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Middle School

Discovering ourselves and the world

Middle School (Grades 6 through 8) bring new challenges and a different school routine.

To better support students transition from Elementary School, Grade 6 students have a homeroom teacher for most their subjects, as they grow in responsibility for their own learning.

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Photo of a Middle School Class.

Grades 7 and 8 students have an advisor, but no longer a homeroom, changing classes according to their schedule to meet specialty teachers. Students have 8 subjects total: Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Portuguese and Physical Education, and 2 elective classes that include fine arts, technology and other exploratory areas.

Middle School is also a time for personal growth and our school environment supports exactly that, providing a safe classroom and out of the classroom environment, and with a dedicated coordinator and a secondary school counselor.

During Middle School, all students also have opportunities to mature socially and as citizens – the annual low-tech camping trip and the participation in Junior Model United Nations are two great examples of learning beyond the curriculum.

Photo students debating during Junior Model United Nations
Photo of Middles School students having a PE Class

Every day we learn something about ourselves in Middle School!

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Middle School Curriculum Overview
First page of the PDF file: CO_Middle_School
Middle School Student Parent Handbook
First page of the PDF file: Middle_School_Handbook_FINAL
Middle School Student Conduct Essentials
First page of the PDF file: MS_Essentials_of_Student_Conduct

Curriculum Frameworks and Performance Indicators for each of the Grades

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CAISL is a student-centered educational community in which we challenge ourselves and each other to do our best and to make positive contributions to our diverse and ever-changing world.

Standards-Based Reporting (SBR)

SBR is a system adopted by CAISL in which the student is assessed on individual “Performance Indicators” or, in simpler terms, “skills” and “knowledge.”    Reports of student progress are focused on a collection of similar Performance Indicators within a subject, rather than one “grade” for the entire subject. 

MAP Testing

Standardized test scores, quarterly grades and exam results offer a few ways of measuring student success. While we take pride in our students' test-taking achievements and academic performance, we also strive to provide a balanced curriculum of Academics, Arts and Athletics to emphasize the importance of a well-rounded education - an education that extends much further than test result numbers would indicate (Read more).

CAISL uses MAP™ tests for students in Grades 2-10. Please browse here for the most recent test results.