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Middle Years

The Middle Years (grades 6 – 10) are an important stage on the path to maturity and independence: a time of personal, social, physical and intellectual development.  The atmosphere in the Middle Years both emphasizes and supports this development.  Homeroom teachers are responsible for the pastoral care of each student, helping them to meet the challenges posed.

"The school creates a nurturing and supportive learning environment for the students." ISS Family Survey 2016




Students in the Middle Years on both campuses follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP).  The MYP is a course of study designed to meet the educational requirements of students aged between 11 and 16 years, having been devised to provide students with a strong foundation in Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills whilst guiding students in their search for a sense of belonging in the world around them.  It also aims to help students to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world.  The MYP focuses on teaching students to become independent learners who can recognize relationships between school subjects and the world outside, and combine relevant knowledge, experience and critical thinking to solve authentic problems. 

The eight subject areas of the MYP are:

Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and Health Education and Design.

These are taught by specialist teachers working together to create cross-curricular units of learning and 5 different areas of interaction: - approaches to learning, community service, health & social education, environment, and human ingenuity.  On the Sindelfingen Campus the dual language approach continues in a modified way in the Middle Years. Some Language A and B teaching is taught collaboratively and some is taught separately. Ultimately, the students are being prepared to be able to learn in English for the Diploma programmes.

In grades 9 and 10 students continue to follow the MYP program of study that is an ideal basis for university preparation courses. Student’s assessed work is subject to continuous internal standardisation. At the end of grade 10  students may be awarded an ISS based MYP Certificate if they meet specific requirements set out by the school.  The MYP certificate issued by ISS fulfills the requirements set out by the Conference of State Ministers of Education (KMK), and is recognized in Baden-Württemberg as the equivalent of the German school  leaving certificate, Mittlere Reife (a pre-requisite for vocational training in Germany). 

In line with our vision, mission and philosophy, we also offers learning opportunities outside the classroom.  Middle School students are involved in theater productions, music performances and productions, competitive sports, Model United Nations, field trips and projects in the local community.

For further information about your child's learning at this stage please see our Middle Years curriculum overview.