International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

Poe Middle School is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to deliver the IB Middle Years Program. The MYP designed for students aged 11-16, spanning grades 6-10. Poe offers this program in partnership with Holmes Middle School and Annandale High School.

The Middle Years Program aims to support the development of students who:

  • Are independent learners
  • Understand how learning connects to the larger world
  • Communicate in a variety of ways
  • Learn about issues related to health, community, the environment and responsible citizenship

In order to work towards achieving these aims, all Middle Years Programs are developed through the fundamental concepts of Holistic Learning, Communication and Intercultural Awareness.

The IB Middle Years Program provides students with a balanced curriculum. Each year of the program, students are required to take each of the 8 subjects in the MYP curriculum model. All students are enrolled in Humanities, Science, Math, Physical Education and Language A, the Language Arts/English class. Language B is a Foreign Language class that we offer as an elective. The Fine Arts include drama, chorus, visual art, band and orchestra. At Poe, we are able to provide all 8 subjects by integrating Technology instruction in all other subject areas.

The Global Contexts are the organizational structure for making connections in the Middle Years Program. The Global Contexts are embedded in each of the subjects the students are learning.

International Baccalaureate Organization Mission

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

For more information, visit the IBO MYP Website.