Preschool through Grade 12

Middle School

At ISB, Middle School is about students discovering their sense of adventure and autonomy. As they start to imagine their future selves, students will also develop creative problem-solving skills and independent thinking. They will become a member of a safe, close-knit community, surrounded by peers and mentors supportive of their growth and developing interests. Our Middle School program also prepares students to seamlessly transition to the Upper School

A Bilingual Course of Study

All Middle School academic classes are taught in French or English, so students don’t merely learn to speak two languages – they learn to think and produce in those two languages. This enables students to experience different ways of thinking and reasoning on a daily basis, enhancing their intellectual flexibility. It is a lifelong benefit that no other middle school in the Boston area can match. Middle School students can select a schedule that emphasizes either the French or English language, depending on their academic interests and future plans. Students will also study a third language, either Spanish, Mandarin, or German, in 6th grade, and can add a fourth language, Latin, beginning in 8th grade.
At ISB, the Middle School curriculum enables students to acquire a common base of knowledge, fundamental skills and culture, organized around five areas:
  1. Languages for thinking and communicating
  2. Methods and tools for learning
  3. Personal and civic development
  4. Natural and technical systems
  5. Representations of the world and human activity

Core aspects of the Middle School curriculum also align with the official program of the French Ministry of Education within an American middle school setting, ensuring a truly international experience.

Curriculum Overview