AISA Middle School is Grades 6, 7, and 8, and classes are gender segregated starting in Grade 6.
Core courses include English, Humanities, Math and Science and follow the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) from the United States.
In the English and Humanities courses, students read and analyze a variety of complex texts. Along with reading, students learn and practice a range of writing from narrative to argumentative and are able to support their ideas using relevant evidence. Literacy is not only emphasized in English and Humanities, it is also a core element across all core subjects, including Math and Science.
Listening and speaking, too, is emphasized through discussions and presentations, and students are able to practice and improve these skills during all core subjects.
Math and Science utilize inquiry-based learning. In alignment with CCSS, a greater emphasis is placed on explaining how and why a student arrives at an answer or conclusion, and we challenge students to improve their metacognition skills (thinking about thinking). Furthermore, in all core subjects, students practice and improve their critical thinking skills, research, problem-solving, and cooperative learning.
AISA is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school, and students in Grade 6 must bring a laptop or tablet each day, and Grade 7 and up must bring a laptop. This allows teachers to integrate technology into daily lessons and activities. Additionally, each classroom is equipped with a Smart Board.