Middle School

International School of Wuxi Middle School band practicing for their concert

Our middle school students enjoy a variety of new learning experiences, and receive all the support they need to grow and mature well.

A warm welcome from our Principal

barbara foster Secondary Principal at international school of wuxiWelcome!

It has been my great honor and privilege to lead the International School of Wuxi Middle School in its pursuit of academic excellence and holistic development. The middle school years are full of transition and changes. We believe that each student is unique in their way. Here at Wuxi, our dedicated Middle School team meets students where they are, engages and challenges them to grow, and be ready for High School.

We hope to continually improve our current services and increase the unique educational opportunities and activities we provide our students while maintaining the family environment that makes our school the best scholarly option for students in Wuxi, China.

Barbara Foster

Middle School Principal

Bringing the curriculum to life

International School of Wuxi Middle School teacher writing on the white board


Our holistic curriculum nurtures every child’s academic ability, character development and skillset—head, heart and hands—whilst tending to their social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs and academic welfare. Our Middle School program uses guided inquiry, collaboration, and communication to provide an environment in which students learn problem-solving skills, critical thinking and subject competencies.

International School of Wuxi Middle School science classroom with students learning


Our Middle School science classes are based on an integrated science
curriculum. From Grades 6–8, students study earth, physical and life science, growing in their understanding of the structure of the world around them. Learning goes deeper at every grade, and during these courses students learn the Scientific Method and put their knowledge to use via lab-based science projects.

International School of Wuxi Middle School students learning about social studies

Social studies

Social studies begin in Grades 6 and 7, teaching students about world geography, cultures and people groups. Students then build on this understanding by studying ancient civilizations in Grade 8, and modern world history in Grade 9.

International School of Wuxi Middle School english language and art class

English Language Art

Students focus on writing narratives, informational pieces, and persuasive / argumentative writing. This gives students the skills they need for writing well, and prepares them for High School coursework. Students read both fiction and non-fiction, and across all the Language Arts courses they continually practice and refine their speaking and listening skills.

International School of Wuxi Middle School teacher helping student on computer


At Grade 6, math combines the practice of foundational skills with an
exploration of basic pre-algebraic and geometric concepts. In Grade 7, students focus on solving equations; then, in Grade 8, they grapple with algebra. We show them how to handle increasingly complex linear functions and equation manipulation, and teach them exponential and quadratic equations, FOILing and factoring, properties of exponents, plus some basics in trigonometry.

International School of Wuxi Middle School theater production fun

Visual and performing arts

Students begin to learn and experiment with a variety of creative techniques, delve into some art history, encounter the work of different practitioners, and explore what it means to be an artist. Through choir, band and theatre options, we want every student to be a self-sufficient musician, with a knowledge of instrumental technique and an appreciation of the work involved in creating a performance, by the time they reach High School.

International School of Wuxi Middle School pe class teaches students athletics

Physical education

Our physical education program gives our students a physical outlet during the school day and teaches them foundational skills for participation in competitive and recreational athletics including soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and field, tennis and lacrosse. The goal of our Middle
School PE program is to create an inclusive atmosphere where students can try out new sports, and build enough confidence to take part at a competitive level.

International School of Wuxi Middle School teacher and student work together on laptop computers

Advisory Program

We launched an Advisory Program in 2021–22, which pairs students with teachers to build connections, develop social and emotional skills, and have fun.

Our Secondary teaching team

barbara foster Secondary Principal at international school of wuxi
Barbara Foster

Secondary Principal

hanzel capindo international school of wuxi Secondary Mathematics Teacher
Hanzel Capindo

Secondary Mathematics Teacher

nicole coetzee international school of wuxi Secondary English Language Arts Teacher
Nicole Coetzee

Secondary English Language Arts Teacher

tad natividad international school of wuxi Secondary Philosophy Teacher
Tad Natividad

Secondary Philosophy Teacher

james riggins international school of wuxi Secondary Social Studies Teacher
James Riggins

Secondary Social Studies Teacher

alayna ackley Secondary Science Teacher at international school of wuxi
Alayna Ackley

Secondary Science Teacher

thom schmit international school of wuxi Secondary Fine Arts Teacher
Thom Schmit

Secondary Fine Arts Teacher

Recognized for excellence

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International School of Wuxi is accredited by Cognia, the largest education improvement organization in the world—demonstrating our commitment to learners, teachers, leaders and communities.

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