MYP at Mulgrave
Middle School students are in a particularly critical phase of their personal and intellectual development. This is a time of uncertainty, sensitivity, resistance and questioning. Mulgrave School has adopted the MYP as a way to better meet the needs of adolescent students and to ensure the complete continuum of an IB education from the youngest ages to graduation. The MYP helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world.
What is an MYP education?
The MYP is a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenge and develops the life skills appropriate to this age group. As part of the IB’s continuum of international education, the MYP naturally follows the PYP and can serve as excellent preparation for the DP.
The years of the MYP, from the ages of 11 to 16, are a critical period in the development of young people, and their success in school is closely related to their personal, social and emotional well-being. At a time when students are establishing identity and building self-esteem, the MYP provides an established framework that can motivate students and help them to achieve success.
Other key features are embedded within our programme:
- A broad and rigorous IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) that allows students to explore content, skills and attitudes required for ongoing intellectual development across a number of disciplines.
- Academic rigour through the development, acquisition and use of transdisciplinary skills and approaches to learning.
- Focused learning achievement through reading, writing and mathematics continuums, the use of learning exemplars, rubrics and IB MYP criteria. These ensure the recognition of learning needs, ongoing success and quality achievement.
- A five year Language B programme (French or Mandarin) that prepares students for higher level language acquisition and mastery.
- The MYP Personal Project Celebration as a culminating demonstration of MYP learning for our Grade 10 students.
- A variety of meaningful opportunities for students to engage in Creativity, Arts and Service (CAS). These will provide students with a safe context in which to explore new challenges and to reflect on their growth.
- What is the Middle Years Programme?
- What does an MYP classroom look like?
- What does the MYP curriculum entail?
- Have studies been done on the impact of the MYP?
- Are there external assessments in the MYP like in the Diploma Programme?
In an MYP classroom, you’ll notice that the students are at the centre of learning. They are drawing connections between all subject areas, learning is explicitly linked to the world around them, participation in a foreign language is required, and a variety of formal and informal assessments are used to inform teaching and learning. MYP learning experiences infuse global points of view wherever possible in order to promote understanding of other cultures, an awareness of the human condition and an understanding that there is a commonality of human experience.
The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. Students take the core courses of language and literature, individuals and societies, mathematics, sciences, physical and health education, language acquisition, arts, and design. A unique feature of the programme is that it extends the traditional curriculum to include immersion in four themes— approaches to teaching and approaches to learning, global contexts and concepts. Students also complete a personal project, which is an independent piece of work that may be an essay, an artistic production or another form of expression.
The IB places great value on external validation of its programmes, curriculums and professional development. A recent study found that Middle Years Programme students in a US public school district were more likely to achieve a proficient or advanced performance level on state mathematics and science assessments than their counterparts in five comparison schools. Additional studies on programme impact, quality assurance, programme development and assessment research are available here.
In the final year of the programme, the optional MYP eAssessment provides a balanced and age-appropriate strategy that schools can use to validate student achievement: Students demonstrate their understanding and skills through classroom performance, onscreen final examinations and a personal project conducted over an extended period of time. Students who undertake external assessment are eligible for IB Course Results and the IB MYP Certificate.