Middle School: Grades 6–8

Kids working together on a project

The French word for Middle School is Collège. This stage of development is a complex and exciting time in which students are defining themselves and finding their own voices. They are building confidence, experimenting with a growing sense of independence, and discovering what makes them unique. The Middle School at the French American School is a vibrant community of students, teachers, parents, and administrators who work together to support each individual during this process, inspiring them to flourish as students and as people.

During the culminating years of our program, a student’s language skills mature considerably, and they develop creativity, critical thinking and depth of knowledge. Language arts are taught in French and English, social studies in French and English, and math and science in English. A third modern language, Spanish, is introduced in the sixth grade. Interdisciplinary Project-based and Concept-based learning, which lies at the heart of our program, develop critical thinking skills and empowers students to take ownership of their own learning process. Students demonstrate their knowledge through both formative and summative assessments. Technology is used across all academic disciplines to support and enrich the learning experience. Each student has their own Chromebook, and our educators thoughtfully incorporate these devices into classroom activities.

Digital literacy is taught through a series of engaging workshops, following the Common Sense Media curriculum for middle school students.

Students attend physical education class at the nearby Boys and Girls Club, and participate in team sports through our cooperative interscholastic program.  Physical Education Instruction is modified for the 2020 / 2021 school year due to the safety/health regulations and is taught in Spanish.

The Middle School faculty also pays close attention to the social and emotional well-being of our students. The healthy habits of engaging in Class Meetings stem from the Elementary years, and Middle School students are provided with Advisory once a week with an Advisor for the grade for the school year. Respect for others, equity and inclusion are core values modeled by teachers. Social emotional learning, mental health and self-care/wellness remain important components of the middle school years program, especially during the turmoil of teenage years.

Our goal in the Middle School is to create a safe and nurturing environment where students are able to develop healthy social skills as they mature during adolescence. We want to help our students to realize their full potential to become active contributors in our global world.

Learn more about our curriculum by grade, using the expandable tabs below to see what your child will be accomplishing in each year, or scroll down to explore our program by subject area.

Browse the Middle School Curriculum by subject area using the expandable tabs below.

“During their years at FASRI, the students get the maximum benefit of dual language education in the middle school. I am so grateful to FASRI for giving this to my son.”
~ FASRI parent

Middle School Schedule

School hours are:

Early drop off:
7:30am to 8:15am

Middle School:
8:15am to 2:55pm

Afterschool program:
3:00pm to 5:30pm

FASRI essentially follows the calendar of the Providence Public Schools except for a one-week break in the third week of October.

Working Closely with Faculty

Boy smiling at the camera

Given the excellent teacher to student ratio, our middle-schoolers benefit from working closely with faculty. Teachers have the ability to provide individualized attention and offer additional help when necessary. A student’s individual talents and interests are nurtured through special projects and our electives taught by faculty. For the 2020 / 2021 school year, students will be provided with a choice of directed electives such as:

- Health, self care & wellness
- Renaissance Art
- Debate & Eloquence
- Sound Engineered Makerspace
- Webradio and podcasts
- Yearbook (8th graders)
- Creative Writing