There are two age-specific MYP projects: the community project, and the personal project. Projects are independent work done outside subject teaching time.
Each project involves:
- Teacher support and supervision
- Independent learning through research, planning, development, and completion of a project
- Reporting the project back to the community.
The community project focuses on community and service, encouraging students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. The community project gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities, and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages students in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project may be completed individually or by groups of a maximum of three students.
The personal project encourages students to practice and strengthen their approaches to learning (ATL) skills, to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest. The personal project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and often creative product or outcome, and to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning in the MYP. The project offers many opportunities for differentiation of learning and expression according to students’ individual needs. The personal nature of the project is important; the project should revolve around a challenge that motivates and interests the individual student. Each student develops a personal project independently.
Community & Service (C&S)
We believe it is very important that learners work outside their classroom and give service to the local, national, and global communities. Furthermore, we believe that students should commit to participation as acts of service, and working with others to promote lasting ad supportive emotional development.
In the MYP, students are required to participate in comunity and service-based activities. While the C&S Coordinator assists in helping find and publicize C&S activities throughout each year, the students initiate their own C&S activities with their advisors in their daily Advisory sessions. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to show personal initiative in choosing and developing activities.
Students are required to maintain reflections and portfolios of their C&S work. Progress is tracked and available for parents to examine on ManageBac.