Middle Years (7-10)
Middle School at the International School of Western Australia is a time of growth for our students. In our close-knit, welcoming school environment they develop academic and personal skills, and a deep sense of social awareness and justice.
Our students study the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 7-10 of our Secondary School.
The Middle Years Programme is a concept-driven, inquiry-based framework that ensures the development of a rigorous curriculum. The MYP exposes students to as many different subjects, skills, and experiences as possible so that students will learn to see knowledge as a whole. The focus on higher-order thinking skills provides students with opportunities to develop interdisciplinary and intercultural understanding as they explore real-world issues.
Students are also taught to embody the IB Learner Profile that encourages them to be thinkers, inquirers, caring, communicators, principled, reflective, open-minded, risk-takers, knowledgeable, and balanced.
Curriculum and Subjects
At ISWA, the MYP content is outlined by the Australian Curriculum and The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). The MYP philosophy, learning approaches and assessments are outlined by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP).
The MYP is structured around eight subject areas of;
- Language Acquisition
- Social Sciences
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
All subject areas are compulsory attendance from Year 7 – 10.
Service and Action
Service and Action (learning by doing and experiencing) an integral part of MYP; such as the MYP personal project. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. Students initiative service by demonstrating a commitment of making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Assessment and grading within the MYP is well-regarded as a reliable, equitable and systematic approach across all subject areas. Assessment is criterion related. There are four criterions of equal rating, and identical between each subject group. The consistency of assessment criterion between subject groups, provides reliable and valid information about the actual learning that takes place.
Staff, class size and support in the MYP
As a boutique size school, our secondary students receive higher-level attention. Our teachers know every single one of our secondary students. They are able to help students reach their full potential by devising teaching and learning opportunities that best suit a personalised learning style. With such close attention from faculty, students do not ‘fall through the gaps’ as we nurture them on their way to becoming globally-aware citizens who will strive and contribute towards a better future for all.
Transitions from the MYP
After finishing the MYP, students are well-prepared for further education, both locally and internationally, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, the Advanced Placement, or the WACE**.
**WACE is not currently offered at International School of Western Australia.