Middle School: Grades 6 to 10
DISK Middle School believes learning is a process, all students can learn, an school should be an enjoyable and stimulating environment in which to learn. DISK students are encouraged to discover and construct meaning from information and experience.
Individual needs, background, and development level serve as a starting point for all middle school learning programs. In the classroom, the teacher models a guiding and facilitative role as opposed to a information dissemination role.
The DISK middle school program strives to provide opportunities for choice, self-direction, and responsibility. Students learn interpersonal skills and the connection to community; students are valued and accepted, and, in return, learn to value and accept others.
Assessment focus is formative, with appraisal by the teacher and includes peer and self evaluation.
We have developed the middle school curriculum at DISK with several themes guiding its construction:
- The program acts as a bridge, drawing upon the students’ experiences from the inquiry-based Primary Years Program of the elementary school, yet providing the content and concepts required for starting high school;
- The program provides balance across the disciplines;
- The program provides opportunities for intercultural awareness and also for developing a strong sense of self-awareness;
- The program draws upon current brain-research and adopt the pedagogical approach appropriate for the age.