IB Middle Years Programme
What is the Middle Years Programme?
The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between what they're learning and the real world. It is a five year program that is implemented in full with a partnership between James Madison and Frederick Douglass High School.
The framework is comprised of 8 subject areas.
- Arts (Chorus, Dance, Art, Band, Orchestra)
- Design (Technology Concepts, Start Up Tech, Journalism, Tech, Media, Design, Entrepreneurship, Comp Sci Discoveries)
- Individuals and Societies (World Cultures I, World Cultures II, US History)
- Language Acquisition (French, Spanish)
- Language and Literature (Reading, English, Language Arts)
- Mathematics (Math 6, Math 7, Math 8, Accelerated Math 1, Accelerated Math 2, Foundations of Algebra, Algebra I)
- Physical Education and Health
MYP at James Madison
James Madison became an authorized MYP school in October 2011 in partnership with Frederick Douglass High School. The program is a whole school boundary program. What that means is that it is only open to students who live within the James Madison attendance boundary and all students who attend James Madison are IB students
During the 8th grade year, students who are not slated to attend Frederick Douglass are offered the opportunity to apply to finish the program with transportation provided.
IB Learner Profile Attributes
What the MYP offers students
The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.
The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
Why offer the MYP?
Research shows that students participating in the MYP:
- build confidence in managing their own learning
- learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
- outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills [PDF, 647KB]
- consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations
- thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel [PDF, 3.2MB]
- develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.
(taken from www.ibo.org)
IB MYP Coordinator - Dana Blair - Dana.Blair@pgcps.org