The Middle School years are often signaled by significant physical, emotional, and social changes for young adolescents. The Middle School program includes grades six, seven and eight, and is designed to help students to be successful through this period of adjustment. Class sizes are small enough so that students are able to receive individualized attention.
Parents are frequently contacted with updates of their child's progress.Report cards are issued quarterly, with progress reports sent to parents mid way through each marking period. Parent conferences are scheduled twice a year, and parents are encouraged to keep in close touch with teachers via e-mail, telephone calls, or personal contact. Teachers meet frequently to discuss the needs of individual students as well as to plan course content so that transitions are as smooth as possible.
We welcome enquiries about any and all aspects of Middle School life here at AIS.
Dr. David Straffon
Middle School Principal
Our Middle School program is based on the American system, but with an international flavor.
Core subjects include Language Arts, Transition Mathematics and Algebra, Humanities, Social Studies, Science, and Modern Languages including German, Spanish, and French. We have strong programs in the arts and music, computing, and health and physical education. English as an Additional Language is offered for students whose native language is not English. Most students in the Middle School take German every year, from beginner to native speaker levels.
Co-curricular activities include interscholastic soccer, basketball, track and field, volleyball, cross-country, and softball. Students are also encouraged to join in the play, student council, chorus, band, and, strings. Exploratory courses in computing, sports, dance, knowledge bowl, art, badminton, and sewing are also offered.
A typical student takes English, Science, Math, Social Studies, Physical Education, German, and a "Wheel" of nine-week exploratory courses such as health, computing, music, drama, and art. The exact course titles vary from grade to grade. French and Spanish are available for students in grades 7 and 8. Classes meet on alternate days for 75 minutes.
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