Last Friday, our middle school students were treated to a special presentation by writer Briar Grace-Smith, who is visiting Guangzhou as a writer-in-residence at Sun Yat Sen University.
ISA Middle School provides a unique educational experience that will prepare students for High School and beyond.
Traditional subjects are taught: science, mathematics, humanities, 2 languages, music, art, drama, PE, sport and design, alongside 8 hours per week of integrated studies in a project-based learning (PBL) environment.
Students have the chance to choose their own projects within the project guidelines, supervised by a group of mentors.
Learning is designed to develop 21st century skills, such as: engaging the students through their passions; inspiring creativity; learning problem-solving skills; building collaboration and cooperation; developing communication and presentation skills; developing critical-thinking skills and understanding how to manage knowledge in a technology-rich environment.
These are transferable skills that will improve a student’s academic performance. It is real learning for the real world.
Each project addresses essential questions that are drawn from academic and real-world problems.
Teachers are facilitators and mentors throughout the project. They also offer optional skill-building workshops.
ISA Middle School ensures five hours per week of English and five hours of an additional language, with seven mother tongue options: Chinese, Korean, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.
EtonX Modern Leadership Programme
In Grade 9, all students have the chance to join the EtonX Leadership programme.
This is a programme designed to build leadership skills in each student’s academic, social and family roles.
The programme is a blended-learning course that includes: a weekly lesson at ISA with EtonX trained teachers, combined with online challenges and a fortnightly online tutorial with an EtonX tutor in the UK.
ISA is the first school in Guangzhou to offer this prestigious programme.