Middle School (Grade 6 - 8)

Middle School is about connections. It's a time to build powerful bonds between friends, between learning and real life, between interests and actual experiences. Soon enough hard choices about college and life direction will emerge, but this is a time to explore joyfully and freely -- leaving no possible strength or talent undeveloped. Wondering what Middle School at JIS is like? Here's a peek at the school we love. 

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The Middle School serves approximately 570 students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 who range in age from 10 to 14. The highly qualified MS faculty totals 60.


Structure

Learning Communities

Middle School students and teachers who share the same classes belong to a Learning Community (LC). LC's build community as members share academic, recreational, service and other experiences together. LC's also offer teachers of different disciplines a structure for common planning, support and communication which ultimately strengthens care, accountability and learning for all students. 

MS Schedule

The Middle School utilizes a block schedule format for the school day. Each student attends homeroom, two academic Core blocks and two Exploratory or Elective blocks per day. The core blocks are 90 minutes and the elective/exploratory blocks are 70 minutes in length. Daily Silent Sustained Reading, lunch, and optimal breaks complete the MS schedule.

Of Interest

What Should I Wear?

JIS has a dress code but not a uniform. Details are provided in Admissions materials and in the Divisional Handbooks.

Where Can I Eat?

Full breakfast, lunch and dinner options are available at reasonable prices in the JIS Wantilan cafeteria. The cafeteria also hosts ethnic food outlets, a fresh fruit stand, and a coffee stall. There are also two parent-run stores: D'Toko, a community school supply and food store, offers healthy choices for breakfast and lunch, and the Booster Hut, a JIS merchandise and food store which serves healthy grab-and-go meals including sandwiches, salads and home-baked treats. Snacks and beverages are also available at both outlets.