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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.

TIS Parent

Middle School & Secondary Classroom Peaks

Literature-13 and Writing-13 students engage in QSI’s new English curriculum. This inaugural year of the recently released updated course of study benefits from new-and-improved synchronization and tried-and-true timeless works of literary merit. Students assemble portfolios in Literature class, marshaling evidence to demonstrate how an author’s voice and perspective affect stories and how they are told. Using narrative fiction short story classics from Edgar Allen Poe, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and W.W. Jacobs, students apply evidence from texts in literary analysis essays in Writing class. IB Psychology students concurrently progress on designing, implementing, and reporting on their recapitulation of a landmark experiment, while beginning study of developmental psychology. Drawing on the biological and cognitive bases of behavior, the class delves deeper into critical periods of development for perception, behavior, and moral development. In Theory of Knowledge, Year 2 students reflect on the scope, perspectives, tools & methods and ethical considerations as applied to the Human Sciences of economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology and global politics, as they gird themselves to teach each other “how we know what we know” in fundamental findings from Natural Sciences: basics of cosmology; chemistry; the nature of reality. It’s all in a day’s study! 

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SEC: AP Seminar

Students in AP Seminar have been hard at work learning the ins and outs of the course and even attempted their first Performance Task Team Presentation as they argued for how they will be surviving Junior Year. Students identified the biggest threats they may face this year through different lenses (such as sleep deprivation and various social pressures). We’re really looking forward to conquering these challenges this year and becoming even better students and people along the way!

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ELEM & MS: Spanish

In our Spanish class, we emphasize the significance of oral communication when acquiring a new language. We firmly believe that speaking is a cornerstone of language learning. Over the past few weeks, our students have been actively engaged in immersive activities. Through role-play exercises and dialogues, they've been putting their Spanish vocabulary into action. These dynamic learning experiences not only enhance their linguistic abilities but also boost their confidence in using the language. Working together on dialogues and role-plays has encouraged teamwork and mutual support, creating a positive learning environment.

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SEC: AP Biology Class

AP Biology students begin the course with a review of the properties of the most important molecule for life on our planet – water. Cohesion is a property of water that most people have observed when they pour more water than intended into a glass so that the water level is above the top of the glass. For living things, it allows a water strider insect to walk on water or tall trees to get enough water. Substances dissolved in water can affect this property. AP Biology students tested this using water and water with dissolved substances dropped onto the surface of a coin. We used the data on the number of drops added to make a statistical analysis of the effects of added dissolved substances. It is this statistical analysis and the bar graphs made from this data that provide practice in interpreting data which is required on the AP Biology test. And besides, who does not need a little fun with water in their day.

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