Middle School

In Grades 6-8, WIS teachers continue to put an emphasis on inquiry and on helping students make connections with other disciplines and the world beyond the school walls. The Middle School academic program encourages students to explore, to connect, to empathize, and to create.

Middle School students take seven core subjects each year (technology skills are integrated into these courses and enhanced through the 1:1 iPad program) and one elective. The seven core subjects are: English; second language (French or Spanish); mathematics; science; humanities (history and geography combined); physical education/health; and arts (visual art/music). Differentiated instruction takes place in each classroom; for Grades 7 and 8, some students may be placed in advanced mathematics.

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Students entering the Middle School engage in a child-centered, global-minded curriculum that aims to provide the discipline, standards, skills, creativity, and flexibility to aid a student’s growth toward self-awareness, self-reliance, and responsible participation in a diverse society. Six curricular spheres facilitate students’ academic, social, and personal development:

  • Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative processes using a variety of media.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Students effectively communicate through a variety of media and work collaboratively to support learning and contribute to the learning of others.
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking to plan and conduct research, manage projects, and make informed decisions using appropriate tools and resources.
  • Research and Information Fluency: Students effectively gather, evaluate, and use information from a variety of sources.
  • Citizenship in the Digital Age: Students develop an understanding of cultural and societal issues, including those related to media and technology, in order to practice ethical behavior.
  • Pursuit and Assessment of Personal Growth: Students demonstrate a love of learning and enthusiastically embrace challenges.

Middle School Leadership

Randy Althaus, Middle School Principal

Kristin Gilliland, Middle School Assistant Principal