International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP)
What Makes Up the IBMYP Programme?
Assessment for Learning
Assessment in IBMYP is integral to all teaching and learning. It is central to the program goal of thoughtfully and effectively guiding students through the five essential elements of learning.
The acquisition of knowledge
The mastering of skills
The understanding of concepts
The development of attitudes
The decision to take action
Watch a Video on Assessment for Learning IB-MYP
IB General Guidelines
IB Global Contexts
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 identity
orientations in space and time
scientific and technical innovation
fairness and development globalization and sustainability
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:
- Language acquisition
- Language and literature
- Individuals and societies
- Physical and Health education
The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in each year of the programme. In years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting local requirements and individual student learning needs. Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.
MYP students also complete a long-term project, where they decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, discovering what they will need to know to complete the project and create a proposal or criteria for completing it.
Whitman MS students are actively engaged in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning, and Academic Integrity. See samples of their best work here.
10th Grade Personal Projects
Whitman students prepare for the personal project by practicing approaches to learning in every class. Eighth-grade students complete annotated bibliographies to build inquiry and documentation skills.
Service as Action (Service Learning)
Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students participate in community service as part of the IB Middle Years Programme. Our goal is to encourage thoughtful, active citizenship-- both locally and globally. (In this section, you can find forms the students will use throughout the year)