Middle School (5th to 8th grades) at TASIS Portugal is the bridge between elementary school and high school, when students begin to develop independence as they gain academic and social maturity.
The middle school program is designed to foster the academic, aesthetic, physical, and social growth of students within a structured and caring framework. The major goals of the academic program are to teach students to question, to encourage divergent opinions by considering alternatives to stereotyped patterns of thinking, and to encourage students to pursue independent research of thought-provoking issues, culminating in individual rational judgments.
Academically, students are expected to master basic skills and content, to become more inquisitive and analytical, to develop research skills, and to organize and present their learning in both verbal and written form.
While still utilizing an articulated curriculum, the middle school offers additional experimentation and choice. We use the Cambridge Schools International curriculum for our middle school because it is world recognized, culturally sensitive, internationally minded, and provides flexibility while remaining challenging.
Socially, students are expected to become more tolerant and understanding of others and of the larger world around them, to gain greater respect for themselves and for others, and to participate actively in the community.