The middle school curriculum is guided by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP).
THE PROGRAMME EMPOWERS students in Grades 6-8 to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Skills and concepts taught in this manner help students make connections with their knowledge, evaluate information critically and apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar situations.
A set of attributes developed throughout all ages of the IB curriculum that help members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
The MYP curriculum exposes students to big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. Students use concepts to inquire into issues of personal, local and global significance, building deep lifelong understanding.Read Frequently Asked Questions about the IB
“One of the best things about the IB curriculum for middle school age children is that it addresses the development of the whole person. Our school helps students manage their developmental changes, academic stress and to develop lifelong habits that will help them be positive, balanced individuals.”
“I develop passion projects with Grade 7 where they can study whatever they want as long as it is related to science. It allows these students to explore a topic of interest deeply and then share that understanding and passion with others. I like to call them TED Talks for Middle School.”
Students learn best when their learning is connected to their lives. As part of the MYP curriculum, students explore interdisciplinary themes such as globalisation and sustainability, fairness and development, identities and relationships, personal and cultural expression, orientation in space and time, and scientific and technical innovation.Read More about IB Global Contexts