Middle School

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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

justin crull middle school and high school principal at international school of qingdao

Welcome to our Middle School, a collective where learning, loving, and leading are built into all that we do. Because our passionate and caring educators understand that school should be something done for students, not to students, they create student-centered environments that challenge, encourage and equip students to engage this world with their heart and mind.

We educate to inspire curiosity, empathy, and resilience. Through hands-on experiments, team-building activities, encouraging creativity in arts and music, community service involvement, and individualized academic support, we guide our middle school students to grow in self-awareness and responsibility, nurturing them towards lives of meaning and purpose, lived in connection to the people around them.

For more than ten years, I’ve had the opportunity to teach internationally, and I am proud to call the International School of Qingdao my home. I hope someday it will be yours too.

Warmly
Justin Crull
Secondary Principal of Teaching and Learning

Bringing the curriculum to life

Transforming leaders from the inside out

Unique to LifePlus schools, students take Character Development classes to learn and explore worldview, identity and leadership which, in turn, cultivate lifelong skills and the ability to learn, love and lead.

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Arts

Visual arts, music and drama are a crucial part of learning here at Qingdao. Student life is enriched through artistic expression and learning collaboration, determination and the joy of high performance. Students will have the opportunity to perform on campus during our Drama events and Fine Art Galas.

Chinese language and culture

China is an amazing stage for learning and experiences and our Chinese program is no different. Chinese classes cater to beginner, novice, advanced or native Chinese learners, with small classes to differentiate instruction and meet students at any stage in their Chinese story.

Teacher-student relationships

Research shows that 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, where they discuss and solve issues students are facing, explore activities and set goals.

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Technology and digital learning

Here at the International School of Qingdao, we’re an Apple school successfully running digital learning programs throughout Middle School. Students develop their digital literacy and skills when connecting to their learning, teachers and peers through school-supported platforms like Canvas LMS and Microsoft Office’s suite of products.

Student experiences

Athletics

Our dedicated Athletics programs crystalized in 2002 when we came together with other international schools in our company and created our first China-wide tournament. Today our athletes have won 50 championship titles and 70 other trophies. Students in middle school can join basketball, ping pong and soccer teams throughout the year to compete locally in Qingdao—and as well as further afield in Yantai and Chengdu.

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Excursions

Our students explore China and their place in our world. From the heights of Lao Shan to the ancient temples of Qufu; from developing a global worldview to selfless acts of service for others; our students deeply connect with China and their community. Excursions and trips in middle school include four or five-day Spring Trips exploring Qingdao, Shandong Province or Beijing, and sports tournaments around the country.

Our Secondary teaching team

justin crull Secondary Principal of Teaching and Learning at international school of qingdao
Justin Crull

Secondary Principal of Teaching and Learning

colleen quernemoen Principal of Student Well-being at international school of qingdao
Colleen Quernemoen

Principal of Student Well-being

Abigail Zhang Secondary Principal's Assistant at International School of Qingdao
Abigail Zhang

Secondary Principals' Assistant

cici dong Well-being Principal's Assistant + Co-Teacher at international school of qingdao
Cici Dong

Well-being Principal's Assistant + Co-Teacher

judy guo Secondary Philosophy Teacher at international school of qingdao
Judy Guo

Secondary Philosophy Teacher

ellen petersen Secondary English Teacher, Drama Teacher + English HOD at international school of qingdao
Ellen Petersen

Secondary English Teacher, Drama Teacher + English HOD

daniel cassel Secondary English Teacher at international school of qingdao
Daniel Cassel

Secondary English Teacher

mary wang Secondary Math Teacher + Teaching Assistant at international school of qingdao
Mary Wang

Secondary Math Teacher + Teaching Assistant

seina kang Secondary Math Teacher at international school of qingdao
Seina Kang

Secondary Math Teacher

betty zhou Secondary Math + ELS Teacher at international school of qingdao
Betty Zhou

Secondary Math + ELS Teacher

Angel Luan

Librarian

liza wang Chinese Teacher + Chinese HOD international school of qingdao
Liza Wang

Chinese Teacher + Chinese HOD

catherine sun Chinese Teacher at international school of qingdao
Catherine Sun

Chinese Teacher

esther zhang Chinese Teacher at international school of qingdao
Esther Zhang

Chinese Teacher

hope yang Chinese Teacher at international school of qingdao
Hope Yang

Chinese Teacher

Amy Qi

Chinese Teacher

diana wu ELS Teacher + ELS HOD at international school of qingdao
Diana Wu

ELS Teacher

sarah hu ELS Teacher at international school of qingdao
Sarah Hu

ELS Teacher + ELS HOD

ilia mazurin ELS Teacher at international school of qingdao
Ilia Mazurin

ELS Teacher

anna nagy-igumnova Culture and Communications Teacher at international school of qingdao
Anna Igumnova

Culture and Communications Teacher

margaret turauskene ELS Teacher at international school of qingdao
Margaret Turauskene

ELS Teacher

gloria oh PE Teacher + PE HOD at international school of qingdao
Gloria Oh

PE Teacher + PE HOD

eric kang PE Teacher at international school of qingdao
Eric Kang

PE Teacher

Adrian Thompson Athletic Director + Secondary Technology Teacher at International School of Qingdao
Adrian Thompson

Athletic Director + Secondary Technology Teacher

shine shi Secondary Math and Science Teacher + Science HOD at international school of qingdao
Shine Shi

Secondary Math and Science Teacher + Science HOD

julio morales Secondary Science Teacher at international school of qingdao
Julio Morales

Secondary Science Teacher

jun augustin Secondary Social Studies Teacher at international school of qingdao
Jun Agustin

Secondary Social Studies Teacher

Alexa Manascero Secondary Art Teacher at International School of Qingdao
Alexa Manascero

Secondary Art Teacher

kevin yu Secondary Visual Arts Teaching Assistant at international school of qingdao
Kevin Yu

Secondary Visual Arts Teaching Assistant

davina miaw Music Teacher + Fine Arts HOD at international school of qingdao
Davina Miaw

Music Teacher + Fine Arts HOD

elise prater Music Teacher at international school of qingdao
Elise Prater

Music Teacher

mia liu Music Teaching Assistant at international school of qingdao
Mia Liu

Music Teaching Assistant

yvonne ng Secondary Well-being Counselor at international school of qingdao
Yvonne Ng

Secondary Well-being Counselor

melissa hosek Learning Support Coordinator at international school of qingdao
Melissa Hosek

Learning Support Coordinator

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