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Middle School Programme

Here at NIS, the goal of our Middle School is to cultivate principled, courageous, creative thinkers who are equipped to prosper in an internationally-minded world. In grades 6-9, we recognize the unique needs of middle-level learners, and, as such, couple robust advisory and co-curricular opportunities with a rigorous academic programme aimed inspiring and supporting students throughout this exciting stage. We aim to provide learning experiences in a wide variety of contexts that encourage our students to make connections to themselves, to other subject areas, to their host nation, and beyond.

Our Middle School curriculum is based on a combination of clearly defined Student Learning Outcomes and the inquiry-infused International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Curriculum Overview Handbooks provide a detailed breakdown of what is studied at each grade level. These and other school documents can be viewed via the links below. Please contact your child’s advisor for any required passwords.


All students in MYP are involved in Community & Service Activities which raise awareness of community needs and builds confidence in their ability to bring about change.


Head of Middle School – Grades 6-9

Ruth Clarke

Grade Boundaries




Grade Level Overviews

Parent Access to Teacher Planning and Curriculum Documents

Parent Atlas Login Parents of enrolled students ask your child’s Homeroom Teacher for the password. Prospective parents contact admissions


In the Middle Years Programme, students study subjects in eight areas:

Languages A (English A, Mandarin A, Korean A, German A*): G6-7Criteria ; G8Criteria; G9-10Criteria

Languages B (English B, Mandarin B, French B, Spanish B) : G6-7Criteria ; G8Criteria ; G9-10Criteria

Humanities: G6-7Criteria ; G8Criteria ; G9-10Criteria

Science: G6-7Criteria ; G8Criteria ; G9-10Criteria

Mathematics: G6-7Criteria ; G8Criteria ; G9-10Criteria

Design (Computer Design, Product Design, Media Design): G6-7Criteria ; G8Criteria ; G9-10Criteria

Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Music): G6-7Criteria ; G8Criteria ; G9-10Criteria

Physical Education: G6-7Criteria ; G8Criteria ; G9-10Criteria

* Note: German A for students in Grades 6-10 is subsidised by parents if chosen as an MYP subject. Please contact Kasson Bratton for more information.


In the Middle Years Programme, teachers use a wide variety of methods to regularly assess student understanding of student learning outcomes by applying assessment criteria established by the International Baccalaureate. This means that teachers measure student achievement against specified subject criteria. Assessment pieces are organised in portfolios, summarised on reports, and shared with parents during Three Way and Student Led Conferences. In addition, NIS holds internal examinations for all students in G6 – G9 twice a year.

In Semester reports teachers indicate achievement for each criterion in that subject area. These criterion grades are added up within each subject area and then transferred to a 1 to 7 FINAL GRADE using grade boundaries. Students are eligible for a number of awards in each grade level.

Grade 9 student grades are recorded as credits on the transcript for their High School Diploma.

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