We LOVE our new building! Our Middle School community moved into the building in January 2021 and we feel so lucky to have such an incredible space for teaching and learning according to our ISK values and beliefs.
Our Priorities for the new MS Building:
Be accessible: Wheelchair and washroom access ADA code
Have an appealing design
Facilitate the ISK learning goals (ISK’s educational aims, personalized learning, inclusion, technology, integrated learning)
Reflect the Middle School philosophy – teaming/collaboration, meeting developmental needs of our students
Plan for growth, provide for an increase in student numbers
Embrace the natural environment
Have natural light, consider airflow and rain (have covering when walking between classes), consider weather
Incorporate elements that appreciate that we are in Kenya
Have flexible learning spaces – outside balconies, large spaces, flexible spaces outside the classroom
Fit in with the architecture of the school
Our new space has some incredible features – large classrooms with outside learning patios, glass doors that can be open for lots of airflow (we didn’t realize how good our planning was for a pandemic at the time!), a teaching kitchen, a multi-purpose space, a black box theater, a gorgeous conference room on the roof with glass walls amidst the treetops, a Life-Centered Education room as we launch our more intensive needs program for grades 6-9 next year, and 6 large open-air rooftop spaces that have proven to be invaluable for lunch rotations and other safe uses for larger groups as we welcomed students back on campus in the pandemic.
Check out this video highlighting more of this gorgeous building!
Compiled by Dr. Alexa Schmid
Middle School Principal
All curricular and co-curricular programs in the Middle School aim to fulfill 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.
Our Middle School is filled with a highly diverse group of enthusiastic and energetic learners. ISK students in grades six through eight (ages 11-14) are continuously discovering new things about the world around us and themselves. ISK offers a broad range of programs and support to this age group: academic, creative, social, and physical & emotional wellness. A day in the Middle School is perhaps one of the most interesting experiences on the ISK campus. Classrooms and activities are filled with questions and curiosity.
- MS Overview
- MS Academic Program
- Student Support Services
- Inter-Cultural Trips
- Advisory Program
- Co-Curricular Program
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.
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.
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:
|*Humanities (Integrated English and Social Studies)|
* Modern Language (Spanish/French/Kiswahili)
|* Science||* Mathematics|
The following required subjects offer students the opportunities to develop skills and interests within the broader curriculum.
|* Art||* Drama|
|* Music||* PE (With Integrated Health)|
|* African Drumming||* Drama|
|* Art||* Kenyan Studies|
7th and 8th graders can choose from a variety of electives such as:
|* Movel||* Game Design
|* How to train your robot||* Green Space||* Yearbook|
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.
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:
All students participate in the intercultural 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 Level||Location||Curriculum Focus|
Conservation Education, Service Learning and Outdoor Adventure
|7||Ngare Ndare Forest||
Environmental Education, Service, Adventure and Culture & Community
|8||The Mara||Me to We Foundation and Maasai Culture
The ISK Middle School is dedicated to meeting the unique physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of students as they transition from childhood to adolescence. Through a system that fosters rigor, relevance, relationships, and shared responsibility, our middle school strives to meet the ISK Vision, Mission, and Educational Aims in developmentally appropriate ways.
ISK supplies students with necessary textbooks, workbooks and other materials directly related to their courses. These must be returned in good condition at the end of the year. Students are required to provide general school supplies. They can bring some from home and purchase others locally.
Grades 6, 7, 8 –School Supplies
All students will be provided with a Supply Bag during the first week of school. It will contain:
Subject Dividers (for binders)
Teachers will also have supplies in their classrooms for students, such as glue sticks, binders, paper, notebooks, homework planners, etc.
Additional Items to be purchased by Students:
- French/English pocket dictionary
- Spanish/English Pocket Dictionary
- PE Uniform available for purchase at ISK (Ksh. 2,000.00)
- Running shoes or Multi-sport shoes (''SKATE SHOES'' are not acceptable)
- Swimsuit and Towel (Girls may only wear a one-piece – no two-piece suits are allowed)
- Goggles-recommended but not required
- Water bottle
- Proper Training shoes
- Geometry Kit (including compass & ruler)
- (2) Post-it Notes - square (76mm x 76mm)