IB Middle Years Programme
UISZ Middle Years Programme
In the MYP at UISZ we focus on academic development and student engagement. Through the transition into the MYP from PYP we aim to introduce the students to the rigorous criteria of the MYP in the IB programs whilst nurturing their interest in the academic subjects leading t o a well-rounded student prepared to join the DP in high school.
The MYP framework enables our teachers to build upon fully establish curriculum in order to deliver high caliber classes to our students. The IB framework encourages practical application, multi-lingual communication, conceptual understanding, global context, character building, and skills through Approaches to Learning. All aspects are key to success in preparing students for learning in the 21st century, and working for the most elite companies in the world.
All subjects are ‘backwards-by-design’ based on the MYP eAssessments and the DP curriculum in our high school. This allows us to provide the scaﬀolding necessary for the students taking exams in the MYP, then on their journey to the DP and into higher education.
Service Learning and the Personal Project
Throughout the MYP students are required to participate in curriculum based service activities. During service learning, students will lead initiatives to beneﬁt communities near and far in a myriad of ways. Engaging with communities, ﬁnding out speciﬁc needs, using subject based knowledge and skills, and ﬁnally delivering services and products to people in need not only enables the students to do something good for others but to work on their organization and analytical skills, critical for DP and university learning.
On top of our service learning students in their ﬁnal year of the MYP are required to complete a Personal Project. The aim of the Personal Project is for students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned throughout the MYP. In the most agentic of fashions, students lead an entire project based on their own interest; following through from the planning phase, to the realization of their project, and ﬁnally reﬂection upon the process as a whole. The projects challenge the students research, communication, creative, organization, and reﬂective skills to their fullest potential. Past projects have included; books on mental health, on Chinese HanFu, basketball shoe design, healthy living websites, and animal care.
Students should bring their own device. An Admission Package is given to new students, including a student diary, notebooks, pens and pencils to start classes. Students are expected to appropriately equip themselves for lessons with necessary writing and organisation supplies.
We have Year 6 – Year 12 in Secondary, with only one class in each year level.
Student numbers vary in each year level. However, the maximum is 24 in each class.
A student buddy, peers, School Counsellor, Year group advisors, and subject teachers will help ease students into their new school life. In addition, our new student orientation programme and regular activities in our Pastoral Programme ensure a student’s transition into school life is monitored and supported according to individual needs.
We offer IB Middle Years Programme(MYP) and Diploma Programme(DP)
We do not use one prescribed textbook. Instead, teachers use a wide variety of resources and different kinds of books. This includes a wide range of online and electronic resources available for our students to promote real-life learning and access to diverse viewpoints.
Usually, at the end of each semester, students must sit examinations called Summative Assessments, but they are constantly assessed throughout the year according to the IB guidelines. Every unit of work is assessed. Summative Assessments may take a variety of forms, of which examination-style assessment is one kind. Examination-style assessments are commonplace in IB Diploma subjects. Students need to develop their examination skills in preparation for final examinations during May of Year 12.
Each semester students and parents are provided with one Interim Report and one thorough End of Semester Report.
UISZ provides college and career guidance for the university application process. Please see the university website and university preparation handbook for details: http://issuniversitypreparation.weebly.com
Yes, regular newsletters, a student diary, our ManageBac system, which has ‘live‘ viewing capabilities, and event communications are used to inform you of what your child has been learning, as well as any upcoming commitments pertinent to your child. You are welcome to call any time and make an appointment to see your child’s teacher. There are opportunities to come and meet the staff and see your child’s work at various times during the year. Teachers may also email you about subject-related issues for your child. A ‘Week Ahead’ update is regularly communicated via WeChat and our website.
We do have translation offered to parents who are not native English speakers.