Middle School / Upper School
- Back-to-School Dates
- Required Documents
- New Student English Placement Procedures
- Summer Reading : 6th-12th Grade
- LECTURES ESTIVALES: 6ème-Terminale
- BOOKS AND SUPPLIES: INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM
- Livres et fournitures: Programme Français
Secondary School Orientation for New Students
Saturday, August 15
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Secondary School Orientation for New Parents
Saturday, August 15
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
On-Campus Protocol Orientation for 6th Grade/6ème Students
Wednesday, August 19
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
On-Campus Protocol Orientation for 12th Grade/Tle Students
Monday, August 24
12:45 - 3:00 p.m.
On-Campus Protocol Orientation for 9th Grade/3ème Students
Tuesday, August 25
12:45 - 3:00 p.m.
On-Campus Protocol Orientation for 7th Grade/5ème Students
Wednesday, August 26
12:45 - 3:00 p.m.
On-Campus Protocol Orientation for 11th Grade/1ère Students
Thursday, August 27
12:45 - 3:00 p.m.
On-Campus Protocol Orientation for 8th Grade/4ème Students
Monday, August 31
12:45 - 3:00 p.m.
On-Campus Protocol Orientation for 10th Grade/2nde Students
Tuesday, September 1
12:45 - 3:00 p.m.
First Day of Classes
9th Grade/3ème - 12th Grade/Terminale
Thursday, August 20
Remote (at home)
6th Grade/6ème - 8th Grade/4ème
Friday, August 21
Remote (at home)
US On-Campus Learning Begins for On-Campus Learners
Tuesday, September 8
MS On-Campus Learning Begins for On-Campus Learners
Wednesday, September 9
Language survey – Please expect an email from Lucas Anderson in July asking you for your language preferences for next school year. French program students will indicate their language tracks in the Fiche pédagogique below.
Language placement testing – All students, except if beginners in the language or native speakers, will take the language placement test. Please expect an email from Lucas Anderson in July with instructions on the language placement test.
Upper School Languages and Electives (9th and 10th grade only)
- All students must study a second language, which meets daily. Students may elect to take a third language, which will meet for 45 minutes three times per week.
- Students must also choose two electives. Please expect an email from Lucas Anderson in July with instructions on the electives selections.
Middle School Languages and Electives (6th to 8th grade)
- All students must study a second language, which meets daily. Students will also elect to take a third language, which will meet for 45 minutes three times per week.
- Students in 6th and 7th grade all participate in the Fine Arts rotation or choose to take Band or Choir for the full year. Beginners are welcome in both band and choir. The Fine Arts rotation is a two-year cycle. One year is devoted to the Visual Arts: Art, Photography, and Digital Studio. The second year to the Performing Arts: Theater, Speech and Debate, and Dance. In 8th grade, students choose one Fine Art for the entire year. Please expect an email from the Middle School Office in July with instructions on the Fine Arts selections.
Fiche d’inscription pédagogique pour 6ème - Tle
All students entering the Collège and Lycée must complete a Fiche d’inscription pédagogique for their grade of entry. If you have not already done so, please click on the appropriate grade level below to complete the form. When finished, please send an email to inform the Proviseur Office as soon as possible.
Dear New Families,
Welcome to The Awty International School! We are excited you are joining the Awty community.
In Middle School, the English department comprises three levels based on the CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) as follows:
- EAL (A1-A2 English as an Additional Language)
- Intermediate EAL (B1-B2)
- Literature & Language (C1-C2)
In Upper School, the English Department includes the following levels from 9th to 10th grade:
- Intermediate I EAL (A2+)
- Intermediate II EAL (B1-B2)
- Pre-IB (C1-C2)
Please consult the following document for more information on the CEFR:
The placement procedure for students who are not native speakers or at C1/C2 level for the 2020-2021 school year is as follows:
- Handwrite a composition based on one of the topics. Click here for the home composition topics. Here are the guidelines:
- Write your full name and the grade to which you are applying
- Skip lines and write legibly
- Do not use dictionaries or grammar aids
- Complete the work alone
- Use no more than 45 minutes
- Take a photo of your work and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete the oral component on Flipgrid. The password is: Awtynewstudent
- If your current instructor is willing, please email him or her a link to this form to complete on your behalf. Please ask for it to be completed by June 22 so the English Department can assess your level and communicate it back to you to select your books for summer reading.
We wish you safe travels and a warm welcome to our school.
EAL Coordinator & English Teacher
Middle and Upper School students in either the International or the French program are assigned summer reading to be completed before the start of school. This reading is assessed and discussed during the first two weeks of school. The School Store DOES NOT carry the books on the Summer Reading lists. They may be purchased through any retail book outlet.
When you access the Summer Reading lists (IB), you will notice there are multiple levels of English classes. Below is a description of those levels.
Literature and Language (C2): These are standard level classes for students who are native English speakers or have reached native level proficiency.
Intermediate I (B1-B2): These classes are targeted at students still developing many of their English skills.
Students with few basic skills in English (Beginner levels A1-A2) are not assigned summer reading, but they may read from a suggested reading list available upon request.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT
English language learners will be tested for appropriate placement as mentioned in the New Student English Placement Procedures section above. If planning to study another language, students will be tested at the start of school.
Contact the Head of the English Department Mariza Rosado with any questions.
Upcoming 11th grade students taking economics will need to read Freakomomics by Levitt and Dubner. Isbn: 978-0-06-073133-5
History classes (6th-12th grades) do not have summer reading this year.
Vous trouverez ci-dessous la liste des lectures d’été établie par les professeurs de Français de collège et de lycée. Elle a été établie par les enseignants de chaque niveau en fonction des programmes de l’année à venir. Les élèves sont vivement encouragés à faire ces lectures afin d’enrichir leur vocabulaire, entretenir leur imagination, se préparer aux thématiques de l’année. A la fin de cette liste, se trouvent des conseils culturels.
J’attire votre attention sur le fait que, pour chaque niveau, quelques lectures estivales sont obligatoires. Elles sont indispensables pour permettre un travail plus approfondi en cours d’année et feront l’objet d’une activité ou d’un contrôle dans les semaines qui suivent la rentrée scolaire. Ces œuvres sont en lien direct avec le programme.
Lectures estivales par niveau: (Il n'y pas de liste de lectures d’été pour les élèves de terminale.)
Toute l’équipe vous souhaite un fort bel été riche en aventures littéraires et culturelles !
Books and supplies for 6th grade through 12th grade are not included in the tuition fee and must be purchased separately. If you wish to purchase the books and supplies through the School Store, please log onto My Backpack > My Forms/Documents > My Forms and complete the forms as soon as possible. Once submitted, the forms will not be accessible until the School Store has processed your order (2-3 business days).
Book Lists (Viewing Purposes Only):
The book lists for viewing purposes only are listed below and are also on the School Store web page, under the 2020-2021 Books tab.
- 6th Grade
- 7th Grade
- 8th Grade
- 9th Grade
- 10th Grade
- 11th Grade
- 12th Grade
- Math Letter for 7th-10th Grade
2nd and 3rd Language Books: Due to the multiple levels for foreign language and intermediate English classes, books for these courses may only be purchased once the student’s level has been determined, typically at the start of school.
Some of the required supplies are listed on the book order forms, but teachers may request additional supplies.
Secondary School book and supply orders placed through the School Store may be picked up in the main carpool lane under the garage from August 17-19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click here for additional details.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email the School Store.
Les livres et les fournitures de la 6ème à la Tle ne sont pas inclus dans les frais de scolarité et doivent être achetés séparément.
En raison des multiples niveaux de langue, vous ne pourrez pas commander les livres avant que le niveau de l'élève ait été déterminé. Le niveau d’anglais sera déterminé par le English language placement test (voir section ci-dessus). Veuillez compléter ce test avant le 22 juin afin que l’école puisse vous communiquer votre niveau de lecture. Si vous arrivez après le 22 juin, veuillez compléter le test en ligne et ensuite contacter « English Department » par courriel pour signaler que vous avez effectué ce test et afin que nous puissions vous communiquer votre niveau.
Si vous avez des questions, n’ hésitez pas à contacter School Store.
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD)
Students are required to have a personal laptop as part of their school supplies. Students may download and install the Office 365 Suite for free onto their laptop once they log into their Awty email account.
Middle School students should have a device, but will only be allowed to use it in class under the guidance of a teacher or in the library. Computer access for MS is not allowed at all other times and in all other places during the school day.
Visit the BYOD web pages for more information.
CELL PHONE POLICY
Upper School students (9th grade/3ème - 12th grade/Terminale) are permitted cell phones on campus, but they must be out of sight and turned off during classes. Upper School students may use their cell phones during their lunch period.
If Middle School students bring a cell phone (or any other electronic communication device) to school, it must be off and in their lockers throughout the school day.
DRIVING ON CAMPUS
Please help us keep our community, especially the students, safe by respecting the following guidelines when driving on campus:
- Drive slowly and prudently on campus. The speed limit is 5 miles per hour.
- Cell phone use, including texting, is prohibited while driving on campus and in carpool.
- Obey all posted signs and agents of the school.
- Upon entering campus, you will need to display the official Awty window decal. It is dark green with white lettering. The Awty International School assigns two car decals per family. The decals are to be placed on the upper right corner of your car’s (driver’s side) windshield on the outside. You should receive these decals in the mail prior to school starting. If you require additional car decals please contact Maritza Ramos.
- These decals will enable you to enter the school campus. If you do not have the decal on your vehicle for the Awty security to see, you will be stopped for security purposes.
- In addition to the school car decal, and to help with safety and ease of access, we have License Plate Recognition (LPR) Cameras at both campuses. We will be utilizing this system to help us account and identify who has filled out our wellness checklist, so please help keep everyone safe by completing this information. What you need to do:
- Register your vehicles (including students) in My Backpack under My Forms/Documents>My Forms if you have not done so already. Please have this accomplished by the end of September.
- The cameras are set up to read your front license plate as you enter and will lift the security arm if you are registered in the system. Please note: the state of Texas requires a front license plate.
- The system will also help us identify vehicles not in the system during carpool, so please register all of your vehicles.
- Please do not register rental or loaner vehicles or temporary paper license plates.
- We appreciate everyone utilizing the new sticker format instead of the hangtags. Due to the design on some vehicles, it made it impossible to identify or see the hangtags, and on some, parents could not even hang their tags. As we try to improve our compliance here at Awty on security, thank you for following this new protocol.
Any violation of these rules may result in the loss of driving privileges on school property.
Due to an increase in pedestrian traffic crossing Awty School Lane, please be patient during traffic delays and watch for pedestrians crossing the street.
The pick-up times are desired, not required, as we understand it is not always possible to predict exact travel times in Houston traffic. However, if we all work together, we are confident we can organize dismissal in a safe and efficient manner.
Click here for the Middle School carpool map.
- 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
- Staggered from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. There will be 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, and 4:15 p.m. target pick-up times.
In the week of August 31, parents will receive an updated communication about their pick-up time.
Click here for the Upper School carpool map.
- 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
- Staggered from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. There will be a 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, and 4:15 p.m. target pick-up time.
During the week of August 31, parents will receive an updated communication about their pick-up time.
All students must wear the school uniform every day unless otherwise instructed. Exceptions are made for Spirit Days and other special occasions. Upper School students (9th-12th grade/3ème-Tle) have a free-dress day on Fridays. Dennis Uniform is our provider and offers three convenient ways to shop:
- Shop online at: https://www.dennisuniform.com. Register an email for sale notifications.
- Shop at their store located at 7613 Katy Freeway, Suite G, 77024. *The store is not currently open for in-person shopping due to COVID-19, but contactless curbside pickup is now available.
- Call Customer Service at 1-800-854-6951 to place a phone order. School code: VAI.
Please review the Uniform Policy for details by grade level and division.
All students in 6th grade/6ème through 12th grade/Terminale who intend to participate on an interscholastic team must complete the 2020-2021 Athletic Medical Forms. Please note: Forms can be found in the Magnus Health portal. Page one requires a physician's signature.
The decision to offer sports is one to be made by the sport leagues for which Awty is a member. We will only be able to have sports teams once the leagues decide to open up and we decide it is right thing for the school, balancing both health and safety concerns.
For additional information, contact the Athletic Office at 713-328-5950 or visit the Athletics section on the website.