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Middle School

Years 7, 8 and 9 make up our Middle School at ISL - a time when students are transitioning between the final years of childhood into the first years of their adolescence. This is both an exciting and challenging time for our students as they begin to appreciate the many opportunities available to them, their increasing freedoms and their corresponding responsibilities. 


Throughout this journey, parents and our ISL teachers provide the guidance our students need to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to make good choices for themselves and others around them.

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Craig Patterson,

Secondary Principal

Welcome to the Secondary School at the International School of Lusaka! We offer a combination of challenging academic programmes with extensive extra-curricular opportunities in order to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, ethical and physical needs of our students.

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In general, all Middle School students are required to take English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, French or Spanish, Physical Education, Information and Communication Technology, Art, Drama and Music. In addition to a comprehensive academic programme, the Middle School also offers student support services and pastoral care.

The educational principles are based on the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) from Fieldwork Education, and are:


  • Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) classes designed to enhance each student's self-esteem.

  • Student Council and House Captain opportunities for students to assume increasing amounts of responsibility and leadership.

  • A Tutor programme that promotes positive interaction between students of different ages, year levels, cultures and backgrounds

  • A personal counseling support and guidance to assist students in this time of significant physical and emotional change, increased peer pressure and social demands.

  • An extracurricular activities programme which complements the overall school program, designed to cover a full range of student interests and emphasizing skill-building and participation.

Students following the IMYC focus on academic, personal and international learning goals designed to stimulate and inspire learning. The various subjects have specific learning goals and activities, which are delivered and assessed by subject specialists. All the subjects in a particular year group follow the same conceptual unit for six weeks at a particular time. 


The Unit Themes and Big Ideas allow students to make meaning of their learning and to see the interdependence of their different subject areas.

Year 7 Unit Themes

  • Adaptability

  • Collaboration

  • Structures

  • Discovery

  • Creativity

Year 8 Unit Themes

  • Communication

  • Relationship

  • Respect

  • Curiosity

  • Tradition

Year 9 Unit Themes

  • Identity

  • Community

  • Responsibility

  • Challenge 

  • Renewal

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