Academic Program for Grades 6 to 9
We offer students a program designed to provide an academically challenging, yet nurturing learning experience that builds on the skills mastered in the earlier grades.
Students enter grade 6 as children and graduate from grade 9 as responsible young adults, with the relationships and resources needed to prepare for high school and thrive as they begin the transition to adulthood.
Critical Thinking Integrated With Technology
In a 1:1 Technology environment, our Middle School programs emphasize the development of critical thinking skills, higher order thinking and problem solving by integrating curriculum content with the best technology available.
We provide a well-rounded education in our students through rigorous reading and writing, both in English and Spanish. These skills provide continuity across our curriculum and engage students in courses on language arts, math, science, social studies, encouraging independent thought and application of learning.
Character Development and Personal Growth
Additionally, our students take physical education, civics courses and choose one of three different music specialties - choir, band, or percussion- based on their individual ability.
We also emphasize character development and promote personal growth through a vigorous values program, advisory program, digital nation program, and social responsibility campaigns. Teachers act as guides and coaches for students as they develop their Personal Learning Plans.
Global and Compassionate Leaders
Students gain a global perspective thanks to the Touchpoints program. They collaborate remotely year-round with peers around the world and tackle current issues via Wikis and videoconference sessions. They address the problem from different perspectives, through research, discussion and debates.
Additionally, grade 9 students participate in the Interims program. For a week they get a hands-on experience on a variety of topics that may require them to travel to places such as China, Japan, Italy, Orlando, Thailand, and Costa Rica.
Students from grades 7 to 9 grade strengthen their leadership skills thanks to our Model United Nations course, where they gain discussion and debate abilities, learn the model united nations simulation protocol and understand international affairs. They also learn about democratic and citizenship processes by voting, campaigning and electing their Student Government officers.
Middle School Leadership Team
Middle School Principal - San Agustín Campus
She has been the Middle School Principal at San Agustin Campus since 2009. Prior to working at ISR, she worked as an IB English Language Arts teacher at Prepa Tec Santa Catarina, where she also designed curriculum, and taught bicultural and remedial courses. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Music and minoring in Psychology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada; a Masters Certificate from Monterrey TEC in Educational Counseling; a Master in International Teaching from Framingham University. She completed the Principal’s Training Center program in Miami, USA. As a semi-professional singer, Jessica performs locally and has participated in events to support different charities throughout her career in different cities in Canada and Mexico. She often lends her vocal talent to raise money for causes such as addiction centers and La Gloria Community.
Middle School Vice Principal - San Agustín Campus
She has been part of the San Roberto family since 2005, where she has also been a middle school math teacher. She is also member of different committees such as, School Improvement Team and Math Curriculum among others. She holds a BBA degree in International Marketing from Universidad de Monterrey and a Master in International Education from Framingham State University in Massachusetts.
Roberto de la Garza
Middle School Principal - Valle Alto Campus
He has been with the school since 2003, where he has also served as Middle School teacher, Science Curriculum Leader, Discipline Sub-committee leader, Curriculum Coordinator, and Director of Academic Affairs. He has a Dental Degree from UANL with a specialty in Oral Surgery by ISSSTE, a Master in International Education from Framingham State University and a Certificate of International School Leadership by the Principal´s Training Center for International School Leadership. He has actively participated in the SACS/AdvancEd accreditation and improvement process of ISR. Two years ago, he and a group of ISR colleagues decided to work together on their art skills and he has been painting several pieces since then.
Middle School Vice Principal - Valle Alto Campus
She has a Bachelor Degree in Applied Linguistics from UANL and a Masters Degree in Education from Framingham State University. She has also earned a degree as an English/Spanish Translator and Instructor from TEC de Monterrey. She has been working in the education field for the last 26 years, 18 of those primarily at ISR Middle School. Her responsibilities outside of the classroom have included Model United Nation Advisor, and Curriculum and Grade Level Leader.