students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. We aim to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy. We strive to develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.
IB Middle Years Programme Brochure 2011
In our student-centered classrooms and using the IB Learner Profile as our guide, we encourage our students to
• take on personal challenges, learn responsibility, and build healthy relationships
• develop effective approaches to learning – "IB programmes help students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success"
• view classroom content through contexts for learning so they can build relevancy between subject areas and their own lives - "IB programmes increase understanding of languages and cultures, and explore globally significant ideas and issues"
• explore significant content - "IB programmes offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected."
Blending the Colorado Academic Standards with MYP objectives, students explore all eight subject areas every year of the programme. These subject groups are integrated through global contexts which provide contextual understanding and build relevance for learning. Students are required to study Language and literature: English, Language acquisition (Spanish or French), Individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts (both performing and visual), physical education and design. The MYP continues at Rampart High School for years 4 and 5 where students complete an independent ‘personal project’ to demonstrate the development of their skills and understanding.
Throughout the course of the year, teachers will create formative and summative (end of unit) assessments. These tasks may include open-ended problem solving activities and investigations, organized debates, tests and examinations, hands-on experimentation, analysis, reflection, and project-based and collaborative tasks. By staying consistent to MYP assessment standards, our assessment model is criterion-related, which means students are assessed using task specific rubrics that measure their achievement according to IB objectives and against established criteria, not against the work of other students. These IB grades will be listed in each teacher's gradebook. In addition, these tasks will be given a percentage grade. Encourage your child to tell you about their assessment tasks and share their rubrics with you.
For more information, contact our MYP Coordinator, Shawn Reed Parsons