IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)
What is the Middle Years Programme?
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) refers to students who are 11 through 16 years of age. The IB-MYP programme provides a framework for learning in a way that is authentic and real-world relevant, engaging students through inquiry and other learner-centered approaches. All students in the MYP benefit from this educational framework that encourages students to become critical and reflective thinkers. Through the exploration of their MYP subjects, students develop their content knowledge as well as the attitudes and skills necessary to be successful contributing members of society.
MYP offers courses in eight subject groups: Arts, Design, Individuals and Societies, Language Acquisition, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Physical and Health Education, and Science. Teachers collaborate regularly to find interdisciplinary connections between their units, and as a result, learning is not confined to the walls of individual classrooms, or even the school! Because it is an international programme, students who graduate from IB at Agassiz will have experienced coursework of the same rigor as kids from all over the world.
After 8th grade , Agassiz students may decide to continue their MYP education at an IB high school. IB also offers a Primary Years Programme for younger students, and a Diploma Programme and Career Related Programme for Juniors and Seniors in High School.
MYP at Agassiz
Agassiz Middle Years Programme (MYP) is beginning it’s fourth official year as an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Students in years 1-3 will have new and exciting responsibilities which are a part of an IB education. Please see the highlights below.
Sixth Grade (MYP Year 1): Students will learn more about an MYP education including how it differs from the Primary Years Program (PYP). Students will be exposed to concepts and ideas that include; Global Context, Inquiry Questions, ATL Skills and Key and Related Concepts.
Seventh Grade (MYP Year 2): Students will become more familiar with the MYP program in year 2. Teachers will guide the learning through units of studies in all subject areas, further exploring certain aspects of the program, such as AtL skills, student agency, and service in action.
Eighth Grade (MYP Year 3): As part of their 8th grade requirements, students will complete the MYP Year 3 community project. Students will research a community need that interests them, develop a plan of action to help serve that need and then put that plan in action. This is one of the culminating projects for MYP year 3 students.
What is the MYP Community Project?
The Grade 8 Community Project is a major activity for students to complete in year three (8th grade) of the MYP program at Agassiz Elementary School. As part of being an authorized IB-MYP school, all 8th grade students will be required to complete a community project.
The community project focuses on community and service and gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning. Previously, service learning was an opportunity for students to go out in the community and demonstrate service as action but due to the global pandemic, students will use their creativity to address a need in their community while still maintaining their safety. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project is completed individually or in groups of a maximum of three students. The choice of the topic for the project is made in consultation with an advisor who has the responsibility for supervising the development of the project according to Assessment Criteria which is based on the International Baccalaureate Organization guidelines.
The aims of MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:
- participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
- generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
- demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
- communicate effectively in a variety of situations
- demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
- appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments
While this project may seem like quite a bit of work, we are confident the rewards will be even greater, especially during these unprecedented times. The community project reflects our students’ ability to initiate, manage and direct their own inquiry thus preparing them for success in high school, college, the workplace, and the community. Please email Ms. Craig (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. McNally (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Click links below to see examples of past projects:
Agassiz MYP Subject Group Overviews