International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in FCCPS

Mary Ellen Henderson MS and George Mason HS in Partnership

George Mason High School (GMHS) is an authorized IB World School, in partnership with Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (MEHMS), for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). The schools share a common philosophy: a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that both schools believe is important for our students.

The IB Mission:

The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

What is the IB MYP?

The IB MYP emphasizes the principles of the IB programme: creative problem solving, hands-on learning, student-led inquiry, international mindedness, and service learning.

All students enrolled in grades 6-10 are considered a part of the IB programmes in FCCPS. They are all IB MYP students. Building upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB PYP in grades 1-5, teachers will continue to prepare students to meet the academic challenges of the IB DP in grades 11-12 if they choose to enroll.

Students will continue to embrace the IB Learner Profile attributes: inquirer, knowledgeable, thinker, communicator, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taker, balanced, and reflective.

The IB MYP helps students develop subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The MYP framework includes:

  • Approaches to Learning (ATL), helping students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and self-management
  • Key and related concepts, helping students explore relevant big ideas
  • Global contexts, helping students understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the plan.

The IB MYP culminates in an independent learning project entitled the Personal Project. Students develop a focus for the project based on personal interests and complete this project over an extended period of time, encouraging them to consolidate their learning in the IB MYP and reflect on their outcomes of their work.

The common language and instructional approach help to provide greater consistency from one level to the next of the IB continuum. The attributes will be explored and applied in an increasingly sophisticated manner as the students continue to grow and mature.

To learn more about the MYP, pleases visit: www.ibo.org.

How does the MYP affect the current curriculum?

As with the IB PYP, the IB MYP does not replace the current curriculum. It is designed to enhance the curriculum and foster creativity for both students and teachers by using an inquiry-based curriculum framework. Students will continue meeting all Virginia SOL objectives and participating in SOL assessments.

The IB MYP framework allows students to make connections among the subjects they are studying and apply them to real life. MYP encourages global thinking, and supports the development of effective communication skills.