Welcome to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme in the  Hilton Central  School District

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people 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.

Hilton Central School District Mission Statement

The Hilton Central School District is committed to educating each student for success academically, physically, emotionally, and
socially. We develop self-directed, life-long learners who think critically and creatively and function as caring, responsible, productive citizens. We accomplish this by attracting and inspiring high quality educators, administrators and staff, and involving parents, volunteers and community members

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.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) offers a distinct academic environment for students enrolled at HCSD grades 5-10. This six-year program structures each student’s academic experience through specific courses, an instructional methodology focused on concept-based learning, vertically articulated assessments, a strong commitment to community service, and a Personal Project 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.


Instructional methodology: Teachers in the IB MYP use research-based instructional methodologies— 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 curriculum. Strong connections exist between all levels of the program, and rigor and continuity are stressed throughout the six years.


Assessments: Every year, students participate in grade and subject level 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.

These tasks 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 to perform community service per year, with the intention of creating a sense of responsibility to their peers, 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 profile give students a set of principles that creates a sense of purpose and supports lifelong learning. Here in HCSD, the learner profile is used to create a common language for students, teachers and administrators to discuss acquisition of knowledge and progress.


Personal Project: Starting in 9th grade and culminating in the spring of 10th grade, students complete Personal Project, a large-scale activity of their own design and based on their own interests. With guidance from adults within the school community, students identify a particular area of 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