Kuwait Bilingual School has been officially accepted as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP). This means that KBS is pursuing authorization this academic year (2017-2018) as an IB-MYP world school. These are the schools that share common philosophy, a commitment to a high quality, challenging, international education that KBS believes is important for our students.
The IB Middle Years Program (MYP):
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) aims that every student becoming an independent, creative, critical thinker, and lifelong learner. Students will learn to relate acquired knowledge to the outside world on local, national and international levels, and to everyday life.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge and holistic education for students aged 11-16. The MYP at Kuwait Bilingual School spans the three years of Middle School (grades 6, 7, 8) and the first two years of High School (grades 9 and 10).
The educational approach of the MYP embraces traditional school subjects and promotes meaningful interdisciplinary relationships. The MYP provides the framework of challenging standards and broad based and specific skills that encourage each student’s individual growth towards self-reliance and responsible participation in society.
The MYP is a challenging and engaging program of study that asks students to take responsibility for learning, to work with others in teams, and to explore new ways of learning about and understanding the world around them.
The IB-MYP offers one of the highest quality educations available on an international level. It is excellent preparation for the eleventh and twelfth grade that will be preparing and planning ahead for the universities.
These years mark an important transition in a student’s life when self-expression and autonomy become priorities. The personalized support that we provide our students as they develop their voices is an essential part of our Middle School programme. By taking care of our students’ emotional well-being, we free them to focus on their growth as learners.
Skills that students will learn and develop throughout the MYP:
Communication Skills: e.g. expressing ideas clearly, listening to others carefully…
Social Skills: e.g. working in a group, encouraging contributions from others…
Self-management skills: e.g. organizing yourself and your work, being on time…
Research Skills: e.g. finding and gathering sources of information, note-taking…
Thinking Skills: e.g. analyzing ideas and evaluating them, planning and creating work, and applying learning in one subject to another subject…
FQA about the MYP:
WHAT DOES AN MYP CLASSROOM LOOK LIKE?
In an MYP classroom, you’ll notice that the students are at the center of learning. They are drawing connections between all subject areas, learning is explicitly linked to the world around them, participation in English language is required, and a variety of formal and informal assessments are used to inform teaching and learning. MYP learning experiences infuse global points of view wherever possible in order to promote understanding of other cultures, an awareness of the human condition and an understanding that there is a commonality of human experience.
WHAT DOES THE MYP CURRICULUM ENTAIL?
The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. Students take the core courses of language and literature, individuals and societies, mathematics, sciences, physical and health education, language acquisition, arts, and design. A unique feature of the programme is that it extends the traditional curriculum to include immersion in four themes— approaches to teaching and approaches to learning, global contexts and concepts. Students also complete a personal project, which is an independent piece of work that may be an essay, an artistic production or another form of expression in their last year of the programme.
HAVE STUDIES BEEN DONE ON THE IMPACT OF THE MYP?
The IB places great value on external validation of its programmes, curriculums and professional development. A recent study found that Middle Years Programme students in a US public school district were more likely to achieve a proficient or advanced performance level on state mathematics and science assessments than their counterparts in five comparison schools. Additional studies on programme impact, quality assurance, programme development and assessment research are available here.
For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org/