About the IB MYP Programme
Welcome to our IB family here at Grisham IB World
School. Grisham is one of only 26 Middle Years Programme (MYP) schools
state of Texas and is currently the only
IB Middle Years Programme in Round Rock ISD.
Every child has a unique opportunity to an IB education which will give
them the distinctive edge in RRISD to better compete in the more
globalized markets, communities and jobs of their future. Westwood has
offered the Diploma Program (DP) since 1994 and two nearby elementary
schools, Spicewood Elementary and Anderson Mill Elementary, has offered
the Primary Years Programme (PYP) since 2007.
Grisham has been an authorized IB World School
since July 2007. The IB Middle Years Program raises the standard for
middle school education. Part of the
IB mission is to focus on the intellectual and social
development of each student, providing them with the values and
opportunities that will enable them to develop critical thinking skills
and sound judgment. At Grisham, learning how to learn is as important
as the content of the subjects students study.
The students participate in a 3-year program that
focuses on his or her social and academic development. The Areas of
Interaction are at the core of the MYP. The curriculum integrates the
Areas of Interaction with 8 subject areas in order to develop an
appreciation for the interrelatedness of the disciplines, technology,
other cultures, and the world around us.
Students are taught to be active
learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged citizens, who gain
practical experience of being part of an international community. These
common qualities for students are portrayed in the
IB Learner Profile. While the MYP programme
cultivates internationalism and respect for other cultures, we also
explore the local environments which allows students to maintain a
strong sense of cultural identity.
Successful completion of the MYP will better
prepare students to choose more challenging classes (Pre-AP, AP) in high
school. They will also be more prepared to optionally pursue Westwood’s
IB Diploma program. Student successes in the IB programs are powerful
indicators to colleges and universities throughout the world. As quoted
Austin American-Statesman (9-22-08), “A commission
convened by some of the country’s most influential college admission
officials is recommending that colleges and universities move away from
their reliance on SAT and ACT scores and that the College Board’s
Advanced Placement exams and the International Baccalaureate exams both
predict first-year and overall grades in college and are more closely
linked to the high school curriculum than the SAT and ACT.” Visit the
IBO website at
àuniversity recognition of
the IB diploma) to learn more about college admissions, college credit
and advanced standing in relation to students who achieve IB diplomas.
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