Our Middle School Learning Program (Grade 6-8) is aimed at providing students with authentic learning experiences through interdisciplinary units built around central concepts, competencies, and character traits. Learning experiences are designed to be relevant and engaging, drawing on local illustrative content from students’ own school, country, and cultural contexts. In order to build intrinsic motivation and to grow as learners, students are given autonomy and choice, where possible, in how they explore different concepts and in how they are assessed.
Learning is built around a culture of collaboration with teachers and peers as well as through working with and seeking feedback from experts from within the school and the wider community. The focus on rigor is defined by the quality rather than the quantity of work that students produce. Much of the learning is centered around projects that involve a culminating public demonstration of learning that has an authentic purpose and audience.