Explore the new International Baccalaureate MYP Middle School Program for Spanish Language Learners who have limited to no Spanish language background.
Our Middle School
Middle school is a time of intense growth and intellectual development. Middle schoolers learn best through interactive approaches in which they can engage, discuss and take action around real life problems. Middle schoolers are also ready and eager to work towards making positive contributions to their communities. This understanding informs how we teach and engage middle school students at EBI.
The EBI Middle School Experience
We offer our middle school students an exemplary education and a dynamic, diverse community in which to thrive. We teach the whole person, and inspire our students to excel in life. At EBI, your child will receive:
- The IB MYP is based on the highest international academic standards.
- The IB is widely recognized around the world for preparing students to succeed in high school and college.
- Our students study ten subject areas that include Drama and Design, Math, Science, Spanish, English and Mandarin.
EBI supports their students through the entire high school application process from essay writing to interview preparation.
- Our students have time dedicated to building their organizational, collaboration and conflict-resolution skills in their advisory class.
- Our Design class fosters creativity and innovation through the use of technology and other tools including 3D Printers, video production, programming and robotics.
Our students develop advanced language skills through the study of literature and complex concepts embedded in our middle school curriculum.
From sports to dances, middle school students at EBI have access to a range of programs that help them expand their social network and strengthen their personal interests. These extracurricular activities include:
- Student Council
- Design Club
- Debate Team
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Volleyball Basketball
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Girls Who Code
- SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance)
- School Dances
- 8th Grade International Trip
The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in our Middle School
As an authorized International Baccalaureate school, the backbone of the EBI middle school program is the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). The Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. It emphasizes intellectual challenge and encourages students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world.. It fosters the development communication skills, intercultural understanding and global engagement. It also supports students in forming a better understanding of themselves, strengthens their emerging sense of self, and inspires them to become responsible citizen in their communities.
At EBI, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) is specifically designed for students in the 6-8 grades. This is a key period in their lives for gaining exceptional learning habits, self-confidence and a thorough understanding of a variety of academic subjects. Our student-centric educational approach embraces and transcends traditional school subjects by helping students recognize the connections between academic disciplines.
The EBI Approach to Language in our Middle School
Our middle school bilingual immersion program is designed for students who have grade-level literacy and communication skills in Spanish. In this program, they study language and literature in both Spanish and English while learning Mandarin as a third language. Students in this language program become fully literate in Spanish and English, and acquire reading, writing and conversational skills in Mandarin.
Head of Middle School
Daniel was born in the United States and, at the age of four, moved with his family to La Paz, Bolivia. He still vividly remembers the first week of preschool as the only non-Spanish speaker in his class: the initial feeling of isolation, followed by the elation of learning a new language and an exciting door opening in his world as he became bilingual and bicultural. Daniel lived in Bolivia for the rest of his childhood until he went off to university in Illinois for a second round of cultural shock, this time in reverse. Not surprisingly, Daniel became a foreign-language teacher. His first posts were as an English teacher: three years in Japan, one year in Nicaragua, and back to his Bolivian hometown for two years.
In 1995 Daniel moved to California and taught middle-school Spanish for eight years at Redwood Day School in Oakland, followed by five years teaching high-school Spanish at Bentley High School in Lafayette. At Bentley, Daniel transitioned into administration as the school's junior class dean. Most recently, before coming to EBI, Daniel was a vice principal at Berkeley High School.
Daniel holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, a teacher's credential from San Francisco State, a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of California at Berkeley, an administrator's credential from the University of California at Berkeley, and a certificate in cross-cultural language/academic development from Stanford University. He was also trained as an IB and as an AP Spanish teacher. Daniel lives in Berkeley with his wife, Kristine (with whom he speaks English), and his daughter, Camila (with whom he speaks Spanish).
Meet Our Head of Middle School
Head of Middle School