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Middle School

Grade 6-8

Middle School in SIFC adopts American Common Core State Standards (CCSS), bringing in foreign original courses and teaching materials, to help students experience study and life in a foreign environment. At the same time, SIFC incorporates different methods such as games, speeches, debates, and role-playing into pedagogy to help students overcome their barriers in listening and speaking English, and to further fit in the American society.

Middle School adopts Optional Courses, and Counselor System

Follow typical American course standards with taking Chinese education reality into consideration

Optional Courses

SIFC conducts level-based teaching on students’ academic performance. For outstanding students, they can select course of higher grades. SIFC emphasizes on students’ personal development and critical thinking.
 

Counselor System

Counselors in middle school will discover students’ potential and individuality, and guide them in their extra-curriculum activities. Students will achieve academic and social development through communication with counselors.

Mental and physical development is also one of the top concerns of counselors.

Courses in Middle School

Subject/Grade

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

English

English 1, English 2, English 3, English 4

Chinese

Chinese 6, Chinese 7, Chinese 8, Chinese Traditional Culture

      Math

Prep-math

Algebra 1

Algebra 1, Algebra 2

      Science

Science 6

Science 7

Science 8

     Social Science

Geography

Prehistory& Ancient  Civilization

Origin of Western Culture

Health & Psychology

Health and Psychology 6, 7, 8

P.E.

Calisthenics, Yoga, Baseball, Football, Basketball

     Optional Courses

Humanity: Chinese History, Chinese Opera


Goals:

1. Improve students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing in English;

2. Use optional courses and level-based teaching, and incorporate different methods such as games, speeches, debates, and role-playing into pedagogy to trigger students’ interests;

3. Develop students’ humanistic qualities of Chinese culture through classic teaching materials;

4. Teach Math in bilingual environment to develop students’ logical, abstract, and spatial thinking, as well as the mathematical strategies in dealing with specific problems;

5. Trigger students’ interests in science through discovery and research pedagogy;

6. Develop cross-subject views among history, geography, economy and culture through sociological courses;

7. Develop perseverance, communication skills, and teamwork through P.E. classes;

8. Focus on training students’ public speaking skill, which is the best way of developing wisdom, thinking, and enthusiasm;

9. Conduct emotional, sexual, and value education to prevent students’ intention of suicide, drinking, and using drugs, as well as to learn how to prevent AIDS and perform first aid;

10. Various extra-curriculum activities including chorus, drama, dance and music to improve students’ qualities.

Combine courses with social practices, bring classes outside the campus.

Class on the Move

Every year SIFC organizes students to design a set of practice routes to go off-campus to places like Hunan, Yunnan, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and so on, to conduct field trips including scientific and humanistic research, arts appreciation, and education support to impoverished areas.

International Volunteering Project

Students can take part in international volunteering work with foreign volunteers in projects like Sea Turtle Protection in Sri Lanka, Elephant Protection in Thailand, Sea Protection in Australia, Temple Restoration in Cambodia, and so forth.