The Island Pacific School Curriculum is dedicated to exceeding the needs of middle school students and setting them up for personal excellence. It is built around the IPS tenets of Equip (1st Curriculum) and Inspire (2nd Curriculum) and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) In addition:
- The distinctly different IPS curriculum is a 4-year program.
- We are middle school experts (grades 6, 7, 8, 9 )
- The program is intentionally designed to ensure progression of responsibility and student agency.
The central goal of the instructional curriculum at IPS is to help initiate students into the great conversations of human inquiry, so that they might eventually find their own voice. This initiation necessarily includes active investigation of the knowledge, skills and dispositions that have (enabled) brought about some of our greatest human achievements: language, arts, music, literature, athletics, philosophy, science, mathematics design and technology.
IPS uses the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) as the instructional framework to deliver the New BC Curriculum.
Island Pacific School Curriculum: Program Elements
The Grade 9 Masterworks Program
The Masterworks Program is a graduation requirement for our grade 9 students. They must:
- Produce work that surpasses their previous accomplishments
- Conduct in-depth research
- Communicate their understanding to academic advisors and the general public in an oral presentation that also serves as a defense of their scholarly and creative pursuits
- Critically reflect on input they receive throughout the school year by experts and mentors who serve as external committee members.
We believe that the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) delivers the best academic experience for our students. It is a broad, internationally focused, rigorous and forward-looking programme. The curriculum is based on the development of critical thinking, inquiry and problem-solving approaches and not only develops solid basic skills and knowledge but also ensures students can acquire conceptual understanding and high-level analytical skills. The IB Learner Profile closely matches the IPS philosophy of competencies that students need in order to be exceptional learners and express the very best of what it means to be human.
The MYP centers on the philosophy that students learn their best when their natural curiosity guides them. It follows that students in an IB classroom are prompted to ask challenging questions that will direct their research and learning, ultimately teaching them the concepts prescribed by the BC Ministry of Education curriculum.
Through the development of the approaches to learning (ATLs) skills, students learn deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that support them in the MYP teaching and learning environment. ATLs are focused on developing a student’s thinking, communication, social, self-management (organization), and research skills, through explicit instruction and reflection.
The MYP at Island Pacific School is intended to help students aged 11 to 15 (Years 1 to 4) develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. It is designed to teach students to become independent learners who can recognize relationships and make connections between school subjects and world events.
Assessment of student work is carried out by teachers using criteria established by the International Baccalaureate. Authorized schools are visited and evaluated regularly. While maintaining the mission and philosophy of the IB, the MYP curriculum follows provincial and local guidelines. This programme is offered to every student at IPS, because it benefits all levels of ability and learning styles.
For more information on the MYP, please visit the IB’s General Regulations page.