Iranian Curriculum

Iranian Curriculum

The education system in Iran is divided into two main levels: primary education and high-school education. All children spend six years of their lives at primary level from age six to 12 and attend high school from age 12 to 18. Primary education is compulsory.

There is a national exam at the end of primary school based on the school subjects to enter middle school. These include Mathematics, Science, Persian literature, Social Sciences, and Theology. The results of the exams are not determined by numerical scores but use the terms 'excellent', 'good', 'satisfactory' and 'needs further improvement'.

Key Features

The school year in Abu Dhabi is from September to June/July.

  • Elementary KG – Grade 5
  • Middle Grade 6 - 8
  • High Grade 9 - 12

Al subjects are taught in Farsi with the exception of English, Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass all subjects in High school (Grade 10 to 12) and the total average must not be less than 10 (out of 20).

The final mark of a student in maximum 4 subjects (2 internal and 2 board exams) must be 7 or greater (out of 20) and the total GPA is minimum 10 then student will graduate.

Grade  No of Subjects No of Units 
 10 14 35
11 15 35
12 13 35

How does a student achieve the Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma (Equivalency)?

The following conditions of equivalency apply:

  1. Pass the UAE Ministry of Education Arabic Studies exam in Grade 12. This can be taken as either Native Arabic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Arabic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).
  2. Pass the UAE Ministry of Education Islamic Studies exam (Muslim Students only) in Grade 12. This can be taken as either Native Islamic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Islamic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).
  3. The school have to apply the curriculum applied in the country of origin.
  4. The school concerned have to synchronize their test schedules & timings with those of their native country.
  5. Certificates carrying the name of the schools have to be issued by the Education Board or Ministry of Education of the native country.