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Middle Years Programme

HIS MYP students become confident collaborators

 

 

Students in Grades 6-10 at Hangzhou International School follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). For our students, this rigorous and wholistic approach is ideal preparation for the Diploma Programme, as it develops the knowledge and skills that will be essential for success in their final years at school. Teachers plan their units of work around the Key and Related Concepts and make connections to Global Contexts in order to ensure that student leaning is wide ranging, conceptual, integrated, and highly relevant. Inquiry questions guide the units to ensure that students are not simply fed information but learn to seek out answers for themselves. Our students learn skills and strategies in self-management, critical thinking, communicating, research, and collaborating throughout the curriculum at HIS and in lessons specially designed to develop these Approaches to Learning.

 

Curriculum Offerings

MYP students will generally follow the courses listed below. As they move through the MYP, they will be able to make some choices about the courses they will take.

Subject

Language of Instruction

Language and literature

 English and Chinese

Language B *

 English, Chinese, Spanish

Social Studies §

 

 

 English

Math

Science

Arts »

Physical and Health Education

Design

 

* Language B in the MYP is also called ‘Language acquisition. For more information on our Language B options, please see our Upper School Language Pathways HERE.

 § Social Studies in the MYP is also called ‘Individuals and societies’. At HIS, it is an integrated course involving history, geography and economics.

 » In Grade 6-8, students take visual arts for one semester and design for the other; in Grade 6-7, they all take music. Grade 8-10 students can choose between music, visual arts and drama. All grade 9 and 10 students take design for the whole year.

Sample Student Schedule

HIS Middle Years students become confident collaborators and communicators during their time with us, with ample opportunities for performance, community service, leadership, and project-based learning, both in and out of lessons.

To read more about the IB Middle Years Programme click here.

Our Middle School Team

Zachary Baker

Zachary Baker

Titles: Upper School PE
Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter

Titles: Library Media Specialist, Professional Development Coordinator
Philip Bistretzan

Philip Bistretzan

Titles: Upper School Science Teacher
Danielle Bowers

Danielle Bowers

Titles: Upper School English Language and Literature Teacher
Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Titles: Upper School Design Teacher
Marisa Confait

Marisa Confait

Titles: Upper School English Language and Literature Teacher
Aaron Foster

Aaron Foster

Titles: Upper School Science Teacher
Katie Foster

Katie Foster

Titles: Upper School English Language B Teacher
Andrew Haltom

Andrew Haltom

Titles: Upper School Individuals and Societies Teacher, Upper School Social Studies Teacher
Jessamine Koenig

Jessamine Koenig

Titles: Upper School Principal
Kyle Kresge

Kyle Kresge

Titles: Upper School Music Teacher
Simon Lamplugh

Simon Lamplugh

Titles: Upper School Mathematics Teacher
Lily Lin

Lily Lin

Titles: Upper School Mandarin Teacher
Mike Long

Mike Long

Titles: Upper School Mathematics Teacher
Patricia Long

Patricia Long

Titles: Upper School Vice Principal
Maneesha Maingot

Maneesha Maingot

Titles: Upper School Student Support
Alex May

Alex May

Titles: Upper School Mathematics Teacher
Nora May

Nora May

Titles: Upper School Health Teacher
Filipe Nogueira

Filipe Nogueira

Titles: Director of Athletics and Activities, Upper School Physical Education Teacher
Rachel Pekin

Rachel Pekin

Titles: College Counselor, Upper School Student Support Services
Chaddwick Plotz

Chaddwick Plotz

Titles: Upper School English Language and Literature Teacher
Andres Sanchez

Andres Sanchez

Titles: Upper School Spanish & French Teacher
Jamie Sanchez

Jamie Sanchez

Titles: Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
Natalie Stowell

Natalie Stowell

Titles: English Teacher, Spanish Language B Teacher
Terry Strombeck

Terry Strombeck

Titles: Upper School Social Studies Teacher
Jenny Wang

Jenny Wang

Titles: Upper School Mandarin Teacher
Christopher Widi

Christopher Widi

Titles: Upper School Science Teacher
Amber Zhu

Amber Zhu

Titles: Upper School Mandarin Teacher