Middle Years Programme (ages 12-16)
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) educates our students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. It encourages the development of communication skills, intercultural understanding and global engagement. As all IB programmes, the curriculum framework is based on the concept-based inquiry. Instead of topics and facts, students learn to see patterns and think conceptually in order to make global comparisons. The all-encompassing method is called Project-based Learning, by means of which our students learn to clarify interdisciplinary questions and find creative solutions for them. Each unit of study also focuses on applying the learning in social, community benefitting projects or sharing their understanding with others. Upon transfer to grade 11, our MYP students acquire the German “Mittlere Reife”. The last two years of the MYP also belong to the SIS High School.
The MYP curriculum for grades 6 to 10 enables us to develop each student’s learning potential. Beyond the individual subjects, our students also learn, above all, to become familiar with interdisciplinary issues. We teach regular subjects such as languages, mathematics, science, history, music, art, drama and physical education, equipping our students with the knowledge, skills, understanding and thinking necessary for success in the IB Diploma programme and for their future in the 21st century. Scholarly work is encouraged through the Personal Project, which requires all students to develop a project at the end of their MYP programme and also write a comprehensive report documenting and reflecting on their project development. In addition all students have to engage in service projects, either in their subjects linked to the curriculum or in groups or their CARE classes. These projects are supposed to help the students apply their skills and learnt knowledge in projects within the school or beyond to make the(ir) world a better place.
CARE is the advisory programme in the Secondary School. CARE stands for Creativity, Agency, Responsibility and Empathy. These values are at the heart of Secondary School at Strothoff International School, with the aim of training students to become committed changemakers who use their social and emotional skills as well as leadership skills to solve problems in local and global communities. Our students learn through real life experiences and apply their skills in innovative projects.