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The Benefits of the MYP

At Southpointe, we believe that the MYP is a powerful framework that prepares students for secondary and post-secondary studies through higher levels of engagement and higher order thinking skills. The IB MYP is an educational programme for students aged 11-16 that provides a framework for academic rigour. It encourages students to make connections between traditional subject areas and the real world. One of the goals of the IB MYP is to encourage students to become critical and reflective thinkers (IBO, 2015). Another goal of the MYP is to promote the education of the whole child with emphasis on a broad and balanced approach to education. The aim is to help students develop authentic understanding of the principles of learning beyond content knowledge. In 2015, a study was conducted that examined the impact of participating in the IB MYP on high school student achievement. The study used data from a large and diverse school district in the US. The study showed that MYP enrolment increased the likelihood of achieving “college-ready” scores ( at least one score of 3 or higher in AP exams, and 4 or higher in DP exams) by 39%. In addition, it showed that MYP students were 34% more likely to take at least one AP exam in high school. A study in Chicago examined outcomes of DP students in neighbourhood schools serving predominantly low-income and minority students. Compared to similar non-DP students, DP students were significantly more likely to enrol in college, more likely to enrol in a more selective college and more likely to stay enrolled.

Key findings in the study showed that PYP and MYP students generally performed better than their non-IB peers in all assessment areas.

When comparing DP outcomes of students who complete the MYP and other middle years courses of study MYP students tended to receive higher diploma scores than students from other middle years courses of study.

MYP students also tended to receive higher DP course grades in language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies and mathematics. In both of the above cases, the differences were significant. Furthermore, MYP students generally reported higher levels of engagement with higher-order thinking skills than their non-MYP peers.

Some of the benefits of an IB education include:

·      An internationally-minded education that encourages students to think critically

·      A well-rounded system that not only focuses on knowledge but on how to develop habits to become disciplined and dedicated learners

·      A focus on learning for depth of understanding

·      Learning that encourages risk taking, develops adaptability, flexibility and resilience

As evidenced in the study, the MYP builds intrinsic motivation and cultivates success.  The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect (IBO, 2015). At Southpointe, our mission is to develop outstanding citizens who are intellectually engaged, intrinsically motivated, and globally aware. Our balanced approach produces confident, well-rounded students, who are creative, independent thinkers and communicators. The MYP not only fosters thinkers who are successful in school, but cultivates children who will someday become agents of change.  We believe that the MYP is in perfect alignment with our core values and mission. With the added value of the IB MYP, we can continue with confidence to involve, instruct, and inspire our students to learn, lead, and succeed.

References

International Baccalaureate Organization. 2015. Middle Years Programme. Retrieved 1 February 2015, from http://ibo.org/en/programmes/middle-yearsprogramme/.

Wade, JH and Wolanin NL. 2015. A comparison of MYP and non-MYP students’ participation and performance in high school. Bethesda, MD, USA. International Baccalaureate Organization. https://ibo.org/globalassets/publications/ib-research/myp/myp-participation-summary-eng.pdf

Coca, V., Johnson, D., Kelley-Kemple, T., Roderick, M., Moeller, E., Williams, N., and Moragne, K. 2012. Working to My Potential: Experiences of CPS Students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Chicago: The Consortium on Chicago School Research. https://ibo.org/globalassets/publications/ib-research/dp/cps-summary-en.pdf

– By Christine Yang, MYP Coordinator/Service Learning & Community Project Coordinator/Math Teacher 

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Southpointe Academy First to Offer International Qualification in Delta

IB-MYP to give students a ‘global perspective’ as interest in the program grows.

Southpointe Academy is poised to become the first school in the Delta district to be a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) World School.

“The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement,” explains Dean Croy, Head of the School. “IB’s philosophy aligns very closely with our own: to provide students with a global perspective and greater understanding of the world through interactive and holistic learning practices, and to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.”

The process to become a IB-MYP World School will take up to two years and involves a number of phases that are challenging, rewarding, and ultimately worthwhile for the school and its community. Southpointe has already begun to implement the program and staff are currently undergoing IB training.

“Children learn beyond the skills; they learn with meaning,” says Cori Kusel, Junior School Vice Principal at Southpointe Academy and IB-MYP teacher whose children are IB students at the school. “The program empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.”

In 2015, following a stringent three-year evaluation process, Southpointe Academy became the only accredited school in Delta and Richmond to become fully authorized as an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) School.

“We have witnessed truly remarkable results with our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students as a result of the IB-PYP,” says Croy. “Our decision to apply for the IB- MYP for Grades 6 to 10 is a result of student, parent and teacher feedback. They see the difference. MYP is a continuation of PYP.”

Originally developed to provide education for globally mobile families in the diplomatic sector, and for those involved with multinational business and intergovernmental agencies, the program has evolved and now offers a stimulating academic environment more in tune with today’s global societal transformations.

Not only is IB beneficial for students and parents but it offers greater opportunities for teachers as well.

“IB is a community,” adds Kusel. “You not only receive ongoing training to continually update your skill set, but you have support from a global network. As a teacher you learn with other teachers from across the world. It doesn’t change you and your creativity but instead supports, develops and records your skills.”

According to a BC Ministry of Education spokesperson, the IB program encourages students to learn in a variety of ways. “It academically challenges students, with the objective of preparing them for success at university” said the spokesperson on Wednesday.

The IB program is the world’s fastest growing pre-university education program. Between December 2009 and December 2014, the number of IB programs offered worldwide grew by more than 46 percent. Projections for 2020 forecast 10,000 programs worldwide involving 2,500,000 students delivered by 290,000 teachers.

Southpointe Academy only accredited IB PYP World School in Delta

Southpointe Academy has become well known for cultivating engaged, well-rounded citizens poised to thrive in their pursuit of post-secondary education and primed to achieve their full potential. It is much more than a school; it is a dynamic community of sharp, young minds, impassioned educators and dedicated parents. It is now the only accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) School in the Delta and Richmond communities.

Southpointe Academy is dedicated to providing a high-quality education to its students and that is what led Southpointe Academy to apply for certification as a Primary Years Programme (PYP) International Baccalaureate World School. PYP is aimed towards students in Kindergarten to Grade 5, in which its emphasis is on the total growth of a developing child. The stringent 3-year evaluation and authorization process takes a rigorous look at the leadership, curriculum, instructional approaches, personnel and governance of the school. To receive this authorization, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), requires that administrators, and teachers commit to several hours of professional development and continuous learning coursework annually. The IB also assess the school’s ability to effectively guide young students in the five essential elements of knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and actions that they need to be equipped for successful lives, both now and in the future.

IB World School students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. They are also more likely to perform well academically – often better than students in other programs. IB prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education and focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. Now an IB World School, Southpointe Academy is part of a global network of schools that “aims to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

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