Middle school

Schutz American School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme  and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

  

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

 

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit  www.ibo.org

 

**Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Our Middle School serves students in grades 6-8 with approximate class sizes between 15 and 22 students.

Schutz is a school where enthusiasm for learning and being a member of a respectful and caring family community are readily apparent. Our motto is, “Schutz is Family”. With class sizes of 15-22 students, we take great pride in providing an excellent academic program which values students inquiry and conceptual learning that is extended beyond the classroom. In the 2019-2020 school year, we are laying the foundation to become an IB World School.

Our Middle School faculty is dedicated to fostering students’ curiosity, skill development and desire to learn. Lessons are designed to promote students thinking critically and creatively as well as to support the development of strong character and life skills. Students are empowered to reach their fullest potential in a culture which meaningfully incorporates the Learner Profile of respect, responsibility, resilience, compassion and integrity in all that we do.

Students are empowered to take responsibility for their lives while also recognizing how they can make a positive difference in their community and internationally. The Middle School has leadership development activities such as Model United Nations and Week Without Walls, which are highly successful in promoting global citizenship.

At Schutz, we recognize that:

  • Students are seeking new levels of independence and can be highly peer centered.
  • Changes students are experiencing affect their thinking and behavior.
  • Each young adolescent is maturing on his or her own timeline.
  • This understanding of young adolescent development also affects decisions about curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Our Middle School educational programs are founded on the following four pillars:

    • Developmentally responsive: using the distinctive nature of young adolescents as the foundation upon which all decisions about school organization, policies, curriculum, instruction and assessment are made.
    • Challenging: ensuring that every student learns and every member of the learning community is held to high expectations.
    • Empowering: providing all students with the knowledge and skills they need to take responsibility for their lives, to address life’s challenges, to function successfully at all levels of society and to be creators of knowledge.
    • Equitable: advocating for and ensuring every student’s right to learn and providing appropriately challenging and relevant learning opportunities for every student.