• Is the IB MYP curriculum different from the AACPS curriculum?

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    "The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge. It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. 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." IBO.org, 2018, What is the MYP?

    The IB MYP is a framework designed to align with local and national standards. Teachers in IB MYP schools in AACPS use the Common Core, Next Generation Science, and Maryland Content Standards from the AACPS curriculum in order to develop concept-based units of study. Project-Based Learning, STEM, and Arts Integration are incorporated within the IB MYP units.

    IB MYP students study eight subject areas: Language and Literature (Language Arts), Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), Sciences, Mathematics, Language Acquisition, World Language, Health and Physical Education, Design (Design Technology, Digital Palette, FACS), and the Arts.

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  • How are students assessed?

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    Students take the AACPS quarterly assessments each marking period. In Language and Literature and Individuals and Societies, the quarterlies
    are based on the MYP units of study. Teachers use assessments to plan for instruction and determine student growth. Summative assessments are
    authentic, rigorous, and multimodal. Teachers assess student work based on published IB criteria of assessment (rubrics).

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  • Which languages are offered at Annapolis Middle School?

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    Annapolis Middle School offers Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese.

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  • Do all students at an IB MYP school participate in the program?

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    Yes, the IB MYP is an inclusive, whole-school program. All students attending Annapolis Middle School, an IB MYP World School. are IB students and receive IB MYP instruction. 

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  • How are students grouped in an IB MYP school?

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    In middle school, courses in Language and Literature and Mathematics are leveled for learning based on skill ability. In other courses, teachers differentiate within the classroom. 

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  • Which grade levels offer the IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)?

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    The IB MYP spans grades 6-10, the three years of middle school and the first two years of high school.

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  • Is there an opportunity in AACPS for students to continue their IB education after grade 10?

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    AACPS offers the IB Diploma Programme to students in grades 11 and 12. Visit aacps.org/magnet to learn about the IB MYP and IB DP high school programs.

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  • Is there a culminating project at the end of the IB MYP?

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    In Grade 8, students have the opportunity to participate in the MYP Community Project, which we call the CHANGE Project at Annapolis Middle School. This culminating project requires students to use the skills they have developed throughout the program to research an area of interest that is also an area of need in their local or global community.

    In Grade 10, students engage in the MYP Personal Project which is a significant student-directed inquiry produced over an extended period. The Personal Project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and creative work of their choice and to demonstrate the skills they have developed. It is a commitment to developing independent, lifelong learners who recognize their interests and their passion in life.

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  • How does the IB MYP benefit the community?

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    * The student-centered approach develops a positive attitude toward learning.

    * The MYP empowers students to contribute to the community.

    * Students develop skills for future success in a complex world.

    * Teachers receive ongoing professional development and a network of support.

    * The MYP promotes local and global awareness.

    * The holistic program helps to develop students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being, creating well-rounded individuals.

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