Middle School Overview
AISU’s middle school program features a personalized approach to learning, blending online tools with a variety of collaborative and project-based learning activities to best meet the needs of each individual student. Students at the middle school level are provided with the training and support they need to gradually assume greater control and responsibility for their own learning.
Instead of sitting in a classroom spending most of their time listening to a teacher lecture, students will likely find themselves immersed in a subject in a small group or lab setting, with teachers available to provide one-on-one and small group instruction as needed. Students will utilize online and computer-facilitated instructional programs to individualize their learning–helping focus efforts where they are needed and allowing students to move through material at their own pace–achieving mastery before moving on to new material. When students demonstrate competency in a subject, they receive full credit and move on to the next subject or course. Students often have the opportunity complete and demonstrate learning through project-based and other hands-on activities.
AISU’s academic calendar includes four two-week intensives. These blocks provide opportunities for students to immerse themselves in areas of interest or to focus on particular course requirements that are best accomplished in a concentrated time frame. Intensive activities will include: learning expeditions, quest projects, internships, independent study, travel and adventure-based study, and a variety of elective courses that students can complete for credit.
Celebrations of Learning
After each trimester, students will have opportunities to demonstrate what they have learned through performances, displays, and presentations, as well as through student-led conferences with their parents.
AISU will encourage and support student efforts to acquire second language proficiencies, with special emphasis on Mandarin and Spanish, as well as learning about the cultures and peoples that speak them. Students may find themselves helping a student from Beijing master English, while she helps them master Mandarin.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in athletics, drama, music, and other co-curricular and extra-curricular programs to round out their educational experience!
Other Schools With Similar Programs
A similar program for grades 6-12 has been successfully implemented by California’s Summit Public Schools: www.summitps.org
Middle School Supply List
- Headphones to use with laptop
- Writing notebook (any style for note-taking)
- Writing utensils
- Something to read of your choosing (book, magazine, newspaper, etc.)
Middle School Fees
7th and 8th graders $125
Includes Instructional Materials/Technology Fee/Curriculum/Intensive Fee*
*Some Intensives will have additional fees
UTA Transportation (Aug 15 – June 15) $127
Middle School Yearbook $20
Summer Classes $75 per class
Instrument rental fees Ask Performing Arts Director
HS & MS Sports (Basketball/Drill/Cheer/etc.) Ask coaches for specific info
HS & MS Club Fees Ask club advisor