Shu Ren’s Middle School is runs from 6th grade to 8th grade. Students learn in both Mandarin Chinese and English. (For specific details on the language of instruction, please see below.) The curriculum framework for student learning is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), which is an internationally-recognized curriculum used by the top independent schools in over 130 countries around the world. Shu Ren is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.* The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to support student learning by providing hands-on, engaging, and differentiated learning activities that use inquiry, reflection and action in every class. With this students are able to integrate the understanding of two or more subject groups together to form new understanding.
All Middle School students will take English, Mandarin, Spanish, Mathematics, Individuals and Societies, Design, Science, the Arts, and Physical and Health Education. We offer intensive Mandarin language courses from beginner through native speaker levels. Students who are bilingual in Mandarin-English, either by background or by having attended the Shu Ren Primary Years Programme (PYP), will study Mandarin at an advanced level while students who are non-Mandarin speakers will study Mandarin starting at a beginning level. Both groups of students will also become proficient in Spanish.
LANGUAGES OF INSTRUCTION
Students at Shu Ren will become literate in both Mandarin and English. They will also become proficient in reading, writing and speaking Spanish at a conversational level. The different middle
school subjects will be taught in the following languages:
- Individuals and Societies (for advanced Mandarin speakers)
- Mandarin Language and Literature (for advanced Mandarin speakers)
- Language Acquisition (for non-Mandarin speakers)
- Visual Arts
- Individuals and Societies (for non-Mandarin speakers)
- English Language and Literature
- Physical and Health Education
- Language Acquisition (available to both Mandarin and non-Mandarin speakers)
*Shu Ren International School is an authorized PYP school and is a candidate for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which is designed to prepare students for the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP). Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.