Curriculum & Subjects

Horizon Private School - Branch ensures that all students receive a relevant, challenging, and exciting curriculum, organized carefully to deliver academic success. We strive to prepare young people for a full and constructive place in society, helping them to be adaptive and exercise critical judgement.

Curriculum Overview

At home with the traditions and culture of the UAE and embracing the best of current educational practices within the American Curriculum (Common Core State Standards), HPS-Br. carries the interests of each child at the heart of everything it does.

Our sense of community and care for each other is tangible and helps us to ensure that all of our students develop the character and skills required for life-long learning, alongside a deep sense of tolerance, respect, and social responsibility.


Our warm and welcoming classrooms provide an inspiring environment where students can enjoy inquiry-based learning, which poses questions, problems, or scenarios, rather than simply presenting dry facts. It is about triggering and activating students’ curiosity to learn about and discover the world.

HPS-Br. provides an American Curriculum (Common Core State Standards), education within an international context in Abu Dhabi. It is a curriculum that responds to each individual child’s personality so he or she can learn, mature, and develop in different ways. Each student is known personally to the teachers and is nurtured and encouraged to do his/her very best.

Students are supported in their mission to explore and think creatively and are involved in a goal-setting process that follows a very clear and straightforward pathway that helps to provide specific feedback and self-evaluation.

Our broad and balanced curriculum gives students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, concepts, skills, and attitudes. Through cross-curricular integration, they benefit from the My Identity Program and obtain essential knowledge of the Emirati culture.

Elementary School (Grades 1–5)

As our students continue their journey through school, our curriculum and expectations grow and change to ensure that everyone has the best possible education and is equipped to take advantage of the many opportunities available at HPS-Br.

There is a balance between academic life, social life, and personal interests. We recognize the value of individual students and the importance of nurturing every aspect of their lives – intellectual, creative, emotional, and physical. Furthermore, we believe in encouraging students to seize opportunities from the broad range of activities on offer. Consequently, the foundation of a student’s character is formed and the vital quality of confidence is being developed.

Being a community-based school located in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, HPS-Br. also focuses on healthy living and safety. Students exercise every morning, and routine discussions are held on healthy food and the vitamins they contain. There is no junk food in our students’ lunchboxes. In addition, we teach how important it is to be safe on the bus, as well as in the playground, classroom, and laboratory.

By the time they leave Elementary School, our students will have had the chance to sing in a choir, speak and write three languages (English, Arabic, and French), play a variety of sports, conduct their own experiments in the science laboratories, dance, learn origami and sign language, and so much more besides!

Middle School (Grades 6–8)

Continuing to cultivate a love for learning, curiosity, creativity, and resourcefulness, students in Grades 6 to 8 are exposed to a wide range of subjects, from the sciences and social sciences through to the arts and languages. We actively endeavor to develop each child’s individual talents, build his/her self-esteem, and encourage his/her leadership skills.

At HPS-Br., the opinions of students are heard and there is zero tolerance to bullying in order to help ensure that students enjoy their education and reach their full potential. Whether stretching academic high-flyers to even greater heights, or supporting students to achieve things they never thought possible, we are committed to preparing students for the high school years, rewarding their progress with a variety of awards, prizes, and initiatives.

Parents are partners with us on this journey, too. Their voices are heard and their opinions are taken into consideration. Parents understand that at HPS-Br. their children are unique individuals and not just numbers. They are kept in the light regarding their children’s progress and receive progress reports from teachers on a regular basis.

Being an Abu Dhabi based school with an international vision and an American Curriculum (Common Core State Standards), HPS-Br. encourages its students to think outside of the box and take responsibility for their own lives, emphasizing individuality alongside a sense of community.

With classes that do not exceed 30 students, teachers provide personalized attention, support, and care, thus making sure that students learn the values and skills that will sustain them wherever they find themselves in the future.

High School (Grades 9–12)

HPS-Br. High School offers students a carefully balanced combination of challenge and support, with the goal of preparing them effectively for higher education.

As part of the curriculum, students are prepared to sit for the SAT and IELTS/TOEFL examinations. It is also mandatory for all students in Grade 10 to take the PSAT exam. Advanced Placement (AP) classes are optional for students based on their academic ability, and HPS-Br. is a test center for AP examinations.

Our Guidance Counselor assists the students in choosing their courses based on their college and career goals, interests, and academic performance. Moreover, the counselor helps students with the application process and with meeting college/university entrance requirements by arranging campus college visits and university fairs; providing school transcripts showing subjects taken and grades earned; and assisting with personal statement/college entrance essays, and with registering for standardized tests.

With a 100% success rate in Arabic and Islamic Ministry exams, SAT, TOEFL, and IELTS, we are justifiably proud of our academic results as year after year our students get accepted at leading universities all over the world.

We expect high standards of achievement, with students able to manage assignments and research independently and communicate confidently and effectively. We recognize the value, dignity and contribution of each student, fostering self-discipline, a sense of worth, mutual respect, and co-operation within an atmosphere of friendship and an appreciation of the ambitions and gifts of others.