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Middle School Curriculum

Program Overview

Middle School students have a balanced, developmentally-appropriate and comprehensive program with a schedule of eight classes.
 

The following six subjects are compulsory:
 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Health and Physical Education
  • German

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Grade 6 Electives

For the remaining courses, Grade 6 students choose two of the following electives per semester: 

 

  • Band (year-long)
  • String Ensemble (year-long)
  • Choir
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Technology
  • French or Spanish

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Grade 7 Electives

For the remaining courses, Grade 7 students choose two of the following electives per semester:

 

  • Band (year-long)
  • String Ensemble (year-long)
  • Choir
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Digital Journalism
  • Design Technology
  • Digital Art
  • French or Spanish
  • Virtual Middle School online courses

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Grade 8 Electives

For the remaining courses, Grade 8 students choose two of the following electives per semester:

 

  • Band (year-long)
  • String Ensemble (year-long)
  • Choir
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Technology: Digital Art and 3-D Animation
  • Movie Making and Sound
  • Dance
  • French or Spanish
  • Virtual Middle School online courses

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Co-Curricular Program

ZIS offers a broad range of co-curricular activities, from arts to sports, from debating to service learning, to complement your child's academic development.

 

Exploring is a vital part of growing and we will encourage students to try new things—and with so many options, it's a great opportunity to improve your skills, make new friends and find new interests!

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English as an Additional Language

Students who need support to develop their English language skills may have English as an Additional Language (EAL) and students with special learning needs may have Learning Support in place of one of their electives.

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Additional Support

We provide a range of support services to meet specific individual needs, including:

 

  • Learning support classes
  • Short-term literacy interventions 
  • Mathematics lab
  • Executive skills coaching
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Counselling services

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Please see the Program of Studies below for full details:

First page of the PDF file: Defininition_of_Learning
ZIS Character Standards PDF
First page of the PDF file: Learning_Principles