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    THE IB MIDDLE YEARS

    PROGRAMME

    PARENT–STUDENT

    HANDBOOK

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    Our Mission Statement King Abdulaziz School strives to cultivate dynamic educational experiences that prepare all

    students for life by providing a stimulating academic program amidst a friendly learning

    environment that engages students and enables them to reach their full potential

    intellectually, physically, and emotionally. KAS prepares students to be open to other

    perspectives, values and traditions whilst recognizing their own identity and taking pride in

    their cultural heritage.

    This handbook was developed to give parents and students a clear idea about the IB Middle Years Programme and to address frequently-asked questions about the programme at King Abdulaziz School.

    Questions

    So, what is the IB?

    What distinguishes the IB programmes?

    What does the Middle Years Programme entail?

    How does KAS work on building students’ character?

    What MYP subjects are offered at KAS?

    How are students distributed between Design and Arts classes?

    What are the IB MYP Global Contexts?

    What are the IB MYP Approaches to Learning Skills?

    Why are Action and Service essential in the MYP?

    What is the Personal Project?

    How are students assessed in the MYP?

    How is student achievement reported in the MYP?

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    So, what is the IB? Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation that centers on developing programmes that help students thrive in the classroom and connect their knowledge to the world around them.

    As stated in the IB mission statement:

    “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 programmes of international education

    and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become

    active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their

    differences, can also be right.”

    The organization offers four high quality and challenging programmes at schools worldwide:

    • Primary Years Programme: KG - Grade 5

    • Middle Years Programme: Grades 7-10

    • Diploma Programme: Grades 11-12

    • Career- Related Certificate The IB currently works with over 4,000 schools in 149 countries to develop and offer the three programmes to over a million students. King Abdulaziz School currently offers the IB PYP and MYP.

    What distinguishes the IB programmes?

    The IB Programmes are globally recognized, allowing mobility for students. The curriculum

    focuses on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language. IB World Schools must undergo an extensive authorization and re- evaluation process in order to offer one or more of the programmes. This process includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy statements.

    Teachers participate in a variety of professional development opportunities to continuously

    update their knowledge and share their expertise. Students who complete the MYP find

    themselves better prepared for the academic requirements of the IB Diploma Programme.

    Students graduating from the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at

    university. The IB works closely with universities around the world to continue to gain

    recognition for IB programmes. The core components of IB programmes encourage students

    to reflect at a personal and academic level. What does the Middle Years Programme entail?

    The IB MYP is an academically-challenging programme for students in Grades 6-10. Students study subjects from different subject groups every year, complete internal assessments, and work on their personal project during the final year of the programme.

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    Levels are given on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest) based on subject- specific assessment criteria and grade boundaries. Furthermore, all MYP subjects are of equal importance and carry the same weight. This is derived from the belief that different subjects help to expose students to holistic learning, which in return, helps to develop the student physically, mentally, and socially. In the programme model, which is displayed in the shape of a circle, the learner occupies a central position, surrounded by approaches to learning, approaches to teaching, concepts, and the global contexts. The global contexts are broad areas of human experience that seek to connect the student with the real world.

    The second ring of the model describes some important outcomes of the programme which are the personal project and the student- initiated action which may involve service within the community. The third ring shows eight subject groups the MYP offers. The subject groups are connected by the global contexts, which the MYP considers as real-world contexts for understanding the content of the subject disciplines.

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    How does KAS work on building students’ character?

    King Abdulaziz School works parallel to the IB Learner Profile which entails the traits which MYP

    students need to have to interact effectively within their society. IB learners strive to be: Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

    Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

    Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

    Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language

    and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other

    individuals and groups. Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

    Open-minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the

    values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are

    willing to grow from the experience.

    Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we

    act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. Risk-takers: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work

    independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

    Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives- intellectual, physical and emotional- to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

    Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work

    to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal

    development. What MYP subjects are offered at KAS? The subjects we offer are carefully chosen to enable students to obtain the highest level of learning throughout their five-year MYP journey.

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    We offer the following IB MYP subjects per subject group:

    Subject Groups Subjects Offered

    Language and Literature* Arabic and English

    Language Acquisition* Arabic B and English B

    Physical and Health Education

    Sciences General Science (Grades 6–8), Biology, Chemistry, Physics (Grades 9-10)

    Arts

    Visual Arts,

    Drama

    Mathematics

    Design Product Design (PD), Digital Design (DD)

    Individuals and Societies Integrated Humanities,

    History, Geography

    Ministry required subjects Arabic, Religion and Social

    Studies

    *The Middle Years Programme requires students to take either two Language & Literature subjects or one Language and Literature with one Language Acquisition subject. How are students distributed between Design and Arts classes? The IB stipulates a minimum time allocation per subject group per year of the programme. To give our students the opportunity to be exposed to different subjects within the group, Grades 6-8 students take one semester of Visual Arts and Digital Design, and Drama and Product Design during the other semester. In Grades 9 and 10, students take one semester of Visual Arts and

    Digital Design, and Visual Arts and Product Design during the other semester.

    What are the IB MYP Global Contexts? The Global Contexts of the MYP provide possible directions through whi

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