theron, our Lower School Principal, has over 25 years of experience working in education.

She has been living in Doha since 2006 and was previously the Deputy Principal at Al Jazeera Academy. Chantal is a specialist educator whose expertise within primary education covers not only the homeroom teaching environment, but also other areas including the integration of dramatic arts in the curriculum, educational kinesiology and didactic remedial intervention.

Chantal is passionate about the values that underpin the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and is committed to child-centric, enquiry-based teaching. Chantal holds a Master of Education degree in teacher education and professional development from the University of Cape Town.

Lower School students at ACS Doha

Philosophy

Our Lower School provides all learners with a safe, nurturing and inclusive space within which they can discover new concepts and content, critically analyse information and explore the transdisciplinary connections between diverse subject areas.

We encourage invention and creativity as our students adapt their knowledge to new findings and source out practical connections between their learning and everyday life. We place great emphasis on student voice and individual accountability in setting goals and achieving success. Our teams of experienced teachers, learning support specialists and assist students in their varying needs, using adaptive teaching methods to create bespoke learning pathways.

We work together to alleviate the uncertainties that come with moving to a new school or country. We partner with parents to ensure all students grow in confidence and responsibility, whilst developing a caring and tolerant attitude towards everyone in the community. International-mindedness is an underlying ethos of the IB PYP, and at ACS, we see our diversity as one of our core strengths. We are a community of over 70 different nationalities and we are passionate about cultural exchange. We encourage our students to explore and appreciate their own mother tongues, culture and identity.

Our students leave Lower School as confident and respectful individuals, aware of their strengths and abilities, and ready for the challenges of Middle School.

Lower school students laughing

About the programme

The Lower School programme covers Grades 1 to 5 (ages 6 to 11).

Part of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), which is taught across 109 countries, the Lower School curriculum allows students to continue on the learning journey they commenced as part of the ACS Early Childhood programme or at a kindergarten elsewhere.

Our Lower School programme focuses on enquiry-based learning within a child-centric environment that is open and accessible to all.