Middle Years Program (MYP)

IB - Middle Years Programme

Andrew Hill High School is currently in the first year of a two-year candidacy phase* to offer the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) to 9th & 10th grade students. The MYP framework challenges students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The program’s goal is to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The program empowers students 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. The MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation.

Research shows that students participating in the MYP:

  • build confidence in managing their own learning

  • learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world

  • outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills

  • consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations

  • thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel

  • develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.

As part of the MYP Program, all 10th grade students will complete the Personal Project, which engages students in a wide range of activities to extend their knowledge and understanding and to develop their skills and attitudes.

This student-planned learning activity includes:

  • deciding what they want to learn about, identifying what they already know, and discovering what they will need to know to complete the project

  • creating proposals or criteria for their project, planning their time and materials, and recording developments of the project

  • making decisions, developing understandings and solving problems, communication with their supervisor and others, and creating a product or developing an outcome evaluating the product/outcome and reflecting on their project and their learning.

As students become involved in the self-initiated and self-directed learning process, they will find it easier to construct in-depth knowledge on their topic, and develop an understanding of themselves as learners.

*Andrew Hill is a candidate school for the Middle Years Program. We are currently an authorized IB World School for the Diploma Program. Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programs. Candidacy status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

 

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Allison Parker
Middle Years Program (MYP) Coordinator