School Life Additional Programs
In addition to the Lebanese Program, KBWH offers the Foreign Program for Lebanese and non- Lebanese students. Students who are eligible to join the foreign program are Lebanese students who lived more than three years abroad (law 29/73), and non- Lebanese students who studied abroad or in Lebanon and hold another nationality. This program is licensed by the Lebanese government (decree 12/5195).
The enrollment process differs according to grade level. Students in Kindergarten sit for an interview in order to assess their readiness for school. Students from grades one till twelve do an entrance exam, in English language, Arabic language and Mathematics where the school supports the student learning needs by a modified curriculum. Students should get a permission from the Committee of Equivalence at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education before enrollment in the foreign program.
Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) Participation
We, at KBWH, encourage students yearly to participate in various scholarship programs in Lebanon and abroad. Two of 10th graders, Yasmine Katanji and Lynne Chehab won scholarships provided by Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program to study for an academic year in the USA. “YES” is a program that is administrated by AMIDEAST/ Lebanon, where students move to USA, attend grade 11 in an American high school, and engage in activities to learn about the US society and values. Through this program, our students also get the opportunity to educate Americans and the host families about Lebanon and its culture.
Model United Nations program (MUN)
At KBWH, our students participate in the Model United Nations program (MUN) yearly. MUN is an academic activity where our students learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations. Through this program, our students demonstrate high level of collaboration, togetherness, teamwork, and positive engagement with people and politics as well as present a smart way of tackling issues.
In 2020, two students from our school received the Diplomacy Award and Best Improvement Award. The Diplomacy Award is given to those who seek to empathize and understand the issue they’re given in their committee and the ones who understand and collaborate with their fellow delegates in order to make positive changes and advanced resolutions. The Best Improvement Award is given to those who give realistic, professional and diplomatic improvements for the issue given, and also show improvement in performance throughout the conferences.
KBWH induction program is a comprehensive and multiyear process designed to train and retain new teachers. Its goal is to provide a systematic structure to support mentees. This stand-alone program, established since 2017 at our school, is followed by continued mentoring throughout their first year. It assists the new stakeholders at the school with information about the system and processes that guide them to adapt to the culture of a new workplace, as well as school norms.
This systematic induction program is part of the teacher’s professional development, designed to reduce anxiety, increase engagement, increase knowledge, improve his/her teaching skills and thus boost new teacher retention rates.
The induction program goes beyond understanding students, classes, and curriculum; it is a set of instructional workshops to help new teachers adapt easily to the school environment, yet it has to be supplemented with a guiding toolkit.