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The Bridge from Middle Years Programme to Diploma Programme

The Bridge from Middle Years Programme to Diploma Programme

By Véronique Merckling, Interim Middle School Principal

The transition at Silicon Valley International School (INTL) from Elementary to Middle School marks a pivotal phase in a child's academic journey, characterized by intellectual growth, social exploration, and increased independence. Recognizing the unique needs of middle schoolers, our academic approach, centered on the Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework and a strong bilingual education, fosters academic depth of learning and cultivates successful study habits, preparing students to thrive in a globalized world.

Beyond rote memorization, effective education cultivates a deep understanding of concepts, explores the 'why' behind the 'what,' establishes connections across diverse subjects, and ignites genuine curiosity about the world. Our inquiry-based approach to learning, encompassing eight diverse subjects, encourages students to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and seek multiple perspectives, empowering them to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

German Middle School students working with their teacher at their desk.

Middle School also serves as a formative period for developing effective study habits, empowering students to take ownership of their learning and manage their workload efficiently. Our teachers utilize class time, advisory time, and study halls to provide opportunities for students to develop and practice these skills. As middle schoolers navigate multiple subjects with varying expectations and deadlines, they learn to balance schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and personal commitments. The ability to manage time, prioritize tasks, and maintain an organized workspace becomes essential for success, fostering a sense of responsibility and self-reliance that extends throughout their academic journey.

Chinese Middle Schooler working at the white board with his teacher.

The MYP, spanning from 6th to 10th Grade, provides a seamless transition to the rigorous academic challenges of the Diploma Programme (DP), ensuring a smooth transition for students as they continue their education within the IB continuum. While in Middle School, students develop essential subject-specific knowledge, conceptual understanding, and a growth mindset for learning. Several of these subjects directly contribute to DP courses, building a solid foundation and familiarity with concepts, thereby reducing the learning curve and fostering confidence.

As students progress to High School, the inquiry-driven approach, encouraging active participation, discussion, and exploration, continues in 9th and 10th Grade, culminating in a Personal Project, a self-directed inquiry on a topic of their interest. This project demonstrates the skills developed throughout their learning journey and provides an opportunity to consolidate their learning and develop important skills for the DP's independent learning component.

A Middle School teacher and her student working on an assignment in front of a laptop.

Throughout their educational journey at INTL, students receive a cohesive and consistent learning experience, grounded in our school mission and the IB's core values of academic rigor, intercultural understanding, and holistic development. In this crucial developmental period, this cohesive and consistent learning experience helps our students flourish academically and personally.

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