AAS Schoolwide Mission Statement:

AAS empowers each student to:

Respect Self and Others,
Love Learning, and
Contribute as a Globally Aware Citizen

in order to achieve individual academic and holistic excellence.

Middle School Learning at AAS

Our Philosophy

We are focused on providing a highly positive experience that develops the individual while preparing them for the challenges and opportunities that await them in the future. Our middle school is a safe, nurturing, and caring community where all students have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive while determining their individual paths in life.

As a team founded upon highly caring, committed, and qualified educators, we work hard to provide a rigorous and engaging academic program within the framework of holistic excellence.

How is Middle School Different than Elementary School?


Middle School Snapshot: What is does it look like starting in 6th grade?

Sixth through eighth grade Middle School students have a daily schedule, Advisory class and passing time between classes.

Student support services including counseling, EAL, PT, OT, speech and language, are available to Middle School students who qualify. 

Students in middle school are required to wear uniforms at school and while participating in PE.



We Believe Middle School is Way More Than Just "School"


What classes are available to Middle School students?

AAS Moscow is an international community with current educational thoughts. We strive to provide an education that combines the acquisition of relevant skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values. This philosophy is reflected in our AAS Standards and Benchmarks.

The Middle School Daily Schedule

  • Four classes (blocks) each day, 75 minutes in duration
  • Passing time
  • Recess / Outdoor time
  • Advisory for 30 minutes four days a week
Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri (Wed is a late start)
1st block 8:30 -9:45 a.m.
Passing 9:45 - 9:55 a.m.
2nd block 9:55 - 10:00 a.m.
Recess / Outdoor Time 11:10 - 11:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Passing 12:00 - 12:05 p.m.
Advisory 12:05 - 12:30 p.m.
Passing 12:30 - 12:35 p.m.
3rd block 12:35 - 1:50 p.m.
Recess / Outdoor Time 1:50 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Passing 2:10 - 2:15 p.m.
4th block 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.




Personal and Social Emotional Counseling

At AAS, the counselors support the transition into, through, and out of middle school, including adjustment to Moscow and the AAS community. The counselors seek to:

  • Facilitate problem solving and communication among all members of the school community including students, teachers, parents and administrators.
  • Support students and families with immediate social-emotional issues.
  • Make referrals to outside support services where necessary.

list of outside counseling resources

What is Advisory class?

Advisory class supports students in all aspects of their school experience while allowing students to grow, learn and form their own opinions. Eight to ten students are assigned to a teacher advisor who meets with the middle school students in a small group setting four days a week. Teacher advisors advocate, guide, and monitor how things are going throughout the school year and keeps in touch with the student's teachers and parents.

Middle School students safely and candidly discuss issues relating to four rotating themes:

  • Mindsets and goals
  • Recognizing bullying and harassment
  • Thoughts, emotions, and decisions
  • Managing relationships and social conflict

AAS embraces advisory as a place where all students can both learn to form their own opinions in a safe, nurturing environment and allow another caring adult into their lives.



What is the House Program?

Sixth grade students are assigned to one of five houses for the entirety of their middle school journey. Each house consists of students from grades six to eight. Students represent their house with their own shirts and colors. Each house participates in house activities and competitions with the other AAS middle school houses. Our core values and mission statement drive the fun and forever friendships formed in the house program.



What is Discovery Week?

Discovery Week is an integral part of our school program that offers enhanced educational experiences for all students. It is a week-long experience in September for Grades 7 and 8 and June for Grade 6.

The trips are designed so students will:

  • Gain greater understanding of various regions of Russia. Through the trips, students learn about and appreciate the geography, history, people and customs of Russia.
  • Become closer and supportive of one another. By traveling together for five/six days, students get to know one another well, make new friends and learn skills in dealing effectively with others in a group.
  • Grow in self-awareness, self-confidence & independence. By traveling in a group, away from home and without parents, students will get to know themselves better, gain confidence through new experiences, and make decisions that increase their sense of self-reliance and independence.
  • Appreciate each other and their teachers in new ways. Through the common experiences of traveling, eating, and living together for five/six days, students and teachers will experience each other in new ways not possible in the classroom. These new experiences will provide an opportunity for students and teachers to build a positive and constructive foundation for interaction for the rest of the school year and future school years.



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