IB Mission Statement

Here at J.E.J Moore Middle School, we are an IB World School. The International Baccalaureate Organization 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 IBO 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.

MYP Philosophy

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed for students between the ages of 11 and 16. This period is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development. The MYP is 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. In so doing, learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as the content of the disciplines themselves. The IBO is keenly interested in the development of ethics and values in young people. IBO is concerned that students develop a personal value system by which to guide their lives as decent and thoughtful members of local communities and the world beyond.

From : A School’s Guide to the Middle Years Programme

Curriculum Model

The Middle Years Programme curriculum model is displayed in the shape of an octagon with eight academic areas or subject groups surrounding the five areas of interaction.The emphasis is on the fluidity of the system and the interrelatedness of the subjects.

Fundamental Concepts

Three fundamental concepts underpin the development of the MYP:

Holistic Learning focuses on the discovery of relationships between areas of knowledge, the individual, communities and the world. Students learn to combine relevant knowledge, experience and critical thinking to solve authentic problems.

Intercultural Awareness is concerned with developing students’ attitudes, knowledge and skills as they learn about their own and others’ social and national cultures. This concepts aims to foster tolerance and respect for the differences of others.

Communication is a key objective of the MYP. A good command of expression in all its forms is fundamental to learning. It allows students reflection and expression.

Areas Of Interaction

The five Areas of Interaction are lenses through which subjects are taught. They provide a framework of learning allowing connections among the subjects themselves.

Approaches To Learning (How do I learn best? How do I know? How do I communicate my understanding?)

Community and Service (How do we live in relation to each other? How can I contribute to the community? How can I help other?)

Human Ingenuity (Why and how do we create? What are the consequences?)

Environments (Where do we live? What resources do we have or need? What are my responsibilities?)

Health and Social Education (How do I think and act? How am I changing? How can I look after myself and others?

Personal Project

The personal project is an independent piece of work that is completed by the student in the tenth grade. It is intended to be the culmination of the student’s sustained involvement with the five areas of interaction. It is completed by the student with supervision by a teacher over an extended period of time. The project is the product of the student’s own initiative and should reflect his/her experience with the MYP. It is an opportunity for the student to demonstrate his enthusiasm and creativity toward a topic or theme.

Contact Information

For more information about the Middle Years Programme, please contact Scott Rowe, program coordinator, at either srowe@pgs.k12.va.us or 733-2740

Willie Elliott, program director, at either welliott@pgs.k12.va.us or 733-2700

Stephanie Bishop, principal at J.E.J. Moore, at either sbishop@pgs.k12.va.us or 733-2740