Middle School

Discovering Yourself – Grade 6 to 8

The FIS Middle School strives to create an environment in which the unique needs of early adolescents are central, allowing them to flourish academically, socially and emotionally. While the Middle School links the Elementary and High School programs, it has a particular role in cultivating the habits and skills necessary for transitioning into life-long independent learners.

A normal Middle School day runs from 8:30 to 15:40 Mondays to Thursdays and 8:30 to 14:00 on Fridays.

Grades 6 to 8 enjoy a rigorous and challenging curriculum using the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP at the FIS is made particularly relevant to young adolescents through the use of a variety of learning strategies and teaching approaches focused on developing the uniquely malleable habits, or Approaches to Learning (ATLs), of this age group. The formation of self-identity and character traits that occurs during these years significantly shapes the future of the students, and we greatly value our partnership with parents to ensure that the most effective academic learning and character development is achieved.

In the MYP curricular framework, all students study a First Language, a Second Language (or a second First Language), Mathematics, Science, Individuals and Societies, Arts, Physical and Health Education and Design. Additionally, all Middle School students also choose between project-based Exploratory classes such as Coding, Discrete Mathematics or Photography, OR Spanish as another additional language. In addition, the curriculum is enriched through residential and day long field trips emphasizing experiential learning and community building. A progam of co-curricular activities, such as Student Council and sports also supports the development of leadership as well as physical literacy.

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Following a process of review instigated by the FIS Strategic Plan 2012-2017, in 2016 the FIS decided to adopt the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (MYP). At this stage in the school’s growth the IB MYP will be the most appropriate curricular framework for providing the rigorous and engaging curriculum that students need in the middle school.

A timeline of the implementation of MYP at the FIS is included below:

 Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9Grade 10