As Academic Coordinators, our role is very much focused on making sure that the education here is as enriching and as rewarding as possible. Grades 5–8 are an incredibly important time for our students as they are engaged in a very complex multi-layered experience and as young learners they have quite different needs from both Primary School and Upper School students. In other words we must take into account that the Middle School years are quite distinct from what precedes them and what comes after them.

Of course there are constants, but on a socio-emotional and cognitive level Middle Schoolers are confronting issues that mould them and will serve to begin to define their future place in society. For this reason it is so important that we get it right!

As current or potential members of the ISR community you can rest assured that all the students in Grades 5–8 are being extremely well looked after. Here at ISR we have a highly skilled team of professional educators who provide an excellent Middle School experience that responds to all the needs sketched out above. The formal curriculum is both challenging and rewarding and is accompanied by a carefully curated series of co-curricular activities to meet all physical, creative and intellectual needs.

Perhaps more than anything else, Middle School is a time to be enjoyed and this most certainly happens at ISR and is evidenced by the constant excitement and enthusiasm shown by our students on a day-to-day basis.

Positive Learning Environment

New students at ISR adjust easily because we create a warm, friendly and helpful environment. A positive learning environment helps engage each student and makes learning fun!

At ISR, teachers and staff use creative ways to acknowledge and reward good grades, responsible behavior and achievement that lay the foundation for us to realize our vision of “Enabling great minds and strong characters.”


Homework is given daily. No homework is allowed to be due on the day of a periodic exam as it is intended that students will be using the day before periodic exams to study for those subjects. Homework can oftentimes be finished in class or in a study period. Homework should be written daily in the homework journal with the due date noted and then checked off when completed.


The AMS is simply a short, weekly quiz that monitors students learning in English and Mathematics.

The tests are objective (multiple choice format), criterion-referenced, computer-marked tests that are administered on a weekly basis and cover material taught the previous week. They are designed to check students learning, mastery and long-term retention of essential concepts. This allows teachers to locate learning gaps quickly instead of having unpleasant surprises at the end of the term.

There are two AMS exams per week, one in English and one in Maths on different days. The AMS exams are taken on the integrated testing and learning computers in the exam hall.

Students receive an AMS concept sheet at the beginning of every term, indicating which subject concepts will be assessed and when, and is intended to be used for preparing for the weekly AMS.

Periodic exams are weekly tests starting in Grade 5. There are two periodic exams per week on one day.

Students receive a periodic time-table at the beginning of each term. They also receive concept sheets one week before the exams, indicating which subject concepts will be assessed and is intended to be used for preparing for the weekly periodic exams. Some exams consist of two parts: a written part and a multiple choice part.

Term exams are given at the end of term 1 and term 2 in all subjects to all students to determine mastery of concepts taught over a full term. Students are provided with revision lists to prepare for term exams and the teachers review the material for each subject during the revision period 1–2 weeks before the exams.

The end-of-year final exams (at the end of term 3) measure student achievement over the course of the entire academic year. Students are provided with revision lists to prepare for term exams and final exams and the teachers review the material for each subject during the revision period 1–2 weeks before the exams.

Academic Support

A unique benefit that ISR offers its students is automatic academic support for those students who might at need extra tutoring in certain subjects. These academic support groups aim to be a positive experience for all students who attend.

Periods are led by teachers with the assistance of SLO® Prefects.  In the higher grades, students can sign up for a study period any day of the week (see the SLO® activity schedule).

Booster classes are offered when more than just a few students need extra help in a particular subject. Small groups meet during the SLO® periods and a subject teacher will review or reteach certain concepts to make sure all the students have the opportunity to understand and master the material.

Study buddy support takes place after school for selected students in the core subjects of Math, English and German. Students are assigned for a minimum of four weeks to a subject-specific study buddy group in consultation with the Academic Head of Middle School if it is thought that additional academic support is required. Each study buddy group is led by a subject teacher.

Parents are informed by letter prior to a study buddy assignment so as to allow enough time to make special transportation arrangements for their children, if necessary.

Peer tutors assist students who need extra support and consolidation of work already covered in class. The subject teacher explains of the exact nature of the academic support the student needs to the peer tutor. Peer tutors are arranged through the Academic Head of Middle School.

Communication with Parents

Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year. However, parents may make an appointment to speak with any teacher at any time by contacting the Academic Coordinators.

Report Cards

Report cards are issued three times a year at the end of each term. The report card includes the student’s numerical marks for each subject, attendance and behavior records, as well as an account of the student’s involvement in the ISR Student Life Organization®. A report card is not a “Zeugnis” and should not be shared with third parties as it is not an official school document. The report card contains confidential student information such as absences and possible infractions. The official ISR “Zeugnis” is the ISR school transcript which is prepared for students upon request. In addition, the student progress overview report is available on SABIS® Digital Platform.

Student Life (SLO®) Activities

From Grade 5 onwards the SLO® activities are no longer on a voluntary basis, but rather part of the student’s daily schedule.

For Grades 5 and 6 the activities take place in period 9, the last period of the day, and for grades 7–9 in period 6. Students may apply for the position of SLO® Junior Prefect (grade 5 and above), SLO® Senior Prefect (Grade 7 and above) and SLO® Deputy Head Prefect and SLO® Head Prefect (Grade 9 and above).

All students have the opportunity and are encouraged to become an SLO® Prefect.

Their involvement in the SLO® activities prepares the students well for CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service projects) which is part of the IB Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12.

Transitioning to Upper School

At ISR, the Path to University starts in Grade 8 with a kick-off advising session during which students reflect on their interests, their skills and their goals and how their profile might translate into a career path. Grade 8 is also the beginning of regular Path-to-University presentations that are offered for students and parents through Grade 11.

Find more information about Upper School here

Student Achievements

At ISR, achievement is valued and acknowledged in many ways. In these ways, students, parents and teachers can all be proud of what we achieve together as a school and community!

  • Award Ceremonies
  • AR (Accelerated Reader) and Antolin (German) Reading Program awards
  • Honor Roll
  • Sport Competitions
  • Art Exhibits
  • Music Concerts


ISR holds many fun events during the year, such as the Halloween party, St. Martin, winter and summer music concerts, Family Fun & Sports Day, Open House, International Spring Festival, Spirit Days and much more.