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International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP)
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers a continuum of international education. The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
A challenging framework designed to encourage students to make practical connections between what they learnt and the real world, the IB MYP program comprises eight subject groups, Language Acquisition, Language and Literature, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and Health Education and Design. The MYP seeks to assist students in developing their own understanding of their community, sense of responsibility and critical thinking.
Students learn best when their learning experiences are connected to their lives and their experience of the world. Big idea concepts can really be better grasped by students by breaking them down into relevant disciplines across different subject areas. By imparting the skills of independent learning and application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar context, students are encouraged to learn how to learn independently.
GRADES: 7 TO 10
AGE GROUP: 12 TO 16 YEARS
Age and Entry Requirements
HWA’s IB MYP is a four-year intensive programme comprising eight subject groups: Language Acquisition, Language and Literature, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Physical and Health Education, Arts, and Design. As adolescents mature through the course of their IB education, teachers guide and expose students to more and more situations and stimuli, developing their inquiry skills at an age-appropriate level, while providing global contexts for learning.
At heart, the MYP goes beyond teaching to encourage students to apply newly acquired knowledge to solve contemporary challenges that the world faces. Every year, students in the MYP engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups. This allows students to look at a subject from multiple perspectives and see the links between their areas of study. MYP students are also assigned a long-term project for which they have to demonstrate their ability to decide on topics of interests, and explore
it in their own unique and independent ways. The long-term projects can be carried out in groups or individually and serves as an excellent preparation for the culmination of the MYP in Grade 10.
Assessment is considered a core component of student learning and is an integral part of the MYP programme. Formative and summative assessments are conducted on a continuous basis. The Final Assessment takes place at the end of the semester in order to determine the levels individual students have achieved in relation to the stated objectives for each subject group and MYP projects.
The Personal Project, which is carried out in Grade 10, helps students prepare to move into the high school (DP) Diploma Programme. Students have the opportunitiy to put into practice important skills that contribute to their success with all aspects of the Diploma Programme and their future educational endeavours.
As of 2016, external moderation of the MYP mandatory. From May 2019, HWA will be offering the optional MYP eAssessment which covers all other elements of the programme. This will allow HWA students to earn a formal, internationally-recognised certificate if they meet the success criteria. The MYP eAssessment is a reliable, globally consistent and highly innovative assessment model that ensures greater student outcomes and provides quality assurance and recognition for IB World Schools. The type of certification awarded upon completion of the final year course is a Middle School Diploma.
Within the MYP, teachers apply appropriate sets of assessment tasks and the MYP criteria to each of the subject groups. The types of assessment tools available but not limited to, are:
- Oral work
- Written work
- Practical work
Grades from 1 (Lowest) to 7 (Highest) are awarded to students for each subject, and for the Personal Project, according to pre-defined grade boundaries based on the levels students have achieved, as per the MYP’s best fit approach.
The Courses Offered at the HWA Middle School are as follows:
The optimum teacher-student ratio which is approved by Academic Board, stipulated for HWA programmes is as follows: