- School Profile
Ronaki International School is a leading school of Ronaki Hawler Education Company. Ronaki Hawler Education Company has been successfully operating private schools in Iraq for over twenty years. It began its educational activities in Erbil in 1994 with Ishik College and it reached in 23 years to 7 campuses, 1 Kindergarten, 3 Primary Schools, 3 Secondary Schools and 3 High Schools and RISE. The company offers education to about 4000 students.
Our schools are appreciated in Kurdistan because of the awards they receive and their success in national and international competitions.
Our schools prove their success in assisting students for university entrance exams and in registering for the best programs at universities. Oxford Quality Program is applied in our schools and our graduates can speak in 4 different languages (Kurdish, English, Arabic and Turkish). All classrooms of our schools in Erbil are full equipped with technological devices. Project – Based Education is offered in these classes.
Board of Directors of the Ronaki Hawler Education Company decided to invest an internationally accredited School (RISE) in Erbil to sustain the growth of the company to give opportunity to international students to study in Ronaki Hawler Education Company schools, also to give an opportunity to Iraq citizens to be ready for both local and international universities.
Ronaki International School is in second year of operation, having opened its doors to students in September of 2017. The school is located in Future City in a fast-growing area of Erbil.
One of our undergirding beliefs is that diversity is strength and students are taught understanding, tolerance, and respect of all people. Almost from all parts of the society, Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish and other nationalities are studying in our school. Students of all nationalities mingle with their new community and are mainstreamed for basic instruction. Additionally, the EFL program for English and after school course for Kurdish, Arabic language offer instruction for the improvement of those students who have little or no exposure to these languages previously.
In the present academic school year 2017 – 2018, it serves around 105 students encompassing a student body from Grade7 through Grade 12.
For next year we are planning to have from Garde 1 to Grade 12. We hope to serve around 400 student.
Each department will have its own Assistant Principal, Assistant Principal for grade1 to 5 , Assistant Principal for grade 6 to 8, Assistant Principal for grade 9 to 12, serving as part of the greater school entity under the supervision of the school principal.
There will be over 40 teaching staff. The teaching staff members are mostly international and some of them are local teachers. They are very experienced in their fields of education.. They bring with them a wide range of styles and experiences. It is one of the school’s challenges to build strong working bonds amongst such diverse people. Communication between Kurdish and Arabic speaking staff and English-speaking staff at times presents a challenge, but not a barrier. The school is English speaking zone. Teachers work closely together in grade level teams, subject departments, and school sections to plan, deliver, and improve instruction.
RISE will have two campus area , one for primary section from grade 1 to grade 5, second campus will be for grade 6 to grade 12. Campus facilities are aimed at giving its students the most well-rounded education and exposure possible with academic and sports facilities for all. All classes within the school buildings are equipped with smart boards as the school aims to promote interactive learning. RISE has 4 science labs which are well equipped and adhere to high safety standards. RISE has 2 computer labs with 22 all-in-one computers in each. Two Art and Music rooms, two conference halls are available to support our visual and performing arts program.
School Year and School Day Schedule
The academic school year consists of 180 instructional school days. The regular school day runs from 7:30 to 3:00 from Sunday to Thursdays. Report cards are issued two times a year at the end of each semester and parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress during parent/teacher conference which is held once every semester.
Teacher workdays are scheduled at times throughout the year as well as a general two week orientation/in-service at the beginning of the academic year. Every Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 p.m. is set aside for professional development workshops, staff meetings, and committee meetings.
Each school section maintains a master schedule of classes.
Primary Section (from Grade 1 to grade 5) maintains a schedule of 35 lessons per week, each session being 40 minutes. and the Secondary and High School department maintains a schedule of 35 lessons per week, each session being 45 minutes.
Ronaki International School-Erbil (RISE) offers students American and International educational traditions, as well as the benefits of access to the rich culture and heritage of Kurdistan, Iraq.
RISE offers a mix of curricular and co-curricular activities, with a wide variety of programs that meet the needs and interest of its students.
The school has collaboratively developed and continues to implement curriculum based on clear measurable learning goals. The curriculum is aligned to the Common Core standards and benchmarks. Curriculum guides contain learning objectives that are aligned to the standards and teachers use them to plan their daily instruction in the classroom. The curriculum is endorsed with rich and various online resources and online libraries.
RISE offers a rigorous, well-balanced course of study. Educational materials used are selected for their viability in the American curriculum and adaptability to the local environment. Instructional materials are compiled from a wide variety of sources, including Harcourt School Publishers and are aligned to curriculum standards used throughout the three school departments.
The school believes the Language Arts/Literacy program to be the base for all learning. The importance of reading fluently, writing expressively, listening effectively, and speaking masterfully cannot be overstated. To achieve mastery in these areas, students are given many opportunities to practice.
In order to prepare students to responsibly participate in and contribute to contemporary society as informed, aware, active, and caring citizens, they must be proficient in the use of the native language of the country. Thus Kurdish and Arabic are included among the core subjects and the school complies fully with all KRG Ministry of Education rules, regulations, and instructional protocols.
Students are also given a choice of Second Language apart from English from grade 4 through grade 12.
RISE holds the belief that Students learn best through natural, meaningful, integrated experiences that are relevant to their lives. The classroom is student-centered and active. Teachers respect students’ prior knowledge and build upon their competence. The teachers recognize the importance of trial and error, risk taking without fear of failure, and the need for time to grow. The teacher facilitates learning by modeling and engaging students in a wide range of activities.
Students are expected to take an active role in their learning and are encouraged to experiment and think for themselves. Students are encouraged to use a wide range of materials and resources, working individually and in small groups. Individual growth is the goal and teachers accept pupil differences. Laboratory experimentation in Science, hands-on manipulation of math learning resources, application of Language Arts skills in activities such as letter writing, conversational practice, oral presentations, and reading for information and entertainment, are a few of the ways students learn by doing.
Teachers give students the opportunity to explore application of higher order thinking skills through many classroom strategies such as class discussions and debates, problem solving activities, research and project work, student presentations, and encouragement in taking leadership roles.
Teachers have access to instructional technology and it is integrated into their lesson planning and classroom instruction on a regular basis. Students are given instruction and practice in the use of technology in the weekly Computer/Technology course of study.
The school maintains effective programs of study in Mathematics, Science, the Arts – music and art, Physical Education, and Computer/Technology in technology-ready class rooms, well-equipped science labs, music and art rooms, computer labs, department libraries, and outdoor sports courts.