The Middle School of International College is a four-year cycle covering grades 6 to 9 (1st Intermediate to 4th Intermediate). It offers three different programs: The Lebanese program, which prepares students for the official Lebanese Brevet examination; the College Preparatory Program, which is an English medium non-Brevet program commonly known as the High School program which prepares the students for the High School diploma or the International Baccalaureate; and the French Program, which is a French medium non-Brevet program that eventually prepares students for the official French Baccalaureate examination.
¨ All programs require that the following subjects be taught (different weight is given to different subjects depending on the program followed): English, French, Arabic, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies and Civics, Drama, Physical Education, Art, Music, integrated Information Technology skills, integrated library and research skills and Community Service. In line with the new National Lebanese Curriculum, grades 6, 7 & 8 (1st, 2nd and 3rd Intermediate) will be given Design Technology classes.
The Middle School is housed in Sage Hall and is the home of 715 students ages 11 to 15.
All programs require the teaching of Arabic, English, French, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art, Information Technology (IT) and Music. In line with the New Lebanese Curriculum, Grades 6,7, and 8 (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Intermediate) will also receive Design Technology instruction.
The Lebanese Program is available to everyone, but only foreign students or Lebanese students who have lived abroad for at least three years or who carry a second nationality may join the College Preparatory or the French Baccalaureate programs. These students must obtain an exemption from joining the Lebanese program from the Lebanese Ministry of Education where they will also obtain an equivalency indicating which grade they are qualified to join.
The Lebanese Program consists of two tracks: French and English. In the English Track at the lower level, Math, Science and Social Studies are taught in English, civics is taught in Arabic and French is taught as a third or foreign language. Conversely, French is the language of instruction in the French track, civics is taught in Arabic and English is taught as a third language. Classical Arabic is taught as a main language in both the English and the French tracks. At the two upper levels, Social Studies, including Modern History and Geography of Lebanon and the Arab World, is taught in Arabic and a cultural studies course is offered in the main foreign language of instruction.
In the College Preparatory Program (CPP), core subjects including, Math and Science, Art, Social Studies, Physical Education, IT, Lebanese Studies and Music are taught in English and French is taught as a foreign language. Correspondingly, all subjects in the French Baccalaureate Program are taught in French, and English is taught as a foreign language. A special Classical Arabic course is taught to students of both programs. In addition, an elective program covering subjects ranging from Drama and Creative Writing to Health Education, Psychology and European languages, is offered to all 3rd Intermediate, 4ème and 4th CPP students in order to expose students to a wider range of subjects not always covered by the core program.
The Middle School’s Computer Lab accommodates 30 students working on individual, networked terminals as well as demonstration and CD ROM facilities. Students receive instruction on how to research on the internet through the School’s access to the World Wide Web. Other computer terminals are also available to students throughout the building, including the Middle School Library which is accessible to all Middle School students.
Fully equipped science labs are available for students’ use as well as a design technology lab.
Students will be assigned a student advisor who will be available to review their progress and address any concerns. Evaluations take place at the end of every term.