Meridian School submitted its application to the International Baccalaureate Organization for the Middle Years Program (MYP) on April 1, 2015. The authorization team visited Meridian School in February of 2017. In May of 2017 Meridian became an authorized MYP school and fulfilled our goal of becoming an IB Continuum School. There are only a handful IB Continuum Schools in Texas today.
Below is a brief overview of the foundational components of the Middle Years Program at Meridian School. For a more in depth explanation, please visit our Academic Program of Studies or visit IBO’s website.
Action and Service
Action is learning by doing and experiencing, and is a key component to all IB programmes. Through responsible action, tightly connected with sustained inquiry and critical reflection, young people and adults can develop the kinds of attributes described by the learner profile that are essential for success in future academic pursuits and life beyond the classroom. Service, as a subset or particular kind of action, has always been a shared value of the IB community. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Service as action: With appropriate guidance and support, MYP students should, through their engagement with service as one of the significant forms of action, meet the learning outcomes to develop the skills and attributes of an IB learner. IB World Schools value service with others as an important way to engage in principled action across a range of overlapping local and global communities.
Approaches to Learning
One of the most important facets of the MYP curriculum framework is its clear focus on approaches to learning (ATL), or learning how to learn. This fundamental aspect of the MYP is drawing attention to a developmentally crucial task for 11- to 16- year-olds. ATL now stands near the center of all IB programme models, alongside approaches to teaching. Across the IB continuum, five broad categories of ATL skills represent aligned language and educational through-lines that can inform and structure skills development for all students. The five, broad categories of ATL are: Research, Communication, Social Skills, Thinking Skills, and Self Management Skills.
Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced. Meridian teachers plan units together and separately, each using a global context to help frame the unit for students.
Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:
Students complete a Personal Project, the culminating event of the Middle Years Program. Students are able to decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, discovering what they will need to know to complete the project, and create a proposal or criteria for completing it. The personal project is a student-driven, inquiry-based project that takes place over an extended period of time. When it is complete, it should represent a significant body of work and should showcase the skills students have developed over the past several years.
At Meridian, students begin their Personal Projects in the Spring of their 9th grade year. They work together in the Design course with the support of a teacher mentor, and complete their project in the Spring of their 10th grade year. After the Personal Project Presentation, 10th graders who successfully complete the project participate in a celebration that honors their hard work, perseverance, and dedication.
Please see these helpful documents from IBO for more information:
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