Vision, Mission And Values

Merchiston International School - “A School of Character”


Mission and Vision: 

At MIS our vision is to empower learners with the necessary skills, understanding and knowledge to thrive as global citizens.

At MIS our mission is to inspire personal excellence and strength of character through an innovative, integral education.

MIS Values:

Internationally Minded, Principled, Collaborative, Positive, Responsible, Enquiring, Adaptable, Expressive, Respectful, Resilient.

High Quality Learning at MIS:

We believe that high quality learning takes place when the following ingredients are present:
Metacognition: Students are aware of how they are learning; they are aware of the knowledge, the skills and the attributes that they are developing as they are being developed.  Through feedback and self-reflection, students are aware of progress made and of what actions can be taken to make further, significant progress in their learning. 

Critical Thinking: Students are applying their knowledge in challenging ways, such as solving problems, modifying existing rules to create something new, relating the experiences of others to their own context, weighing evidence to make a judgement or evaluating a process or product. 

Engagement: Students are active in the lesson there are multiple opportunities for students to engage by completing tasks, working with others, taking risks, etc.  Students take ownership of their learning and have pride in their work, seeking out opportunities to advance towards mastery of skills and content.

English-Language Mastery: Students are taking advantage of opportunities to advance their subject-specific English in the classroom and use their social English vocabulary. 

A high-quality environment: students are in a supportive and safe environment, free from distractions.  They are able to draw upon subject expertise and resources most appropriate to the task as well as have the skills to make the best use of them.  The environment created helps to foster a spirit of enthusiasm for life-long learning.


Global Citizenship at MIS:

At MIS we prepare our students to carve out their own place in the global community. Through an appreciation of their own culture and how that guides their perspectives, beliefs, values and experiences, students will develop an understanding of and regard for those qualities in other groups and can reflect on commonality and diversity.

The Rights of a Child at MIS:

At MIS we are committed to upholding the rights of a child as set out in articles 1-45 of the UN Convention and strive to reflect the spirit of those articles through our guiding statements as set out above.

—    MIS Values