While each year group presents an exciting stage of development for students, the Middle School years are a time when students experience physical, emotional and cognitive growth. At BISC South Loop, Middle School students further develop their interests and learn new skills while also encountering new challenges. Our Middle School curriculum responds specifically to the needs of students ages 11 to 14 by enabling independence and interdependence through discrete subject learning and themes, as well as more traditional subject-based learning.
Middle School students study a balanced program of subjects:
- Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
- Design & Technology
- Information and Communications Technology
- Physical Education
- World Language (options are French, Spanish, German and Mandarin)
These courses, taught by highly qualified specialist teachers, follow the English National Curriculum and prepare students for the rigors of High School and also the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The curriculum focuses on skills, which promote self-reflection, and provides students with the opportunity to make sense of their learning. It also encourages students to use the latest media platforms to present their learning and express their thinking.
We are passionate about learning and ensuring that every student has a school experience that will develop a love of learning and the skills and knowledge necessary for success in High School and beyond.
Homework & Assessment
Students use an online homework portal called ManageBac, which records homework assignments and also houses worksheets and other class resources. Each subject sets one homework assignment per week that requires approximately 30 minutes.
Teachers communicate with families about student achievement and progress in four academic reports during the school year. In each report, the teacher describes students' academic and social development and lists targets in for the student to concentrate on before the next report. Our teachers are highly trained in estimating and setting academic targets that challenge student learning.
Advisory & Community Time
Every Middle School student is part of an Advisory group, led by a teacher (Advisor), that meets weekly to provide students with an opportunity to interact with peers in a structured and supervised environment, but outside of academic lessons. It’s also a chance for students to receive mentoring and guidance from their Advisor. Students follow a planned program of social and emotional learning that helps them acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to manage their lives now and in the future.
Students also take part in Community Time on Wednesday afternoons. Community Time prepares them for life after BISC South Loop by supporting their holistic development through varied activities, such as field trips directly related to their studies. There are also leadership opportunities, in-school workshops and numerous community service initiatives.