Middle School

At the International School of Nice, the middle school provides for children ages 11 to 14 and follows our ISN Middle School Programme.

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.

Before entry, we offer all children a taster day to experience life at ISN. 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.

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.

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.

Sitting at a desk in an art class, a student works in her notebook

 

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.

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 nine subjects: English, French, Spanish, mathematics, science, visual and performing arts, information technology and literacy, humanities, and physical and personal education.

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

ISN is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorisation as an IB World 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). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit ibo.org.

All you need to know

A student doing a science experiment in a lab surrounded my his classmates

Handbooks

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

A computer lab at ISN with students working on projects

Lists

The Supply List for the middle school can be seen here.

Students play a game of football on the outdoor sports field

Activities

The latest information and list of activities will be published in early 2021.