MIDDLE SCHOOL AT ISI

The ISI Middle School represents the transitional years between elementary and high school. Grades 6 to 8 see students taking on new academic challenges and growing as responsible, independent thinkers.

The Upper School at ISI spans grades 6-12, with the Middle School containing grades 6-8. As Indiana’s only IB continuum World School, the Upper School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme for grades 6-10 followed by the prestigious IB Diploma Programme for grades 11-12.

ISI has chosen to be an IB continuum World School to provide a holistic education experience for our students that complements our approach to language learning and developing internationally minded students who are more than adequately prepared for tertiary education and making a positive contribution to society.

As the International Baccalaureate states, “Students at International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools are given a unique education. They will:

  • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
  • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
  • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

 

School Day

The high school starts its day at 8:00 a.m. and classes end at 3:30 p.m. The student-faculty ratio for high school is around 9:1. Classes are small, typically having between 12 and 16 students. In addition to academic classes the timetable contains an X Block period on three days of the week where students can participate in a range of clubs and activities within the school day.

Service as Action

Throughout the MYP in grades 6-8, students are required to take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond and / or demonstrate a commitment to service - making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. This may occur through action projects that arise from subject courses or involvement in the ISI’s service-learning opportunities.
 

Areas of Study

School News

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The ISI Middle School Athletic Program serves as a great opportunity for students to try a new sport. With the cancelation of the Fall 2020 season, the Middle School Co-Ed Tennis team welcomed many new athletes who had never played a match before.

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Starting the season off with a team of players who were almost all new to the sport, the Middle School Volleyball team showed huge leaps as the season progressed. After a slow start to the season, the team became more and more comfortable on the court. This led to exciting wins the team worked hard for.

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The Boys Varsity Soccer Team had an exciting first season back after a year without competing. The team was able to use the experience of the upperclassmen to help lead the newer players and teach them the basics of the sport. The hard work of each player, paired with the strong team mentality, led ISI to their best record in the past five years, which is 7-4-1. 

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This fall, the Middle School Soccer team competed for the first time in two years - and for many players, the first time. Students focused on building up new skills and working together as a team, balancing the needs of new and experienced players. The Middle School Soccer team finished the season with a record of 3-6-1, with close losses they look forward to making up next year.

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Last week, the High School Boys Tennis team wrapped up their Fall 2021 Season. With a mixture of brand new players and experienced players who had not competed in two years, the 2021 season was full of challenges. The Boys Tennis team finished their season with a record of 5-5. 

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Over the past week, Primary Years Programme (PYP) students at the Lower School have been finishing up their first Unit of Inquiry of the school year. The units are supported by knowledge, concepts, and skills from traditional subject areas such as math, social studies, science, and language arts, but utilize them in a transdisciplinary model.