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IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)

As a candidate IB World School*, Northern Middle School provides competitive IB MYP students with a well-rounded preparation for high school. International Baccalaureate programs represent the gold standard of internationally-recognized, rigorous curriculum. The IB Middle Years Programme is a five-year program, starting in the 6th grade and culminating with the awarding of an IB MYP Certificate in the 10th grade. The Middle Years Programme aligns vertically with both North Hagerstown High School’s IB Career-Related Programme and their IB Diploma Programme. The IB MYP consists of eight subject groups; Language Acquisition (French, Spanish and German), Language and Literature, Individuals and Societies, Science, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and Health Education, and Design. Inquiry is used in all subject areas to expand student knowledge and understanding of the world around them. The student-centered framework, which is built around the ten traits of the IB Learner Profile, enhances the WCPS Essential Curriculum by building critical thinking skills in a globally minded classroom. Students in the IB MYP will complete a Community Project in the 8th grade. The Community Project focuses on community and service, encouraging students to explore their right and responsibility to take informed action in their community through service. Additionally, students would also enroll in a compacted math curriculum that would permit them to take Algebra I in Grade 7 and Geometry in Grade 8.

Northern Middle School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy-a commitment to improving the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programs: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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**Mission Statement from the IB: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.