MYP Projects

International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) 

City Schools’ James Monroe High School and Walker-Grant Middle School are newly authorized World Schools for the IB MYP in 2017-18!  This means that all scholars in grades 6-10 will be exposed to a well-rounded variety of concept-based courses (from performing and visual arts to design, science, math and physical education, for examples) to develop learning skills in addition to the traditional Virginia standards content.  Also new will be culminating projects in grades 8 and 10 where all these students explore interests and demonstrate learning! 

For example, our food services team is expanding the current garden project to include a garden and greenhouse at Walker-Grant.  This will be a valuable resource to support students who utilize it for their community or personal projects not only to allow students to gain knowledge and skills but also to serve the food program in their own community!  The bottom line is that a quality public education leads to a strong economy for everyone!   

MYP Community Project Description 

Grades 6-8 (MYP Years 1-3) 

As a school who offers years 1-5 of MYP, FCPS will ask scholars to prepare for their culminating personal project by completing a community project in year 3 of the program. This long-term project will focus on community and service action and will not be administered through a subject group class.  Scholars will gain strength in skills for this task in years 1 and 2 of the program.  Then, scholars will be assigned a project supervisor by year 3 and may have the option to work alone, or in small groups of up to three students, to plan and execute their year 3 community service project.  Scholars are expected to spend 15 hours on the project in meeting with a supervisor, independent work and reporting on the project.  This component will begin for year 3 8th graders in our first year of authorization, 2017-18, and is required to receive internal MYP recognition.  For further explanation of the project, reference the ibo.org MYP projects page. 

The community project will include three components: service as action, a process journal and the presentation. 

  1. Types of action include:
    • Direct service that involves people, the environment, or animals. For example-like tutoring or working in a community garden. 
    • Indirect service where the student does not see the recipients but their actions benefit the community or environment like producing an educational material, improving a website, or organizing a supply drive for a community shelter. 
    • Advocacy where students promote action on an issue of public importance such as making a resource to prevent bullying or starting an awareness campaign to prevent teen suicide. 
    • Research where students collect and analyze information to report on a topic to change policy or practice including conducting environmental surveys to protect an aspect of their community or analyzing the most effective recycling practices with the community resources.  
  2. In the process students will identify a goal to address a need in the community, select the global context, research and cite sources, develop an action plan, consider ATL skills, document using a process journal, complete an academic honesty form, and practice and present to an audience.  The projects will be measured on four assessment criteria:
    • Objective A: Investigating 
    • Objective B: Planning 
    • Objective C: Taking action 
    • Objective D: Reflecting   
  3.  The culmination must be an oral presentation by each student to an audience with 6-10 minutes for individuals and 10-14 minutes for groups of up to three, 3-5 minutes per student in the group. 

 

 

MYP Personal Project Description 

Grades 9-10 (MYP Years 4-5) 

IB, and therefore FCPS, will ask scholars to complete a personal project in year 5 of the program. This long-term project will demonstrate a consolidation of learning including approaches to teaching and learning (ATL) skills.  Scholars will gain strength in skills for this task in years 1-4 of the program.  Then, scholars will be assigned a project supervisor by year 5 to aide them in this independent project that is not administered through a subject group course.  Scholars are expected to spend 25 hours on the project in meeting with a supervisor, independent learning and reporting on the project.  This project is registered for external moderation.  This component will begin for year 5 10th graders in our first year of authorization, 2017-18, and is required to receive internal MYP recognition.  For further explanation of the project, reference the ibo.org MYP projects page. 

The personal project includes three components: focuses on a topic leading to an outcome, a process journal and a report. 

  1. To extend MYP learning through individual choices in a wide variety of ways including recording and reflecting on their learning by;
    • Expanding on or pursuing an area of interest outside the eight subjects of MYP such as teaching yourself photography. 
    • Communicating a new understanding to an audience of choice by perhaps writing an article on technology and the environment and submitting it to the local newspaper. 
    • Demonstrating how in response to a new understanding they have made decisions to change their behavior like writing a persuasive essay on why early interventions and education in middle and high school prevent college dating violence, or creating a healthy eating habits meal plan. 
  2. In the process students will identify an achievable goal, select the global context, research and site sources, produce a final product of original work such as art, a model, a plan, a campaign, an essay, film, etc., consider ATL skills, document using a process journal, complete forms, and formulate a report.  The projects will be measured on four assessment criteria:
    • Objective A: Investigating 
    • Objective B: Planning 
    • Objective C: Taking action 
    • Objective D: Reflecting   
  3. The culmination must be a written, electronic, oral or visual report of a specified length following the above sections.  The purpose is to inform an account of something observed, heard, done or investigated in order to summarize the experiences and skills that the student documented in their process journal along the way.  This culminating report is in addition to the original work created during the project.  FCPS must register all students in MYP year 5 for external moderation of the personal project.