Middle School Essentials

School and Community

Founded in 1952, the American Embassy School is a non-profit tuition based day school, located on a 12-acre campus within the diplomatic community in New Delhi, India. Enrollment from Pre-K through grade 12 is approximately 1200. The middle school serves 331 students in grades 6-8. AES serves families representing foreign service agencies, embassies, USAID, United Nations organizations, and multinational corporations.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools


The middle school employs 44 faculty members, of whom 25 are US citizens. Qualifications are as follows: PhD – 1, MA – 34, BA – 9.


AES runs from mid-August through the end of May. There is a Winter break from mid-December until just after New Year’s Day, a Spring Break, and multiple long weekends around both Indian and North American holidays. The school day runs from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (early release on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm).

Student Population

At the middle school, US citizens comprise 40 percent of the student body, with the remainder representing 39 nationalities. The top six: Korea, India, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and Germany. Approximately 23% of our middle school students are English Language Learners.


AES offers an academically rigorous curriculum, which follows the Common Core Standards for humanities and math and the AERO and NGSS standards for science. Students follow an 8-day rotating block schedule (four 85-minute classes per day) and all are required to take yearlong courses in humanities (which encompasses language arts and social studies and meets daily), science, math, world language (French, Spanish or Mandarin) and physical education. English language learners and academic support students receive these services during the world language block and are thus exempted from the world language requirement. The academic year is divided into two semesters beginning mid-August and mid-January respectively. Maximum class size is 20. Please consult the MS Handbook for complete details and elective choices.

Grading Scale

Student learning habits (responsible, respectful, perseverant and collaborative) are also evaluated in each class and are reported as consistently, usually, sometimes and rarely. Grades are standards-based and academic proficiency is reported as:

Meeting the Standard (Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of the concepts, skills and / or process within the standard)

Approaching the Standard (Student demonstrates a developing understanding of the concepts, skills and /or process within the standard)

Beginning the Standard (Student demonstrates a beginning understanding of the concepts, skills and / or process within the standard)

Insufficient Evidence (Student has not yet demonstrated any understanding of concepts, skills, and / or processes within the standard)

Extending the Standard (Student demonstrates an understanding of concepts, skills, and / or processes that extends beyond the standard)

  • Passing Grade: Approaching, Meeting and Extending are considered to be passing grades. 85-90% of our students receive grades in the approaching and meeting categories. A very small percentage of our students receive grades in the extending category.
  • Failing Grade: Students who receive a check mark in the Insufficient Evidence category on a standard have not demonstrated enough evidence to be considered to be proficient enough regarding that standard to move forward successfully building on that standard.
  • Honors Grade: We do not have any honors grades, nor do we offer honors courses.


Where do our middle school students go after AES? Many AES students transfer from a variety of international schools. However, for some students this is their first international school. The AES MS Counselor Office supports parents and students in transitioning to and from other schools. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office.