IB MIDDLE YEARS CURRICULUM
The IB Middle Years Program or MYP (grades 6 through 10) is defined by three fundamental concepts:
Holistic Learning – in which the student develops an understanding by consciously learning how to learn by linking new knowledge to existing knowledge. Intercultural Awareness – in which the student develops a sense of personal and cultural identity and a respect for himself/herself and others. Communication – in which the student develops a good command of expression in a variety of forms, including a second language.
The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) courses follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) as reflected in the Iredell-Statesville Schools Instruction Guides. The MYP educational approach embraces, yet transcends, traditional school subjects. While requiring a thorough study of the various disciplines, the accent is on how the eight subjects are interrelated. The eight academic subjects include: mathematics, arts, language A (English), language B (foreign language), humanities (social studies), technology, physical education, and sciences.
In all areas of the curriculum, there is a strong focus on interdisciplinary teaching, focused thematic units, interactive group learning and project-based learning.
The MYP presents subject learning through five unique lenses known as the Areas of Interaction. There are Approaches to Learning, Community and Service, Health and Social Education, Environment, Human Ingenuity.
The Areas of Interaction develop connections between the eight subject groups so that students will see knowledge as an interrelated, coherent whole. They pervade and recur throughout the five years of the MYP, not only through the eight subject groups, but also through interdisciplinary teaching and projects, whole school activities and the MYP personal project.
The areas of interaction are not directly assessed nor awarded individual grades, since they are themes rather than subjects. At the end of the tenth grade, each student will complete a personal project; it is the product of the students’ own initiative and creativity. The personal project must reflect a personal understanding of the areas of interaction and the application of skills acquired through approaches to learning. It involves planning, research and a high degree of personal reflection.