Middle School Learning
What is the MYP?
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students between the ages of 11-16. The five-year program offers an educational approach that embraces yet transcends traditional school subjects. There are Global Contexts in the MYP that make this program particularly powerful in the lives and education of children at this age.
Self-Awareness and Connections
Students at this age are in an important phase of personal and intellectual development. Where the PYP encourages children to explore the world around them, the MYP builds on this by focusing on connections. Many lifelong characteristics and patterns are solidified in these years, and we want students to be strong and healthy learners.
TCIS programs provide guided opportunities for introspection and self-discovery. As students begin to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and goals, their learning becomes deep and personally relevant.
The idea of connections becomes a constant theme for students. They learn how knowledge connects and transfers among subjects, but also how they connect with the idea of community. Students evaluate and engage with what they can contribute to the various communities in which they live. Intercultural awareness is also a prime focus. Children learn to appreciate the richness of cultures around the world as well as their home culture. It is important to us that students develop a healthy and positive system of personal values that will guide them as thoughtful contributing members of both local and global communities.
Preparation for the DP Program
As students advance in the MYP program, they acquire and practice the academic skills necessary for rigorous learning. Key among these skills are higher-order thinking, research strategies and methods, implementation of the design cycle, and evaluation and reflection principles. Students are also building personal character, focus, creativity, confidence, and perseverance. The MYP, and the specific way that TCIS delivers it to students, are designed to provide children with a foundation and context to be successful in the rigorous DP program of study.