The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

American International School Vietnam is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP).

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC).

Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org


ABOUT THE IB MYP

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a rigorous, holistic, five-year course of study for students in grades 6 to 10 that encourages students to make connections between their studies and the real world.

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 programme 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.

Action and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. To demonstrate caring and commitment, AISVN students participate in Service Learning clubs to contribute to the school and local community.

Through the IB MYP, students develop the skills to live and work in an international context which is essential for life in the 21st century. The IB MYP provides a balanced education for the whole student and provides excellent preparation for the Diploma Programme offered in grades 11 and 12.

THE IB MYP CURRICULUM

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) helps students develop both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding with an inquiry student-centered classroom. The MYP curriculum framework includes:

  • Approaches to learning (ATL), helping students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management
  • Key and related concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.
  • Global contexts, helping students understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced.
The programme promotes interdisciplinary study that helps students make important connections between academic subjects. Integrated teaching and learning helps students analyze complex issues and develop the habits of mind they need to participate in our increasingly interconnected world. Students will participate in at least one interdisciplinary unit each year.

Students at AISVN MYP will be enrolled in the following courses:

1

Language and Literature:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Vietnamese Literature for Vietnamese nationals as per requirements of Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training

2

Language Acquisition:

  • English Language and Literature
  • English Language Acquisition
  • Mandarin

3

Individual and Societies

  • In addition to Individuals and Societies, Vietnamese students will take Vietnamese History, Geography and Civic Education as per requirements of Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training

4

Integrated Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physical, Earth, and Environmental Sciences)

5

Integrated Math

  • In grades 9 and 10 students will have the option of Extended Math if they wish to pursue Mathematics: analysis and approaches in the Diploma Programme.

6

Design

7

Arts (Drama, Music, and Visual Art)

8

Physical and Health Education


Personal Project

The MYP culminates in an independent learning project. Students complete a significant piece of work over an extended period of time, encouraging them to consolidate their learning and reflect on the outcomes of their work. AISVN students will begin their personal projects during the fourth quarter of grade 9 and conclude in January of grade 10.

MYP projects involve students in a wide range of activities to extend their knowledge and understanding and to develop their skills and attitudes. Personal Projects will conclude with an exhibition for students to share their process and learning with the community.
International Baccalaureate

Reference:

International Baccalaureate Organization  (2019). https://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/

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