Information for Parents and Community Members:
Northwood and Village Elementary, Merton
Williams Middle School, and Hilton High School provide the International
Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) for all 5th through 10th
grade students. All students receive instructions following the MYP principles
and participate in IB MYP activities both in and outside of the classroom.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Middle Years Program
(MYP) offers a distinct academic environment for students enrolled at HCSD grades 5-10. This
structures each student’s academic experience through specific
instructional methodology focused
on concept-based learning, vertically articulated assessments, a strong commitment to
community service, and a Personal
in the final year (10th grade).
Coursework: All students are required to participate
in 8 core subjects
in grades 5-8.
At the high school level, students may choose 6
of the 8 subjects in which
assessment may be completed.
Teachers in the
IB MYP use research-based instructional
the use of unit questions,
formative and summative assessment, interdisciplinary activities, concept- based units
developed through global contexts, consistent reflection, approaches to learning, and a vertically articulated
connections exist between
levels of the program,
and rigor and continuity
in grade and subject
tasks that are assessed
using IB MYP rubrics. . The tasks are articulated throughout all five years, each building on
the previous year and emphasizing the continuity and constructive nature of learning.
prepare the student for the rigor
of the final year assessments,
which in turn help prepare students for the opportunities
offered through the IB Diploma Programme in year 11 and 12.
Community service: All students are expected
community service per year,
the intention of creating a sense
of responsibility to
their families, their
school, and their community.
Student reflection accompanies all records of service
and help guide them through the Personal project work in 10th grade
and CAST in 11th and 12th grade.
Learner Profile: The learner
students a set of principles
a sense of
purpose and supports lifelong learning.
in HCSD, the learner profile is used to create a common
language for students, teachers and administrators to discuss acquisition
of knowledge and progress.
9th grade and
spring of 10th grade,
students complete a Personal Project, a large-scale
activity of their
own design and based on their own
guidance from adults within the school
identify a particular
interest and strength
which they are motivated to
pursue. The projects are assessed
based on MYP criterion.
For questions about the programme please feel free to contact Diane Campbell, MYP Coordinator at (585) 392-1000 x 3170 or email Diane Campbell