Middle School | 6th – 8th

Challenged to think
like
a scientist

Rigorous academics, essential connections.

In these first three years of the IB Middle Years Program, our Middle School students take an active role in developing their own knowledge and understanding of the world. As inquirers, students construct their own meaning, rather than relying on their teachers to do so for them, and are challenged to explore significance and examine their own knowledge deeply and holistically. They learn by applying knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts; and become caring members of their community through service.

Quick Facts

Differentiated learning tracks and small class sizes

Liberal arts classes taught in Spanish

Foundational classes taught in English

Opportunity to earn High School credits in Math, Spanish and Mandarin

Physical, Social & Emotional Education program

Teaching staff includes two PhD’s and published authors

Middle School

Program
Highlights

Mandarin Language Acquisition

Building upon their primary years of Mandarin, students continue learning Chinese words and expressions useful in daily life. Students work on reading and writing, developing compound and complex sentences in order to express ideas and opinions with higher-level sentence patterns, and begin learning to type Pinyin.

Language & Literature

In addition to gaining fluency in Spanish and a strong Mandarin foundation, our English Language & Literature program leads students to expand their English language skills by engaging with a variety of genres from different cultures and different times. Students develop metalinguistic awareness, learn to analyze texts and effectively apply various writing and speaking styles.

Science

Students are provided many opportunities each year to carry out independent scientific investigations. This enables them to deeply learn the fundamentals of the scientific method and processes of science such as research, observation, data analysis, dependent and independent variables and more. More than just the memorization of scientific facts, our program values analysis and original deep thinking about complex real-world problems.

Design Thinking

With frequent access to the tools in the i.lab, students can put the design cycle into action across multiple subjects. They learn to use technology effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, to model and create solutions, and to solve problems. They appreciate the impact of design innovations on life, global society and environments, developing knowledge and skills from different disciplines and applying their influence in their own design thinking.

Mathematics

Students explore mathematics through units of inquiry that help deepen their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and skills. Additionally, they develop the ability to investigate and justify patterns, the verbal and written language for communicating mathematics correctly, and tools for applying mathematics to solve real-world problems. Students have the opportunity to follow foundational grade level mathematics as well as  Pre-Algebra and high school level Algebra and Geometry.

The Arts

Students continue their journey through the arts with the study of historical art and musical movements, performing in front of live audiences and refining their opinions and considerations of what defines art in the modern, globally changing world. Students attend Performing Arts and Visual Art classes and take advantage of the tools in the i.lab to create everything from theatrical backdrops to modern art pieces that often line the halls of the school.

Differentiated Learning

Differentiated learning tracks within Math and Mandarin allow for tailored learning based upon students’ individual skill levels. Because class sizes are smaller, students have the flexibility to move within different tracks throughout the year, depending on their progress or need for support.

The Humanities

The study of individuals and societies helps students develop their identity and learn to be responsible members of local and global communities. Concepts across this subject create in students a lifelong fascination with “the human story” as it continues to evolve in an era of rapid change and increasing global interconnectedness. Studies in individuals and societies are essential for developing international-mindedness and empathy, including the idea that “other people, with their differences, can also be right”, part of the IB mission statement.

Mandarin Language Acquisition
Building upon their primary years of Mandarin, students continue learning Chinese words and expressions useful in daily life. Students work on reading and writing, developing compound and complex sentences in order to express ideas and opinions with higher-level sentence patterns, and begin learning to type Pinyin.
Design Thinking

With frequent access to the tools in the i.lab, students can put the design cycle into action across multiple subjects. They learn to use technology effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, to model and create solutions, and to solve problems. They appreciate the impact of design innovations on life, global society and environments, developing knowledge and skills from different disciplines and applying their influence in their own design thinking.

Differentiated Learning

Differentiated learning tracks within Math and Mandarin allow for tailored learning based upon students’ individual skill levels. Because class sizes are smaller, students have the flexibility to move within different tracks throughout the year, depending on their progress or need for support.

Language & Literature

In addition to gaining fluency in Spanish and a strong Mandarin foundation, our English Language & Literature program leads students to expand their English language skills by engaging with a variety of genres from different cultures and different times. Students develop metalinguistic awareness, learn to analyze texts and effectively apply various writing and speaking styles.

Mathematics

Students explore mathematics through units of inquiry that help deepen their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and skills. Additionally, they develop the ability to investigate and justify patterns, the verbal and written language for communicating mathematics correctly, and tools for applying mathematics to solve real-world problems. Students have the opportunity to follow foundational grade level mathematics as well as  Pre-Algebra and high school level Algebra and Geometry.

The Humanities

The study of individuals and societies helps students develop their identity and learn to be responsible members of local and global communities. Concepts across this subject create in students a lifelong fascination with “the human story” as it continues to evolve in an era of rapid change and increasing global interconnectedness. Studies in individuals and societies are essential for developing international-mindedness and empathy, including the idea that “other people, with their differences, can also be right”, part of the IB mission statement.

Science

Students are provided many opportunities each year to carry out independent scientific investigations. This enables them to deeply learn the fundamentals of the scientific method and processes of science such as research, observation, data analysis, dependent and independent variables and more. More than just the memorization of scientific facts, our program values analysis and original deep thinking about complex real-world problems.

The Arts

Students continue their journey through the arts with the study of historical art and musical movements, performing in front of live audiences and refining their opinions and considerations of what defines art in the modern, globally changing world. Students attend Performing Arts and Visual Art classes and take advantage of the tools in the i.lab to create everything from theatrical backdrops to modern art pieces that often line the halls of the school.

Meet the
Students

Meet Santiago. When he grows up, he wants to be a professional soccer (fútbol) player and good son, student and friend! Santi’s favorite subject at Magellan is Humanities, and he especially enjoyed working on his UPAM project (ubicación, población, ambiente, y movimiento). Outside of school, you’ll find him on the field with the Austin FC Center of Excellence and playing internationally (including Barcelona, the Netherlands, and Peru). Santi is very competitive and loves to beat his dad in everything!

Meet Aria. As a middle school student, her favorite class is Spanish and her favorite activity is serving on Student Council. Both will help her achieve her dreams of becoming an ambassador, senator, president or journalist. When she’s not at Magellan, she enjoys learning to play the piano and viola and is an avid reader, completing multiple books each week!

Meet Andre. He’s been at Magellan since 2nd grade and enjoys Science, Spanish, and Math. He also loves to make videos for his classes. Andre founded the school’s student newspaper and is its President, and he also participates in basketball, cross country and Model UN. When he grows up, he wants to be a prosecutor or a civil rights attorney.

Meet Zoe. Her favorite subject at Magellan is English Language and Literature because reading is one of her favorite pastimes. Every book leads to new adventures, words and ideas that Zoe can use in class and life without limits! She also plays the cello and performs with local arts groups, even playing the lead in Mary Poppins last year. When Zoe grows up, she’s excited to be an astronaut or a musician!

Meet Calvin. When he grows up, he wants to be a Rocket Scientist! What a great career choice for someone whose favorite subjects are math and science. Outside of school, Calvin enjoys summer camps and practicing his fantastic Spanish skills. While he’s not one to brag, we’ll do it for him – he was the Kid Boss winner in this year’s PitchYea young entrepreneur’s competition for his business idea, BLANK.