Only six months after Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad was established, the institution held the distinction of being the only Cambridge University/London Edexcel-accredited, Grade-A Category Examinations Centre in Pakistan.
For the Grades 1 to 6 curricula, the Cambridge International Primary Programme has been incorporated and, for Grades 7 and 8, Cambridge Checkpoint is followed. Furthermore, the Academy operates under the IGCSE system for Grades 9 and 10 and the A and AS Level programmes set by both Cambridge University and London Edexcel U.K. Boards for Grades 11 and 12. The entire curricula used at SZIA is enhanced with the incorporation of indigenously-designed worksheets, exercises, creative learning/cooperative learning lessons, etc. which bring it to a truly international level beyond that of the national Cambridge Board. This serves to develop skills in our students which will enable them to successfully pursue the academic system in existence in any college or university the world over.
Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad itself is the embodiment of uniquely-imparted education! As such, all of the teaching resources (human, structural and material) are geared towards optimal learning by the students. Rather than the traditional rote-memory, white-board writing/copying and textbook repetition type of instruction, the students at Sheikh Zayed International Academy-Islamabad receive the benefits of a high-quality, international-standard education through the implementation of ‘Smart-Board/Data Show’-facilitated instruction periods, creative, activity-based lessons, cooperative-learning (group work) lessons and lessons which promote critical-thinking and enhance the reasoning powers of the students. This emphasis on learning engages the student in such a way that she/he pursues her/his education rather than being in the process of simply receiving it. In this way, it lays down a foundation for active learning that will carry the student throughout her/his academic career.
As a premiere international academic institution, our Academy offers the subjects of English, ESL, English Literature, Mathematics, Core Math, French, Arabic, Urdu, Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Information Technology, Social Studies, World Geography, World History, Pakistan Studies, Islamiyat, Sociology, Psychology and Law. In addition, there is a provision for adding an offering of any other subject for which at least two students are registered.
Realizing that the formative years are important not only from an academic point of view, but also in the area of developing socially-correct codes of behaviour in a child, SZIA is the only academic institution in Pakistan to have created its own Human Rights curriculum and have it incorporated into the mainstream subjects for Grades 1 to 10.
The Health Education that is imparted to our students is comprised of three main areas: seminars on health-related topics are arranged for the students and staff by the doctor as well as by collaborating with professionals from other institutes via multimedia, the monthly program whereby students of each grade level visit the Health Office on the ‘Student’s Leadership Day’ and learn the role of a doctor and learn about the daily routine of a school clinic and, during their time there ,they are assigned some health-related tasks. Lectures are given to students on any health-related topic from their textbooks to broaden their horizon of the information.