MYP: Middle Years Programme
The School San Fernando is an applicant * school for the Primary Years Program and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program seeking authorization as an IB World School.
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 IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.
**Mission Statement from the IB
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. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
El Middle Years Programme (MYP) de international Baccalaureate®, aimed at students from 12 to 16 years, emphasizes the intellectual challenge and provides a framework for learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
It encourages students to establish connections between the traditional disciplines they study and the real world. Likewise, it promotes the development of communication skills, intercultural understanding and global commitment, making students better prepared for the future.
Distinctive characteristics of the EPI in the School San Fernando
In the MYP, students study eight subject groups:
Language and literature
- Language and literature
Acquisition of Languages
Individuals and Societies
- Geography and History
- Physics and chemistry
- Plastic and visual education
Ed. Physics and Health
- Physical education
The curriculum in the MYP
Concepts are important ideas that have disciplinary and interdisciplinary relevance. MYP students use concepts as a means to explore issues and ideas of personal, local and global importance, and to examine knowledge in a holistic manner.
Approaches to the Teaching
This unifying element that encompasses all MYP subject groups forms the basis of independent learning and encourages the application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar situations. The development and application of these skills help the student learn to learn.
Students learn optimally when their learning experiences have context and are related to their lives and the world they know. Through the use of global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to have an international mindset.
Service as an action
Action (learning through practical experience) and service have always been shared values of the IB community. The student undertakes actions when he applies what he is learning in the classroom and outside of it. Members of the IB learning community strive to help others and positively influence people's lives and the environment.
The Personal Project and the Evaluation
The Personal Project
The MYP projects allow students to demonstrate what they have learned during the program.
El Personal project It is a culminating experience in which seniors apply their learning approach skills to perform a broad and independent work. This mandatory component subject to external evaluation, allows to demonstrate the learning in a creative and really personal way.
The Evaluation in the MYP
The MYP evaluation standards are uniform throughout the world. In order to maintain the rigor that characterizes the IB, the MYP evaluation model is based on established criteria. The evaluation meets three criteria:
- Internal evaluation Teachers organize the evaluation according to the criteria established by the IB for each subject.
- External evaluation of the Personal Project. Evaluation made by samples.
- Electronic evaluation that is optional. It is an external evaluation for the students of the last year of the MYP through which you can obtain the MYP certificate and the results of the MYP courses, which have international recognition. The electronic evaluation of the MYP represents a balanced and adequately demanding model that includes exams and class work.
These innovative assessments focus on conceptual understanding and the ability to apply knowledge in unfamiliar and complex situations. With them, the achievements of the students in the MYP are measured reliably.
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