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Bogaerts International School is proud to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) to our students aged 12 to 16. This programme, aligned with our PYP and DP offerings, provides our students with an education aligned with the most recognized international curriculum in the world.
A Learner-Centred, Contextual Approach
The purpose of the MYP is to not just offer a challenging and academically rigorous programme. That is a bi-product of a much more important educational goal: preparation for a successful life as an individual in a vast, globalized environment. This means developing the student as a self-reliant, well-balanced person. The IB hopes to do this by basing curriculum on “…connections between [students’] studies and the real world,” as well as “…the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding, and global engagement…”
Thus, curriculum in the MYP is developed with the learner and his or her needs and goals toward this development at its heart. The end result, we find, is a student who exemplifies the IB learner profile. This profile of personal qualities, rather than a narrow focus on subject and fact mastery, is what will make such a difference in a student’s future.
An Service-Based Approach
Beginning in PYP, but becoming a focal point of the MYP, is Service as Action. Students, as part of the curriculum and their extra-curricular time, will be responsible for not just learning more about what it means to be a member of a community, but to act on that understanding for the betterment of others. Service as Action through community service experiences bring theory to life, and have the ability to show a student precisely what it feels like to make positive change within different spheres of his or her life. Though coordinated and scaffolded by the school, students are encouraged and expected to make their CAS experience their own, and to draw from their own passions to create CAS moments.
A Conceptual Approach
The MYP approaches learning from a conceptual perspective – “big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas.” At BIS, this lies at the heart of curriculum planning, and a conceptual approach to learning enables both student and teacher to create memorable, impactful experiences without the restrictions of strict subject study. Collaboration amongst staff also allows students to access conceptual understanding across multiple courses. This supports student learning through reinforcement and revision.
A Knowledge-Based Approach
Practically, the MYP does not do away with the more traditional view of a school as a centre of knowledge. Specific subject study is encouraged at the secondary level, and students will find themselves focusing on languages, mathematics, sciences, humanities, current affairs, digital design, art, and performing arts within the structure of the programme. This subject focus is designed to provide students with a breadth of knowledge-based experiences, but all within the scope of conceptual understanding and inter-disciplinary opportunities (collaboration between subjects).