International Baccalaureate

Creating rigorous, relevant, and global learning experiences

North Junior High and West Junior High are International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools. Each school has implemented the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) in seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade. Designed for students ages 11 to 16, the MYP is a globally-recognized curriculum framework that encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers.

The MYP is an international education model that allows all students to participate in a rigorous program that exposes learners to a curriculum that promotes healthy relationships, ethical responsibility, and personal challenge. IB increases understanding of languages and cultures, and empowers students to inquire into a wide range of locally, nationally, and globally significant issues and ideas. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding, and global engagement—qualities essential for success in the 21st century.

Rigorous and internationally-focused curriculum 

IB provides us with an exciting set of tools to expand and increase rigor in universal and authentic ways including:

  • Second language requirement

  • Culminating project in ninth-grade

  • Inquiry approach to learning and concept-based units

  • Global contexts connecting classroom learning to the real world

As students develop their disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, they will learn through eight subject groups (links from IB website):

Throughout the program of inquiry in the MYP, students will explore concepts and contexts that help us find our place in time and space, see our connections to others and to the world around us. With a commitment to authentic service, the MYP helps learners see opportunities for action in order to make the future more sustainable for all. At WJH, the MYP culminates with the Community Project, an opportunity for all 9th grade students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community through a sustained, in-depth service project. This project demonstrates our students' developing identities as young leaders and positive examples of the IB's Learner Profile in action.

 

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