Middle School

Students are academically challenged, and participate in engaging activities that provide a well-rounded and advanced educational experience. In every academic course, rigor and character development are fundamentals of the globally-focused education students receive at CIS."

The Middle School at Cayman International School encompasses grades 6, 7, and 8. In the middle school, teachers work collaboratively to create an environment that is supportive and responsive to student needs. During the middle years, students are developing intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. The staff understands the uniqueness of these changes and developed a program that is caring and nurturing. There is an emphasis placed on the use of higher order thinking skills, hands-on instructional strategies, the development of study skills, and participation in extracurricular activities. Teachers work collaboratively to provide a smooth transition from elementary to middle school and collaborate with colleagues to prepare students for success in high school.

CIS promotes an active homeroom/advisory program. Each student is part of a homeroom, and the homeroom teacher serves as the student’s advisor. Homeroom teachers, in addition to the counselor, assist students with goal setting, study skills, service learning, team building, and general counseling needs. The homeroom teacher provides additional information and support related to specific middle school issues or about school events and activities. The homeroom teacher is also the key contact for parents and provides a means of communication between the home and the school.

In the middle school, CIS provides learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom walls. Each year, grade 6 students participate in an overnight field trip that focuses on team building, character development, service, and Cayman culture. Grade 7 students go to the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) in Little Cayman. This three day trip, provides students with a hands-on learning experience focused on marine life, the environment, and conservation. The educational initiatives at CCMI serve to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. In grade 8, students spend a week in Washington D.C. The educational focus of the trip is to develop a deeper understanding of history and government through a variety of museums, tours, and events. The trip also exposes students to a variety of cultural experiences and entertainment.


Doug Murphy, Principal

Secondary School (Middle & High)

Ben Calsbeek

Ben Calsbeek, Vice Principal

Secondary School (Middle & High)