“MYP learners engage with larger ideas rather than memorizing facts for an exam, so students can develop learning skills that can be utilized to promote independence throughout their life,” said Greg Graber, head of Middle School. “We want our students to be able retain what they are learning and in the future be able to use the skills taught in our classrooms with confidence. The MYP provides this for our students.”
The MYP offers a broad range of understanding through the study of eight different subject groups that focus on sciences, mathematics, language and literature, language acquisition, arts, design, and physical and health education. A transdisciplinary approach is organically supported through the connection of the six global contexts: identities and relationships, orientation in space and time, scientific and technical information, personal and cultural expression, fairness and development and globalization and sustainability.
“The MYP approaches learning holistically by addressing the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of students,” shares Kim Thorpe, Lausanne’s MYP coordinator and assistant head of Middle School. “The Programme’s focus on the traits of the Learner Profile and skills developed through the Approaches to Learning prepare students to become problem solvers and active participants within the community.”
In the tenth grade, MYP students work on a culminating Personal Project that allows them to actively practice, communicate and reflect on the skills and knowledge they have gained over their five years in the program.
Students who complete the MYP are more prepared for their academic requirements and the Diploma Programme that is introduced in eleventh grade. (Australian Council for Educational Research. 2015. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): Comparing IB Diploma Programme outcomes of students who complete the MYP and other middle years courses of study. Bethesda, MD, USA. International Baccalaureate Organization)
This article provides an overview of the MYP and was featured in the Fall 2018 Lausanne Magazine.
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