Middle School Program

    Welcome to the Middle School at the Banjul American Embassy School. These middle grades are critical years for our children – ones that are important for the development of their self-esteem and their life-long attitudes towards learning and relationships.

    The Middle School program provides students with a transition from the self-contained elementary school structure to a more departmentalized approach. Students receive instruction from different teachers in English, math, science, social studies, French, computer, art, music, and physical education. Curriculum materials for science and social studies are presented in two-year cycles and the subject teachers coordinate to produce multi-disciplinary approaches to topics. Students are encouraged to become self-directed learners and they are given opportunities to develop leadership skills.

    It offers a diverse and challenging program that is specifically designed to meet the needs of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who are in the process of transition from children to young adults. Special attention is focused on meeting social, emotional and physical needs, as well as their academic development. The BAES program strives to provide an environment within which students can explore, set limits and develop personal relationships, together with a nurturing faculty who are aware of their unique needs during this stage of their development. It is designed to be a bridge between the elementary years and high school.

    The core academic classes in the middle years are Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. In addition, middle school students take French and Physical Education year round, as well as exploratory classes in Art, Music, and IT. After school activities are offered to students from Tuesday through Thursday for each semester, from 15h00 to 16h00. After School Activities include; sports, arts and crafts, academic support, drama, chess club, swimming, yearbook and more.

    In the middle school, good time management skills and personal reflection on assignment feedback are important factors leading to academic success. Many assignments will require that students develop timelines and completion strategies that will provide balance to their daily workload.

    Grade placement for students entering the Middle School is determined by several factors: age, social and emotional maturity, grade most recently completed, and academic achievement. Students, who transfer to BAES in January from a school system with an academic calendar ending in December, are generally placed in the same grade level that they just completed. Entrance assessments are given to all applicants in mathematics, reading comprehension and writing, to determine their achievement level and subsequent placement.

    Teachers are focused on providing every student with an excellent education based on School Mission & Beliefs Statements and current instructional practices.