Welcome to the Middle School division of the International School of Dakar. Our middle school program is designed to enrich and support students as they make the transition from elementary school to high school. We are proud to be in our new, purpose-built middle and high school facility as of August 2012. Middle school students have made the fourth floor their home, and vantage affords them magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and the city of Dakar.
Between the ages of 10 and 14, children experience tremendous physical, social and cognitive growth. While we are first and foremost an academic institution, we take great care to help students reach their full potential as their minds, bodies and social circles expand. Our classes and programs are designed in such a way as to allow students to work cooperatively, to problem-solve, to apply new learning and to participate in a wide range of academic, artistic and athletic endeavors. Middle School at ISD consists of Grades 6-8, with two or three sections at each grade level and fewer than 20 students in core classes.
Middle school students have eight different classes, with each class meeting for 80 minutes every other day. They have four classes one day and the other four classes the next day. Students have a different teacher for each class. Each student is also placed in an advisory with one MS faculty member. This advisor acts as a role-model, mentor, and advocate as he or she leads the small group of students through some social-emotional learning activities during the daily 25 minute advisory period.
In addition to their academic lives, ISD middle school students participate in after-school activities, athletics and service opportunities. The Middle School Student Council plans monthly social activities including dances and movie nights.
Each year, the students and teachers take learning beyond the school walls. In the fall, the entire middle school goes off campus for a one day retreat to focus on the ISD core values and to spend time bonding. Later in the school year, the middle school students and their teachers experience a grade-level Week Without Walls trip to a different region of Senegal. Students also have the opportunity to travel internationally for athletic and international trips. The visual and performing arts department hosts JagArts three times a year which gives the artistic students an opportunity to demonstrate their skills to the rest of the ISD learning community. The middle school is a busy and vibrant place. Please feel free to stop by for a visit, preview the grade level program guides on this website or contact us for more information on our school.