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An Overview of Junior High School

In Junior High 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.


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 Student Counselor, academic, and administration team 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 as confident, and enthusiastic learners.

In Junior High 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, German, or Spanish, Arabic Studies, IT, 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.


Within the curriculum framework of Junior High 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 study in depth at least one novel and one play. In addition, our students get to develop their higher-order thinking skills and apply them on a wide range of carefully selected pieces of literature which includes poetry and their Interactive Reader books along with other resources. Hence, students develop their critical reading skills, and text analyses.

Competency of Sciences

In Junior High 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 using 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 Junior High School in Mathematics, students learn problem-solving skills, and reasoning to support their responses. The curriculum covers Integrated Math in grade 7, Algebra and Geometry courses in grade 9. Throughout the year, we are focusing on skills and mathematical literacy which students use in practical situations.

Competency of Social Studies

In Junior High School, students take courses on World Civilizations in grades 7 and 8, and World History I course in grade 9. Throughout the years, students will be able to make connections and compare diverse cultures and historical events to their own. Hands on activities and projects support the students’ learning experiences.

Competency of the Arts
  • students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate inquiry through art and design and the development of materials, processes, and ideas over the course of a year.
  • In Music, students explore their passion in either instrumental or singing.