Mountainside Academic Programs
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
Mountainside Middle School is a candidate school of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme beginning in the 2018-19 school year. All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will be participants in this highly acclaimed internationally recognized academic program.
The IB MYP exposes students to eight subject areas, developing skills, and creating experiences so that students will learn to see knowledge as an interrelated whole. The instruction reflects and is responsive to the different perspectives of all students and should guide them in forming their own international outlook. The instruction seeks to shift the emphasis from teacher-led instruction to student-led learning wherever possible. A focus on higher-order thinking skills gives students opportunities to develop a growing awareness of themselves and others as they explore real-world issues (International Baccalaureate).
The IB MYP is designed to be a school-wide framework, and not a strand within a school. The MYP framework aims to help all students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community. Learn more about the International Baccalaureate Program here. If you have questions, please contact Mountainside IB MYP coordinator Lois Sugar.
STEM ApplicationsStudents are encouraged to apply skills essential for the real world and useful in any career path of interest. Emphasis is placed on providing opportunities to transfer knowledge and skills from one discipline to another. The hands-on curriculum is based on Arizona College and Career Ready and National Technology and Engineering Standards, Units of study may include Flight and Rocketry, Digital Citizenship, Internet/Social Media Safety, Entrepreneurship and Video Game/App development.Mountainside has integrated technology in all content areas.
Band, Strings, Choir
Students will have the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and performing music. Students will learn basic to advanced rhythmic patterns, music theory and history, performance etiquette and teamwork. Students perform in winter and spring concerts and at festivals.