November 26, 2013

Middle School Overview

Our Middle School uses the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) as a framework for our curriculum. The IB MYP is designed to engage learners aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages learners to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers who develop intellectual character. The IB MYP encourages learners to make connections between their studies in eight different academic subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

Subjects Offered:

  • Language & Literature: English, German and / or Spanish
  • Language Acquisition: Learned language of German, Spanish or English as an Additional Language
  • Maths: Integrated model with continual development across the five branches of mathematics
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and cross-disciplinary units
  • Individuals & Societies: History, Geography, Economics, Global Issues
  • The Arts: Visual Art, Music, Drama and Film
  • Design: Information and Design technologies

The IB MYP develops both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding through:

Approaches to Learning (ATL): Focus on ‘learning how to learn’ by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management. Teachers work specifically with learners to develop good study habits, team and leadership approaches, and proactive problem-solving skills. Learners explore how to identify and best use their own learning dispositions. It is designed to give learners the tools and confidence they need to be effective, life-long learners.

Key and Related Concepts: Help learners explore big ideas that matter. Through the use of concepts, our learners are able to  delve into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and to holistically approach and understand the knowledge they acquire.

Global contexts: Help learners understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

Action and Service : All learners in grades 6 to 10 are required to participate in Service as Action, which helps students develop a sense of belonging and responsibility to their community.

Find out more about the IB MYP here.