Understanding that the school library plays an integral role in the learning journey of our students, the ES and MHS libraries are both consistently looking for new innovative ways to stay up to date and to continue to meet the needs of our highly able learners.
We understand that our library resources have an inevitably substantial impact on the students educational achievement as well as their social and emotional wellbeing.
Here is a glimpse of some of the many resources provided at our libraries
The Elementary School Library is a place for inquiry and learning to support our Primary Years Programme. The PYP library provides resources to support the units of inquiry and independent reading. All students are encouraged to follow their individual interests and passions in book selection.
The PYP librarian supports the units of inquiry with weekly lessons related to the grade levels unit of inquiry, reinforcing concepts and the Approaches to Learning (ATLs). The ATLs include thinking, research, communication, social as well as self management skills. The library is also a place to explore and reinforce our PYP learner profile, becoming caring, inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced and reflective individuals.
The MHS library was also carefully tailored to cater to the needs of all CAC community members. This includes students, staff and parents as well. Wall colors, seating arrangements, book placements and the overall library layout are all designed in a specific way to induce a love for reading, studying and learning, and to promote collaborative as well as individual study.
Moreover, the MHS library hosts several community organizations / groups including: Silent Sustained Reading for MS, Extended Essays for IB students, BOB (Battle of the Books) as well as numerous parent book clubs. Our libraries are open to all community members, encouraging everyone to continue to experience exceptional education in a diverse and caring community.
PreK 3 and KG both enjoyed a fun day at school where they got their own farm visit experience. Due to Covid-19 mitigation measures, and because the learning and fun never stop at CAC, our ES staff took the initiative to bring over a small farm for the students to see on campus.
In PYP KG program, the students had just started learning a new unit of inquiry; Sharing the Planet. The central idea is to study how living beings rely on their environments to survive. As a part of their exploration and inquiry cycle, students had the opportunity to experience a visit from the ArtyScience Farm. During the farm's visit, students were able to see some living farm animals commonly found in Egypt, ask questions as well as learn more about the animal's needs from our guests. Students also drew diagrams of the animals seen, and took notes in their journals in regards to the animals’ needs or any other interesting facts they learned.
Simultaneously, our PreK 3 students were also learning about Egyptian farms, as part of their Egypt Culture Curriculum. They were learning the importance of animals and birds such as sheep, rabbits, goats, chickens, and ducks in Egyptian culture. They were also learning about the most important plants and crops in Egypt. The farm gave the children some first-hand knowledge of concepts they had been working on in class.
It was a wonderful morning of learning for our Pre-K students. It was so heart-warming to see the youngest children standing anxiously at the windows of their classrooms waiting for the animals to arrive.
The students were able to spend time feeding goats, a duck and goose, chickens and rabbits. They were also able to pet chicks and baby pigeons as they learned about the different features of the animals that enable them to thrive in different environments. The children also had the opportunity to plant foul beans, tomatoes, lettuce, onion, and sweet potato in their playground at school, so they can watch them as they grow.
PreK 3 students have continued to share their understandings on what resources from our planet are used in different ways. The teachers have discussed what products come from trees and the many different ways that water, metal, plastics and oil derivatives can be used. The students took a walk around the school and identified natural items versus man made items and the links between them.
Click here to learn more about our Early Childhood Program.
In collaboration with world renowned architects, Cairo American College has completed the renovation of its high school building. The newly renovated building has been designed to stimulate critical thinking, promote collaboration and provide an abundance of adaptive learning spaces to bring learning outside of the classroom. The building is now back to life, buzzing with the sound of students excited to explore their new learning space.
Here are some of the key design features present in
our newly renovated high school building:
A vaulted ceiling study space with natural skylights, to provide a private and spacious study area for students.
Group Study Rooms
Designed to facilitate small group collaboration in individual spaces.
Interior Arts and Speech Performance Stage
An open-area stage to promote and enhance students' confidence and inventiveness.
CAC is now the first school in the country to have 42 smart boards provided inside the classrooms,
providing a more interactive learning experience for our students.
Break Out Spaces
These smaller rooms are designed to be more informal and comfortable,
encouraging the students to continue in-class discussions, outside of their classrooms.
CAC adopted discussion-based, student-led learning at the Harkness Table eight years ago. Students learn through discussion; developing the critical skills of listening, reflecting, and speaking. CAC continues to be one of only a handful of international schools in the world, and the only school in Egypt,
deeply committed to ‘the power of the Oval Table’. Watch this video to learn more about the Harkness method at CAC.
The color palette used for the interior and exterior of the building was carefully chosen from an array of colors that are proven
to stimulate thinking and hold students' attention.
Science labs and Art studios' ceilings were designed to showcase the internal workings of structural buildings,
piquing students' interest in mathematics, chemistry, physics as well as design and art.
This is a shaded lounge / patio area surrounding the whole upper floor. It is a space where the students can relax,
take a break or even use during classes as an extended outdoor learning area.
Design Thinking Workshop
This space is designed in a way to invite creativity and induce innovation.
Finally, with environmental sustainability in mind the building is equipped with solar-powered water heating,
sensor enabled lighting, and recycled/refurbished marble countertops from the old middle school building.