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International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP)

 MYP Coordinator Julie Middlebrook  julie.middlebrook@desertsands.us

What is the MYP?

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) is a philosophy and a framework that "encourages students to make practical connections between their  studies and the real world." As part of the larger mission of the IB, it "aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.  These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."  source: www.ibo.org.

What does the MYP look like at JGMS?


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Students are involved in community and service, they have engaging classroom experiences that cause them to think about how their learning has relevance outside the classroom, and how we are interconnected. Through experiencing international-mindedness through units of study that engage students with issues facing other countries or eras, students build a global perspective on their own lives.


 Students are balanced learners, taking on eight subjects for each year of the MYP: Language and Literature (English), Mathematics, Science, Language Acquisition (either Spanish or French), Individuals and Societies, Design, and Physical and Health Education. At year 1 (6th grade) students experience Science and Design in the same class period with the same teacher. At year 2 (7th grade), students experience Design and Individuals and Societies in the same class period with the same teacher. This approach allows students to make interdisciplinary connections that might not be make where subjects are taught separately.


  Each unit of study invites students into the content and inquire about it in one of six Global Contexts: Personal and Cultural Expression, Scientific and Technical Innovation, Globalization and Sustainability, Fairness and Development, Identities and Relationships, and Orientation in Space and Time


 Assessment is engaging, rigorous, constructed response, and varied. Some assessments are in the form of projects, performances, speeches, poems, real-life problems, design challenges, fitness plans, speaking and writing, listening and comprehending other languages and many more.  All MYP assessments are graded with MYP criteria.  The criteria varies from subject to subject but all subject areas have four objective categories, and each of the criteria have achievement levels from 1-8. The Community Project for 8th graders is also assessed with Criteria which achievement levels of 1-8 for each category: investigating, planning, taking        action and reflecting.

      Holistic Education :

At JGMS we endeavor to support the development of the whole child: the academic as well as the social-emotional profile of each student. We have word of the month assemblies, follow-up activities in ASAP as well as reinforce these traits across all of the subjects. Research shows that IB primary and middle-years students perform better in international assessments than their peers at non-IB schools.

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