IB Middle Years Programme
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.
Mountainside Middle School and Desert Mountain High School are IB MYP candidate schools for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. In preparation for final authorization, Mountainside and Desert Mountain have been sending administrators and educators for IB MYP training as well as preparing the school schedule and course catalog to reflect the changes that will accommodate the implementation of the MYP program. All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Mountainside are learners in the IB MYP program. Students entering Desert Mountain in grades 9 and 10 may apply to the IB MYP Program. Desert Mountain will offer this program as a school, within a school.
Desert Mountain High School and Mountainside Middle School are candidate schools for the MYP. The schools are currently pursuing authorization as IB World Schools. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
Additional Information on International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
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More Information About the IB Middle Years Program
The IB Middle Years Program provides a framework for students in sixth to tenth grades to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies and the real world. It stresses the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding, and global engagement-essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. The MYP framework does not change curricula, alter state standards, nor required impact mandated testing.
The IB Middle Years Program addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being. It provides students the opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future. MYP ensures the breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject (content) areas, and requires that learners study one world language in addition to their regular language of instruction to support their understanding of their own and others’ cultures. Students in an MYP school participate in community service and are thereby further prepared for future education, the workplace, and life-long learning.
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.