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Middle Years Programme

Grade 7th-10th

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

“If you are looking for a school where your child is known by his first name, by staff and teachers at multiple levels, a school where people firmly believe in independent thinking, self respect, community spirit, multicultural tolerance and understanding, and above all, academic excellence, The Westwood School is your arrival destination! I have been a Montessori parent, and a Westwood parent for many years now, and I have grown a lot, and learned a lot about our changing world, together with my children. This school is set apart from the rest in so many ways…Here children are familiar personalities to their teachers and staff, not just another face in a crowd. The teachers are kind and focused on each individual, finding the best way of maximizing each potential for success. It all begins early, around the toddler age, and it beautifully grows into a place where teenagers feel proud and connected with whom they want to become.This school truly focusses on the child’s world, and the understanding of his needs and potential.”
— S. Patel