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GRADES 9 & 10 | MYP
The Middle Years Programme
“The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed for students aged 11 to 16. This period, encompassing early puberty and mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a program that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. This is a time of uncertainty, sensitivity, resistance and questioning. An educational program needs to provide them with discipline, skills and challenging standards, but also with creativity and flexibility. The IBO builds its program around these considerations but it is also concerned that students develop a personal value system by which to guide their own lives, as thoughtful members of local communities and the larger world.” (http://www.ibo.org)
The MYP for Grades 9 to 10 remains integrated in its approach while building subject-specific skills and abilities. Its structure is based on eight distinct subject areas: Language A (English), Humanities, Technology, Mathematics, Arts, Sciences, Physical Education, Language B (Filipino and the learning of another second language). The academic program is enhanced by the fundamental concepts of intercultural awareness, holistic learning, and communication. Five areas of interaction (health and social education, community and service, environment, human ingenuity, and approaches to learning) connect the development of the individual with the educational experience in all subject groups by providing real world contexts for learning.
Because the school believes in the importance of spiritual development alongside cognitive, personal and social development, students are required to enroll in Comparative Religion (9) and Philosophy (10). In Grades 9 and 10 students will be required to study one subject from each of the eight MYP subject groups. They are also required to take Filipino and must complete the Academy’s Community and Service requirements. All Grade 10 students will be required to complete the MYP Personal Project. The allotted class time for each subject has been developed in order to prepare students for IB Diploma level study. Prior to Grade 11, students will have access to extensive counseling to support their selection of IB diploma level courses.