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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

Philip Bistretzan

Philip Bistretzan

Titles: Science
Danielle Bowers

Danielle Bowers

Titles: English Language and Literature
Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Titles: Design
Suzanne Brown

Suzanne Brown

Titles: English Language & Literature
Marisa Confait

Marisa Confait

Titles: English Language and Literature
Emer Cordoba

Emer Cordoba

Titles: Music
Matthew Cushman

Matthew Cushman

Titles: Physical & Health Education
Kellys Dominguez

Kellys Dominguez

Titles: Spanish Language B
Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards

Titles: Chinese Language B, Social Studies
Aaron Foster

Aaron Foster

Titles: Science
Alex Goh

Alex Goh

Titles: Social Studies
Richard Hobson

Richard Hobson

Titles: English Language and Literature
Nichola Hollingsworth

Nichola Hollingsworth

Titles: Physical & Health Education
Rhiannon Johnson

Rhiannon Johnson

Titles: Visual Arts, Design
Kyle Kresge

Kyle Kresge

Titles: Music
Justine Kushner

Justine Kushner

Titles: Science
Matthew Kushner

Matthew Kushner

Titles: Mathematics
Simon Lamplugh

Simon Lamplugh

Titles: Mathematics
Lily Lin

Lily Lin

Titles: Chinese Language & Literature
Patricia Long

Patricia Long

Titles: Upper School Vice Principal MYP Coordinator
Janet McGifford

Janet McGifford

Titles: Visual Arts
Filipe Nogueira

Filipe Nogueira

Titles: Director of Athletics and Activities, Upper School PE
Chaddwick Plotz

Chaddwick Plotz

Titles: Social Studies
Daniel Spinks

Daniel Spinks

Titles: Psychology
Natalie Stowell

Natalie Stowell

Titles: English Language B
Terry Strombeck

Terry Strombeck

Titles: Social Studies
Jenny Wang

Jenny Wang

Titles: Chinese Language & Literature
Vivian Wang

Vivian Wang

Titles: Assistant Aquatics Coordinator, Aquatics Teacher
John Willoughby

John Willoughby

Titles: Mathematics
Yoyo Zhang

Yoyo Zhang

Titles: Chinese Language & Literature, Asia College Counselor
Amber Zhu

Amber Zhu

Titles: Chinese Language & Literature