FAQ - Middle Years Program

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Do all students in Grades 6-10 at ISPP follow the MYP?
What is the status of the MYP certificate as a school-leaving certificate? 
What are the Areas of Interaction?
What are the MYP assessment criteria?
How can we be assured that ISPP's standards are internationally recognized?
Do all students in an MYP Programme need to complete the personal project?

Do all students in Grades 6-10 at ISPP follow the MYP?

The MYP is intended to be an inclusive programme that has something to offer everyone. The central place of approaches to learning, in the Areas of Interaction (AoI) helps teachers and students respond in a flexible way to varied learning needs, including individual needs related to language acquisition for second-language students, or special educational needs.

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What is the status of the MYP certificate as a school-leaving certificate? 

The MYP was not developed in order to lead to a "school-leaving certificate", but to provide the student with good preparation for further studies (IB Diploma Programme or other) and to develop lifelong learning skills and dispositions. The MYP certificate represents global achievement within an MYP curriculum framework, and takes into account academic as well as non-academic aspects (personal project and community and service activities). Students who obtain the MYP certificate are well prepared for independent study and the rigor of the Diploma Programme.

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What are the Areas of Interaction?

The curriculum model of the MYP places the student and the way the student learns at its centre, as the child's development is the basis of the whole educational process. The areas of interaction are used as "lenses" through which to view the curriculum and to provide a base for teachers upon which they can encourage student reflection on the issues at hand. They allow connections among the subjects themselves and between the subjects and real-life issues.

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What are the MYP assessment criteria?

Currently, there is no external assessment in the MYP, so there are no externally set or externally marked examinations. All assessment is carried out by teachers and relies on their professional expertise in making qualitative and quantitative judgments. Each subject has specific summative assessment criteria that students are familiar with and against which students must be assessed.

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How can we be assured that ISPP's standards are internationally recognized?

We take part in the IB moderation process at MYP Grade 10. Samples of work from each subject are sent to trained moderators around the world who determine whether we are applying the criteria at the correct level and give us very informative feedback and advice.

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Do all students in an MYP Programme need to complete the personal project?

The personal project has a central place in the MYP, and as such is part of every student's experience. The personal project is the culminating activity through which students present, in a truly personal way, their understanding of themes, concepts and issues related to the areas of interaction. The students' experience of approaches to learning should prepare them gradually for working independently and leading a project over an extended period of time. All students in Grade 10 complete the personal project. At ISPP, students have an opportunity to choose a project that allows them to explore a topic of interest to them, and to present it in a way that reflects their learning style.

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