An Overview of Middle School

In Middle School, we want to promote intercultural understanding and respect among students. This is an essential part of the 21st century skills. We want to promote education and knowledge as a way of engaging with the world and the community, helping students to find the balance between striving for individual expression and group activity.

Aims

Parallel to students’ cognitive growth at this age in grasping more complex information, they also undergo physical changes that can create a sense of imbalance that could affect their social and emotional status. At CIS, the Guidance Counselor and Academic Advisor help students cross this phase to ensure that they achieve required learning outcomes that will help them succeed not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well. Students are challenged to use their skills and knowledge in creative ways, which helps in developing confident, and enthusiastic learners.

In the Middle School, students start to move from one classroom to another; they become more responsible for their own learning. Time management is an essential skill along with organizational skills that are developed at this age. Curricular emphasis is on reinforcing the core skills already acquired in earlier years. Courses include English, Social Studies, math, science, Foreign Language study in either French or German, Arabic Studies, ICT, the arts (music and visual art) and physical education.

Research indicates that peer learning is one of the most successful strategies used by educators. Accordingly, students will often be assigned group work on independent projects. The curriculum is progressive in its focus on depth of learning over breadth of exposure, its project- and problem-based orientation and its interdisciplinary nature.

Objectives

Within the curriculum framework of Middle School, CIS students will be able to:

  • Take responsibility for their actions
  • Conduct research and present written work in all subject areas identifying the resources and citations.
  • Acquire higher order cognitive skills
  • Interpret and analyze case studies and literary work
  • Identify problems and provide solutions across all subject areas
  • Acquire persuasive and debate skills
  • Conduct oral presentation using up-to-date technology
  • Interact with others on social and academic levels
Competency of Language Arts

In Language Arts students continue to develop their writing and reading skills. This is reinforced through their exposure to world literature. Each year students will study a novel and a play, in addition to poetry and their Interactive Reader books. Students develop their critical reading skills, and text analyses; they

Competency of Sciences

In Middle School students are exposed to the different branches of science. Through using the different modules of Science Fusion, students explore concepts in physics, biology, astronomy, chemistry, earth science, and environmental science. The emphasis is on making abstract concepts concrete through the use of science labs as students are required to record their work Moreover, students will be required to conduct field trips recording their observations and findings.

Competency of Math

Across Middle School the Core Mathematics, students learn problem-solving skills, and reasoning to support their responses. The curriculum covers fractions, decimals, ratios and percentages, measurement, graphing, pre-algebra and geometry.

Competency of Social Studies

In Middle School, students complete a 3 year course of an Introduction to Geography, the study of the Eastern World, and the Western World. This is supplemented by the online student access to their course work. Throughout the years, students are able to make connections and compare different cultures and historical events to their own. Hands on activities and projects support the students’ learning experiences along with the School Without Walls Week.

Competency of the Arts
  • In Middle School students develop their artistic skills, and techniques. They learn about the different types of cultures and through Art History.
  • In Music, students explore their passion in either instrumental or singing.