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The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)

Middle School Drama promotes students' talent through the art of theatrical performances.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) is designed for the unique needs of children ages eleven to sixteen (grades 6 through 10) when they need to develop good learning habits, self-confidence, and a thorough understanding of their academic subjects
IBMYP students explore an area of personal interest over an extended period of time.
Our student-centered educational approach embraces and transcends traditional school subjects by helping our students see the connections between the academic disciplines. 
Our Middle Years Programme is designed to suit the needs of our global community. We encourage students to actively participate in their learning, share their own experiences and knowledge within the classroom, and value the diversity of thought throughout our community. 
Building and forming models using scientific methods is an intricate part of academic development.
We embrace the IB goal of providing our students with “the intellect and skills to pursue lives of purpose and meaning” and promote the characteristics of the IB Learner profile.
At Millwood School, we seek to help our students be seen, heard, and inspired on their journeys to self-discovery. We aim to prepare our students for the future, to help them make a difference in this world, and most importantly, to learn how to learn. 

MYP Curriculum Framework

The IBMYP helps students develop both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The MYP curriculum framework includes the following:   

Approaches to Learning (ATL) – help students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management.
Key and related concepts – help students explore big ideas that matter.
Global contexts – help students understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

IB MYP Approaches to Teaching and Learning

All students in grades 6 to 10 are required to participate in Service as Action, which helps students develop a sense of belonging and responsibility to their community.
ATL is concerned with “learning how to learn,” developing good study habits, as well as critical thinking, self-management and problem-solving skills. Students learn how to identify and best use their own learning styles. It is designed to give students the tools and confidence they need to be life-long learners. Features of ATL include the use of a homework agenda, developing a learning disposition, reflecting and completing self-evaluations.
Through the use of concepts, our students are able to delve into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and to holistically approach and understand the knowledge they acquire.
Being internationally-mobile, our students have a unique opportunity to make connections from their own experiences to the learning process. Our middle Years Programme allows students to gain a better understanding of their *“common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet” through the exploration of:
  • identities and relationships
  • personal and cultural expression
  • orientations in space and time
  • scientific and technical innovation
  • fairness and development
  • globalization and sustainability
*International Baccalaureate Organization, 2015

Subject group courses for MYP

Offered at Standard and Accelerated Levels 
Ancient History, Geography, World History
Visual Art, Music, Drama
Learned language of French, Spanish, or Sign Language  
Biology, Chemistry, Physics 
Computer Science, Design, or Engineering

The Personal Project

In the final year of the MYP program, all grade 10 students work one-to-one with faculty advisors on the “Personal Project.” This is a long-term research project focused on a chosen area of interest.