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Middle Years Programme Curriculum

The MYP: 

  • holistically addresses students' intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
  • provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future.
  • ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups. 
  • requires the study of at least two languages to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others. 
  • empowers students to participate in service with the community. 
  • helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning. 

Subject Groups:

  • Math: Mathematics is approached from an integrated perspective where students will build upon foundational skills, algebra, geometry and statistics and will increase their understanding by constructing their own meaning through levels of abstraction. (MYP: Mathematics Curriculum Guide) Students are assessed on the criteria: Knowing and Understanding, Investigating Patterns, Communicating, and Applying mathematics in real-life context. Note: Math placements are determined by level of skill mastery.
  • Science: Science is approached through structured inquiry in the context of units of study. Middle School science introduces the scientific theory, earth science, life science, and physical science by encouraging investigation through their own questions and finding answers to those questions through hands-on research and experimentation. (MYP: Sciences Curriculum Guide). Students are assessed on the criteria: Knowing and understanding, inquiring and designing, processing and evaluating, and reflecting on the impacts of science.
  • Language and Literature: Language is the fundamental component to learning, thinking, and communicating. English classes are designed to develop and understanding of the proper use of the English language, writing skills, and appreciation of literature. The language and literature classes incorporates the creative process and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression. (MYP: Language and Literature Curriculum Guide). Students are assessed on the criteria: Analyzing, organizing, producing text and using language.
  • Individuals and Societies: Courses in individuals and society encompass experimentation and observation, reasoning and argumentation, the use of primary sources, and data that can be used to propose knowledge claims about human existence and behavior. Students begin to explore knowledge claims by assessing validity, reliability, credibility, certainty and individual, as well as cultural perspectives (MYP: Individuals and Societies Curriculum Guide). All grade levels teach material through historical investigation, geography, government, and economics. Students are assessed on the criteria: Knowing and Understanding, Investigating, Communicating, and Thinking Critically.
  • Language Acquisition: Language acquisition aims to develop a respect for, and an understanding of, other languages and cultures, and is equally designed to equip the student with skills base to facilitate further language learning. Languages offered are Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Language learning is recognized as a developmental process in which students must build on prior knowledge and skills to progress to the next phase of language development. (MYP: Language Acquisition Curriculum Guide). Students are assessed on the criteria: Comprehending spoken and visual text, comprehending written and visual text, communicating in response to spoken and/or written and/or visual text, and using language in spoken and/or written form. Note: Language placements are determined by level of skill mastery.
  • Arts: The arts are a universal form of human expression and a unique way of knowing that engage us in effective, imaginative, and productive activities. Arts in the MYP stimulate your imaginations, challenge perceptions and develop critical and analytical skills. (MYP: Arts Curriculum Guide) Students are assessed on the criteria: Knowing and understanding, developing skills, thinking creatively, and responding.
  • Physical Education and Health: MYP physical and health education courses, in combination with MYP sciences, help specifically to prepare students for the study of sports, exercise and health sciences. (MYP: Physical and Health Education Curriculum Guide) Classes consist of both Physical Education, as well as, classroom instruction. Students are assessed on the criteria: Knowing and understanding, planning for performance, applying and performing, and reflecting and improving performance.
  • Design: Design is the link between innovation and creativity, taking thoughts and exploring the possibilities and constraints associated with products or systems, allowing them to redefine and manage the generation of further thought through prototyping, experimentation and adaptation. (MYP: Design Curriculum Guide) The MYP design model is taught in correlation with core subjects in all grades. Design may be taken as an independent elective in grades 7 and 8. Students are assessed on the