St. Mary’s Middle School students pursue a rigorous academic program in a positive, supportive environment. Through the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), students are taught how to be inquirers capable of accessing and analyzing information. They learn by doing; connecting their studies in the classroom to the real world. Thinking critically and creatively and taking a disciplined approach to their studies, students gain confidence in their ability to manage their own learning. Recognizing they are part of something larger than their local communities, St. Mary’s Middle School students develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.
The Middle Years Programme:
- Ensures breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding through study in eight subject areas: Individuals and Societies, Language Acquisition (Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and French), Language and Literature, Math, Physical Education and Health, Sciences, Technology Design and the Arts;
- Develops active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning;
- Provides hands-on, extraordinary experiences for our students to gain greater awareness of other communities, cultures and themselves and the interdependence that binds us all together through the domestic and international field studies programs and Spring Intersession;
- Empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally through the participation in the Community Project.
Throughout Middle School, students gain an understanding of the IB Learner Profile. These ten character traits inspire the work of students and teachers, providing a statement of the aims and values of IB and a definition of what we mean by “international-mindedness.” IB learners strive to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective.