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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Next Generation School’s Anaphylaxis policy?
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening. Common causes include food, insect stings, and medication. Next Generation School will establish and maintain an anaphylaxis1 policy that includes the following: Regular training for staff that are in direct contact with students on a regular basis. Strategies to reduce the risk of exposure to anaphylactic causative agents (i.e. peanut free, sesame free environment) At registration, parents will be asked to provide information about life-threatening allergies that students might have. A file will be maintained for every anaphylactic student, by the medical staff. The file will contain current treatment and any other relevant information relating to the severe allergy In the event of an allergic reaction: Staff will keep the student calm and immediately contact the school’s medical staff Medical staff will follow the treatment protocol in the student’s medical file to administer medication If the reaction is severe or persists, emergency responders will be contacted The school administration will encourage the staff who have allergies to notify the school nurse of any difficulties and treatment The school administration will alert substitute teachers of allergy situations in the substitute teacher plan
Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?
The physical, cognitive, intellectual, emotional, and social benefits of an active lifestyle are an integral part of the NGS curriculum. The Physical Education (PE) program at NGS uses a wide range of activities; athletics, self-defence, games, gymnastics, swimming, outdoor sports and team sports, to help students develop their motor skills and spatial awareness. Taught by qualified teachers in indoor facilities, covered volleyball/basketball courts, two semi-olympic heated swimming pools and a soccer field, students are encouraged to achieve physical competence and develop a sense of fair play. PE classes also offer opportunities for exposure to new sports. Students can train and build skills in the sport in which they have the most interest through the after school and sports coaching clubs at NGS.
Does the school have cafeteria facilities for the students?
Yes, the school has cafeteria facilities, serving both hot and cold food. The exact price for lunchtime meals is still to be determined, but it will be standard for schools.
What is your discipline policy?
The Next Generation School disciplinary procedures will be progressive and positive. Our whole school approach to dealing with negative student behaviour will use a continuum of intervention, support, and disciplinary consequences to re-enforce positive student behaviour and good decision making. When students make mistakes and bad decisions, they will be given every opportunity to make it a learning experience. At Next Generation School, all students will be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect by all parties in the school community. We will strive to create a safe and positive learning environment that is free of physical, verbal, emotional, and social abuse. The primary concern of the behaviour policy will be the safety and well-being of the students. The goal will never be ‘punishment’ rather it will be to train the students to consistently use socially acceptable manners with teachers, staff, and peers in the educational environment. While there may be situations where disciplinary consequences have to be implemented, the aim of the discipline will always be positive. To apply this, the school will take a pre-emptive approach by encouraging positive behaviour before disciplinary action. The Role of Students An integral part of the behaviour policies of Next Generation School will be to ensure that students receive assistance, motivation, praise, rewards, and recognition regarding their positive behaviour. The behaviour expectations will be clearly explained to all students at the beginning of the school year and they will be re-enforced. Students will understand what is expected of them and they will know that there are incentives and support connected to positive behaviour. Students will also know that there will be less desirable consequences if they decide to behave inappropriately. Students will: respect authority at all times respect other people’s property, school property, and school equipment show respect for physical, racial, ethnic differences in the school community show respect for school attendance and punctuality show respect for other people’s physical well-being by not using physical or verbal abuse show respect for safety equipment and fire alarms show respect for school policies connected to smoking, drugs, and inhalants Role of Parents Next Generation School parents will have a vital role in implementing positive student behaviour. As part of the school community, parents will: Work with the school’s staff and administration to solve behavioural issues which involve their child(ren). Cooperate with the school administration to recommend the best course of action to re-admit a student in case of a school suspension.
Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?
Parents can look forward to becoming part of a caring, supportive, and inclusive school community when their child joins NGS. Our parents are highly valued members of our community, and partner with us in the education of their children. At NGS we firmly believe that parents play a vital role in the education of their children and the school encourages a healthy cooperative parent-school relationship. We are supported by a parent community that is active in school life including extra-curricular activities, classroom support, field trips, community service and community building. At NGS we are a community with family at the core. The NGS Parents Association (NGSPA), a non-profit voluntary organization, is just one avenue for parents to help bring the NGS community together and enhance student success. The NGSPA will be designed for parents, to create new opportunities to interact and get involved with the policies, philosophy and programs at the school. Parents are invited to take part in many school discussions and decisions, thus instilling and engaging in the ‘engagement’ ethos that makes NGS so unique. Parents are as much a part of the learning experience at NGS as are the students, teachers and staff.
How can I enroll my child or find out more information?
For more information, prospective parents may contact Ms. Sahar our Senior Registrar at or at 043853335. The Registrar’s office is open between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday.
What type of curriculum does Next Generation School follow?
Next Generation School is a K-12 American Islamic School which offers a comprehensive educational experience that cultivates, nurtures, and combines academic excellence with Islamic values, provides a comprehensive Arabic language program, and fosters civic responsibility to develop successful and contributing members of a global society. In line with the goals set out in our mission statement, the Next Generation School will offer its students an enriched K-12 American curriculum that will be based on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for literacy and math, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for science, and the California State Standards for arts, physical education, ICT, drama, and other electives. The American curriculum being offered to students at NGS is comprehensive. It is based on the Common Core State Standards in literacy and math, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in science, and the California State Standards for the arts, physical education, and other electives. Our standards based curriculum embodies a clear set of expectations outlining what students are expected to know and be able to do at each grade level.
Can you explain the Arabic and Islamic Studies Program at Next Generation School?
Due to their tremendous benefit in developing moral character, civic duty, responsibility, and culture identity, Arabic and Islamic studies are two of the most important subjects taught at Next Generation School. Under the guidance of the Ministry of Education, our Arabic curriculum focuses on developing the four key language areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Rather than focus on rote learning, our students are engaged through various strategies such as developing higher order thinking skills, role playing, group work, and independent study projects in order to apply what they have learned to real life experiences. Based on the guidance of the Ministry of Education, our Islamic Studies curriculum also benefits our Muslim student population by teaching the Holy Quran with a strong emphasis placed on understanding and proper recitation with tajweed, the biography of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), principles of faith, rulings related to worship, and manners. The primary objective and benefit of the Islamic Studies curriculum at Next Generation School is to create an atmosphere that nurtures students and responsible citizens that take Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a guide for improving their moral character and lives.
Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?
There will be four dedicated prayer rooms for students and time for prayer will be factored into the daily schedule.
What is your medium of instruction?
The core curriculum will be taught in the English language by English speakers. For the Arabic, Qur’an, and Islamic Studies classes, Arabic will be the medium of instruction.

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