Middle Years Program In 9th & 10th Grade
As an “IB for All” school, all students in the 9th and 10th grade at Daystar will complete the final two years of the IB Middle Years Program.
The IB-MYP framework is flexible, allowing Daystar teachers to provide individualized instruction to students while focusing on the whole child. “The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The MYP empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.”
9th-10th grade students take classes in 8 MYP subject areas:
Individuals & Societies
Language Acquisition (Spanish)
Language and Literature
Physical and Health Education
Science (Physics and Chemistry)
CONCEPTUAL TEACHING AND LEARNING...
Within the subject areas, teaching units will be driven by 16 key concepts across the curriculum:
Aesthetics Change Communication Communities
Connections Creativity Culture Development
Form Global interactions Identity Logic
Perspective Relationships Systems
Time, Place and Space
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN CONTEXT...
Using the IB-MYP framework, a Biblical framework, the Daystar Distinctives, as well as Responsive Classroom strategies, we desire to help nurture students who will become Christ-following global citizens who will develop their God-given gifts to transform the world near and far. We desire to have students make strong, relevant connections between what they are learning and the world around them through the umbrella of the six MYP global contexts, which will guide units of study in every subject area. These include:
Identities and Relationships Orientation in Time and Space
Personal and Cultural Expression Scientific and Technical Innovation
Globalization and Sustainability Fairness and Development
Part of our commitment to learning in context is using our city and the world as a classroom. Students will take 10-15 learning excursions each year, connecting what they are learning in the classroom to the world outside the walls of our school. Students will also travel internationally during each year of high school at Daystar.
DEVELOPING THE WHOLE PERSON...
With a Biblical foundation, we desire to model and help students strive towards the ten attitudes and traits that form the IB Learner Profile and out of this strong character, seek ways to serve those around them.
We want to develop students who are:
Inquirers, Open-Minded, Knowledgable, Caring, Thinkers, Risk-takers, Communicators, Balanced, Principled, Reflective
DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE SKILLS FOR LEARNING...
We also desire to develop the self-knowledge and skills students need to enjoy a lifetime of learning. This is done through the MYP Approaches to Learning, which will be taught during each unit of study and include a variety of:
Communication skills Social skills Self-management skills Research skills Thinking skills
SERVICE AS ACTION
“Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. MYP learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.”
At Daystar Academy, our units of study incorporate direct and indirect service in our community and the world. Students make intentional connections to ways in which they can use their knowledge and skills to benefit those around them, within the school building, in nearby communities and around the world!
View the High School Course of Study, 9th & 10th Grade Program Overviews, Learn More About MYP through the Student Handbook, and explore the Diploma Program (11th & 12Th Grade).