WHS Middle Years Program
The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a specially designed program developed by the International Baccalaureate organization to prepare students to be successful in the 11th and 12th grades. MYP is a porgram designed for the entire student population of Westlake High School. The MYP focuses on students from ages 11-16 (grades 6-10) and culminates with a Personal Project in the 10th grade. The philosophical basis of the MYP fosters the traits of a responsible global citizen through the IB Learner Profile.
Why Offer MYP?
Research shows that students participating in the MYP:
- build confidence in managing their own learning
- learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
- outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills
- consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations
- thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel
- develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.
What is Interdisciplinary Learning?
In the MYP interdisciplinary learning supports students to understand bodies of knowledge from two or more disciplines or subject groups, in order to integrate them and create new understanding.
Students demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding when they bring together concepts, methods, or forms of communication from two or more disciplines or established areas of expertise so that they can explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, create a product, or raise a new question in ways that would have been unlikely through a single discipline.
In each year of the programme, MYP schools are responsible for engaging students in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.
What is the Personal Project?
The MYP personal project is a student-centred and age-appropriate practical exploration in which students consolidate their learning throughout the programme. This long-term project is designed as an independent learning experience of approximately 25 hours. The personal project formally assesses students’ ATL skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration. The personal project consists of three main components: a process journal, a product, and a written report. The personal project encourages students to practise and strengthen their ATL skills, to connect classroom learning engagements with personal experience, and to develop their own interests for lifelong learning.
- Individuals and societies
- Language acquisition
- Language and literature
- Physical and health education