International Baccalaureate at SMS

  • Shiloh Middle School aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  The IB Middle Year Programme is a challenging and prestigious educational framework designed to assure global awareness and rigorous assessment that is fully compatible with all GCPS policies and processes.  By assessing our needs, developing a plan and then implementing the program, we will help ensure students become active, compassionate and lifelong learners held to world-class standards. The IB MYP supports students both as they prepare for success in the IB Program at Shiloh High School and as they prepare for college and/or career beyond high school.

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  • Arts

    In th Middle Years Programme (MYP), students develop through creating, performing and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas.  It is through this practice that students acquire new skills and master those skills developed in prior learning.  Students have opportunities to function as artists, as well as learners of the arts. 

  • Design

    As part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), design challenges all students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems, explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts and consider their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action. 

  • Individuals and Societies

    In the Middle Year Programme (MYP) students collect, describe and analyze data used in studies of societies, test hypotheses, and learn how to interpret complex information, including original source material with a focus on real-world examples, research and analysis.

  • Language Acquisition

    The study of additional languages in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the concept of culture, and to realize that there are diverse ways of living, viewing and behaving in the world.

  • Language and Literature

    Middle Years Programme (MYP) language and literature courses develop skills in six areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and presenting.

  • Mathematics

    In the Middle Years Programme (MYP), mathematics promotes both inquiry and application, helping students to develop problem solving techniques that transcend the discipline and that are useful in the world beyond school.  The mathematics framework encompasses number, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability.  Students in the MYP learn how to represent information, to explore and model situations, and to find solutions to familiar and unfamiliar problems. 

  • Physical and Health Education

    In the Middle Years Programme (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.

  • Sciences

    The Middle Years Programme (MYP) sciences framework encourages students to investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation, working independently and collaboratively. As they investigate real examples of science application, students will discover the tensions and dependencies between science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment.

  • Inquirers

    Students develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

  • Knowledgeable

    Students explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

  • Thinkers

    Students exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

  • Communicators

    Students understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

  • Principled

    Students act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

  • Open-minded

    Students understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.  They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

  • Caring

    Students show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

  • Risk-takers

    Students approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

  • Balanced

    Students understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

  • Reflective

    Students give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.