The Middle School provides a nurturing environment for around 211 students; encouraging strong relationships, social responsibility and academic excellence.The three specific values of the MS are respect, responsible and safe, not only at school, but as they face life's challenges.
The first three years of the five-year IB Middle Years Program are taught in the Middle School and the last two years are completed in grades 9 and 10 in the High School. Across the MYP curriculum there is a strong emphasis on approaches to learning (ATL) skills, which cover the development of effective study skills and of critical and creative thinking. ATL skills in the MYP include social skills, research skills, communication skills, thinking skills and self-management skills. Students take Danish, English, Language Acquisition (Spanish, French or German), Humanities, Mathematics, Science, Design, Physical Education, and the Arts (music, drama and visual arts). Provisions are made for students whose first language is not English, or who need extra support to access our curriculum due to learning difficulties/differences.
Every student in the Middle School is assigned to an advisor and advisory group that meets daily. Advisory focuses on helping adolescents find a home where topics related to interpersonal relationships, study skills, compassion and understanding of something "different" than their own beliefs, service to others, kindness in our words and actions, stewardship for our school, personal talents and the world are discussed. There is a specific modular advisory curriculum that focuses on these interpersonal skills and attitudes.
Beyond the classroom are many sport, art, recreational and service opportunities that help students discover their strengths and passions, and connect in-school learning to the real world. Year-round sporting activities include volleyball, basketball, soccer, swimming, and track-and-field international tournaments.
A collaborative partnership with parents is vital to the success of our Middle School. We enjoy a strong sense of community and pride in our school and the students who are at the center. We have parent roundtable sessions on a variety of topics (academic and developmental), book clubs and information sessions related to the MYP. Students and parents meet twice a year with faculty to discuss the student’s strengths, progress and goals. In addition, we welcome communication and dialogue with parents at any time.
We invite you to be part of the learning and growth experiences in the MS.
Middle School Principal
In the Middle School we emphasize the importance of becoming well-rounded, healthy, and involved members of our community – exploring opportunities that exist beyond the classroom, often connecting what we’re learning about in school to meaningful service.
Our H.A.W.K.S Program is designed to help students enrich their lives and strengthen our community; we ask students to do this by lending a “helping hand” (H), participating in an “active and healthy lifestyle” (A), seeking opportunities to “work together” collaboratively, exploring Danish culture (K – København og Mere), and by continuously developing their “skills” (S).
Students’ progress in HAWKS is supported during advisory, where they are asked to share, track, and reflect on their experiences. Please visit our HAWKS website to find out more about the program and what our students are doing.
the following items are needed at home:
- Stapler and stales
- Colored pencils and markers
- Glue stick
- Hole punch
- English and foreign language dictionaries
- A4 binders for long-term storage of notes
The following items are needed in school:
- Laptop (PC or MAC) with Microsoft Office or OpenOffice. See requirements below (BYOD) for Middle School, grades 6-8*
- Extra power cord for laptop to be kept at school
- Pens: blue or black ink only
- Scientific Calculator for Maths Gr 6-8
- Graphic Display Calculator for Maths Gr 9-12. For specific information click here
- Developmental Workbook (Kinebog/ A4 Dummy) for Art (can be bought from the Charity Club at school)
- PE Kit-Appropriate clothing, gym shoes, towel, soap
Requirements for CIS BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) grades 6-8
All Middle school students at Copenhagen International School are required to bring their own computer to school. You can choose between the following options.
Regardless which option you choose, we recommend a warranty with damage protection. Additionally, we emphasize the need for the laptop to be lightweight and have a strong battery capacity. We expect students to arrive to school daily with at least 6 hours of operating power charged on their laptops.
Option 1: Laptop
The following chart provides minimum laptop specifications required to support your child’s learning at CIS.
|Platform||PC / Mac|
|Screen Size||11 inches|
|Hard Drive||256 GB|
|Windows 7 Professional
Mac OSX v. 10.9
Must support English
|Ports||Requird: Minimum 2 USB ports
Preferred: Audio in/out, built-in microphone & camera
|Battery||6+ hours or higher|
Option 2: Chromebook
While traditional laptops offer a wider possible range of applications, Chromebooks provide a viable alternative. These devices work very well with the Google accounts issued to CIS students and are much less expensive.
Chromebooks are lightweight, have a long battery life and start up very fast. They do not require installation or upgrading of any software and they automatically provide access to the full range of features offered by the Google Apps suite of tools, such as a wide range of apps, and a huge quantity of storage space for files. On the downside, they are only completely functional where there is internet access present.
Parent Student Handbook
If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne O'Reilly in the Middle School Office:
Sor@cis.dk / Tel 39 46 33 03