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Middle School

TIS Middle School - At a Glance

The middle school program at TIS places students in active group learning environments that support the development of Learning skills including collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. 

Middle School has always been a time of growth and discovery for young people. Not only are Middle School students expanding their learning in the classroom, but they begin to try new things, meet new people, and forge the path that will lead them into adulthood. Throughout the three years students spend in Middle School, they are given the opportunities to expand their thinking and sharpen their skills all in a safe environment that promotes internal growth and experimentation. Students at TIS Middle School should walk out of these doors not only ready for High School, but with an idea of who they are, who they want to become, and a fundamental knowledge of how to get there. At TIS MS we are helping build 21st century adults and the future of TIS MS will continue to adapt to an ever-changing world so our students will be ready.

Jeffrey Tempel
Director of Instruction

A primary component of our middle school program are 21st century skills. Developing these skills helps our student to prepare for a rapidly changing future. Through project-based learning, our students are engaged in authentic, real-world learning situations.

The academic environment is focused on kids growth, with customized learning plans when necessary and tailored opportunities for kids to ensure academic challenge. We also love that TIS is part of the CEESA network, allowing for enriching opportunities to  exchange with other schools in the region, engage with other kids and their families, and appreciate diversity and cultural difference.

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11-Year-Old Program

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12-Year-Old Program

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13-Year-Old Program

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Middle School & Secondary Classroom Peaks

SEC: TIS Students Wrote 800,000 Words in One Month

About 70 TIS students participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) during November this year online with the Young Writers Program website. They were challenged to set a writing goal, plan a novel or short story and write every single day to reach their goal in just 30 days. Mr. Sellers, Ms. Titus and Ms. Lisa participated in the challenge with their writing students who amassed nearly 800,000 words in total for the month! Read More.... 

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SEC: IB Business Management

IB Business management students have been learning about human resource management and organizational structure. What better real-world example than Tirana International School! Students went on an organizational scavenger, interviewing staff to see how departments and responsibilities are organized. Students scoured the campus, talking to everyone from food service and security to Mr. Mudd. Then, they put the pieces together into a graphic. Finally, we analyzed the chart, looking for connections and making comparisons to other organizations. Big takeaway: Mr. Mudd has a lot of responsibility! 

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SEC Physics

Physics! The answer to the question of ‘when are we going to use this stuff?!’ in Math class. Using their hard-won trigonometry and geometry skills, our secondary Physics students have been exploring kinematics and Newton’s Laws of Motions. Although it may sound like bangs and clangs, and look like weights being swung overhead (swung outside, to protect the delicate labware of the Chemistry students), our young physicists are exploring forces, vectors, and orbits, to better understand the motion of planets, the trajectories of catapults, and the gravitational pull of black holes. For those unfortunate enough to study directly below the lab, fear not – the ‘quieter’ units on light, electricity, and magnetism are right around the corner!

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13YO: Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies students have been exploring the Middle Ages in the past weeks. They have been studying how Europe faced political and religious change after the fall of Rome. Students have also been studying the role of the Church and the effects Magna Carta and the Bubonic Plague had on politics and society in the late Middle Ages. They also enjoyed the activity “Experiencing Feudalism in Europe”.  

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