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The Middle School Philosophy


LEARNER PROFILE

The attributes of the Learner Profile in ICS International School Milan express the set of values inherent to our international programme and are well aligned with the character development promoted in our Primary School. These values infuse the Middle School ethos and culture and promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth in all the domains of knowledge.
In our Middle School we strive to support our learners to be:

  • INQUIRERS
  • OPEN-MINDED
  • KNOWLEDGEABLE
  • CARING
  • THINKERS
  • RISK-TAKERS
  • COMMUNICATORS
  • BALANCED
  • PRINCIPLED
  • REFLECTIVE

GOALS

The Middle School Programme aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of local, national and global significance. The goal is to support our students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Our Middle School emphasizes intellectual challenge and encourages students to make connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in their future studies and in life.

HOLISTIC LEARNING

The Middle School programme exposes students to a variety of different subjects, skills and learning experiences so that students learn to see knowledge as an interrelated whole. An interdisciplinary approach to learning is a defining characteristic of the Middle Years Programme. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their individual strengths, to be recognized for their progress and to gain a sense of sense of personal achievement.

INTERCULTURAL AWARENESS AND COMMUNICATION

The Middle School curriculum reflects and is responsive to the differing perspectives of all of our students and encourages them to explore issues from different points of view. It guides them in forming their own, international outlook. There is a strong emphasis on communication skills, both in the language classes and in all other subjects. In the International Baccalaureate all teachers are considered to be teachers of language. Student Centeredness
Middle School students are supported to develop an awareness of their own learning process and the skills and motivation necessary to become lifelong learners. The approach seeks to shift the emphasis from teacher- led instruction to student-led learning.

CONSISTENCY OF APPROACH

The defining characteristics of the programme permeate and are practiced throughout the whole curriculum. Our Middle School educators focus on how best to meet the needs of adolescents, who are confronted with a vast and often overwhelming array of choices in a highly complex and rapidly changing world. A focus on higher-order thinking skills gives students opportunities to develop a growing awareness of themselves and others as they explore real-world issues.

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