Program

All curricular and co-curricular programs in the middle school aim to fulfil the ISK Mission, Vision and Educational Aims. In order to prepare middle school students for a rapidly changing world, we provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to take responsibility for their lives, to address life's challenges, to become responsible citizens and to be creators of knowledge.

We recognize that students have different needs and learning styles and teachers work to ensure that the delivery of the academic and non-academic programs allow each student to be successful.

MS Program Features

MS Overview

The 4 R's of the ISK Middle School:

The ISK middle school offers a rigorous program appropriate for the age and development of middle level learners with exposure to a variety of academic, physical and creative activities. Our standards-based curriculum is concept-based and designed to foster innovation, critical thinking, and curiosity. We strive to support the emotional and physical growth of our students through our advisory program, health education, and a variety of co-curricular activities. Within our rigorous program, we embrace flexibility to meet the unique personal and academic needs of diverse learners to provide an inclusive and fun learning environment that fosters a passion for learning.

Relevance is at the heart of our middle school. Our program provides students with multiple opportunities to make connections across the curriculum and with their lives. The ISK Middle School curriculum is dynamic, based on the needs of 21st century learners, and incorporates best practices in education. There are also numerous opportunities for students to make

Our middle school is a safe and nurturing environment with an ethos of caring and compassion. Relationships are of primary importance to middle level learners, as peers begin to have a much bigger influence than parents and teachers. We recognize this critical part of adolescent development and have structures in place to support positive peer relationships. Our middle school is organized into grade level teams where individual student needs and concerns are brought to the table, and plans are created to address those needs. Our advisory program also provides our students with an adult advocate, guide, and mentor. connections beyond the walls of ISK, through our various Inter-Cultural Trips and service learning programs.

Developing both personal and social responsibility is at the foundation of our middle school program. Our middle school program supports the development of students’ time management and organizational skills. All students participate in service learning projects in the Nairobi area throughout the year, an area where students develop a sense of social responsibility.

We provide multiple opportunities for parents to become involved in ISK as education is a shared responsibility among home, school, and community.

Academic Program

Middle School includes grades 6, 7, and 8 and students range in age from 11 to 13 years. The academic schedule follows a block system; all classes meet three times per week.

The MS academic program is built around the following academic areas:
* English * Social Studies * Modern Language (Spanish/French)
* Science * Mathematics


The following required subjects offer students the opportunities to develop skills and interests within the broader curriculum.

* Art * Drama * Health
* Music * PE




Exploratory or elective courses allow students to explore additional areas of interest. Examples of these courses, which rotate on a yearly basis, include:

* Movel * Novel Studies
* Thinking Olympics
* Robotics * Workshop * Virtual Yearbook

Click here for MS Course Descriptions

Curriculum On Line

Access each subject areas' philosophy, standards and benchmarks here.

Assessment

How do we know students are learning? We believe that asessment is the continuous process of gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence so students and teachers can make informed decisions that enhance student learning. Click here for more information about ISK's assessment policy and grading practices.

Student Support Services

ISK strives to meet the needs of all its students. There is a wide range of curriculum support services established to achieve this. For more information on these service, refer to these sites.

Inter-Cultural Trips

All students participate in the intercutural trips. The Inter-Cultural Trips provide experiences that deliberately reinforce both inter-disciplinary learning and
character development including personal responsibility. that are uniquely possible by leaving the campus for an extended period of time. Such experiences may fall into three broad categories, each of which focuses on a combination of elements within the Aims:

  • Service and leadership
  • Adventure and personal challenge
  • Creative inquiry and design application

The Intercultural Trips are closely linked to the curriculum at each grade level and not only extend the learning that takes place in the classroom, but provide lifelong memories.

Grade LevelLocationCurriculum Focus
6Lake BaringoRift Valley Geography/Geology
7Ol Pejeta - Irura School
Environment, Service and Technology
8The Mara
Me to We Foundation and Maasai Culture

Advisory Program

Each student is assigned to an advisory group. The teacher/advisor meets with the students several times each week. The advisor's role is to give guidance to the students as well as act as a student advocate if academic or social issues arise.

Co-Curricular Program

The Co-curricular program is essential to student development as it provides a structure for experiences that reinforce the curiculum and extend student learning.


More information about the ISK Middle School can be found in the 2017/18 Handbook

MS Handbook

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