Hoover High School

An International Baccalaureate Candidate School

What is the International Baccalaureate Program?

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) is an internationally-recognized education program meant to develop students to be inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring global citizens.

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which is offered in partnership with Meredith Middle School, provides an academically-challenging structure tailored to students ages 11-16. All 9th and 10th grade students at Hoover High School are MYP students. The MYP principles and philosophy transfers to the majority of the school for 11th and 12th grade students as well.

Rooted in the fundamental concepts of Holistic Learning, Intercultural Awareness and Communication, the MYP provides:

character education | authentic learning experiences | inquiry-based instruction | balanced curriculum | second-language acquisition | internationally-recognized grading practices

You've asked, we're answering. Read on for frequently asked questions about IB posed this spring.

1. What is the definition of MYP and IB in a few sentences?

The Middle Years Program is an International Baccalaureate program rooted in three concepts: Intercultural Awareness, Holistic Education, and Communication. The Middle Years Program is designed for students in sixth through tenth grade. Students study core courses of English, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education; and also take a modern foreign language, arts (performing or visual) and technology class. The MYP program provides an instructional framework and assessment criteria to deliver existing academic curriculum with the purpose of helping students develop the knowledge, attitude, and skills to participate actively and responsibly in a global world.

2. How will our schools change under the IB Middle Years Program?

The MYP model supports students in authentically applying knowledge. The focus of the program is to understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, helping students become critical and reflective thinkers. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, ninth grade student schedules will reflect the MYP required course of studies. The same incoming freshman class will also carry out an independent MYP Personal Project as a culmination of the MYP. However, the MYP principles and philosophy easily transfer to eleventh and twelfth grade as well. As the program evolves, our capacity to provide enhanced feedback about student achievement and ability will increase.

3. Is participation in the IB Middle Years Program mandatory for all students?

All Hoover and Meredith students in grades six through ten are MYP students. While circumstances may not allow each students to complete the required MYP course of studies, all sixth through tenth grades classes are taught under the MYP philosophy using the same instructional framework and assessment criteria.

Would you like to know more about IB?

Please contact Olivia Howe, Hoover IB Coordinator