Middle School is one of the most exciting, challenging, frustrating, and rewarding times for adolescents. As they discover more and more about themselves and begin to establish an independent personal identity, they also begin to explore the mysteries of the world around them. We support and guide students through this process of self-discovery.
Middle school is one of the most impactful times of students’ lives. They are not children and yet they are not grown, instead they are betwixt and between in age, critical thinking capacity, physical, social, and emotional development. With the energy of youth, middle school students demonstrate inquiry often without realizing it: they want to know the whys of things, and also the hows, what fors, and why should we cares of the world. They begin to explore how to create beauty within the curriculum and their own lives. Under the guidance of our teachers, middle schoolers learn how to collaborate, how to become responsible for their own learning, and they begin to see the results of the decisions they make.
Here at JFK, middle school teachers place a great focus on learning through experiences, investigations and reflective practices.”
Here at JFK, middle school teachers place a great focus on learning through experiences, investigations and reflective practices. Success here is measured in the ability to wonder, explore, and dig deeper as these skills lead students to be inquirers. The Middle Years Programme guides this inquiry process in every classroom, and students are encouraged to follow their natural curiosity while learning.
In Middle School, young people are looking at adults as models for leadership. Because our students will be among the leaders of Mexico and the world in a very short time, they consider all of us as role models for their future selves. We model knowledge, success, and the school’s values of honesty, responsibility, and respect. This is a time of trying out ideas like so many different hats: what kind of person do I want to be? is a recurring theme in all three years here.
Teaching and learning at JFK Middle School is designed to think of the future, helping students to lead, serve and create beauty in all they do. This energized environment of Middle School is why I am so pleased and honored to be Principal!