International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
“Education for a Better World: the IB MYP”
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The IB MYP offers students at Annapolis Middle a unique learning experience to help them build understanding of the concepts within the county's curricula. Three elements of MYP learning emphasized at AMS include the following: (1) learning how to learn, (2) learning in context, and (3) engaging with local and global communities. Click on the presentations below to see examples of student action made possible through these appoaches to teaching and learning.
Eighth-grade students at Annapolis Middle School have an opportunity to engage in service as action through the MYP Community Project, also known as the AMS CHANGE Project. This long-term project, conducted either individually or in groups, allows students to create their own service initiative to make positive change in a local or global community. For more information, visit the AMS CHANGE Project website, which includes a digital gallery of student presentations from the 2017-2018 school year.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
AVID is an academic program designed to provide support to students who are in the “academic” middle. AVID students apply to be in the program and actually interview with a panel of teachers before being accepted into the elective. These students want to work harder and be more successful, committing themselves to a variety of obligations – including good attendance, appropriate behavior, and 1-2 hours of homework per night (an approximate total for all classes).
During each AVID class, students receive instruction in reading/writing across the curriculum, note taking & test-taking strategies, study skills, organization and time management. Another aspect of the program focuses on career and college exploration through guest speakers, college tours, and research assignments. Additionally, as part of the AVID class, students receive approximately 40 minutes of tutoring from trained volunteers who facilitate small groups of students during tutorials.