Middle Years Programme
The curriculum at Vientiane International School offered to students in Grade 6-10 follows the framework provided by the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP addresses a wide range of learning styles, involves all students in their own unique learning processes, and gives the students a standard, internationally accepted foundation of knowledge. The MYP is a comprehensive programme of academic challenge and life skills that prepares learners for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP).
During the middle years students move through a journey from early puberty to mid-adolescence, a crucial period of personal, social and intellectual development, uncertainty and questioning. Through the process of inquiry, the MYP is designed to guide students in their search for a sense of place in their natural and social environments.
The programme model of the MYP places the learner at its centre. This emphasizes the IB’s belief in educating the whole person and placing importance on student inquiry. The MYP offers an educational programme that helps students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information is as important as the content of the disciplines themselves.
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2002, 2007
The MYP provides a thorough study of the various disciplines while emphasizing the importance of their interrelatedness. Through this holistic view of learning students consider issues and problems in their widest scope and come to realize that good solutions often come from knowledge and understanding drawn from many sources. Opportunities for students to provide evidence of their understandings are provided through the personal project and community and service activities.
Students learn to think critically in order to solve authentic problems. This is why we focus on helping students to recognize relationships between school subjects and to combine relevant knowledge from different subjects and the real world.
The MYP provides students with a strong foundation for further studies (such as the IB Diploma Programme) and guides students to develop lifelong learning skills and attitudes. Through engagement with the curriculum content in real-world contexts, opportunities will arise for students to develop and question their own set of personal values.