IB Middle Years Program
Springbrook High School has been an IB World School since 1996, the year Springbrook’s prestigious IB Diploma Program, offered to students in 11th and 12th, grade was authorized. In August 2009, Springbrook High School introduced the IBMYP program to the class of 2013.
The MYP Programme at Springbrook
High School is in partnership with Francis Scott Key Middle School. Together, our
program runs from grade 6 through grade 10 for all students. The MYP is all
inclusive and its mission is to provide students lifelong learning skills and
dispositions. The IBMYP is a philosophy of international education designed to
help 11 to 16 year old students (9th and 10th graders at Springbrook HS)
develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to
participate actively and responsibly in a changing world. For those that come
to Springbrook from other middle schools, they will have the opportunity to
access the program in both 9th and 10th grade.
This year, Springbrook High School, along with its partner, Francis Scott Key Middle School, was chosen by MCPS to pilot a new MYP Progress Report. The progress report will be given to parents at the end of each semester.
The diagram below represents the curriculum model of the InternationalBaccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). Based on the international success of the IB Diploma Programme, the International Baccalaureate established the Middle Years Programme in 1992. The MYP is a five-year program for students aged 11 - 16 years. Like the IB Diploma Programme, the MYP is academically rigorous and promotes intercultural understanding and interdisciplinary study. However, the MYP offers schools the flexibility to follow locally-established curricula, while infusing such curricula with a focus on critical thinking, holistic development of the individual, communication in multiple languages and international-mindedness. The Middle Years Programme can also serve as excellent preparation for the IB Diploma Programme, as the two programs are part of one continuum of international education.
Each of the eight subject groups is taught through the context of the Areas of Interaction. The Areas of Interaction distinguish the MYP from either the IB Diploma Programme or a more traditional course of study and can best be understood as themes which are repeatedly addressed throughout the academic subjects. They include: Environments, Human Ingenuity, Health and Social Education, and Community and Service. The fifth Area of Interaction, Approaches to Learning, provides an additional focus on the explicit thinking and learning skills that are developed over the course of the five-year program. As a result of the interweaving of these contexts throughout the traditional academic subjects, students come to see the complex interrelationships between subject areas and content that have traditionally been taught in isolation.
Voice: 240-740-3732 (direct); 240-740-3800 (main)
Email: John Weinshel
To inquire further about the IB MYP at Springbrook High School, please contact Mr. John Weinshel, MYP Coordinator, by phone at 240-740-3732 or email John Weinshel.
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