What is the status of the Primary School?
We are a Cambridge school.
We are a member of AKSS (Asosiasi Kelapa Sekolah Se- Pondok Aren) and FKSDS
We have an Operational Permit (ijin operasional) from Diknas. We are accredited A.
How is the reporting system?
We follow Diknas reporting system. It will be done twice a year, once per semester. Mid semester Parent Teacher Conference will only discuss students’ achievements in a quarter.
Our School reports show the development of the students socially and academically.
Could my child follow the lesson if he can not speak English yet?
We really understand your concerns. Generally, students could start speaking English after 3 months. As our experience, some number of students need longer time to adjust, of course with our both support from school and home.
If I move my child from KHALIFA IMS to a national school, not a National Plus school, will my child find difficulties?
They will of course have an adjustment period which is normal for everybody who has just moved from one place to another place, but the responsibility and the love of learning are there. They will be more creative and have more life skills from their time at KHALIFA IMS than the students from the national school.
What are the curricula used in the Primary School?
We are implementing Islamic curriculum: Islamic Study from International Curricula Organization (ICO), Shalat, Tahsin,Tahfizh and Arabic
Cambridge curriculum: English, Science, Math
The National Curriculum can be seen in Bahasa Indonesia and other subjects starting in upper levels (IPS and PKN in grade 4 and IPS, PKN, IPA,Matematika in grade 5 and 6 with the remaining Bahasa Indonesia from grade 1 until 6).
Does Islamic Study use English, too?
In Grade 1 to 5, Islamic studies are conducted in English.
In Grade 6, Islamic studies are conducted in Bahasa Indonesia.
Will my child be able to make shalat in movements and the recitation?
Shalat curriculum is a 3 year- programme. It covers all aspects of shalat from the movements, types of shalat to recitations. The recitations are done gradually in the Morning Meetings and before Shalat berjamaah. Our students are able to do shalat with correct movements and recitations as we have 3 time- practice of Dhuha in the Morning Meeting (the practice is with loud recitation so that they are used to recite well) and they also do Dhuhur regularly4 times a week. We also introduce what shalat is in the Islamic study.
What is the target of Tahsin- Tahfizh?
For Tahsin, we use the Baligho series which were developed by Hj. Ummi Rif’ah binti KH. Ishaq Khatib. (Her sanad from Rasulullah Muhammad SAW is 32). Students learn how to read Al Qur’an with good tajwid and ghorib.
For Tahfizh, students will follow a moderate training system. They are expected to memorize Juz 30 of the Holy Qur’an by the end of grade 6. Each student progresses at a different pace.
My child has memorized some surahs well, will she repeat from the beginning or she can just continue her practice with the following surahs?
Tahsin- Tahfizh team will do the placement test during the orientation week (before the school starts). Everyone will start with Baligho 1. If students can finish the book fast and pass the Baligho test, they can directly continue to book 2 and so on. For those who have memorized some surahs, the team will check the tajwid and the recitation and students may memorize at their own pace.
What is the difference between Iqro and Baligho?
They are more or less the same as both Tahsin books teach children how to read Qur’an. The difference is the technique of teaching it. For the Tahfizh, Baligho uses specific rhyme in order to memorize well.
Are the teachers of Tahsin- Tahfizh capable of teaching?
The head of the team is Ms. Izzah. She is a hafizhah of 30 Juzes. Mr Yusri 30, Mr Habibi 25 Juz and other teachers are those who memorized below 25 Juzes under Ms Izzah’s supervision.
How does Khalifa IMS prepare students for UN?
We prepare them from Grade 4.
How to introduce Indonesian nationality to grade 1 to 3 as they don’t get PKN and IPS?
We apply ‘Upacara Bendera’ every Monday and Bahasa Indonesia subject to introduce them the national setting of Indonesian stories and Indonesian folktales such as Sangkuriang, Timun Mas, Batu Menangis from West Kalimantan, Jaka Tingkir and Asal- Usul Telaga Biru from Maluku.
Will my child learn more how to read and write Bahasa Indonesia in Bahasa Indonesia subject at school?
We require new students to be able to read and write in Bahasa Indonesia as they will start learning Phonics (reading and writing in English) in KHALIFA IMS. In Bahasa Indonesia subject, Primary 1 will learn about the skills such as reading poem, reading stories, making good sentences, reading comprehension, etc.
What is the Cambridge curriculum?
The Cambridge curriculum is designed to prepare the students to face globalization in era. We are teaching the students to have life skills. The contents of the materials are important but it is more important for the students to learn the skills of how to have the skills of problem solving and thinking skills.
It applies the concept using a concrete- pictoral- abstract (CPA) learning progression to anchor learning in real- world, hands-on experiences.
A passion for learning is one thing that the Cambridge curriculum requires. We want the students to be life-long learners (pembelajar seumur hidup)
I plan to enroll my child to a national school for Junior High school, so what is the benefit of studying Cambridge in KHALIFA IMS?
First of all, as we know, our students work hard to learn Cambridge from grade 1 to 6, so as the output, students will undergo the Cambridge tests in grade 6 and get the certificate as an acknowlwedgement for their 6 year- study.
Second, students who learn a certain language until the age of 12 (minimum), will keep the competency remaining in their brain. The language skills can benefit students to seek for jobs later on in their future.
Student will excel the skills of Cambridge which of are problem solving and critical thinking which help them to understand concepts at any subjects taught.
When is the Cambridge tests taken?
Cambridge tests are taken at the end of grade 5. They are normally administered on the 2nd or 3rd week of April.
If my child fails in Cambridge Tests, what should s/he do?
Cambridge tests focus on the ability to comprehend the questions by mostly reading and writing. The scores indicate how good the students have achieved after the 6 year- study period in primary.
Is there a test for my child before I enroll him/her to KHALIFA IMS National Plus?
We don’t have a test. Instead, we have a School Readiness Observation. This observation aims to assess the child’s readiness to enter our school and to know his/her English ability. If a child does not have serious problems, we can accept him/her (of course depending on available vacant places)
How many classes does KHALIFA IMS plan to open for next school year?
We will open three classes annually. Each class consists of 26 students.
Does KHALIFA IMS accept special need students?
We accept students who are able to read and write in bahasa Indonesia and considered ready for English environmental school.
Why is the classroom set-up differently from conventional/national schools?
It is to engage the students in active and fun learning. They are also free to express their ideas and thoughts. Teachers apply the classroom managements for teaching- learning proccess.
What are the backgroud of the teachers?
Some teachers are post- graduates and most teachers are graduates (S1) from famous universities.
KHALIFA IMS provides continues internal and external teacher trainings for teaching- learning improvements, before and during teaching.
What kinds of extra curricula activities does the School have? How is the community payment?
KHALIFA IMS uses the term ‘ communities’ for extra curricular. We offer various courses: Saman Dances, Drawing, Vocal, Basket Ball, Futsal, Swimming, Archery, Fashion Designing, Taekwondo, Pencak Silat, KPM, Tahfizh, Coding, Phonic and others.
The community payment for the charged ones is settled together with the Monthly Fee every month
Does the school have internal competitions?
We have been conducting events, internal and external. There are around 27 events altogether throughout 1 year, such as Leadership of Multiple Intelligences, entrepreneurship events, field trip and End of Year Performances.
What ‘character building’ can the students have from the school?
We have been implementing 7 Habits of The Leader in Me for students. We combine the 7 Habits with Islamic values through religion subjects (Akhlak). The 7 Habits become the daily routine for students in LDN (Leadership Data Notebook) for students to monitor their learning of how to be leaders for themselves and for others. We would show you the books of what our students study in the class and we would take you to our class tour to see how the 7 Habits of The Leader in Me is implemented in the classrooms.
What kind of Islam does Khalifa IMS practice?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم