Middle School, Grades 6–8
The early teen years mark a time of tremendous physical, emotional and social development. As such, the UWCSEA Middle School Academic programme is designed to meet the varied intellectual and developmental needs of students aged between 11 and 14 years. Our programme is designed to refine the core skills initiated in the Primary School, with specialist teachers guiding them in the fundamental subject-specific skills that they will require for higher studies in related areas.
The Middle School timetable provides for specialist teachers to teach all subjects. In Grade 6, students spend a majority of their day in the Grade 6 pod area. However, when students move into Grades 7 and 8, their growing independence means they will increasingly move between rooms and teachers, adopting more of a High School model.
Students have a broad and balanced range of subjects, including the core subjects of English, Humanities, Mathematics and Science. In addition, courses in the Arts, languages, physical education and other exploratory subjects in areas such as design and technology ensure that students are able to learn and develop across a range of subjects. The ability to communicate in more than one language is a key goal in the Middle School curriculum, and students have access to a range of beginner, continuation and advanced language programmes. Depending on when they join the school, the campus they join, and their previous study students have available Chinese, Spanish, French, German and Dutch (some of these are at additional charge).
Students' organisation skills are tested and developed with their tutor/mentor teacher playing an important role. Tutors/mentors work closely with the Heads of Grade to ensure the students' personal and social needs are well-catered for and students are happy and progressing appropriately.
The UWCSEA Middle School experience is challenging both academically and socially, where students are stretched and pushed, but also guided and supported in a positive and caring environment.