Middle School

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At the International School of Nice, the middle school provides for children ages 11 to 14 and follows the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

The middle school is in the secondary area, complete with classrooms, a library, a language room, an art studio, a music studio, an IT room, a theatre, a gymnasium, outdoor sports facilities and recreational areas.

Students journey through Grades 6 to 8 before transitioning into Grade 9 in high school.

In middle school, we guide our learners through academic and social achievements in a convivial atmosphere.

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Our 20-strong team of teachers, with experience of teaching at the IB Diploma level, takes care to encourage students’ personal development and self-efficacy.

To familiarise themselves with the middle school, students participate in orientation sessions in Grade 5. They have the chance to talk to middle school students in informal sessions and participate in activities.

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Guiding learners through academic and social achievements

All students are assigned to a homeroom tutor, who plays a vital role during students’ orientation and provides ongoing support and pastoral care.

We take an integrated approach to learning by valuing the emotional and social needs of the child. Students at this stage in their education are transitioning from a self-contained learning environment into a multi-classroom and multi-teacher day.

Buddy programme

Those joining the middle school in Grade 6 are assigned a buddy as part of our buddy programme, a Grade 11 student who is present if they need help to transition into new routines.

Although an exciting time, students appreciate having a buddy to help orient themselves as they become more familiar with the goings-on of middle school life. Students are thereby supported and nurtured in making the most of their learning journey within a family-like atmosphere.

Middle school students in class doing Maths

Pre-IB academic programme

In order to prepare students for IGCSE and the IB Diploma programme, ISN offers a dedicated middle school curriculum to ensure students move successfully into high school.

Our class sizes are small, with a maximum of 23 students per class, enabling our teachers to provide students with personalised attention.

Students explore the following subjects: English, French, Spanish, Mathematics, Science, Visual and Performing Arts, Information  Literacy, Product Design and Digital Design, Individuals and Societies, and Physical and Health Education.

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The ISN Middle School Programme, in preparation for IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme, bridges between the PYP and the IGCSE curricula.

The Community Project

The Community Project is an opportunity for Grade 8 students to demonstrate the knowledge and ATL skills (Approach to Learning) they have accumulated across the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

The Community Project encourages students to engage with a specific community and address a need within that community as part of their service learning in the MYP.  Students take part in a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection and will further enhance their learner profile and ATL skills attributes as part of this process.  Previous community projects at ISN Nice include: a clothes collection for Ukrainian refugees, food and toy collection for a dog's home and raising money for an LGBTQ+ helpline for teenagers. 

ISN is a International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme certified school.

*Only schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit ibo.org.

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All you need to know

A group of middle school students use giant lego blocks to create a table


The ISN handbook is available to view in English and in French.

Students use laptops to programme LEGO robots


The Supply List for the Middle School can be seen here.