Middle Years Program (Grades 6-8)
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) has been at Plaza Middle School since 2002. MYP focuses on thematic instruction where learning is part of an integrated whole. Important concepts that support global thinking, civic-mindedness and service learning are fundamental to the program.
The IB Middle Years Program Overview
Life in the 21st century places many changing demands on students making the transition through adolescence. Students are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development, of uncertainty and of questioning. The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) is designed to help students find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning.
Recognized around the world as a premier program of study, the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program focuses on thematic instruction where learning is part of an integrated whole. Important concepts that support global thinking, civic-mindedness and service learning are fundamental to the program. Students in the MYP are bright, passionate young people who thrive on challenges and real-world problem solving. Involved in school and in their communities, these leaders of tomorrow know they can make a difference. We promote intercultural understanding and respect as an essential part of life in the 21st century.
IB MYP Mission Statement
- 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 programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
- These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong
learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The overall philosophy of the program is expressed through three fundamental concepts that support and
strengthen all areas of the curriculum: Intercultural Awareness, Holistic Learning, and Communications.
Taken as a whole, the curriculum provides a balanced education that will equip young people for effective participation in the modern world. More information can be accessed online at www.ibo.org.
- Language A is the language of tuition, which at Plaza Middle School is English.
- B languages are taught languages which include French or Spanish.
- The arts are taught as separate subjects: Band, Orchestra, Chorus, and Visual Arts.
- Technology covers the nature, design processes and impact of technology.
- Science is taught as one subject (Physical Science-Grade 6, Life Science-Grade 7, Earth Science-Grade 8) for younger students and as three separate subjects for older students - Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- Social Studies (including History and Geography) are taught at all levels and are approached from a global perspective.
- Physical Education covers health and hygiene as well as individual and team sports.
Areas of Interaction:
The Areas of Interaction are an integral part of the curriculum where the term's work is planned to include the Areas of Interaction throughout the individual subjects and cross-curricular projects.
- Approaches to Learning is concerned with the development of effective study and self management skills.
- Community and Service encourages responsible, caring participation in the local community and the world at large.
- Health and Social Education is concerned with respect for body and mind.
- Environments stresses the impact of different environments: natural, built, and virtual.
- Human Ingenuity focuses on the changes Man's creative and inventive genius have brought to society. Integration of the subjects' cross-curricular projects form an integral part of the learning experience where natural links occur. This enables students to perceive knowledge as a multi-faceted experience and to realize that subjects do not exist in isolation.
In the final year of the MYP students prepare a personal project rather than academic project. It will be an independent piece of work intended to demonstrate the student's achievements and involvement with the five Areas of Interaction.
To view a brief video on MYP, please click here.
Ms. Jennifer Krzewinski
Plaza Middle School
3080 South Lynnhaven Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
757.648.4900 ext. 84945