Middle School students leave Elementary School behind and begin to embrace the freedoms and responsibilities of secondary school.
Students enroll in the core courses of English, Spanish or Spanish as a Second Language, Math, Social Studies and Science. They also take Physical Education and a variety of electives including Art, Music, Drama and foreign languages. Students begin to develop individual talents and interests, and advanced Math and Science courses are available to qualified students who will likely pursue Advanced Placement classes in High School. Academic grades become increasingly important as students become eligible for the Honor Roll or High Honor Roll and, in the Seventh Grade, for the National Junior Honor Society. Middle School ends with an Eighth Grade graduation ceremony that includes academic recognitions and the designation of a Valedictorian, Salutatorian and TASIS Dorado Scholar.
Consistent with the TASIS Dorado philosophy of a well-balanced education, we believe that strong academics alone do not make a well-rounded program. A TASIS Dorado college preparatory education provides not only for a strong academic foundation, but also for the cultural, social, psychological, and physical development of the student. Our student body will develop into leaders, honorable individuals, and exemplary citizens. Middle School students participate in the Student Council by electing a board of three students to represent the interests of the class.
TASIS Dorado is a "laptop school" with technology use integrated into the curriculum, so all 7th and 8th Grade students are required to own a laptop and become proficient in Microsoft Office programs. Dynamic Arts and Humanities programs ensure that out students develop an appreciation for the beauty of the world around them while a varied Physical Education and Health program encourages students to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Meaningful special programs include Middle School Exploration Days and other thematic weeks, Space Camp, field trips, community service, visiting experts and artists, summer activities and more.