Middle School Curriculum

At DIS, we understand that we have to prepare young people for a complex and rapidly changing world that is all but impossible to keep up with. Thus we believe in an international, multilingual education emphasizing critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and cross-cultural communication. An appreciation of differences is essential for this. The middle school experience lays the groundwork for this unique perspective.


Middle school extends from 6th grade through 8th grade. It is a time when students must put to use the knowledge and skills mastered in primary school. At this stage, students have moved beyond just learning the basics. They are faced with challenging new concepts and ideas.

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  • 6th Grade Through 9th Grade

    Middle School, called Collège in France, starts in 6th grade and is a four-year course. At Dallas International School, the Middle School curriculum is based on the program provided by France’s Ministry of Education. In addition, DIS is blending English language courses that will allow students to graduate as bilingual and bicultural young adults. Students have a different teacher for each subject. They are experts in their field and lead students into discovering new content and new ideas, solving complex problems, and becoming more autonomous learners, ready for High School.

    At the end of Grade 9, the Diplôme National du Brevet (National Diploma of Certification) evaluates the knowledge and skills students have developed throughout Middle School. For the DNB, students take written exams in math, French, history-geography and sciences. They also have to take an oral test about a specific project they have developed during their years in Middle School.
  • Middle School Subjects

    • Language & Literature Skills (French & English)
    • History & Geography and Civics
    • Biology/Geology
    • Physics/Chemistry (starting at 7th grade)
    • Science & Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Education
    • Spanish or Chinese
    • Art & Music

Lower School Campus

6039 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75230
Tel: (972) 991-6379; Fax: (972) 991-6608

Upper School Campus

17811 Waterview Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75252
Tel: (469) 250-0001; Fax: (214) 570-4900