The Shaker Heights Schools received official authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to implement the IB Middle Years Programme for all students in grades 5-10 in June 2015.
The Middle Years Programme spans grades 5-10, linking student experiences across Woodbury, the Middle and High School. The MYP provides a framework for integrating state and national content standards in a way that is authentic and real-world relevant, engaging students through inquiry and other learner-centered approaches. In this way, curriculum and content remain at the core of teaching and learning, yet serve the greater purpose for the development of attributes and skills fulfilling Shaker’s Mission.
Implementing the MYP has also provided an enhanced opportunity for teachers to work together more than ever before, crafting units of study that share key concepts, important questions, and learner-centered experiences across courses. When teachers collaborate in such a manner, creativity and ingenuity are invigorated, ensuring that all of our students are engaged in learning that develops their content knowledge as well as the attitudes and skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
All of these rich learning and living experiences are exemplified in students’ service, action, and final personal project. Throughout the program, students are expected to use their growing knowledge to effect positive change, culminating in a deep exploration of their passion in 10thgrade (The Personal Project). At the intersection of learning and action, great things happen!
10th Grade Personal Project
During the 10th grade year, all students are expected to complete the Personal Project. The project is a product, event, or experience that captures and reflects the learning and development that the student has experienced over the course of their entire education.
Much like the Exhibition in the Primary Years Programme (grade 4) and Senior Project (grade 12), the Personal Project provides an opportunity for students to explore their passions, inner-most thoughts, capabilities and future trajectory.
Students that successfully complete the Personal Project are awarded with a .25 independent study credit on their transcript, providing evidence of their dedication to lifelong learning and action. They also receive recognition at an awards ceremony and an engraved plaque.