QSI Chengdu middle school students follow a block schedule with alternating A and B days. A typical schedule for middle school students includes eight courses. The daily bell schedule can be seen below:
MusicTechnologyInstrumental MusicStudy SkillsDramatic ArtsArt I (secondary course)Chinese, French, and German
As appropriate, some students in the 11-13 year-old classes may take secondary level courses and receive secondary credit. If a student leaves a QSI school before entering the secondary school, a letter will be attached to the student’s evaluation form (status report) indicating the secondary level of work in which the student was involved.
Our middle school students have access to counseling to ensure that all students are well adjusted, learn appropriate social skills, and receive extra support when needed. The middle school teachers and counselor work to create and provide a comprehensive social emotional learning program for all students.
Every QSI student has the opportunity to be successful in their learning, and students are expected to flourish in their classrooms. However, a student whose English proficiency level is below that commonly associated with their age may not be able to flourish in the mainstream classroom. The Intensive English program is designed for these students. The goal of the Intensive English program is to facilitate an accelerated learning environment in which students are able to acquire the English language skills in the four domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing to be successful in their age-appropriate mainstream classes. Intensive English classes are smaller than mainstream classes to allow teachers to target individual student needs more effectively. The Intensive English program allows students to be successful at school and feel confident as learners.
QSI Chengdu works with our regional Learning Support Coordinator to provide additional learning support to those identified with special educational needs. Staff work to implement recommended accommodations to their learning environments in order to be successful, and, when deemed necessary by the individual student’s needs, modifications to the curriculum. The school strives to do our best to provide the full conditions for all students, including those with special needs, to be successful in the QSI environment.
Middle school is a time of discovery. We encourage our students to develop their interests and passions through our extracurricular activities programs. From athletics to fine arts to STEM, there is something for everyone. In middle school, students also begin to participate in interscholastic events, having the opportunity to travel to other regions or countries and developing positive relationships.