The Design of the Middle School Curriculum
Our Middle School philosophy of education is put into practice by organizing the curriculum around the following principles:
- a holistic view of education through which we aim to develop a well-balanced person with artistic, intellectual, physical and social skills;
- an interdisciplinary perspective which emphasizes the link between the subjects at each grade level;
- an intercultural awareness that leads students to value people’s differences;
- a greater emphasis upon mastery of life-long learning skills, such as research and communication skills, rather than on mastery of a pre-ordained body of knowledge; and
- the complete integration of information technology skills into the academic program.
Instruction is organized by the following subjects:
- the study of literature and of the fundamental skills of communication (via English);
- the study of a second modern language (French), the Social Studies (including History and Geography)
- a hands-on Science program (integrating biological, physical, earth and technological sciences), Mathematics
- the Arts (the fine arts, music, and theater);
- Physical Education, and
In the academic subject areas, our curriculum is designed to meet the standards currently established by the most demanding state and professional organizations in the United States, as well as preparing students for the option of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program.
Technology skills and digital citizenship expectations are seamlessly integrated in all facets of the curriculum. Students are expected to demonstrate a sound understanding of digital media to communicate and work collaboratively, locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources with creative thinking.
Students also think and reflect about the choices they make in the cyber world, themes include: safety, behavior, balance and the possibilities of technology. Students will also learn about the care and maintenance of their laptop computers. Please refer to the link: The ASP Middle School Laptop Program Handbook.
Service and Experiential Learning
Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
Experiential learning is learning through reflection on doing. The focus is the learning process for the individual learner.
Service Learning in the Middle School
- is student centered learning that changes both the recipient and the provider of the service.
- builds authentic partnerships that serve the school, local or global community.
- brings students, teachers, administrators and parents together to develop understanding and respect for differences.
- cultivates awareness of self in relation to social inequities through reflection and active service with a community.
Service Projects Supported by the Middle School
Jyoti School, India
For the last 14 years ASP students have been traveling to Rishikesh, India, and providing financial support for the Jyoti Special School. The Jyoti School is special as it provides education for children and adults with mental and physical handicaps up to the age of 30 years old.
To raise money for this project, the Middle School Student Council created a day called the "MS Walkathon" where students walk/run a 4K course through Parc de Saint Cloud. The students involved in this event seek sponsorship from friends and family for each kilometer they complete. In previous years, with the money raised from the Walkathon, ASP has been able to fund the following:
- Multi Purpose Room
- AND - various teaching tools that the Jyoti School so desperately needed
For the last 10 years around American Thanksgiving time, ASP students have been collecting non-perishable food items for needy families in the greater Paris area. Each year, more than 1000 cans of food are collected thanks to the hard work of our students and the generosity of our ASP families.
This initiative, founded by French comedian Coluche in 1985, operates houses all over France and in other European countries, providing people below the poverty line with meals and accommodation.
In an experiential learning environment, the learner is actively involved in the experience, is able to reflect on his or her experience of "doing", uses the necessary analytical skills to understand and internalize the experience and the decision making and problem-solving skills needed in order to use the new ideas gained from and during the experience.
This complete process allows our students to learn new skills, new attitudes or even entirely new ways of thinking.
- Outward Bound (Grades 7 &8)
- Savoie Trip (Grade 6)