Our Middle School aims to nurture intellectual development and personal growth in the early adolescent age group, a time when major changes – physical, social and emotional – are taking place through the Middle Years programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). The MYP is a coherent and comprehensive curriculum which provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students from 12 – 16 years of age. Emphasis is placed on developing skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to participate in an increasingly global society. A number of values underlining the curriculum are expressed as fundamental concepts of the programme, namely International-Mindedness, Holistic Education and Communication.
The programme builds on the students’ existing knowledge through the study of eight traditional subject groups: Language A, Language B (Greek for Foreigners, Spanish, French, German, Arabic), Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, Technology, Arts and Physical Education.
Learning is organized in such a way that students become increasingly aware of the connections between subject content and the real world through the Areas of Interaction. These five areas, which provide the connections between the disciplines are Approaches to learning (ATL), Community and service, Health, Social education, Environments and Human ingenuity.
The MYP curriculum calls for more than “knowing”, it involves reflective thinking, problem solving and analysis. In their final year, students will also undertake an independent ‘personal project’ to demonstrate the development of their skills and understanding. The electronic assessment designed for the final year of the MYP will focus on conceptual understanding and the ability of students to integrate disciplinary learning.