Annual ABP Open House
Parents learned about ABP’s grading system, academic courses, clubs and activities, and university application processes
Doha, October 21, 2015 –Parents, students, and teachers from Qatar Foundation’s Academic Bridge Program (ABP) recently gathered for the annual Open House in Education City. The Open House provided parents the opportunity to meet with ABP administrators and teachers, and to learn more about the ABP’s grading system, academic courses, available clubs and activities, and the specific application process for students to gain admission to university next year.
For 15 years, the ABP has helped high school students’ transition smoothly to university by developing a model academic curriculum that includes English, math, science and computer skills, in addition to student-focused support systems and activities; efforts which support QF on its mission to provide a complete education cycle with the aim of unlocking human potential and fostering a knowledge-based society.
ABP also offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including science and technology, language, multi-media, volunteering clubs, sports teams, and student government experience, and nurtures strong ties to universities in Qatar and abroad.
During the Open House, ABP Director, Dr. Bryan Lewallen explained that: “The ABP curriculum includes a strong emphasis on developing the English speaking, reading, and writing skills of our students so that they will be able to study in first-class universities in Qatar, the United Kingdom, the United States or elsewhere.”
Dr. Bryan went on to highlight a number of additional student support services that the ABP provides. These include: free tutoring in all subjects either during the day in the Learning Resource Center or during the teachers’ office hours; a teacher advisor for every student to keep in touch with students about their classwork and their attendance; and a Student Support Committee that was introduced this year to monitor students’ progress and help students overcome any difficulties.
Dr. Mark Newmark, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs also pointed out the many academic advantages available to ABP students, such as cross registration classes that some ABP students can take in one of the partner universities of Hamad Bin Khalifa University and the mini courses that offer standardized test preparation for the math portion of the ACT, and the IELTS exam.
Dr. Mark also mentioned, “The ABP has agreements with universities in Qatar, Germany, the U.K., and the U.S. The basic idea of these agreements is that if a student does well at the ABP and does well on the IELTS, then the student can study at those universities without having to take an additional foundation program.”
Extra-curricular activities have played an important role in developing ABP students’ social, cultural and personal skills in preparation for university studies. ABP’s Assistant Director for Student Services, Mrs. Moza Al-Boainain, explained: “The mission of ABP Student Services is to create an environment where learning is part of the daily life of students. We work on promoting a positive atmosphere in the ABP, and we are committed to building a community where the living and learning environments are cohesive, and where student life is vibrant and diverse. We also work on promoting mutual respect and tolerance of others while affirming the value of each individual member of the ABP community. This is very important, especially in a coeducational and international learning environment, which might be something unusual for some students.”
The Academic Bridge Program will be admitting new students for the upcoming 2015 Spring Semester from October 15th to November 30th, 2015. To be eligible to apply to the ABP, students must have completed high school, preferably with a score of 80% or higher. The minimum score required for entrance to the ABP for the Spring Semester is iBT TOEFL 61 or equivalent IELTS score of 5.0. The Spring Semester begins on the January 10th, 2016.