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Middle Years Programme

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The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) is offered to our students in Grades 6 – 10. The overall framework provides students with a holistic learning experience through a balanced curriculum and academic challenge. It fosters student autonomy, voice and choice while developing conceptual understandings and the connection between learning in the classroom and the real world through authentic contexts for learning.

The MYP encourages students to be curious and empowers them to be critical, creative and reflective thinkers who are empathetic, caring and open-minded, ready to take on the global challenges of tomorrow. We want our students to have a positive attitude towards learning and have strong communication skills.

MYP Curriculum Framework

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a curriculum framework designed to offer inclusive and challenging curriculum to students aged 11 to 16.

MYP students at ISBerne learn through inquiry, action and reflection across subject groups that are connected through key concepts and global contexts. They develop learning skills that empower them to manage their learning, meet the objectives of the different subjects, and build a strong foundation for the IB DP.

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ISBerne currently offers the following subjects:

English, French, German, mathematics, integrated science (biology, chemistry, and physics), history, geography, visual art, drama, music, design, physical and health education.

MYP students also engage in Service as Action, a requirement that develops their awareness of local and global issues and their commitment to helping others. In Grade 10, the final year of the MYP, students complete the Personal Project, an independent piece of work in an area of personal interest.

In the MYP learn through the IB Global Contexts:

  • Identities and relationships
  • Orientation in space and time
  • Personal and cultural expression
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Globalization and sustainability
  • Fairness and development

Language and Learning Support

We offer English as an Additional Language for students who enrol at ISBerne with limited proficiency in English. We also a full-time Learning Support teacher for students with low-moderate learning needs. Read more about our student support offerings…

MYP in Action at ISBerne

Languages

ISBerne believes that language is at the heart of learning and it is has been proven that learning additional languages enhances cognitive development and promotes international understanding and opportunities. Therefore, ISBerne offers study in German and French.

Service as Action

Service as Action is an integral part of the MYP and of life at ISBerne. It starts in the classroom and extends beyond it. Students are encouraged to make connections between what they learn at school and what they see in their surroundings, questioning what they can contribute to their community.

The Arts

ISBerne appreciates and values the Arts and embraces creativity through a number of avenues of expression through both the MYP Visual and Performing Arts. Additionally, students have opportunities to express and develop their artistic talents via the ISBerne After School Activities such as performing in theatrical productions, participating in band, improvised music sessions or by contributing to Yearbook design and production. We believe that students should nurture their artistic passions and interests and we take every opportunity to exhibit student work.

Outdoor Education

At the beginning of the academic year, ISBerne students in grades 6 – 10 go on an Outdoor Education trip to learn more about their classmates, Switzerland and themselves over a week-long educational bonding experience. We start every school year with nearly 25% new students. These camps facilitate the quick forging of friendships to get the year off to a successful start.

Ski & Skate Fridays

During the winter season, the whole school participates in our Ski & Skate Friday programme. Grades 6 – 10 go skiing or snowboarding. All students are taught by professional instructors and are supervised by ISBerne staff. Parents, teachers and students hop on to our own chartered train to the mountains, affectionately termed our own ‘Hogwarts Express’!  This programme augments not only our outstanding sports programme, but our balanced approach to education and learning outside of the classroom. Ski Fridays are, not surprisingly, the school days our alumni remember the most.  Read more about the Ski & Skate Programme.

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Grade 10 Personal Project

MYP English teacher, Sandra Müller, has been guiding ISBerne Grade 10 students through the Personal Project for many years. Listen as she, and a few students, share what the Personal Project, the culminating work of the MYP, is about.

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MYP River Investigation

Take a little trek with Grade 7 as they venture into the Alps for a River Investigation exercise. Watch as the measure river velocity using apples. One beloved teacher, after this fun excursion, was quoted, with a laugh, ‘I never imagined my teaching credentials would have me up in the alps fetching apples from a river!’.

Testimonials

My daughter loves school, and I have not once heard her complain about school and the environment. She has NEVER encountered bullying or disruptive behavior in class.

The teachers are very easily reached at break times and via email to provide feedback on assignments. They have been an incredible support system!

ISBerne is truly international and yet homey.

My child is really enjoying the school. I think the Middle Years' Program brings students out of the “child stage” and into the “teenager stage” quite well.

Having joined less than a year ago, my child is happy to go to school every day and is making great progress academically, showing greater confidence and skills development.

ISBerne is perfect; everything thing works well!

From Middle Years To the Diploma Programme

The MYP curriculum framework provides an excellent foundation for the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP). The DP requires critical thinking, independent learning, student inquiry, perseverance and resilience. The MYP prepares students for this rigorous programme. Read more about the Diploma Programme…

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