The Middle School is committed to helping all students achieve their academic and personal potential. The Middle School realizes this commitment by offering a broad and balanced curriculum with a strong academic foundation and a varied exploratory program and extra-curricular program. A strong Advisory program, a Student Support Services program and Service Learning program enhances our ability to support and nurture the intellectual, social and emotional development of adolescent children.
As stated in the AISD vision statement, we want our students to leave our Middle School equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be stewards of a just and sustainable world.
The partnership between school and family is essential to the success of a Middle School student. We look forward to working in partnership to ensure that your child feels included, challenged and successful in our Middle School!
The core curriculum of AISD’s Middle School program consists of:
- Language Arts
- Modern Language (French or Spanish)
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
The courses are grade level appropriate and parallel offerings of similar American international schools. Teachers in each of these core curricular areas share common planning time during the week and use this time to collaborate in the areas of curriculum and instruction. They also use this time to identify and establish cross-curricular links between subject areas.
Exploratory courses are required 9-week courses designed to provide students with a broad and balanced program of study. The Quarterly Exploratory Courses include:
- Design Technology
- Elements of Music
- Information Technology
- Study Skills
Electives are optional one semester or one-year courses that provide students with an opportunity to choose subjects for which they possess an interest. These offerings include:
- Beginning Band
- Concert Band
- Design Technology
- Digital Art
- Peer Leadership
The Advisory Program at AISD is a support system designed to help students feel a sense of belonging and connection to the Middle School. Each student is assigned to a teacher/advocate who is responsible for overseeing that student's total performance and involvement in the Middle School. Middle School advisory groups meet for 30 minutes daily except Tuesdays. The advisory group provides a “home base" for each student as well.
Meeting daily, the advisor has the primary responsibility of monitoring the academic, social and personal well being of each student. Teachers who serve as advisors for the same grade level share common planning time and meet weekly to monitor the implementation of an advisory program. In addition to implementing an advisory program, the grade level advisory teams develop and coordinate an annual one-day class retreat and an annual one-week overnight outdoor/cultural class trip to various locations in Asia. This program is enriched through special programs, which include service learning projects, assemblies and town meetings, and clubs.
The aim of Student Support Services is to ensure that all students in the middle school have the opportunity to be successful by achieving their full developmental and academic potential. Through the Student Support Team, the school provides students with a range of services, which include learning support, English language learning support, and counseling. Our educational community serves students who can be supported by our inclusionary model given the services available.
The Middle School has a vibrant co-curricular program designed to meet the interests and needs of students. Each quarter, Middle School students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of after school and weekend activities, which include intramural sports, games, digital media, art, drama, and music.
Middle school class trips extend and integrate school curriculum within an outdoor/cultural setting. Middle School students travel with their grade level classmates to a particular site in the South Asian/Asian region. Middle School Class Trips are designed to help students develop the AISD Dispositions, which are as follows:
- Open Minded
Each Class Trip will have the following components in place:
Students will develop skills in effective communication, cooperation, and problem solving by taking part in safe and developmentally appropriate outdoor physical and intellectual challenges.
Intercultural and Environmental Awareness
Students will learn about the culture and the ecology of a particular site and region.
Students will take part in a service learning activity(s) that will benefit the local population and/or the environment. Trips sites are chosen and itineraries are developed to ensure that students have a safe and positive learning experience.
We believe that student involvement in the conferences makes learning active, provides opportunities for students to evaluate their performance, and encourages students to accept responsibility for their learning. In addition, this form of conferencing creates a partnership between the home and school that is unparalleled in any other way.
- Stronger sense of student accountability
- Development of student leadership skills
- Greater parental participation in conferences
- Increased teacher focus on standards