IB Middle Years Programme
IST was authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in June of 2008. The MYP is a programme of international education designed to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.
Students from eleven to sixteen years old are at a particularly critical phase in their personal, social and intellectual development. This is why the MYP aims to care for the whole student. In addition to a holistic education, the fundamental concepts underlying the MYP are communication and intercultural awareness. Together, these main principles provide the foundation of the MYP and promote independent and life-long learners, preparing them for the 21st century.
What are the Main Features of the MYP at IST?
◗ Eight Subject Areas - Language and Literature (English, Italian), Language Acquisition (French, Spanish, German, Italian), Individuals and Societies, Science, Mathematics, Design (Information Literacy, iPad program), Arts (Visual Arts, Music) and Physical and Health Education. While a minimum of 50 hours of instruction per year is mandatory, IST offers more than what is required.
◗ Global Contexts - Six themes allow students to make connections across subject areas: Orientation in Space & Time; Identities & Relationships; Globalization & Sustainability; Personal & Cultural Expression; Scientific & Technical Innovation; Fairness & Development. Teachers collaboratively plan to further aid this holistic aspect of the Programme.
◗ The Personal Project - Students embark on creating a personal and independent piece of work in grade 9 and develop it over the course of their last year in the MYP. An exhibition is held to display students’ work in May of their 10th grade year.
◗ Student Led Conferences - Students in grades 6 - 10 meet with their parents and an advisor to reflect on their academic, social and personal development. This model of conferencing allows students to focus on their strengths, their areas to be improved and their overall progress. Goals are determined and set for the remainder of the school year.
◗ Portfolios - Students choose and reflect on various pieces of work and place it in a portfolio throughout each year of the Programme. Via the portfolio, students are provided an opportunity to reflect further on their work and testify to their progress.
◗ Criterion-Referenced Assessment - Student achievement is measured against standards set by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Teachers modify these standards (except for the final year of the MYP) for the task at hand and present students with rubrics, with which to complete the assignment, thereby promoting independent learning.
◗ The Learner Profile - Students’ attitudes and awareness are addressed based on a set of ideals that the IB uses to describe a truly international student: Inquirer, Communicator, Thinker, Principled, Balanced, Risk Taker, Open-minded, Caring, Knowledgeable, Reflective.
For more information on MYP and any of the other academic programmes, please visit www.ibo.org.
The MYP and the Italian National Exam, La Terza Media
If you would like your child to take the Italian National Exam, IST provides excellent preparation. In Grades 6-8, the MYP and the Italian Programme share many classes, and the Italian Literature component is assessed according to MYP criteria for Language A. In the past, our Grade 8 students have achieved excellent results on the Terza Media.
Advantages of the IB MYP at the International School of Turin
◗ Provides continuity with the PYP and DP
◗ Explicitly develops organisational and collaborative skills, attitudes towards work, information literacy, reflection, and problem solving skills
◗ Focuses on the holistic development of young adolescents
◗ Encourages all students to be involved in community service
◗ Emphasises taking personal responsibility towards our environment
◗ Provides a framework for cultural understanding
◗ Encourages students to be physically and mentally healthy