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International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

Meads Mill Middle School is currently a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, has applied for authorization status, and anticipates the visit from the IB team later this spring.  Following the visit to all secondary schools, the IB team will determine Northville's readiness and issue their report.

The IB program is a system that promotes preparation for college readiness, inquiry based learning and real world connections of topics.  All ninth and tenth graders will participate in the Middle Years Program (MYP).  You may have seen some changes happening in the building. 

If you have visited the school recently—Look up! Look down! Look all around! See the new additions to the walls and ceilings that showcase Internationalism and cultural awareness.

You may hear conversations which include the attributes of the Learner Profile (caring, risk-taker, thinker, communicator, reflective, knowledgeable, open minded, balanced, principled, and inquirer).

You may see lessons that have big, overarching questions that are timeless, relevant to students, and span (different subject areas). Examples of these questions are:

  • What does literature say about the range of human emotions, behavior and issues? (Language A)
  • How do we live in relation to each other? (Humanities)
  • How do I revise an original idea? How do people see me? (Arts)
  • How do I participate in my school community? (Language B)
  • When is the “correct” answer not the best solution? (Math)
  • How can you make a difference? (Physical Education)
  • How can things change, yet stay the same? (Science)
  • How do we teach the community about the environment?(Technology/Design Cycle)

These are questions, students will remember and ones that use the content to teach the bigger idea. Students can answer these questions at their own level and feel successful. Teachers have begun to collaborate to design the IB MYP units and reflect upon them.

IB assessments challenge all students using rubrics. These assessments go beyond tests and quizzes and involve the student in real-world connections. In the course of this learning, students must understand the IB Command Terms.

IB Command Terms
IB MYP and DP students will become familiar with specific command terms used throughout their courses and programs. These instructional words will be common language for both students and teachers.

Meads Mill encourages parents to have a conversation with their students about some of these IB MYP principles or stop in and ask staff.

Additional Information

Middle Years Program (MYP)