The Middle School is an International Baccalaureate School, implementing the Middle Years Programme (MYP) to students in grades 6, 7 and 8. We offer intensive foreign-language instruction in French, Mandarin and Spanish. However, students are not required to have prior foreign-language experience.
Our Educational Philosophy and Practice:
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Through the IB organization, ISD works with schools, governments and international groups to provide our students a rigorous, international education.
The Middle Years Programme emphasizes:
- holistic learning and intercultural awareness and communication
- Student-centered learning
- Academic rigor
- Seven areas of interaction that help students connect subject areas to the real world
- Multi-lingual proficiency
The advantages of our Middle School
Other middle schools in Colorado offer the Middle Years Programme, but ours is like no other.
As an independent, private school with small class sizes, ISD is not constrained by public-school requirements that divert time and resources from the program as it is fully designed and intended. Consider:
- There is no better school in Colorado for students wanting to learn a second language. ISD has the only middle school in metro Denver that offers such intensive foreign-language instruction from native speakers and is flexible enough to allow students to progress at their level.
- ISD Middle School students don’t have to choose among the arts. Our students receive three classes each week in visual art, music and drama. Typically, students at other schools must choose one or two of these courses.
Other strengths of our Middle Years Programme
- Cutting-edge technology — including iPads for every student and interactive white boards in every classroom — and strong math and science instruction.
- The Advisory Period. All ISD Middle School students meet once a week with a designated advisor, who addresses academics and social issues, mental health and other adolescent concerns. ISD advisors are typically from countries outside the United States and can provide even more global perspective to enhance a student’s international education.
- Ideal class sizes Studies show that middle-school students thrive in smaller learning environments. Our Middle School classrooms do not exceed 20 students.
- Student travel. ISD is the only school in metro Denver offering such extensive group travel opportunities in the United States and abroad.