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IB Middle Years Program (Grades 6-8)

Noel Grisham Middle School is proud to be an authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP). 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 program 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.
Click here to learn more about Grisham’s IB MYP.

The IB Middle Years Program Overview

Life in the 21st century places many changing demands on students making the transition through adolescence. Students are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development, of uncertainty and of questioning. The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) is designed to help students find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning. Recognized around the world as a premier program of study, the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program focuses on thematic instruction where learning is part of an integrated whole. Important concepts that support global thinking, civic-mindedness and service learning are fundamental to the program. Students in the MYP are bright, passionate young people who thrive on challenges and real-world problem solving. Involved in school and in their communities, these leaders of tomorrow know they can make a difference. We promote intercultural understanding and respect as an essential part of life in the 21st century. The overall philosophy of the program is expressed through three fundamental concepts that support and strengthen all areas of the curriculum: Intercultural Awareness, Holistic Learning, and Communications.

IB MYP Mission Statement The International Baccalaureate 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.

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Taken as a whole, the curriculum provides a balanced education that will equip young people for effective participation in the modern world. More information can be accessed online at www.ibo.org. The IB Leaner Profile The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. By encouraging students to develop the IB Learner Profile attributes we believe our students can achieve that goal. IB Learner profile attributes: knowledgeable, reflective, inquirer, thinker, balanced, communicators, open-minded, principled, risk-takers and balanced. Look how the IB Learner Profile aligns with the RRISD Graduate Profile! Academics

  • Language A is the English Language Arts at GMS
  • World languages are taught languages which include German, French or Spanish.
  • The arts are taught as separate subjects: Band, Orchestra, Choir, Art, and Theatre.
  • Technology covers the nature, design processes and impact of technology.
  • Science is taught at all three grade levels and encompasses the depth of the entire science curriculum at each level.
  • Social Studies (including History and Geography) are taught at all levels and are approached from a global perspective.
  • Physical Education covers health and hygiene as well as individual and team sports.

Global Contexts  Global Contexts for Learning provide a global framework for teaching and learning across and within subject areas.

  • IDENTITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS: Students explore identity, beliefs and values,  personal health and human relationships.
  • ORIENTATION IN TIME AND SPACE: Students explore personal histories, turning points in human kind and the interconnectedness of individuals as well as societies.
  • PERSONAL AND CULTURAL EXPRESSION: Students engage in the discovery and expression of ideas as well as reflecting on creativity and the ways in which humans enjoy and appreciate aesthetics.
  • SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INNOVATION: Students focus on the connections between humans and the environment, and engage in discussions about the impact of scientific advancements.
  • GLOBALIZATION AND SUSTAINABILITY: An in-depth discussion of how all things are connected and the impact of local decisions on the global environment.
  • FAIRNESS AND DEVELOPMENT: Discussions are centered on the relationships between communities, access to equal opportunities, and rights and responsibilities of human kind.

Community Project In the final year of the MYP students work together to create and present a community project. The community project encourages students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. The project focuses on community and service, encouraging students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. The community project gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning.  As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project is completed collaboratively in groups of a maximum of three students.   MYP Coordinator: Dana Stuart Browning