The Middle Years Programme – MYP is designed for students from year 7 to year 11, with emphasis on the development of intellectual challenges and establishing of connections between traditional subjects and the real world. Therefore, the development of communication skills, intercultural understanding and global commitment is fostered. These are essential qualities for tomorrow’s future leaders. This program is flexible enough to accommodate the requirements of our Chilean national curriculum and expand them. It is based on skills and attitudes developed in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepare students to face the academic challenges of IB the Diploma Programme. The purpose of MYP at Saint John’s is to help students to develop their personal understanding, the perception they have on themselves and their responsibility in the community.
What is the curricular structure?Teaching and learning in context Students learn optimally when their learning experiences have context and are related to their lives and the world they know. Through the use of global contexts, MYP students explore the human identity, global challenges and what means to have an international mentality.
MYP has eight groups of subjects integrated within global contexts.
- Language and literature (mother tongue)
- Language acquisition (second or third language)
- Individuals and society
- Physical and health education
Conceptual understandingConcepts are important ideas that have disciplinary interdisciplinary relevance. MYOP students use concept as a means to research issues and ideas of personal, local and global importance and to examine knowledge in a holistic way.
Approaches to learningThis unifying element that encompasses all MYP groups of subjects is the basis of an independent learning and fosters the application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar situations. Development and application of these skills help the student “learn to learn”.
Service as action (community service)The action of learning through practical experience and service, have always been shared values by the IB community. Students undertake actions when they apply what is being learned in the classroom and out of it. Members of the IB learning community strive to help the others and positively influence people’s lives and the environment.
Language and identityMYP students must learn a minimum of two languages and at St. John’s we are focused on the development of English and Spanish. Learning to communicate in different ways is fundamental for the development of intercultural understanding and the affirmation of their identity.
Personal/Community projectsMYP projects allow students to demonstrate what they have learned during the program by experiencing the responsibility of completing a task in an extensive period that allows reflecting on their learning and the results of their work.
- The community project encourages students to explore their right and responsibility of carrying out the service as action in the community. On the other hand, students to the project analyze and become aware of the needs of their community and perform an action that contributes to improving that detected need. The community project is carried out individually or in small groups and the presentation is performed in an internal audience.
- The personal project is the culminating experience of the programme, as each student independently develops a work of personal interest, which is understood as a problem existing for them from their personal, local or global perspective. Therefore, they work to give a solution, which allows them participating in a practical analysis through a research-action-reflection cycle. Thus, they must apply and reinforce their skills of the learning approaches. This work is individual and students are supported and oriented by a supervisor. The result of these projects is presented to the community in an exposition.