Middle Years Programme
In Grades 6 – 10 at HIS, students follow an international inquiry-based curriculum for Middle Years students. In our classes, rigorous and coherent units of learning enable students to make connections between their subjects through ‘Big Ideas’: concepts that allow for a thematic exploration of skills and knowledge.
The Upper School (Grades 6-12) currently incorporates a Middle School division (Grades 6-8) and a High School division (Grades 9-12). In addition to rigorous academic learning, the Middle School division places great emphasis on social development, participation, exploration of individual skills and interests, and transition to a college-preparatory program. The High School division (Grades 9-12) focuses on greater depth and understanding of subject matter. All High School students earn subject credits for successful completion of each semester at HIS, which are entered into transcripts that are used by many university admissions departments. High School students generally have more elective choices within their academic and extra-curricular learning. Students completing Grade 10 are supported with Academic Guidance and College Counselling so they are ready to commit to IB subject choices and levels, and ready to engage the university admissions process. The goal of High School learning is to complete the graduation requirements for the HIS High School Diploma and be role models of the HIS Mission.
Grades 6 – 10 at HIS currently follows the principles and practices of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP curriculum is interdisciplinary in nature, which connects some subject learning of Languages, Social Studies, Sciences, the Arts, Physical/Health Education, and Design/Computer Technology within interdisciplinary themes. In addition to these interdisciplinary subjects, students receive additional important personal and social guidance through an advisory/pastoral program that assigns a small number of students to one faculty advisor. Also, students will need to complete a Community Project in Grade 8 and the Personal Project in Grade 10.
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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.
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