Middle School is a time of transformation during which students are becoming young adolescents. They become more reflective, aware of their social responsibilities, and competent in developing their skills ‘to learn how to learn’ and ‘learn how to be.’
School of the Nations’ Middle School Program, for students in grades 6 through 8, builds on the foundations of integral education from elementary school. We provide rigorous, bilingual, college-preparatory academic programs balanced with social, moral, artistic and physical education. Our National and International Programs aim at preparing students for success in higher grades and developing students’ abilities to contribute to bettering the world.
Cognitive growth at this age allows students to think in more abstract and complex ways, skills young people need to prepare for jobs that demand flexible, creative thinking that few were required, or educated, to do in the past.
Pre- and early adolescence are a time of joy, discovery, growth and change during which students seek greater individual freedom and explore new behaviors, attitudes and beliefs. Academically, this phase involves two major transitions – the first, from Elementary to Middle School and the second from Middle to High School. Other transitions students experience between the ages of 10 and 14 include their physical, cognitive, social, personality, language and moral development. Those with a strong support network of sensitive and caring family, teachers and friends are well-prepared to meet the challenges of adolescence and to be successful in middle school.
Our Middle School provides the nurturing, family-like atmosphere of elementary school, but with broader academic activities. The curriculum builds on and extends the academic and social skills learned in elementary and provides a foundation of knowledge and skills essential to success in academics and in life. Classes are limited to 25 students.
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Before entering Secondary School, students take part in the Transition Project, in which they are immersed in their new routine and learn to adapt. Grade 6 is the first year of Secondary School during which students become involved with our Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Program. Students learn to work with educational tools to enhance their learning.
Students in Grade 7 have the opportunity to grow further as they surpass the entry grade level. Students in Grades 6 through 8 begin to study their third language, Spanish. They continue to study this language throughout their Secondary adventure.
In Grade 8, students are given the opportunity to take part in a week-long experiential learning project, which goes across multiple subjects. Our students travel to Historical Cities in Brazil, where they learn about the architecture, art, history, and the way of life during the early years of this region.