IB Middle Years Program
The aim of all International Baccalaureate (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.
Giaudrone’s IB Middle Years Program (MYP) aims specifically to prepare students for success in high school, to put them on the path for a life well lived, and to develop in them a desire and ability to change our world for the better.
Our program fulfills its mission through its unique academic curriculum, intentional character education, focus on community service, and ultimately the development of international-minded young people.
The IB Middle Years Program includes eight subject areas. Each of these subjects are essential and equal in importance for a well-rounded education. These subject areas include
● Mathematics ● Language & Literature
● Design ● Individuals & Societies
● Sciences ● Arts
● Language Acquisition ● Physical & Health Education
Teaching in all eight subject areas is:
Inquiry-Based—provoking curiosity in order to structure and sustain exploration
Concept-driven—planning and teaching through concepts that are transferable to new contexts
Contextualized—reaching beyond the scope of individual subjects to establish relevance
Collaborative—promoting effective teamwork and purposeful/productive collaboration
Differentiated—providing access to learning for a diversity of learners
Informed by Assessment—balancing assessment of, and for learning
An essential component of all IB programs is service and action. We aim to make community service a defining feature of Giaudrone Middle School by offering, encouraging, and supporting community service among our students. Our YMCA Husky Center helps provide students opportunities to serve communities they care about.
8th Grade Community Service Project
Near the end of 8th grade, students complete a capstone project, referred to as the Community Project. The Community Project asks students to
(1) choose a community to serve working alone, in a pair, or as a trio
(2) conduct an investigation of a community and its needs
(3) set a highly challenging goal to serve a community of your choice
(4) create a plan to meet their highly challenging goal
(5) put their plan into action
(6) document the whole process in a journal
(7) present the story of your community service to a formal audience
8th grade students will do much (but not all) of their community project work in advisory this year. Their advisory teachers help supervise student work. Students can choose to do their project alone, with a partner, or in a group of three. Students will exhibit their work in April.