IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator Message
Wooster High School is excited to continue to grow our MYP program. All 9th grade students will be focusing on Service Learning and Reflections, while 10th grade students will embark on their Personal Project. Please contact me if you have any questions about IB MYP.
Nikki Grose, IB MYP Coordinator (0942)
775-333-5100, ext. 37181
IB Middle Years Program (IB MYP)
Wooster has been an authorized MYP since 2016. Implemented in partnership with Vaughn Middle School, Wooster’s Middle Years Programme is a four-year program. Students start years 1 and 2 at Vaughn Middle School and end years 3 and 4 at Wooster High School. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Program (DP) or Career-related Program (CP) pathways starting their junior year in high school. Visit the official IB website for more information about the MYP
MYP Grades & Parent Info Nights
Our grading system at the 9th and 10th grade level includes an “MYP semester grade” report. This grade is completely separate from the traditional grade your student receives and is meant to track their growth along IB rubrics from 7th grade until 10th. The MYP grade will be a number 1-8. If you are interested in learning more about what the MYP program means for your 9th or 10th grader, please consider attending one of our IB 101 Nights in the Library.
Freshmen Service Learning
During their 9th grade year, students will work with their advisory teachers and on their own to complete community service and reflections based on the 7 IB Learning Outcomes:
- Become more aware of their own strengths and areas for growth
- Undertake challenges that develop new skills
- Discuss, evaluation, and plan student-initiated activities
- Persevere in action
- Work collaboratively with others
- Develop international mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding
- Consider the ethical implications of their actions
Sophomores MYP Personal Project
During their 10th grade year, students will spend approximately 25 hours developing a personal challenge or goal in order to build on their ATL (Approaches to Learning) skills and strengthen their research skills. The Personal Project is a great way for students to build skills and confidence, and helps the students to earn their off-campus pass and an academic letter.
1. Participate in the Last Two Years of the Programme
Students must complete grades 9 and 10 of the program in order to earn the MYP Certificate. Students who transfer to Wooster in grade 10 are not eligible to earn an MYP Certificate unless transferring from another IB MYP school. They are welcome to complete the other requirements below, as appropriate, in order to receive an MYP “Certificate of Participation” and other school awards.
2. Complete and Pass the Personal Project
Each student must complete and earn a grade of at least 4 out of 7 on the MYP Personal Project. This project is completed during the 10th grade year. Parents, students and coordinators can track student progress on Managebac.
3. Engage in Service and Action
Each student must engage in meaningful service and action during the MYP program. Students are required to complete six reflections by the end of the MYP program. Reflection forms ask students to think about their growth in different IB learning outcomes. Up to three reflections can be written for a single service activity. Service activities can be within a school event (like managing the football team or working the snack bar). Activities that build international understandings or multilingualism are also acceptable. Reflections are to be submitted to the MYP Coordinator. Parents, students and coordinators can track student progress on Managebac.
4. Achieve a Minimum Score of "4" in all Siz MYP Subject
While Wooster High School offers all eight MYP subject groups, MYP students at the high school level are required to complete only six. Due to Nevada graduation requirements, Wooster High School selects the five mandatory subjects for all students. Students may choose the sixth subject that they will pursue (art, design/technology, or PE/ROTC) to satisfy the requirements for the MYP Certificate. The sixth choice can be different for grades 9 and 10. The subjects are as follows:
- Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition (World Language)
- Individuals and Societies (social studies)
- Art, Design/Technology, or PE/ROTC
Unlike the DP and CP, there are no exit exams required for the MYP. Students demonstrate their achievement levels throughout the 10th grade year on MYP assessments. These are designed by classroom teachers but scored using IB rubrics (scored out of 8 possible points). At the end of the 10th grade year, teachers will use all the previous MYP assessment scores as evidence to determine a final MYP achievement level for each student. For more information, please refer to our IB Assessment Policy.
Please note: Class % grades are not the final determining criteria for the MYP Certificate. For example, it is possible—though not likely—for a student to earn a high score on their MYP assessments without earning a high grade in the class.
There are eight total subjects in the MYP. Students are required to score a “4” by the end of Sophomore year in six of the eight subjects. To view the rubrics used to score MYP grades in each of the subjects, click on that subject. To view an overall curriculum guide for any subject taught at Wooster (grades 9-12), please visit the Curriculum Maps & Courses tab for each department under Our Departments in the main navigation menu.
- Language and Literature (English)
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
- Physical and Health Education
- Design Technology
- Glossary of Command Terms Used in Rubrics
The Personal Project
What is the MYP Personal Project?
The final component of the IB MYP programme is the Personal Project at the end of the 10th grade year. The project is designed to be a culminating task to showcase your ability to learn on your own and utilize the skills you’ve been learning and practicing as an IBMYP student. Please sign below after reading the expectations and then feel free to attend our IB Parent 101 Nights for more information about MYP!
Create Something Personal
This project asks you to create a product, outcome, or event that is personal for you, represents your goals, and is appropriately challenging for you! This could really be almost anything! But it should show you dedicated about 20 hours of your sophomore year in producing something that was a personal challenge.
- Build my own skateboard
- Learn to decorate cakes
- Start a campus fitness group
- Turn my poetry into music
- Research my family tree
For What Purpose?
- Challenging yourself
- Inquiring about how to solve problems from your own life
- Practice planning long term goals
- Justifying and communicating your goals
- Practicing IB skills like investigating, communicating, collaborating, planning and organizing
How Is the MYP Project Organized & Graded?
The project is divided into 4 stages and during each stage you will receive a checklist and guidance from an assigned supervisor (one of your teachers). Your assigned supervisor must sign off on each checklist for you to receive a grade. The assigned supervisor also grades the project according to the IB rubric.
Stage 1: INVESTIGATING
August - September (graded in World History classes)
Stage 2: PLANNING
September - October (graded in World Language classes)
Stage 3: TAKING ACTION
November - December (graded in Mathematics classes)
Stage 4: REFLECTING & REPORTING
January - March (graded in English classes)
See the Assessments & Fees section on this page for information on how Service Reflections are graded. Click here for directions for submitting Service Reflections.
Assessments & Fees
How Am I Assessed for the MYP?
You are assessed in your six subject areas, as well as on your MYP Project and Service & Action hours.
There are no assessment fees associated for MYP.