The academic programme will be based on the approved curriculum of the FCTA and the Federal Ministry of Education. Admissions into all classes will be quite liberal, based on the assumption that most students have probably not benefited from ideal teaching and learning below the respective levels. The first term at all levels will therefore be devoted to Remedial Studies, in Mathematics, Integrated Science, Written and Spoken English.
ADA will ultimately operate a 6 Day Week programme; especially when full boarding goal is attained. Monday to Friday each week will be devoted to academic learning, while Saturdays will be set aside for vocational education covering such subjects as, Automobile Repairs, Electronic Repair and Maintenance, Software Programming, Computer Graphics, Typewriting, Music and Chess
The playing of Chess as a tool for stimulating orderly thought processes and logical reasoning shall be compulsory for all students. So also would be Music as a tool of spiritual development and meditation. As a mechanism of outreach to the nearby community, all Saturday programmes will be open to children of other schools in Kuje Area Council.
Additionally, Work Study Programmes are also to be mounted during Long Vacation Periods. This will also be open to students from all parts of Nigeria. Each year, at least 2 of the following vocations will be selected for emphasis—Automobile Repairs, Electrical/Electronics, Computer Graphics & Web Design, Fashion Design, Wood Work & Cabinet Making. Lessons for each vocation will be held at ADA, while practical training is to be mounted in collaboration with appropriate Centres at Abuja.
Our Approach to Teaching
ADA is envisaged as a demonstration Institution for the effective utilization of audio—visuals and computer-based multimedia technology. It will therefore fully apply the use of overhead and LCD projectors. We plan to screen the recordings of educational films recorded off the Cable Television Channels of National Geographic and Discovery. There shall be at least 2 Excursions every term, to places of interest within the FCT, around Nigeria and overseas.
Diary and Homework
Students will be encouraged to keep personal diaries to assist them develop their planning and organizational skills, and encourages positive study practices. The planner will be used as a key link for communication between the school and parents. Parents are required to check and sign the diary weekly.
Homework includes those learning activities that are associated with the in-school program and which are completed outside the normal classroom time. Homework is intended to supplement and support in-school experiences. It encourages the development of self-discipline and good work habits; helps to develop positive and enthusiastic attitudes towards independent study and lifelong learning, assists students in preparing for subsequent planned learning activities, and acquaints parents with their student’s in-school learning experiences. Homework is therefore an integral part of the curriculum and is required for all students. Homework gives students valuable practice in working on their own and in applying their learning. Set homework is recorded in the student’s diary.
At Aflon, homework in many forms will form part of all courses. Reasonable amounts of homework will be assigned with consideration for the grade level of the student, the demands of the course loads, and participation in extracurricular activities.
Teachers are expected to assign homework that:
- consists of clearly defined tasks and meaningful and relevant.
- is monitored in a variety of ways.
Students are expected to:
- make every effort to complete homework.
- request clarification or assistance when necessary.
- recognize that attention to homework is essential to academic success.
Parents are expected to:
- provide a quiet area for study.
- allot a specific time for homework nightly.
- assist as knowledge permits.
- inquire regularly about the nature and amount of homework assigned
- consult with the classroom teacher if problems or questions arise.
Students may not complete every homework assignment because of the constraints of time or ability. However, the development of a regular routine of home study and review is a significant factor in student success in secondary school.
Evaluating and Reporting of Student Progress
The intent of evaluation is to ascertain, as accurately as possible, the extent to which each student has met course objectives and to report the results to the students and parents. The results provide valuable feedback regarding the effectiveness of instruction, the suitability of the course objectives, and the areas in which revision may be required.
The school year is divided into three terms with interim reports being issued to the student and parents at any time deemed necessary by the teacher. A mid-term report is issued to every student and an end of term report with final marks is issued to every student.
Sixty (60) per cent shall be the pass mark in all subjects. Students will therefore be encouraged to strive for excellent performance.