Middle Years Program

Middle Years Program

A rigorous academic program for 7th to 10th grade students that seeks to develop creative, critical thinkers with international mindedness that will grow to make a positive contribution in the world.

The MET is an IB World School, authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate's (IB) Continuum of programs, including the Middle Years Program (MYP), a rigorous and challenging program of international education through which creativity is celebrated, critical thinking is honored and a life-long enthusiasm for learning is inspired.

WHAT IS THE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM?

The IB Middle Years Program (IB MYP) is a curricular framework designed for children aged 11 to 16 that encourages them to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world. The program seeks to develop creative, critical thinkers with international mindedness that will grow to make a positive contribution in the world.

The MYP builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed throughout the IB Primary Years program and prepares students for the rigorous requirements of the IB Diploma Program. MYP students grow to build confidence and take charge of their own learning, learn to make transdisciplinary connections that will transcend the classroom walls and onto the real world, develop critical academic skills and a deep understanding of global challenges, skills neccesary to succeed academically at school, university and beyond.

The MYP helps students develop subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The framework includes:

  • Approaches to Learning (ATL) - helps students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and self-management

  • Key and related concepts - helps students explore big ideas that matter

  • Global Contexts - helps students understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet

WHAT IS THE MYP CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK?

Subject Groups

The program consists of eigth subjects groups integrated through six global contexts that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. The MYP's eight subject groups are:

  • Language and Literature (mother tongue)
  • Language acquisition (a second language)
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design

Global Contexts

A key component of the MYP framework are global contexts which are themes explored across all subject groups and serve to connect their learning experience with the world. These contexts allow students to develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet. These contexts are:

  • identities and relationships
  • personal and cultural identity
  • orientations in space and time
  • scientific and technical innovation
  • fairness and development
  • globalizations and sustainability

Personal Project

In the final year of the program, students engage in a long-term independant personal project, which allows them to demostrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the program. The topic is chosen by the student and can be academic or non-academic, but include a global context. Students document the process throughout the project and it culminates in a reflection and exhibition of the project developed.

                  The MET is one of Panama's best international schools, authorized to offer the IB MYP 

WHAT MAKES THE MYP AN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM?

The MYP combines the best research and practice from a range of national and international models. It provides children with a relevant and engaging curriculum framework that is used in all IB MYP schools internationally. The framework helps students develop an international perspective, universal human values and cultural awareness.

The IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. The IB Learner Profile represents 10 attributes valued by world schools through which individuals and groups can become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

These are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

HOW DOES THE MYP BENEFIT OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY?

The development of explicit attitudes, and the expectation of socially responsible behavior is an essential element of the program. The attitudes we focus on are: appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance.

  • MYP students build confidence in managing their own learning
  • MYP students learn through action, making positive contributions to their environment
  • MYP students respect the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures
  • MYP students make meaningful connections, connecting their learning with the real world
  • MYP students have a deep understanding of environmental, cultural and global challenges and develop a commitment to act as responsible global citizens


 

For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.


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Richard Hengelbrok
Secondary School Principal
rhengelbrok@themetropolitanschool.com


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Dylan Carter
IB MYP Curriculum Coordinator 
& Secondary Systems Coordinator

dcarter@themetropolitanschool.com

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