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Middle School Overview
Students in grades 6-10 are part of our Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Boston International School. Our MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups that seek to prepare our students holistically and encourage them to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.
“At Boston, we give students the tools to persevere through challenges in a safe and engaging environment.”
The MYP English programme is a vertically aligned syllabus provided by Springboard that encourages all students in grades 6-10 to develop and refine skills in critical thinking, close reading, writing in various genres, and doing research.
Over the course of the programme, they read and analyze a wide range of texts in genres including poetry, novels, plays, biographies, nonfiction narratives, speeches, and films. They also learn to write in forms including essays, personal narratives, argumentative texts such as editorials, and research papers.
The MYP course is designed to encourage students to apply their mathematical knowledge in solving abstract problems as well as those set in a variety of meaningful contexts.
In grade 6 to 8 general such as numbers skills, shape and measurements, and statistics are focused on. In grade 9 and 10, students take Algebra, and Geometry as designed by TEKS curriculum. The course recognizes the need for analytical expertise in a world where innovation is increasingly dependent on a deep understanding of mathematics. The focus is on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent and rigorous way, achieved by a carefully balanced approach.
The MYP curriculum is designed with the aim of opening the door of discovery and fostering a lifelong interest in seeking the truth about our world. We cover many topics from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth Science in order to give students the broadest knowledge base. Scientific Inquiry skills pervade every topic as the students learn to manipulate variables and perform safe and valid investigations.
MYP students have a wide variety of I&S courses to choose from. For students who want the challenge of a college level class, we offer AP World History and AP Human Geography, where students are able to earn university credits in Grade 9 and 10. For students who require English support, we offer differentiated classes with appropriate linguistic scaffolding. BIS follows the Texas State Standards and offers unique courses such as Model United Nations, Business/Economics/Entrepreneurship, and Speech & Debate. The wide array of options can meet the needs of all students to prepare them for the DP and tertiary education.
There are many opportunities for students to study new languages as well as their own in Boston’s MYP; all of them offered through the IB framework, using criteria and standards that ensure student success. At first language level, German, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin are offered. As second languages or acquisition, students in MYP may choose from; French, German, Japanese and Mandarin.
In the MYP, physical and health education empowers students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and to develop the motivation for making healthy life choices.
Physical and health education focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity.
Our MYP Fine Arts provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in Art, Drama and Music. Students create and learn in a way that challenges their creative and cultural boundaries. Emphasis is placed on students’ collaborative and problem-solving skills, thus ensuring their holistic learning.
Our Design takes students through the design cycle in a variety of environments. This cycle gives students the opportunity to create solutions that respond to challenges. These challenges are ‘real-life’ situations students encounter and solve through a process of inquiry, idea development, solution creation and evaluation.
BIS offers an English Language Learner program for the ELL students (anyone who does not learn English as their first and primary language). The goal of the ELL program is to develop English language proficiency using second language acquisition methodology by providing specialized English language instruction. In addition, the program helps students acquire the skills necessary to achieve their goals in all academic areas, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Student eligibility for the program entry and exit is determined through the administration of an English language proficiency test. All instruction is provided in English by ELL professionals and promotes academic success in all grade-level content areas.