• The IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

    The Middle Years Program (MYP) is a curriculum framework for learners aged 11–16.  In ACSD, the MYP will be a four-year program designed for students in grades 7-10. Our middle and high school are working in a partnership to build and implement the program across buildings.

    In an MYP classroom, students are at the center of learning.  They are drawing connections between all subject areas. Learning is explicitly linked to the world around them, participation in a foreign language is required, and a variety of formal and informal assessments are used to inform teaching and learning.  MYP learning experiences infuse global points of view wherever possible in order to promote understanding of other cultures, an awareness of the human condition, and an understanding that there is a commonality of human experience.

    The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.  Students take the core courses of language and literature, individuals and societies, mathematics, sciences, physical and health education, language acquisition, arts, and design.  A unique feature of the program is that it extends the traditional curriculum to include immersion in four themes— approaches to teaching and approaches to learning, global contexts and concepts.  Students also complete a personal project in their 10th grade year. The project is an independent piece of work that may be an essay, an artistic production or another form of expression (ibo.org, Middle Years Programme).

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    The 9 schools of Addison Central School District are candidate schools for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as IB World Schools. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

    ACSD's applications for candidacy to become an IB World District were approved near the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The candidacy phase is typically a two to three year process.