The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a four year curriculum from Grades 7 through 10. Course work is represented by the Octagon below.
MYP has a major emphasis on the interconnectivity among subject areas so that students learn that each subject does not exist in isolation, but is both influenced and dependent upon other subjects. Teaching is concerned with how students learn rather than simply what they learn. Application of knowledge is far more important than acquisition of soon-to-be-forgotten random facts.
Westwood students follow an accelerated curriculum. For example, Algebra 1 is covered by the end of 8th Grade. As students progress through each grade, the emphasis of teaching evolves from learning basic subject knowledge and skills to application of knowledge and the discovery of new knowledge. This is exemplified in the Personal Project – a significant piece of work that is the product of the student’s own initiative and creativity. The project can be on any topic but must reflect an understanding of the areas of interaction between subjects. Students learn to understand the process of creating an idea and seeing it through to completion by understanding and applying planning, research, design and personal reflection.
MYP Subjects Offered
The Middle Years Programme spans both Middle School and High School as a four year curriculum. Below are the subjects offered by The Westwood School. Because of the range and levels offered for each group subject, course descriptions can be obtained from The Westwood School upon application. To learn more contact Director of Admission, Debra Giorgini, at [email protected]