The Walworth Barbour American International School features a Middle School that serves students in the sixth through eighth grades and is characterized by its high standards of academic excellence, while meeting the unique social and emotional needs of the adolescent learner.
The WBAIS learning environment fosters a sense of caring and sets the stage for achieving high personal learning standards. It is important that every child feels a sense of belonging and part of a community. Through the Buddy Program, new students gain confidence in their new surroundings, even before the first day of school. In addition, social events foster new friendships that carry over the course of the year. In the fall, the Week Without Walls program solidifies this sense of belonging.
The core academic program consists of middle and high school level math courses, lab-based sciences, integrated humanities, and the choice of modern languages (French, Spanish, and Hebrew). This core program is supported by strong performing and visual arts and physical education programs. Students also participate in exploratory course work and a wide variety of extracurricular activities, ranging from inter-school sports to dramatic productions.
The Middle School’s 1:1 Laptop Program reflects the school’s commitment to providing 21st Century learning opportunities. Each classroom is equipped with a SmartBoard, Apple TV, and LCD Projector. Teachers and students regularly engage in technology to research particular events, design visuals to reveal new understandings, produce videos to capture a big idea, and communicate understanding to peers and teachers in real-time.
Students regularly participate in activities and service programs that promote stewardship and responsibility within the local and global community.
The school’s mission is to provide students with an academically challenging educational experience that cultivates a respect for diversity, develops a passion for lifelong learning, encourages the assumption of leadership roles, promotes a sense of responsibility to actively contribute to society, and to resolve conflict through dialogue and understanding. WBAIS believes in working hard to meet such goals and invites you to join the journey.