Middle School

Welcome to the XIS middle school, a close community of learners.  

Middle school is a unique stage of development, and we recognize and celebrate the needs of our young adolescents during these years. The XIS middle school program provides a supportive environment that emphasizes the development of social and learning skills. We believe our students deserve opportunities to explore interests, accumulate information and ask questions, all while collaborating with others to encourage social and emotional development. 

In a typical day, the classroom experience provides structured learning mixed with guided inquiry, project-based learning, and opportunities for reflection on progress and personal growth. As a student progresses through middle school, they develop greater self-management skills, independence, critical thinking skills and a readiness for the high school years ahead. 

I invite you to explore our website and experience the quality programs and support that XIS offers. 

David Young

Secondary Principal

XIS Secondary Principal

“…As a student progresses through middle school at XIS, they develop greater self-management skills, independence, critical thinking skills and a readiness for the high school years ahead.”

-David Young, Secondary Principal

XIS Middle School Learning
XIS Middle School House Sports Day
XIS Middle School Students Debating

Students in the middle school learn about subject-specific concepts, make interdisciplinary connections between subjects, and provide opportunities to apply their learning to the real world.

XIS MYP Coordinator Ralph Emmerink

“Our middle school students are able to develop themselves cognitively, socially and emotionally in a safe learning environment.”

-Ralph Emmerink, MYP Coordinator

Middle School Program Overview

Middle School (grades 6-8) is an influential and dynamic time in a student’s education. Thus, we believe our students deserve the opportunity to not only explore, accumulate, question, and understand the content discussed in each of their subjects, but also to develop themselves on a social and emotional level. We are guided by our belief in aiding and fostering the growth of our learners in a holistic manner.

The XIS middle school curriculum is framed by the Middle Years Programme (MYP), a challenging and holistic framework that is informed by North American and international standards. It allows students to learn about subject-specific concepts, make interdisciplinary connections between subjects, and have opportunities to apply their learning to the real world.

We are committed to providing a challenging, meaningful, and international-minded education to our students, effectively preparing them for the ever-changing world.

Learn more about the Middle Years Programme.

Middle School Courses and Classes

  • English Language and Literature or English Language Acquisition 

  • Mathematics 

  • Science 

  • Individuals and Societies 

  • Physical and Health Education

  • Design 

  • Arts (Visual Arts and Music) 

  • Mandarin or Korean

  • Homeroom and Middle School Advisory

MYP Programme Model

The XIS Difference

Why is XIS the international school of choice in Xiamen?

Over 80% of our faculty hold advanced degrees, and the average number of years of teaching experience is 11.

We are a diverse community with over 40 nationalities represented.

XIS develops independent, confident, and open-minded thinkers.

Our students attend reputable, well-known universities around the world. View our students’ university acceptances 2016-2020.

Accreditation Bullet XIS DifferenceXIS is accredited by WASC (for 20 years) and authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (15 years).

We are an IB World School, the only school in Xiamen offering all three of the prestigious and internationally recognized IB programs.

An average of 74% of XIS seniors earn a bilingual IB Diploma—the world average is 25%.

We have a warm community, family environment where every child is valued.

XIS students participate in international school regional athletics, arts, and cultural leagues and conferences: ACAMIS, SCISAC, and ISCMS.

Long-Standing School Bullet XIS DifferenceWe are the longest established international school in Xiamen, delivering a world-class education for 25 years.