The Middle Years: 6th – 8th Grade
Middle School is an excellent entry point for students seeking an internationally focused education in a nurturing, safe environment. The middle school years present challenges as youth face new horizons and possibilities. Early puberty and mid-adolescence is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a program that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world.
At MIS, students mature among peers and learn to embrace new possibilities with creativity, cooperation and connection. In the middle school program, MIS prepares students to excel in a world society. Through a holistic approach to learning, MIS encourages the middle school child to meet and exceed his or her individual potential.
Middle school faculty members plan collaboratively and work closely with students to explore the interrelationships among traditional academic disciplines (English, Humanities, Spanish, Sciences, Mathematics, Technology, Arts and Physical Education). Small class sizes and significant student teacher interaction create an environment that provides a strong sense of self, independence and responsibility.
MIS’s middle school emerges under the curricular framework provided by the IBO’s Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP is designed for students to develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world through the study of traditional subject areas such as Math, Science, English and Humanities.
Middle school students new to MIS will begin learning Spanish as a second language; graduates of MIS’ primary grades program will continue to hone their Spanish language skills. All other subject areas are taught in English.
Preparation for a Bright Future
MIS graduates are prepared to succeed in their future academic exploits as principled global citizens and lifelong learners. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts. MIS middle school teachers provide a challenging, collaborative framework for this learning process.