We are here to guide our early adolescents through five exciting years of change and development and to prepare them to be independent, knowledgeable thinkers who are able to succeed with the vigorous academic courses ahead of them. The Middle School team achieves this by providing a wide range of challenging programs, by giving a variety of opportunities to explore, discover and develop individual activities and by nurturing each student emotionally, spiritually and physically.
We encourage our students to reach their full academic potential while being environmentally aware, culturally sensitive and responsible.
Starting September 2019, Eastwood International School has officially been recognized as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB-MYP) candidate school (scheduled to be fully authorized during the school year of 2020/2021).
Academically, students at the middle school are divided into two groups – those who follow the Lebanese Curriculum and sit for the national official Lebanese Brevet examination in Grade Nine, and those who follow the IB-MYP and, thereafter, progress into IB-DP program or High School.
The IB Middle Years Program (MYP)curriculum in details
The IB MYP program begins in Grade 6 and follows through to Grade 10. The program entails inquiry-based teaching to ensure students reach a higher level of critical thinking. In middle school the teaching is context based which presents to students learning experiences that make connections between their academic learning and real life.
At EIS, we pride ourselves in our moving towards a student led approach rather than the typical teacher led classroom that focus on memorizing facts.
Our curriculum is concept-based, which is an approach to curriculum design that moves away from subject-specific content and instead emphasizes on key concepts which are “big ideas” that can transfer across multiple subjects.
Meanwhile related concepts are more subject specific and they enrich the learning by giving depth to it through concentrating on developing the language of each subject area.
We also work on developing our students Approaches to learning skills (ATL) to provide them with the necessary skills to learn how to learn and become lifelong learners.
The IB MYP consists of 8 subject groups which our students benefit from to grow academically and as a global citizen:
1. Language and Literature
2. Language Acquisition (French or Arabic)
3. Individuals and Societies
6. The Arts (Visual Arts and Preforming Arts)
8. Physical and Health Education (PHE)
The requirement from year 1 to year 3 (grades 6 to 8) is a minimum of 50 hours of instruction per subject group in each academic year. Although for years 4 and 5 (grades 9 and 10) is a minimum of 70 hours per subject group.
SERVICE AS ACTION
Our MYP students will have the chance to experience helping others through service as action. Service as action is an extension of the curriculum, which means that it is planned within each unit of inquiry.
MYP schools are required to provide students opportunities to fulfill the service as action requirements and learning outcomes which are directly linked to the IB
learner profile attributes and ATL skills.
Service teaches students to collaborate with others, to persevere in order to achieve their goals and that is to help their local and global community. One very important part of service as action is to reflect ethically on how their actions affect their community.
Starting September 2020, MYP5 (grade 10) will start following the MYP program which means that they have to carry out a Personal Project:
The core of the assessment in the MYP is the personal project which culminates the student’s learning experience.
Each MYP year 5 (grade 10) student is mandated by the program to complete a personal project, which includes the creation of a product and the writing of a
report that explains the whole process. The main idea is for the students to choose a subject of interest to them and that provides them with a challenge. To reach the aims of the personal project the students must fulfill its objectives:
Investigating, Planning, Taking Action and Reflecting.
Each student will be supported by a supervisor, who is trained to provide the student with the necessary guidance and supervision to perform well. This project is corrected and moderated internally at the school and must also be externally corrected and moderated through IB to ensure fairness and to maintain quality.