Middle Years Program
The Middle Years Program (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.
At VIS, MYP students engage in authentic learning experiences. Units of study are grounded in internationally designed standards.
Our learners build and apply new understandings and skills in a variety of contexts. Some examples include:
Students learning the concept of systems in grade 7 science apply their theoretical knowledge by dissecting a lung.
Students reading a biographical novel selected from a variety of options use literary circles to develop an understanding of how context affects an individual’s perspective. Through this understanding of context and perspective, students develop a sense of their “personal story”.
Students inquire into how the interactions between people and the natural environment can impact resources and lead to unsustainable planning. Students then spend five days experiencing the effects of elephant logging at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Students also engage in learning across disciplines (interdisciplinary) by applying their knowledge of probability (Maths) with their understanding of form and function (Design).
Engaging students and making learning personal, this MYP student creates a product for a member of the VIS community.
At VIS, MYP students engage in authentic learning experiences.
In all learning experiences students are provided with explicit and implicit opportunities to develop various Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills. These skills help students "learn how to learn" in subjects across the curriculum. ATL skills provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others and are the “soft” skills universities and employers seek in a world where knowledge is readily available.
All of this learning is set within a kind, caring and inclusive community. The school campus provides MYP students with room to run, play sports, express themselves through the arts, relax with friends or a dive into a good book. We encourage prospective families to contact VIS Admissions or the Middle School Principal for answers to any questions you may have about our school or program.
After learning the science in the classroom, students take it outside and test it in a real-life setting.
Learning about the role of emotions and what motivates people, a VIS student takes his talents to the stage in a community theatre production.
Learning from a local artisan, a student tries her hand at textile making in a Lao village - and at the same time gains an understanding of the traditional way of life.
Students in Design class plan and create arcade games for the Family Fun Fair in support of VIS Parents and Friends.
In the pool or in the classroom, our students are encouraged to embrace challenges and understand that each person will do this differently.
We understand that each individual is at the center of their learning and needs to be actively engaged in the process.