IB Middle Years Program Description
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) is an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides academic rigor while emphasizing life skills and a sense of social responsibility.
Wilson High School received approval from the International Baccalaureate Organization in 1996 to begin offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program which is regarded as the most challenging college preparatory program in the world. The IB diploma program is a comprehensive two-year curriculum in which eleventh and twelfth grade students take examinations from the six groups of the IB curriculum. Since the IB exams require high levels of achievement, students should enroll in preparatory courses prior to the eleventh grade.
Seventh and eight grade MYP courses will be taught at Williams Middle School. Grade nine and ten MYP courses are taught at Wilson High School.
The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community. MYP teachers organize the curriculum with appropriate attention to:
- Teaching and learning in context. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally-minded.
- Conceptual understanding. Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.
- Approaches to learning (ATL). A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn.
- Service as action (community service) Action (learning by doing and experiencing) and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP community project.
- Language and identity – MYP students are required to learn at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice). Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation.