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 is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.
The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three or four year) formats. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).
Taken from the International Baccalaureate website.
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.
Program Overviews by Academic Year
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