Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)
Developing Future Leaders Who Change the World
Preparing students to lead and to be caring members of our global society is an important part of our mission in the Atlanta International School Middle School.
The transition to the Middle School is a significant step for every student.
Our hands-on and accessible Middle School Principal, faculty, and student support services are here to make that transition as seamless as possible for both students and their families.
Learning in the Middle School is student-driven, as our teachers present concepts and issues and then develop learning opportunities around wherever students’ questions take them. Students work individually and in teams, collaborating with classmates, who come from both here in Atlanta, the US and around the world.
We strive to make learning fun, to connect the learning taking place in the classroom with the outside world so that students see and feel the relevance of what they are studying.
All students in the AIS Middle School study the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program curriculum. All our students also study a language other than their own, from beginner to advanced level, depending on experience.
Read more below about other aspects of the AIS Middle School experience.
Nurturing the Whole Student
Our students enjoy a wide array of subjects, each of equal academic value, to nurture the whole student and develop a broad set of interests. Our curriculum includes:
Arts, Computer Science, Design, Experimental Sciences, Humanities and Language & Literature (both taught in English, French, Spanish or German), Language Acquisition (for Chinese, French, German and Spanish at every experience level), Mathematics and Physical Education.
For more information about our language philosophy and approach to teaching, click here.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) serves as the underlying framework of the Middle School curriculum and prepares students for the rigorous IB Diploma Program (DP), which follows in Grades 11 and 12.
Emphasizing inquiry, action and reflection, the MYP transitions students from transdisciplinary learning to interdisciplinary learning—nurturing that cross-collaboration across at least two distinct disciplines that equip students to make connections and solve problems from multiple angles.
Beyond the Classroom
As we prepare our students for Upper School and life beyond AIS, we provide them with many avenues to show leadership and to explore their passions. Just as the MYP nurtures each child’s individual talents and strengths, so too does the diverse array of opportunities available for our students.
Our Middle School Service as Action encompasses interests from the environment, sign language to community support groups. Our Athletics program has over 10 teams in which around 70% of Secondary School student participate. And our field trip program takes Middle School Students far and wide across Georgia, the US and overseas to develop their collaboration skills and cement friendships.
We support students on their learning journeys
Our students have choice and agency over their learning