International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
Union Academy Magnet School is an authorized International Baccalaureate school offering the Middle Years Programme. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Union Academy Magnet School believes is important for our students.
MYP Fundamental Concepts
The MYP is designed to provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to develop sound judgment. From its beginning, the MYP has been guided by three fundamental concepts that are rooted in the IB mission statement. These three fundamental concepts are:
Holistic learning – representing the notion that all knowledge is interrelated and the curriculum should cater to the development of the whole person, the attributes of which are described by the IB learner profile.
Intercultural awareness – representing the notion that school communities should encourage and promote international mindedness by engaging with and exploring other cultures, a key feature of international education as reflected in the attributes of the IB learner profile.
Communication – representing the notion that schools encourage open and effective communication, important skills that contribute to international understanding as exemplified by the attributes of the learner profile.
The IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners, who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Service as Action at Union Academy
In the IB MYP program, Service Learning is a structured approach to integrate service into the curriculum. Within their units, our teachers are implementing not only the meaning of service but also ways to incorporate this learning and action by teaching our students the importance of community service locally and globally.
There will not be any required hours outside of school to complete by the end of the year. Students will reflect on their learning throughout the year in class.
However, students are more than welcome to complete service hours outside of school, if they so choose, and record their action and reflection in ManageBac. In addition, they may record their information on page 14 in their planner.
During their 8th grade year, students will be completing a community project, using the design cycle, in Design class.
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MYP Design Cycle
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate).