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Foundations of ISB’s Middle School
- Language Immersion
- Interdisciplinary Curriculum
- Holistic Approach
- In-Depth Personal Project
About Middle School
ISB will open Middle School beginning with 6th Grade in September 2012. 7th and 8th Grade, as well as Upper School, will follow in subsequent years. Middle School students enroll in one of three programs of study: English, English/French, or English/Spanish, all of which offer a balanced and rigorous academic curriculum following the Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP framework allows individual schools to incorporate multiple curricula into the scope and sequence planning for each course. ISB’s program is informed by curricular resources from the United States as well as Francophone and Hispanophone countries.
ISB is committed to language acquisition in an immersion environment, developing bilingualism in all aspects of life. This is reflected in our course offerings as well as our school environment, from the multilingual library to intercultural community events. Students in the bilingual programs need to be proficient in both languages (English/French or English/Spanish), with proficiency defined as a level at which the student feels comfortable interacting, reading, and writing in an academic setting. ISB teachers use multiple resources to ensure that the curriculum is accessible to students.
IB Middle Years Programme
The Middle Years Programme (MYP), designed for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge within an international environment. It encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world and become critical and reflective thinkers.
The MYP consists of eight traditional subject groups integrated through five areas of interaction that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. Students are required to study two languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education, and technology. In the final year of the MYP (ISB’s 10th grade), students also engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understanding and skills they have developed throughout the program. The MYP prepares students for the academic rigors of the Diploma Programme. Learn more about IB at www.ibo.org.