Middle Years Program
Middle Years Program
The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three, or four years) formats. BHA is implementing the three year format for grades 6th- 8th and is currently seeking authorization for MYP. The three-year program culminates in Year 3 with the Community Project. We are also an authorized IB-World school for the PYP (Primary Years Program) for grades Pre-K – 5th. The MYP is a continuation of the IB – Program for our middle schoolers to have consistency, continued rigorous learning and global mindedness, as well as learn to become prepared for the real world and college-preparatory environment of our high school.
In an MYP classroom, you will notice that the students are at the centre 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.
MYP Curriculum Framework
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 (Arabic), arts, and design. A unique feature of the programme 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 the Community Project in Year 3, or 8th grade, which is a service-as-action project students complete of their own design and interest.
What is an IB World School?
Brighter Horizons Academy is an IB World school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and is pursuing authorization for the Middle Years Programme.
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 Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
Advantages of an IB Education
- IB World schools (the only schools authorized to offer IB programmes) are subject to a strict accreditation process monitored by the IB, ensuring that schools provide a high-quality education.
- IB teaching methods and curriculums are research-based and draw from the best educational practices from systems around the world.
- IB teachers are required to participate in many professional development opportunities to continually promote their awareness of current educational practices and new thinking.
- IB programmes are recognized internationally and ease the educational transition of mobile students so that their education is not adversely affected if their families relocate.
The IB Learner
The IB learner profile brings to life the aspirations of a community of IB World Schools dedicated to student centered education. IB programs promote the development of schools that:
Create educational opportunities that encourage healthy relationships, individual and shared responsibility and effective teamwork and collaboration
Help students make informed, reasoned, ethical judgments and develop the flexibility, perseverance and confidence they need in order to bring about meaningful change
Inspire students to ask questions, to pursue personal aspirations, to set challenging goals and to develop the persistence to achieve them
Encourage the creation of rich personal and cultural identities.
These educational outcomes are profoundly shaped by the relationships between teachers and students; teachers are intellectual leaders who can empower students to develop confidence and personal responsibility. Challenging learning environments help students to develop the imagination and motivation they need in order to meet their own needs and the needs of others.
IB programmes emphasize learning how to learn, helping students interact effectively with the learning environments they encounter and encouraging them to value learning as an essential and integral part of their everyday lives.
Teaching and Learning
For More Information
If you are a parent and would like more information on using our Managebac system, please visit our BHA Virtual Website. Click HERE!
How can I learn more about the IB and MYP?
- Visit the IB website at www.ibo.org
- Attend school meetings and events.
- Speak with your school’s MYP coordinator.
- Speak with your child’s MYP classroom teacher.
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