International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) at City Honors School helps students in grades 5-10 grade students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.
One of the key differences between the Diploma Program (at grades 11 and 12) and the MYP, is that the MYP offers greater curricular freedom. The essential focus of the program is to understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world thus becoming critical and reflective thinkers. Holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication are integral to the program.
The program aims to enable students to:
build upon their spirit of discovery to develop an understanding and enjoyment of the process of learning, independently and in cooperation with others
acquire knowledge and understanding and prepare for further learning
recognize the extent to which knowledge is interrelated
learn to communicate effectively in a variety of ways
develop a sense of personal and cultural identity and a respect for themselves and for others
acquire insights into local and global concerns affecting health, the community and the environment,
and develop a sense of individual and collective responsibility and citizenship.
In the MYP curricular model, students study eight subject groups: English (Language and Literature), a foreign language (Language Acquisition), mathematics, humanities (Individuals and Societies), sciences, physical education, arts, and technology. Those subjects are viewed or taught through 16 various key concepts, which are then partnered with related concepts and global contexts. These are essentially “lenses” or themes through which the subjects are viewed.
Being distinct from subjects, the concepts and contexts are more akin to recurring themes taught in each subject
area. They can best be described as the types of questions students are asked to consider and answer through
all eight subject areas.
Teachers are responsible for structuring varied and valid assessment tasks that allow students to demonstrate
achievement according to the required objectives within each subject group. These may include: open-ended,
problem-solving activities and investigations, organized debates, hands-on experimentation, analysis, reflection.
Assessment strategies, both quantitative and qualitative, provide feedback on the thinking processes as well
as the finished piece of work. There is also an emphasis on self-assessment and peer-assessment within the
program. Unit planning and a culminating project, called the Personal Project, are also two important aspects
of the Middle Years Program.
Watch a video, created by IB MYP coordinator James Moses, on what the IB Middle Years Personal Project is all about!
The coordinator of the City Honors Middle Years Program is Mr. James Moses.