The British International School - BISC
In 2013, a contract was signed between AAF and The British International School BISC stating that AFF would sponsor 2 Gifted & Talented Students to participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) fellowship among International, National and Experimental schools, starting from the academic year 2013/2014.
Students are to be selected according to the same criteria as other students for the IB program in addition to a prescreening conducted by AAF:
- A CAT test in verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning skills conducted at BISC.
- A written test in English and Mathematics based on 2 IB papers conducted at BISC.
- An interview with the student and his/her parents with the Principal.
An offer of admission is to be made by the Principal to the parents of the student, counter-signed by AAF. In accepting the offer, parents will be consenting to the standard rules, regulations and procedures of the school which all students are bound by.
The IB Diploma Program is offered in the sixth form where students (typically between 16 and 18 years of age) prepare for their A-level (or equivalent) examinations. 18 academic subjects are offered and students undertake 3 at Higher and 3 at Standard level. The IB diploma is awarded to those who successfully complete the mixture of course work, formal examinations and extra-mural activities, which provide them with a globally accepted qualification for entry to higher education.
Regular reports will be sent to AAF on the student participation, by consent of the parents to ensure that the main purpose of the fellowship is achieved and on track.
In 2016, 103 students applied for the scholarship from National and official language schools. The applicants were tested using CAT4 exam at BISC and at AAF premises. 6 students only succeeded and took the second exam consisting of English and Math tests. Two new students have been added to our scholarship. Currently, AAF is sponsoring four students at BISC in addition to three graduates during the academic years 2014/2016 and 2015/2016.
Obesschule Kairo - DEO
In 2015, a contract was signed between the AAF and the “Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule Kairo DEO stating that AFF would sponsor up to three Gifted & Talented Students to participate in the N Class programme designed for gifted and talented students after grade 3, starting from the academic year 2015/2016.
Students are to be selected according to the same criteria as other students for the N Class programme in addition to a prescreening conducted by AAF:
- A CAT test in verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning skills conducted at AAF (September / October of the year prior to admission).
- A written test in Arabic, Mathematics and IQ based on DEO selection criteria (November/December of the year prior to admission).
- An interview with the student and his/her parents with the selection committee (January/February in the year prior to admission).
- An observation period at the DEO for evaluation of the social behavior (January/February in the year prior to admission).
An offer of admission is to be made by the Principal to the parents of the student, counter-signed by AAF. In accepting the offer, parents will be consenting to the standard rules, regulations and procedures of the school which all students are bound by. The DEO is entitled to expel a scholarship holder in case of a serious breach of the school regulations analogous to any other student.
It is worth noting that the N-Class (N: New secondary section) is a separate section that starts at grade 4. The whole section is subsidized by the German government by 60 % of its actual cost. Students joining this programme are transferred from other schools not teaching the German language. For the admission of those students into the N-class programme they have to fulfill the below mentioned prerequisites. The N-class is integrated and mixed with the other equivalent three classes in grade 10.
The selection procedure of N-Class students takes place a year prior to admission. The students have to sit for series of tests: Mathematics, Arabic, IQ as well as an observation-period in a classroom environment.
Students eligible to apply for the N-class should fulfill the following criteria:
- Egyptian nationality.
- Successfully passed grade 3 or 4 in a governmental or private school acknowledged by the Egyptian Ministry of Education.
- Completion of nine years of age in July of the year prior to admission or end of September in the year of admission.
- Application for the DEO-internal testing procedure at the beginning of November in the year prior to admission through AAF after having passed the CAT screening.
Regular reports will be sent to AAF on the student participation, by consent of the parents. Should the student’s performance drop under the target level of “1, 9”, the parents/guardian will be informed through the teachers. A 10% reduction of AAF contribution to the school fees at the expense of the parents can be decided by the class conference. The withdrawal of the scholarship is a common decision of AAF and DEO.
In 2016, AAF tested 138 students for the DEO scholarship using the CAT4 exam at AAF premises. 13 students passed and were examined by the DEO School (Math & Arabic). 9 students were eligible for the last stage which is attending one week at school for observation. Out of them, 4 only passed the test. Currently, AAF is sponsoring seven students in the Deo scholarship.