Lower Secondary (Grades 6 — 10)

— Middle School (MYP)

Middle Year Program — (IB MYP)

The IB middle years programme (MYP) provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding, and global engagement-essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

AIS has applied to become an IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) school and is in the candidacy phase. The MYP is a programme for students between the ages of 11-16. MYP 1 begins at grade 6 and ends at MYP 5 which is the equivalent of grade 10.

The disciplines covered in the MYP programme are Mathematics, the Sciences, Individuals and Societies, Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Expressive Arts, Design, and Physical and Health Education. In addition to this, students also carry out various community and Personal projects.

The Personal Project

All schools that end at MYP 5 must undertake the Personal Project (PP). The PP is student-led and teacher-supported. PP proposals are written and submitted towards the end of MYP 4. Students are assigned a supervisor who will guide them through the year-long project. Students choose a goal and decide how to achieve it. They plan, execute and write a report which includes a reflection on how they further developed and utilized the Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills in the process. They also reflect on how completing the Personal Project has advanced their knowledge in certain areas.
A Community Project is not mandatory. Our students do not undertake the CP given that they engage in the Personal Project.

MYP Assessments

There are three ways in which MYP students are assessed; a Pre-Assessment, a formative assessment, and a summative assessment.
Pre-Assessment: The pre-assessment takes place at the beginning of a unit where teachers find out what the students already know about the unit and content. This helps the teachers pitch their teaching and learning activities.
Formative Assessments: The formative assessment is also referred to as Assessment FOR learning. Teachers use formative assessments to gauge how learning is taking place. Formative assessments also give students feedback on their progress. Teachers use Formative assessments to plan further activities in the unit and give students feedback on areas they need to work on.
Summative Assessments: The Summative Assessment is also referred to as the Assessment OF learning. This is where the student needs to now show their understanding of what has been taught. The summative assessment comes at the end of the unit

A unique approach, relevant for a global society

The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self, and responsibility in their community. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges, and what it means to be internationally minded. MYP teachers organize the curriculum with appropriate attention to:

  • Teaching and learning in context
  • Conceptual understanding
  • Approaches to Learning (ATL)
  • Service as action
  • Language and identity

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