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What is the Middle Years Programme?

ThunderRidge High School is an IB MYP school. 

The Middle Years Programme is one of four educational programs offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization, a well-established, non-profit educational organization. The MYP offers an educational framework for grades 6-10, encouraging inquiry-based learning, global awareness, and a focus on action and service.  

The MYP at ThunderRidge:

In the Classroom: ​All teachers of freshmen and sophomore classes use a common MYP template for unit planning, designed to promote inquiry-based learning and consideration of the global implications of content knowledge. Additionally, freshmen and sophomore classes use subject-specific MYP Assessment Criteria to assess student growth and mastery of skills.

School-Wide Focus on Action and Service: ​Opportunities for service and action abound at ThunderRidge, and are a major part of what makes us a great school. We promote individual growth and commitment to our communities through our seminar program, clubs, and service programs.

Personal Project: The Personal Project is the MYP's "capstone" project and is completed during a student's sophomore year at ThunderRidge. With the support of a faculty supervisor, students select a topic of interest, research that topic, and create a personal goal and success criteria for a project. After completing their project, students compose a "Personal Project Report" in which they reflect upon learning and personal growth. 

Professional Development: ​The IB Middle Years Programme encourages quality professional development for teachers and administrators at ThunderRidge. Multiple teachers from each discipline, as we as from our administrative team, have participated in training facilitated by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Furthermore, TRHS teachers participate in regional IB trainings and collaborative meetings with the Rocky Mountain Association of IB Schools (IBARMS). These national, regional, and local collaborative opportunities help us to build connections, extend our knowledge, and refine our craft.
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