The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program challenges students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world while providing a framework of learning. As an authorized IB World School, Kildonan has chosen to base our curriculum for the middle years on the Middle Years Program (MYP), representing the world standard for international education.
The IB develops critical, creative and reflective thinking, fosters the disposition of international mindedness, and nurtures student confidence, self-belief and self-discovery.
At its core, the IB curriculum enables students to understand themselves as learners—and as global citizens.
The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge and consists of eight subject groups integrated through global contexts which provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects.
Students in grades 5-6 are transitioning out of the Kodiak Program and into the Middle Years Program. These students continue to focus on cooperation and respecting the class community, projects are still carefully designed to encourage students' intellectual and social growth, and students continue to share a contained classroom. In order to prepare them for 7th grade and beyond, they are exposed to different teachers with their respective subject areas. MYP teachers come to them, collaborate on curriculum, and focus on the developmental needs of 5th and 6th graders.
"The heart of contextual teaching and learning is the connection that leads to meaning. When young people can connect the content of an academic subject...with their own experience, they discover meaning, and meaning gives them a reason for learning. Connecting learning to one's life makes studies come alive." —Johnson, 2002.
Read more about Why the IB Works for the LD Student.