Middle School

Ages 11-13



Welcome to the middle school division of ISQ. I believe that the secondary years are an amazing time where students develop and progress into adulthood. During grades 6–12, my staff and I have the privilege to guide students as they grow academically, shape their view on who they are, and develop their own beliefs about the world.

At ISQ, we have a wonderful and unique program that combines rigorous academics in an environment that fosters holistic personal growth for each student. We teach and encourage students to master all core content while promoting exploration of different interests. We also greatly value positive teacher-student and student-student interaction. Our staff members invest their time and efforts into each student to build relationships and support students in present and future pursuits. I believe this leads to both the feelings of safety and security in our students’ experience.

Another important aspect of our secondary program is our emphasis on worldview. In the spirit of Socrates and Plato, we challenge students to "know thyself," asking them to both articulate and defend their own worldview. This is achieved through both classes that focus on worldview as well as an emphasis on what being a "third culture kid" means and how it impacts their identity.

I have no doubt that students who graduate from ISQ will leave with not only a quality education, but also with skills, "family," and a better understanding of who they are.

Thank you,
Chris Dentel
Secondary Principal


ISQ Kids Read!

Students take part in a reading competition where they chose to read books from a wide variety of options. In mid-winter, the students go to a China-wide quiz-bowl type competition where they compete against other middle school students.

Model United Nations


This program is arranged so students who want to create have the space and support to do so. Working with wood, materials, sculpture, mechanical or artistic pursuits, students are paired with an adult who is also passionate about creation and student learning. This is also offered one hour a week as an elective for eighth grade students as part of their instructional day.


Students learn about being on the stage. They practice speech, stage presence and develop skills to be comfortable on stage or behind the scenes working with building sets, running lights and sound, or evening directing and student management. One goal of this program is to help students prepare for seasonal dramatic productions at ISQ.

Jazz Band

Eighth grade students may choose, as an elective period once a week and occasionally after school, to take part in the Jazz Band.


Eighth grade students may choose, as an elective period once a week and occasionally after school, to take part in the school’s YearBook program.

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