The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the programme. In the final two years of the programme, carefully-defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals. The MYP experience culminates with the completion of the Personal Project.
Research shows that students participating in the MYP:
build confidence in managing their own learning
learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
consistently have greater success in upper level IB examinations
develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.
The Personal Project is the culminating experience in the Middle Years Programme. The MYP Personal Project is a student-centered and age-appropriate practical exploration. This is a long-term project designed as an independent learning experience of approximately 25 hours.
The personal project assesses students' Approaches to Learning skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.
The personal project encourages students to practice and strengthen their Approaches to Learning skills, to connect classroom learning engagements with personal experience, and to develop their own interests for lifelong learning.
The project offers many opportunities for differentiation of learning and expression according to students' individual needs. The personal nature of the project is important; the project should revolve around a challenge that motivates and interests the individual student.
Because ALL students at Discovery Canyon Campus complete the Middle Years Program, completion of the Personal Project is required. Students are supported through ThunderTime, however, some of the project needs to be completed at home. Successful completion of the project results in half of an elective credit. Students who do not complete the project will receive an Incomplete on their project.