In students’ formative years, the curriculum focuses on academic challenge and life skills. Intercultural awareness plays a major role. This programme also encourages students as they develop a personal value system to live by in their local communities and the larger world.
Students in the Middle Years Programme travel in homeroom groups for much of their school day and receive subject instruction by specialist teachers. Regular homework is assigned, consisting of specific assignments as well as regular study. Formal exams in the core academic subjects begin in Grade 6 and take place mid-year (February) and at year-end (June).
Middle Years Program Model
- Approaches to learning—this demonstrates the commitment to approaches to learning as a key component of the MYP for developing skills for learning.
- Approaches to teaching—this emphasizes the MYP pedagogy, including collaborative, authentic learning through inquiry.
- Concepts—this shows the emphasis placed on a concept-based curriculum.
- Areas of interaction—shows how learning best takes place in context, and can help to develop international-mindedness.
An extra circle highlights other key components of the model. Inquiry-based learning may result in action which may in turn be demonstrated by students in the form of service in the community. The MYP culminates in the personal project, and this features on the model now. This circle demonstrates the clear alignment with action and service, and with the culminating activities in the PYP and the DP.
There are still eight subject groups, presented without distinct lines between them to indicate the interdisciplinary nature of the MYP.
Quality assurance and professional development
Any school, or group of schools, wishing to offer one or more International Baccalaureate programmes as an IB World School must first be authorized. The requirements are the same for all schools, and the procedure is designed to ensure that schools are well prepared to implement the programme(s) successfully. All IB World Schools are required to participate in an ongoing process of review and development, using the same programme standards and practices.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the development of a highly skilled global learning community, the IB provides a wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities to help new, experienced and expert school leaders and educators understand, support, and successfully deliver IB programmes reflecting IB standards and practices.
Aspengrove fully supports its faculty in a continuing programme of professional development within the IB framework. Our faculty are committed to this programme, investing considerable time each year both and and out of regular school hours.