Students between the ages of 11 and 13 are placed in the Middle School program at TIS. These formative years are dedicated to the beginnings of a much more rigorous academic career. Starting at the age of 11, pupils no longer are bound to one teacher throughout the day, but go from class to class in order to
receive instruction from specialists in their academic fields.
Young adolescents are going through a time of change in several areas—physical, intellectual, social, and moral. At TIS, we dedicate ourselves to providing education for the whole child, with a focus on strong beliefs and achievement. Students are taught that to be successful in life, they must embody the traits of our Success Orientations—such as responsibility, trustworthiness, and positive group interaction.
By fostering these important attributes, our advisors are empowering students to internalize their own decision-making processes toward making healthy choices for life. At this age level, TIS also emphasizes the study skills, as well as the acquisition of social and health-related information.
Academic time is spent on purposeful, engaging learning with a relevant curriculum and daily feedback. If they possess the requisite skills and past grades, students in their last year of middle school are eligible to take high school mathematics and foreign language courses and receive high school credit.
To augment classroom learning, the school encourages students to participate in academically related after-school activities through CEESA (the Central and Eastern European Schools Association) competitions such as MathCounts and the Knowledge Bowl.