Online School – Middle School

INTRODUCTION

Middle Years Programme (MYP)
Philosophy and Aims Youngji International School is a candidate school* for the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Our goal is to become an authorized 3 Programme IB World School to join the ranks of a growing number of schools which share a common philosophy that commits to meaningful, challenging, international education. At present the MYP at YJIS consists of Grades 7, 8 and 9 (MYP Years 1, 2, 3,) students (age 12 – 15). In the academic year 2015-16 the programme will extend to Grade 10 (MYP Year 4). YJIS students will be eligible, for the first time, to receive an MYP certificate. To do so they will need to complete the Personal or Community Project, satisfy the Service as Action requirements and pass their subject and interdisciplinary e-examinations.

Teaching and learning in the MYP encourages and develops inquiring, knowledgeable, thinking communicators who are also principled, open-minded and caring. Although risk-takers, they are balanced and reflective and grow to become responsible, contributing global citizens.
At YJIS, we consider the holistic development of our students. We recognize that while a challenging academic education is important, providing a setting where our students can pursue their artistic, emotional and social potential is equally important. MYP students are taught essential academic knowledge but also communication, social, self-management, research and thinking skills, or Approaches to Learning (ATL). ATLs are skills that are transferable to different subjects and life experiences: they are the skills that enable students to cope, manage and balance life’s challenges, with greater independence. Middle School is generally recognized as a danger point for student disengagement. We have therefore designed (and continue to develop) our curriculum to be student-centered, engaging and relevant. Inquiry based, it allows students to explore and understand more thoroughly what they learn and how they learn. Interdisciplinary units enable students to see connections between subjects and real life, so learning is both challenging and interesting.

We have specialist teachers for Language and Literature, Language Acquisition (Spanish and Korean), Individuals and Societies, the Arts (Music and Visual Arts) Mathematics, Science, Design (Product and Digital), Physical and Health Education. For those requiring learning support our Special Educational Needs (SEN) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers are able to assist. All teachers use a variety of approaches and differentiate to cater to the learning styles, prior learning and abilities of our BIFS students. During the course of the year Grades 7, 8 and 9 take the International Schools’ Assessment tests. These are set by the Australian Council of Educational Research and based upon the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) frameworks of the OECD. It is a culturally non-biased assessment specifically designed for international schools. A second standardized test is currently being trialed: the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) test was taken by Grades 7 and 8 2014/15. Those same students will take the test in the next academic year when they are in Grades 7 and 9. As a three programme school, every consideration is made to ensure smooth transitions across the IB continuum of PYP, MYP and DP. What we teach and how we teach demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our students become ethical, compassionate and contributing members of every community to which they belong, now and into the future.

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