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Middle School

Grade 7  Grade 9 (Ages 12 to 15) 

The ISB learning experience in the Middle School is one in which, at a time of rapid intellectual and personal change, students strengthen their independent learning skills and begin to pursue specific learning interests.

Middle School provides adolescent learners with opportunities to explore challenging and engaging learning opportunities in an environment designed to nurture empowerment, passion, creativity and collaboration in real-world contexts. The Middle School is also about integrity. Determination. Empathy. Resourcefulness. Connectedness. A thirst for knowledge. Adaptability. Confidence, kindness and respect.

Dr. Mike Crowley, Middle School Head


Sample Schedules

Curriculum Summary

Art and Design

ISB Middle School offers a comprehensive range of course options for students that are in addition to the core academic programme. These elective courses represent our commitment to offering high-quality personal learning opportunities to our students.

Visual Art

At ISB, we believe in the creative learner. Humans have always expressed their interpretations of the world through a rich range of creative media. Visual Arts can influence societal development by challenging commonly held perspectives with creative ideas.

Performing Arts

At ISB, we believe that Performing Arts plays an integral role in every student's academic career. Throughout their time at ISB, students can get involved in Music, Theatre Arts, and Theatre Design. Students become aware of their own personal and cultural perspectives while developing an appreciation and understanding of the diversity of performing arts practices and their impact on humanity and culture as a whole.

Physical Education

At ISB, we believe in developing physically literate learners in a safe and positive environment. A physically literate learner understands that literacy is cultivated in a process where learners have confidence and competency in movement and can apply their understanding and skills in a variety of environments.

Student Support Services

We are both proactive and responsive in terms of offering student centered supports that promote physical and mental health, and wellness, optimal learning opportunities and interventions through a range of support services. It is a whole child approach.


Mathematics at ISB focuses on helping students understand how we can use the symbolic language of mathematics to describe, model and predict features of the world around us. This naturally involves mastering basic computation skills, mathematical symbols and operations.

Social Sciences

Social Sciences at ISB focuses on helping students understand how our social world works and how the social world interacts with the physical world. Social sciences brings together ideas and concepts from the fields of history, geography, economics, sociology and psychology.


Science at ISB focuses on helping students understand how the physical world works. Science brings together ideas and concepts from the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics.

English Language Arts

English Language Arts at ISB focuses on helping students understand that there is something essentially human about our desire to and capacity for telling stories, and that we gain an understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us through stories.

English Language Development

For learners who have not yet reached the level of proficiency in English necessary to access the subject area curricula, ISB provides a programme of English Language Development. 


The language programmes at ISB aim, to the greatest extent possible, to support all ISB students to become proficient users of more than one language.