From the ages of 11 to 16, students at the International School of Modena follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP). The Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate encourages students to make links between their studies and the real world. The MYP Curriculum includes 8 study areas and provides a broad, balanced education for the adolescent years.
By connecting with local and global communities, our IB programme encourages every student to experience learning both in, and out of the classroom.
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Our programme has been created to encourage students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning process, assuming awareness and using the knowledge and skills acquired, and their personal talents, autonomously.
Autonomy is the key that will enable students to apply what they have learned concretely and to evaluate the information they receive critically.
At IS Modena, students develop their intellectual capacities and their awareness with the help of the scientific, IT and art laboratories. At the centre of the teaching activities, however, are the extra-curricular activities. These aim to include and, at the same time, go beyond the traditional subjects to emphasize their interdisciplinary nature. Students are therefore led to develop a “holistic” vision of knowledge.
The International School offers the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) which is the next step in the IB continuum of international education. The MYP builds on the foundations acquired in Elementary school, encouraging students to become independent, internationally minded, and lifelong learners.
All of our students receive a rich curriculum which is comprehensive and challenging, helping students build a strong foundation in the major subject areas as well as several foreign languages. Skills are developed alongside knowledge, and the students become thoughtful, creative and valuable members of the International and Italian communities. Our educators are caring and experienced and are aware that students in this age group need security, support and success.
Our aim is to deliver an International Education and at the same time, as for the primary school, we provide the important elements of the Italian State Curriculum. In these three years of middle school we take the Italian Scuola Media Programme and integrate it into the MYP programme so that Italian students are prepared for the end-of-year State Italian Exams which they invariably do superbly well in. Our international students in the main do not sit the Italian state examinations unless they wish to.
The MYP curriculum is organised around eight traditional subject areas:
- Individuals & Societies
- Language & Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Physical & Health Education
There are 27.5 hours of lesson time weekly, plus extra time for Individual Tutoring, Enrichment Activities or Library. Some subjects have double lessons. There is a full and varied after-school and lunchtime programme with activities including Music, Sports, Drama, an extensive range of personal interest clubs and homework supervision for an hour after school on most days.