Middle School: Years 7 – 10
Middle School at the International School of Western Australia challenges students to excel both in their studies, and in their personal growth.
We have adopted the International Baccalaureate teaching and learning continuum from Kindergarten through to Year 12. This educational approach is unique because of its academic and personal rigour.
Middle School at the International School of Western Australia: Years 7-10
Our students study the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 7-10. Throughout this programme we aim to develop:
- Well-rounded students with character: students who can respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind;
- Students confident in their own identities;
- Students who make ethical decisions;
- Students who join with others in celebrating our common humanity;
- Students who are prepared to apply what they learn in real world, complex, and unpredictable situations.
MYP Curriculum at the International School of Western Australia
The Middle Years Programme is a concept-driven, inquiry-based framework that ensures the development of a rigorous curriculum and promotes a shared practice and standard among IB World Schools offering the MYP. It focuses on connecting classroom pedagogical practices and content to the world outside through the Global Contexts and the Learner Profile. The MYP philosophy emphasises holistic learning which 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.
In the Middle School (Years 7 -10), the curriculum is based on the Australian Curriculum content and assessment approaches, as outlined by Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) with the philosophy and approach of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)*. We continually seek to improve and adapt our approach in line with contemporary, evidence-based educational research and theories.
MYP Learning Areas at the International School of Western Australia
Students progressing through Years 7-10 study subjects from each of the eight Learning Areas. This covers the requirements of both the Western Australian curriculum and the MYP.
- English (Language and Literature) – Language, Literature and Literacy
- Languages (Language Acquisition) – French: Second Language, Spanish: Second Language, English: Second Language is available in Years 7 and 8
- Mathematics – Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, Statistics & Probability
- Humanities and Social Sciences (Individuals and Societies) – Geography, Economics, History, Civics and Citizenship
- Sciences – Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Earth & Space Sciences
- The Arts – Visual Arts, Music, Drama
- Health and Physical Education – Personal, Social & Community Health, Movement & Physical Activity
- Technologies (Design) – Digital technologies and Design & Technology including:
- Robotics and Coding (Y7 & 8)
- Engineering Design (Y7 & 8)
- Dimensional Design (Y7 & 8)
- Media Design (Y9)
- Graphic Design (Y9)
- Environmental Design (Y10)
- Additional Courses:
- In Years 7-10, students requiring U.S. mathematics credits have the option to study additional U.S. Mathematics Programmes (Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
- In Year 9, students also study two semester-long courses: Global Citizenship and Public Speaking.
- In Year 10, students get a choice between either the year-long Powering Careers in Energy Programme or the U.S. Mathematics Elective Programme.
Personal Project (Year 10)
In Year 10, MYP students complete a Personal Project. This is an independently-created piece of work that encourages experiential learning. The Personal Project consists of three assessable components:
- A product / outcome
- A process journal documenting the journey in creating the product
- A written report
In total, students are expected to spend approximately 25 hours on their Personal Project. This includes meeting with assigned mentors, as well as independent learning through research, planning, development and completion of the project, and reporting on the project.
Students are taught to embody the ISWA Learner Profile (adapted from the International Baccalaureate) that encourages them to be thinkers, inquirers, caring, communicators, principled, reflective, open-minded, risk-takers, knowledgeable, and balanced.
What is the IB Learner Profile?
Want to know how the International Baccalaureate program helps to create life long learners who go on to positively contribute to the world they live in? Watch our short video about the IB Learner Profile.