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Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Robbinsdale Middle and Cooper High Schools

"In an age of interdependence, global citizenship, based on trust and a sense of shared responsibility, is a crucial pillar of progress." -- Kofi Annan, 2002 There are currently four stand-alone IB programs in the world: the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for 3-10-year-olds, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for ages 11-16, and the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career Program (CP), both for grades 11-12.


The five-year Middle Years Programme, grades 6-10, offers an educational approach that embraces yet transcends traditional school subjects. Students in the MYP study all the major disciplines, including Language and Literature, Individuals and Society, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts-Visual and Performing, Design, Physical and Health Education. The MYP seeks to help students make connections between disciplines to give them a broader perspective, and encourages them to participate actively in their communities. Teachers plan and teach much of their curriculum in an interdisciplinary way so that these connections are evident.

District and state subject area standards are built into the curricula, which is the same used across the school district. MYP supplements and enhances it when necessary so that the rigor and pace are appropriate for students. Assessment is internal, but IBMYP objectives and assessment criteria are used per subject, in addition to the more traditional letter grade.

The MYP assessment criteria across subject groups can be summarized as follows.


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Language and literature


Analysing


Organizing


Producing text


Using language


Language acquisition

Comprehending spoken and visual text

Comprehending written and visual text



Communicating



Using language

Individuals and societies

Knowing and understanding


Investigating


Communicating


Thinking critically


Sciences

Knowing and understanding

Inquiring and designing

Processing and evaluating

Reflecting on the impacts of science



Mathematics



Knowing and understanding



Investigating patterns



Communicating

Applying mathematics in real-world contexts


Arts

Knowing and understanding


Developing skills

Thinking creatively


Responding


Physical and health education


Knowing and understanding


Planning for performance


Applying and performing

Reflecting and improving performance


Design

Inquiring and analysing


Developing ideas

Creating the solution


Evaluating

MYP projects

Investigating

Planning

Taking action

Reflecting


Interdisciplinary

Disciplinary grounding

Synthesizing and applying


Communicating


Reflecting

The MYP, like the other three programs of the International Baccalaureate Organization, is based on the premise

that education can foster understanding among young people around the world. Intercultural awareness is central

to the program so as to enable future generations to live more peacefully and productively than we do today.

The MYP is characterized by:

  • Highest educational standards/expectations
  • Quality national and international teacher training
  • Focus on the whole child
  • Holistic view of knowledge
  • Communication and study skills development
  • Second-language acquisition
  • Intercultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Community awareness and participation through service
  • Reputation and recognition by worldwide school systems and communities