During grades 6-8, students experience a dramatic shift in their cognitive abilities as they move from a concrete mode of thought to an abstract level of thinking. To foster this growth, the curriculum is structured to guide students in making connections and identifying relationships among content areas and beyond the classroom. Instruction in critical thinking and study skills is integrated into interdisciplinary units and projects. Independence and organization are stressed throughout the Middle School program as students learn to do research and utilize technology to enhance the acquisition, analysis, communication and presentation of information.
Middle School is a time characterized by diverse physical, emotional, social and intellectual changes. In order to be effective, it is important that our program be responsive to the unique needs of this particular age group. Consequently, we base our program on the following beliefs:
The Middle School program is designed to focus on the unique needs of Middle School-aged students. In a modified block schedule, students in grades 6-8 experience classes in Language Arts, French, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and PE / Health; as well as an exploratory wheel that includes fine and performing arts classes.
Middle School students are encouraged to become involved in extra-curricular clubs, organizations, sports teams and community service projects. AISB is exploring ways to expand this important part of a student’s education.
An advisory period is scheduled 4 times a week for students to meet with their advisers to plan events, hold focused discussions on such topics as study and organization skills, career exploration, communication skills, decision-making, problem-solving, friendship and more. The advisory period is also a time for students to focus on global issues, critical and creative thinking.
Middle School Grading Scale
During the first week of school, teachers will distribute a course syllabus to students that explains the assessment criteria and measures for each course within the school’s established percentage ranges. The grading scale for the Middle School is as follows:
93-100% A Excellent
87-89% B+ Commendable
77-79% C+ Satisfactory
67-69% D+ Poor
Below 60% F Failing