The Middle School program at the International School of Nice begins in grade 6. We are very aware that for students at this stage in their education, the transition from a self-contained learning environment into a multi-classroom and multi-teacher day, although exciting, can often be daunting. At ISN, all returning students will have participated in orientation sessions at the end of grade 5 where they meet the Middle School Coordinator and some teachers, to learn about the academic programs and schedule. They will also have had the opportunity to talk with Middle School students in informal sessions and to participate in mutual activities. New students meet with the Middle School Coordinator and visit the classrooms during the testing day procedures.
All students in Middle and High School are assigned to a homeroom tutor and group. Homerooms meet each morning for the first ten minutes for registration, announcements and other business. The homeroom tutor is the first point of contact for students entering the Middle School and plays a particularly vital role in the first weeks of orientation and settling in. The tutor will continue to provide support, pastoral care and advice throughout the school year. In addition to the homeroom teacher, all grade 6 students will be assigned a "buddy", a grade 11 CAS student who will assist them in the transition process.
As students move through grades 7 and 8, they are encouraged to become increasingly independent learners. Greater responsibility is taken for the organization of work both in and out of school. Middle School students are issued with a homework agenda at the start of each academic year. The agenda is used to record homework each day and as a communication tool for parents and teachers alike. Homework will also be posted online and students are expected to check their class pages daily.