Middle School (5-8)

“At no other time in the life cycle are the changes of finding one’s self and losing one’s self so closely aligned.”

~ Erik Erikson

Welcome to AISL Middle School!

At AISL we serve students in grades 5–8 in classes of approximately 20 students. We follow an American curriculum, providing students with a rigorous program based on AERO Plus standards. Instructional programming is centered around the Middle School model and philosophy that considers the unique needs of the early adolescent as a learner and as a person. Students ages 10-15 are experiencing the most rapid and significant changes of their lives physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially, with the second to children between the ages of birth to three years.

Because our teachers understand the need to teach the whole child, we offer Core classes that include English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, as well as classes that allow students to explore their interests. Specialist courses include World Languages of French and Spanish. Besides technology integration, courses are taught in Media, Technology and Yearbook. We have a middle school Band program and also offer Visual Arts, Physical Education and Health, Public Speaking and Character Development.

Another very important part of the Middle School program at AISL is Advisory. Students meet in small grade-level groups with an Advisor at the start and end of each week. During these times, students are engaged in a structured set of activities designed to develop their sense of independence, responsibility and belonging. With strong connections to an adult that a student believes really cares about them, students are more likely to learn the executive function skills that will further the chances of them fulfilling their dreams. Advisory not only makes a significant impact on individual students, it also helps to support a positive overall school climate.

Advisors also assist students in the self-reflective process of 3-Way Goal Setting Conferences between parent-student and Advisory in the Fall. They decide together what pieces of their work best demonstrate their learning and growth toward their goals. These samples are collected and shared in the Spring by students through the use of Spring Student-Led Conferences.

In addition to a rigorous academic program, AISL offers students leadership opportunities in student government and National Junior Honor Society, as well as a wide range of after school activities and sports including Scouting, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Math Counts teams, and more.

AISL Middle School is a great place to experience adolescence. Along with a strong alignment with the Middle School Philosophy expressed by the Association of Middle Level Educators, over 50 nations are represented among our student body. This, coupled with an amazingly dedicated and diverse staff of teachers, assistants, coaches and other support personnel, it is no wonder students often tell us that AISL is the best school they have ever attended.