Middle Years Program at Somers Middle School
Please note: Somers Middle School is a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme. We are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy, a commitment to high quality, and challenging, international education that Somers Middle School believes are important for our students.
The Middle Years Program is different from the Somers High School Diploma Program. The MYP at Somers Middle School involves all students, all teachers, and all courses. It is inclusive and focused on every child. Our students are in a crucial period of personal, social, physical, and intellectual development. The MYP is designed to help them find a sense of belonging in this ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world and to foster their positive attitude toward learning.
The Middle Years Program (MYP) program is comprised of 8 subject areas:
1. Language and Literature (English)
2. Language Acquisition (World Languages)
3. Individual and Societies (Social Studies)
6. Arts (Visual and Performing)
7. Design (Technology and Family and Consumer Sciences)
8. Physical and Health Education
IB’s philosophy of teaching and learning encourages students to be independent learners who can make connections between their classroom experiences and their own experiences. MYP students investigate real world issues to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills. At SMS we aim for our students to develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge they will need to be active global citizens.
MYP expects that teachers will continue to follow the state-mandated or district-approved curriculum, therefore the MYP does not change what is learned, just how it is learned. The MYP framework allows teachers to select a global context which serves as a “theme” that permeates one’s teaching of any topic and encourages students to make connections between subjects, to link what they learn to the real world and to global issues, and to reflect and act on their learning.