Middle School | 6th - 8th
On any given day in Daystar's Middle School, the beginning of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, you are likely to see a class boarding a bus, clipboards in hand, heading off to one of Chicago's many educational destinations. They will have already spent time earlier in the morning going over what they have learned in their Individuals and Societies unit, and will later return to complete a reflective journal asking what piqued their curiosity. Meanwhile another class is sprawled across the floor of their classroom dreaming up their ideal house layout using a ruler, cardboard, and recently learned geometry skills. Still another class is in the Art Studio, lined up to wash the quickly drying clay from their hands while they admire their pottery sitting on the counter awaiting a kiln.
Each one of these classes demonstrates how the IB program teaches students to be global learners. They embrace the communities around them, whether near or far, applying their classroom learning to real world application. As a faith-based school, Daystar students then take that learning and view it through the lens of God's truth, asking what it means to be a person of faith who loves God and loves others.
About the IB Middle years program
“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 programme 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.”
In the IB Middle Years Program there are eight subject areas that are constantly intersecting as students learn throughout the program. Students are introduced to the concept of grouping their learning around these subjects in 6th grade and follow this idea through middle school and into high school in 9th and 10th grade.
Extra-Curricular Activites, Clubs, & Classes
At Daystar Academy we are building students who are confident, exposed to a variety of experiences and engaged in continuous learning and a curiosity for the world around them. Unique activities, designed to enrich and expand each student’s participation, are built into the middle school experience. We want to encourage student exploration as well as encourage the development of the gifts God has given our students, while instilling school spirit and providing opportunities for fellowship outside of the classroom.
Our students can join a variety of extra-curricular activities supported by our faculty, where they are expected and empowered to lead, create and serve others. These offerings are driven by student passions, talents and interests. Offerings include options such as photography, Kindness club, knitting, literary magazine, cooking, Fitness club and Lego robotics.
Students are able to choose at least one extra-curricular club quarterly, most of which are offered during school hours. This is in keeping with our desire to support the importance of family time by making sure every student is able to be home at a reasonable hour.
Learning Excursions and Expeditions
Daystar uses the city as a classroom! Each year, middle school students can expect to go on 10-15 learning excursions that enhance their classroom learning. In addition to these local learning experiences, middle school students will also participate in overnight learning expeditions including an outdoor education expedition and a trip to Washington DC.
Student Support Services
Our highly personalized counseling services are designed to align with our global view of learning, empowering students to be a part of the solution as we provide guidance across a wide range of areas. Students receive social-emotional support as they navigate their middle school years at Daystar, and our small student-teacher ratio allows students to get the personalized academic support that they need.
At Daystar, we want to develop students who know how to seek and use information to develop their depth and breadth of knowledge in an academically honest way. Daystar students are provided access to a variety of resources throughout Chicago and online including access to the Chicago Public library and other university libraries in the area, Gale in Context databases, Noodletools and Turnitin.com. Click to read our MYP/DP Academic Honesty Policy.
Athletic participation is an important part of the education experience for all Daystar Academy students. Team participation and interscholastic competition afford our student athletes training and competition opportunities in which dedication and commitment are stressed and required as they pursue excellence and develop a heart of service to others. Athletics are used by our coaches to support our students in the development of important physical, social, and emotional aspects of who God desires they will become.