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JHB MS Program of Studies

Sawubona!

Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to the Middle School of the American International School of Johannesburg!

The purpose of this booklet is to introduce you to our planned Program of Studies for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Middle School strives to ensure that each student achieves his or her educational and personal potential. Our learning community works hard to do so in the context of the extensive cognitive, social, emotional and physical development that a student will experience during these early years of adolescence. 

The Program of Studies reflects high expectations for academic achievement. The program also represents a deep understanding of the importance of a caring and supportive learning environment during these middle years.   We aim to provide structure and clear boundaries in our learning program, while at the same time, encouraging exploration.  Our goal is to take advantage of the intellectual power of this group of learners and their drive to belong, while appreciating the different gifts and needs of the individual. 

On the following pages you will find descriptions of the core classes, elective courses and exploration opportunities.  Students enroll in eight courses that meet across a rotating two-day schedule.  Five of the eight are required: Physical Education, English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  The three other courses are Electives, some that take place for one full year and others for one trimester, in the areas of World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Technology Education and other special interest areas.  Health education is also a required elective for Middle School students in grades 6 and 8.

The means for developing your child’s academic program for 2020-2021 is the course registration process via PowerSchool and this Program of Studies booklet.  The Middle School Counselor, Kendel Leet, and I will facilitate this process in collaboration with the students, teachers and parents.   Should you have any questions about the registration process, please call, e-mail or visit the Middle School administrative office.

Sincerely,                                                                   

Andrew Ferguson  

Middle School Principal                                                                   

Kendel Leet

Middle School Counselor