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Middle Years Program| 6th- 8th

The Middle Years Program (MYP) includes grades six through eight.  Middle school is a critical time in the development of adolescents, as they are establishing their identities and building their sense of self. Success in school is closely related to personal, social and emotional well-being. The MYP can motivate students and help them to achieve success in school and in life beyond the classroom.

The MYP encourages students to build on their personal strengths and to challenge themselves in new ways. Students have opportunities to develop their potential, to explore their own learning preferences, to take appropriate risks, and to reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity. As a Catholic IB school, our students are also able to integrate their faith into their daily lives.

The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.

Teaching and Learning in Context: 

Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:

  • identities and relationships
  • personal and cultural expression
  • orientations in space and time
  • scientific and technical innovation
  • fairness and development
  • globalization and sustainability

Conceptual Understanding: 

Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.  The MYP prescribes sixteen key interdisciplinary concepts along with concepts along with related concepts for each discipline. 

Approaches to Learning (ATL): 

A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning (ATL) provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these social, thinking, research, communication and self management skills helps students learn how to learn. 

Service as Action, Through Community Service: 

Action and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

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Approaches to Learning Skills (ATL's)

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The IB approaches to learning skills (ATL) are grounded in the belief that learning how to learn is fundamental to a student’s life in and out of a school context. In broad terms, IB programs support learners in developing:

  • Thinking skills
  • Communication skills
  • Research skills
  • Self-management skills
  • Social skills

The approaches to learning and associated sub-skills support students of all ages in being agentic and self-regulated learners. Through various strategies, PYP teachers collaboratively plan for implicit and explicit opportunities to develop ATL's inside and outside the inquiry program.