All students in grades 6-10 are part of the MYP at WAIS. WAIS is an authorized IB World School for the MYP, since October 2013.
The IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Middle Years Programme (MYP) is expressed through three fundamental concepts. These three concepts support and strengthen all areas of the curriculum are intercultural awareness, holistic learning, and communication.
There are eight subject groups that surround Action, Service, Community Project, and Personal Project. The Personal Project is only completed in grade 10. These surround Approaches to Teaching, Global Contexts, Approaches to Learning, and Concepts which surround the learners at the very center. These are all supported by development of the ten characteristics of the Learner Profile.
The Learner Profile is the IB Mission Statement in action. The Learner Profile represents a set of ideals that give teachers, students, and community members a common purpose. IB Learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.
How does the IB define "international education"?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) chooses to define "international education" according to the following criteria.
- Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together
- Building and reinforcing students' sense of identity and cultural awareness
- Fostering students' recognition and development of universal human values
- Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
- Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas
- Providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests
- Encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods
- Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking