Personal Project

Welcome to the Southwest Personal Project Website

What are the aims of the MYP Personal Project?

The aims of the MYP project are to encourage and enable students to:

  • participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
  • generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
  • demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
  • communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
  • appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments

What will students learn through the MYP Personal Project?

The Personal Project involves students in a wide range of activities to extend their knowledge and understanding and to develop their skills and attitudes.

These student-planned learning activities include:

  • deciding what they want to learn about, identifying what the already know, and discovering what they will need to know to complete the project
  • creating proposals or criteria for their project, planning their time and materials, and recording developments of the project
  • making decisions, developing understandings and solving problems, communicating with their supervisor and others, and creating a product or developing an outcome evaluating the product/outcome and reflecting on their project and their learning.

As students become involved in the self-initiated and self-directed learning process, they will find it easier to construct in-depth knowledge on their topic, and develop an understanding of themselves as learners.


This page as been created to help students, supervisors and other members of the Southwest community to understand what is the Personal Project.

This site contains information regarding: requirements, important dates, criteria, and different components that are part of the project.

This page will be updated during the school year with new documents and examples to help students in every step of the process.

Information in this site courtesy of and inspired by: International Baccalaureate Organization, Middle Years Programme Guide (2014); Lenny Dutton (

IB Learner Profile English.pdf
IB Learner Profile Spanish.pdf