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Middle School
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Middle School
Middle School

 

At ISB, Middle School is a time for exploration and personal development as well as for the formation of healthy academic habits. We believe in strengthening students as well-rounded members of the community who learn through collaborative study and service in a caring environment with enough flexibility for them to experiment and tailor their learning. ISB Middle School students pursue their interests and learn in a way that is relevant to them. 

Many of our core subjects are divided into theme-based units, which allows students to engage with elements that spark their imagination. In other subjects, students can evaluate their academic performance and choose a track that will challenge them at an appropriate level. With a high degree of project-based learning and integration across disciplines in the Middle School, our educators work together in small teams to monitor student progress and ensure academic differentiation in accordance with individual ability.

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+3 hours of Chinese taught each week

1:8.5 student to teacher ratio

+100 enrichments offered

+65 field trips/experiential opportunities

1.3 hours of mentoring each week

Every Middle School student will experience new activities and discover their passions. Each quarter, they can choose an interest to pursue or academic group to take part in during their Enrichment periods. All students in the Middle School have the opportunity to be part of a sports team or performing arts group during after-school activities,"..to provide students with the opportunity to explore learning experiences without the formality of an assessed curriculum..." which emphasize inclusiveness and teamwork.

We offer a number of leadership opportunities to students through clubs and other activities, and our Student Council plays an active role in the Middle School, bringing the community together to raise funds for charitable organizations and host events.

 

Near the beginning of the academic year, our Middle School students venture off campus to explore China and get to know their peer group. These learning experiences are designed for team building; they help students to form strong relationships, build resilience and learn how to work well with one another. Our Mentoring classes provide an important setting for developing healthy relationships and a sense of identity aligned with ISB’s Core Values.

ISB’s Whole Child approach values young learners’ physical and social-emotional health along with their academic performance. We focus on students’ overall well-being and want them to have a keen sense of responsibility for themselves and their community.

Counseling

The mission and goal of the MS Counseling Department is to meet the developmental needs of adolescents with an array of appropriate counseling services. Our goals are to help students adjust to life in the Middle School, to facilitate the development of social strategies as well as problem-solving skills, and to help students become holistic learners within and outside of school.

Our counseling team works with students and their parents to ensure a smooth transition to Middle School and ongoing success. They work closely with all Middle School teachers to provide classroom guidance lessons which are embedded in the scheduled mentoring sessions throughout the school year.

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Middle School News
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Four champion language speakers would know that ISB dai biao le shi jie ji de yu yan xiang mu he shuang yu chen jin ke cheng translates as ISB has a world-class Chinese and dual language program.

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Watch our video compiling community members’ photos and testimonies of four decades of challenging and joyful learning.

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In ISB’s Peer Tutoring Center, students tutor fellow students. Both parties see big benefits, as this year’s graduating Peer Tutors explain.

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‘With snow gently falling, each of the older children picked up their desks and marched across the street and into their new schoolhouse.’

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