• The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.
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    What is the Personal Project? 

    It is:

    • A personal and creative work initiated and developed by the student.
    • Student-directed inquiry aimed at developing the skills necessary to be independent, lifelong learners
    • A differentiated learning opportunity that allows for expression 
      according to students’ individual needs

    What do I have to do with the Personal Project?

    Students will:

    • Investigate a project of their choice
    • Plan steps for completion
    • Take action and complete the final product or outcome
    • Reflect on the project and process
    • The Old Mill IB Schools Project Expo Night (Date TBD) will take place in the OMHS Cafeteria and Auditorium.  Come see not only Personal Projects, but College Ready Projects from AVID, Shark Tank Projects from Signature and new this year, IB MYP Community Projects from OMMN. Come join the party of success that is the Old Mill IB Schools!  

    What are the benefits?

    The personal project is an opportunity to explore a topic you have a     
    personal interest in or connection to. It is also a great example to use in     
    college admission essays and job interviews. It shows your ability to take     
    initiative, think critically, and communicate effectively—a few of the many     
    skills you need to be college and career ready.

    What did last year's student do?  So glad you asked!


    Please see the official AACPS Personal Project Website for additional parent and student support.


    Need to get inspired?  Check out these articles, pictures, and materials related to the personal project below:






  • Virginia Sutherin
    International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator
    Old Mill High School
    410.969.9010, ext 414

    Google Voice- 302-404-4388


    Monica Meerman
    International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Coordinator
    Old Mill High School
    410.969.9010, ext 414

    Google Voice- 301-539-9789

    Carrie Klimes
    International Baccalaureate Programme Counselor
    Old Mill High School
    410.969.9010 ext. 262

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  • Our 3 IB high schools are proud of their status as an IB World Schools offering the IB Middle Years, Diploma and Career-related programs.  The IB is an internationally recognized program of study that leads to university recognition and a global certification for students. Schools must go through a lengthy authorization process to become and remain certified as IB schools. In grades 9 and 10, all of our students participate in the IB Middle Years Programme.  Additionally, students may choose to participate in coursework offered through our Homeland Security Signature Program, AVID, Project Lead The Way, JROTC, and many other programs.  Please visit https://www.aacps.org/ib to learn more about the IB program in AACPS.

    All grade 9 and 10 courses are delivered through the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) framework. Within the IB MYP:

    • teachers plan units of inquiry that allow students to explore the facts and big ideas related to the content and connected to the world around us. 
    • teachers receive ongoing in-house and official IB professional development.
    • our students take tests similar to what you remember from school, but our IB courses include authentic assessments: projects or performance assessments which have connections to real life situations.
    • teachers and students use IB rubrics that are developmental and measure a student’s progress over time.
    • we focus more on international-mindedness, which, beyond exploring other countries and ways of life, includes deepening our understanding of global perspectives.
    • we use an inquiry-based approach that helps develop our students’ ability to question and explore avenues they want to learn more about

    The personal project is the capstone project for all students in grade 10. It is an opportunity for students to put into practice all of the skills they have learned over the course of the programme. The personal project is an exciting opportunity for all MYP High School  students to pursue a topic of interest about which they are passionate. Students to complete a Personal Project over the course of their 9th and 10 grade year. The project in our IB MYP schools is a community service requirement and the 25 hours IB indicates it should take a student from start to finish to complete will count towards their AACPS service learning hours requirement to graduate. As an IB World School, the personal project is the only way that all students will satisfy the service learning graduation requirement set forth by AACPS and the state of Maryland.

     The Personal Project is facilaited across various subjects through instructional opportunties and embedded in the GCC, Language & Literature 9 and 10th grades. Students are provided opportunties in those courses to learn through lessons time to work on their Personal Project at various stages of the process.

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