Middle School

6th through 8th Grade
Ages 11-13

Guided Growth & Exploration

ISQ's middle school has distinctive qualities that provide a learning environment in which all of our students are welcomed, accepted, and valued by teachers and peers. Passionate teachers guide our students through core academic offerings and extra and co-curricular activities, which build on academics and areas of interest from younger years.

Research shows teacher-student relationships have the most significant impact on student learning. Every middle school student belongs to a small advisory group, with an advisor that guides them, discuss and solve learning issues, and set goals.

In addition, middle school students at ISQ will also expand into new subjects that aren't offered in Elementary, which broadens their talents, responsibility, leadership, and love of learning.


Our 1:1 iPad program enhances learning


Over 30 offerings in our middle school curriculum and electives


Out of our 60 highly qualified education staff, 45% of our educators hold a master's degree or higher.


Our balanced approach to education means engaging a student's mind, heart, and body through exceptional academics and a wide range of activities.

English Language Arts

English Language Arts curriculum focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, and language foundations. We offer English I-IV, AP Language, AP Literature, AP Seminar, and AP Research.


Mathematics courses are created to meet the needs of students who have varying backgrounds, interests, and career goals. We offer Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, Advanced Calculus, and AP Statistics.

Physical Education

Students acquire lifelong healthy skills and knowledge through health and physical education courses which cover broad personal health topics, the interconnectedness of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual health, and necessary skills in various sports.

Social Studies

Students develop skills in historical analysis, economic principles, respectful critique, and learn about recurring themes in societies throughout time. Our social studies curriculum offers Modern World History, AP World History, Economics, AP Economics, AP Comparative Government, Contemporary History, CSI (Culture, Society, Identity), Government, and AP Geography.

Character Education

Philosophy at ISQ exposes students to various philosophies, ethical issues, and worldviews, and guide students to research, articulate, and defend their personal worldview. Students will take Introduction to Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Worldview and Popular Culture, Advanced Philosophy, and Worldview Survey and Development.


Science courses offer a wide variety of scientific disciplines which develop students' skills and become scientifically literate. Students can choose Biology, Chemistry, Physics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles.


Whether students are beginning Chinese or continuing their mastery, we offer expansive Chinese classes. ISQ has six levels of core Chinese, AP Chinese, and Honors Chinese for Native Speakers.

Fine Arts

With a history of remarkable teachers, the students in our visual and performing arts programs have flourished, establishing our programs amongst the most vibrant in the region. Students can take Introduction to Art, Advanced Art, AP Studio Art, Choir, Band, Fundamentals of Performing Arts, and Movie Production.

Passions Ignited

Athletics and activities at International School of Qingdao are where students can discover and express their passions, leveraging and complementing what they've learned in our core subjects.

Middle school students can compete in soccer and basketball tournaments, be a part of several electives from numerous offerings, perform in concerts and participate in other events throughout the school year, and go on week-long excursions to serve others and be immersed in different parts of Shandong, China.

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