Middle School Program

Caring for students as they seamlessly transition into secondary school

MIDDLE SCHOOL AT CIS

CIS is not about obtaining the best marks, but about getting students to be the best they can be. We seek to develop students as individuals who achieve their full potential. Therefore, the progression from Elementary to Middle School curriculum is smooth. Cambridge Secondary 1 develops learners’ skills and understanding in Mathematics, English and Science for the first three years of secondary education. It also provides excellent preparation for Cambridge IGCSE and the IB program. Externally created and assessed, Cambridge Checkpoint exams in Math, English, and Science are requisites of the Middle School program. These standardized tests are held in the spring. Students from Grades 6-8 sit the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) tests twice per year, once in the fall and again in the spring. Grade 8 sits only the fall MAP session.

CAMBRIDGE SECONDARY 1

For English, Math and Science, we follow the Cambridge Secondary 1 program. This is a continuation of the Cambridge Primary Program offered in Elementary School so that the transition is seamless. Externally created and assessed, Cambridge Checkpoint Exams occur at the end of Grade 8. Assessment, evaluation and reporting are based on clearly stated curriculum expectations and achievement criteria: skills acquired, developed, and then mastered.

HOW WE WORK

Students are taught by subject specialists. Each teacher is specifically trained to teach their subject, and we have a good mixture of local teachers and expatriate staff. Our classrooms are dynamic spaces where students will work in groups, pairs and individually. They will be encouraged to show their learnings in any different ways – not just with tests and quizzes, but through presentations, peer assessment and demonstrations to name but a few.

THE CONTEXTUAL CONNECT

Contextual Learning (CL) is a big part of MS, with students taking one month out of the year to learn away from the classroom. Each grade has a theme that they follow as part of all their CL activities. Over the last 3 years, CIS has established many links with the local community and organizations that work within it, to help our students better understand where they live. We have three separate excursions that go out each year to Ooty/Coonoor, Kerala and North India. To learn more about CL, please refer to our brochure on the subject.

CLASS STRUCTURE

  • Six teaching periods per day
  • One additional period on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Clubs/Activities
  • One additional period on Wednesdays for Advisory, Assembly & House events
  • All students study English, Math, ICT, Science, PE, Music, Drama & Social Studies

The Curriculum Policy Document for the Middle School Program

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Middle School Curriculum
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Contextual Learning Microsite

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where do your teachers come from?

We have teachers from the US, the UK, South Africa, Canada, and of course India.

Is there an advanced math class?

No. Students are taught in their homeroom groups.

Why do you not do MYP? Would you ever switch?

We believe that the IGCSE Program poses a better academic challenge for students going into IBDP. CIS has no plans to adopt MYP in the near future.

What do you in sciences? How are the labs?

Biology, Chemistry and Physics are covered. Students learn the basic practical skills of investigation, as well as how to use lab equipment.

What field trips do you take?

We explore opportunities in Bangalore. However, due to travel time we keep these to a minimum, undertaking only ones that are truly worthwhile.

Can our children wear any type of hair style?

Yes, provided they are within reason for a learning environment

How strict are you?

CIS is not an overly strict school. However, students are not allowed to get away with unfinished work or poor behavior. We believe in education rather than punishment

How do you help students transition to Middle School?

We have a transition day in May (Grade 5 into 6), where students spend a day in MS. We also host an informative session with parents ahead of this.

Do you have a gifted & talented program? If not, what can be done for gifted children?

We provide opportunities (competitions, primarily) for them to further themselves in their areas of strength. However, all lessons are differentiated , so students should be challenged in all areas, regardless of ability.

ABOUT CIS

CIS is a culturally-rich mosaic, serving each student by providing a world-class international education, nurturing potential, developing life-long skills, and preparing students for an ever-changing global community.

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