The Middle Years

International School of Bergamo is a Candidate School for the IBO Middle Years Programme.
While insisting upon thorough study of the various disciplines, the MYP accentuates their inter-relatedness and so advances a holistic view of knowledge.

Our Secondary School programme builds on the foundations acquired in Elementary school educating the whole person, encouraging students to become independent, internationally-minded, lifelong learners.
Through an educational approach that embraces yet transcends traditional school subjects, students are encouraged to develop intercultural awareness along with genuine understanding of their own history and traditions.

Why the MYP?

The school chose to adopt the MYP because it supports our goals of educating our students within a framework that ensures academic rigour, whilst at the same time, promoting qualities of internationalism. Our school is already an authorised PYP school and using the MYP allows for the school to work along the IB Continuum towards the IB Diploma.
A MYP school is one which, regardless of location, size or constitution, strives to develop internationally-minded people through promoting the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.
By implementing the MYP we believe we are educating our children to recognize their common humanity, their shared guardianship of the planet and their ability to help create a better and more peaceful world.
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The curriculum is divided into 8 subject areas:
  • Language & Literature (English and Italian);
  • Individuals and societies (History, Geography, Citizenship) ;
  • Mathematics;
  • Arts (Art, Music, Drama)
  • Language acquisition (3rd language + ISL + ESL);
  • Science (Integrated Sciences: biology, chemistry, physics );
  • Physical and health education
  • Design (Information Technology and Design Technology)
Six Global Contexts provide a link between the subject areas. An understanding of concepts themes helps students to see connections between the separate subjects and to understand the relationship between their academic studies and the real world.
They are also a logical continuation of the PYP Transdisciplinary Themes of the Elementary school. The 6 Global Contexts are:
  • Orientation in Space and Time;
  • Fairness and Development;
  • Personal and Cultural Expression;
  • Scientific and Technical Innovation;
  • Identities and Relationships;
  • Globalization and Sustainability
ESL support is designed to meet the needs of those students who do not possess the necessary fluency in English to enroll in the school's regular academic program. Students entering the Middle School will follow a specific Language Acquisition course and will receive extra support both in school and after school.
The Digital Programme

The International School of Bergamo firmly believes in the importance of digital learning. All classes are equipped with smart boards and, since September 2012, all children from Grade 1 are involved in the iPad 1:1 Programme. Digital media are highly compatible with the school’s teaching methods, based on child-centred education, on the development of skills and attitudes, and on interactive, hands-on and collaborative work.

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