Middle School

Middle School Programme

We consider our Middle School classes as a bridge between Primary School and Secondary School, which aims to meet the special developmental needs of early adolescence. Young teens are not simply older primary school students or young secondary school students. There are very important changes that occur during this time of life that require a unique approach to education. 

In line with this vision, our tailored provision for Middle School includes:

  • National curriculum delivered through a bilingual approach: Mathematics, Music, Art, Digital Literacy being taught in English, in addition to English lessons.
  • A flexible interdisciplinary curriculum that encourages active learning and student engagement;
  • A mentoring relationship between teacher and student, by providing students with one assigned teacher who will serve as a mentor/counselor to help them feel a sense of safety, confidence and purpose in their learning and oversee their overall well-being;
  • Small learning communities with approximately 20 students per tutor class;
  • A secure emotional environment with a strong focus on personal, social and emotional growth;
  • An environment honoring and respecting student voice;
  • A focus on expressive arts activities, including visual arts, music, dance and drama;
  • Particular attention to health and wellness.

In the Middle School years, we continue to offer two bilingual pathways, while supporting a personalized and trans-disciplinary approach where students learn through inquiry and engage with projects:

  • Our French/English bilingual section caters up to 6ème, 5ème and 4ème, following the objectives of the national curriculum of the French Ministry of Education (section accredited by the French Ministry of Education).
  • Our Portuguese/English bilingual section caters to our 6º ano classes, following the objectives of the national curriculum of the DGEstE ((section accredited by the Portuguese Ministry of Education).

Our Middle School programme includes Forest School overnight trips, subject specific trips and visits, annual transversal projects, introduction of Global Perspectives in 6º Ano.

Opportunities are created for students to learn collaboratively across the French and the Portuguese sections of the Middle School.

Learning English

Instruction and content continue to be differentiated via The Cambridge International Education Programmes of English and EAL. Some students will delve more deeply into English literature and grammatical structure, while others will continue to focus on the acquisition of the language and literacy. For all students, instruction in Maths and Sciences takes place solely in English from this level. Music continues to be taught in English.

Middle School Photo Gallery