Middle School Program
IST currently offers the Estonian National Curriculum in alignment with the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework. The curriculum is designed to meet the national and IB Middle Years Program (MYP) requirements for students between the ages of 11 to 16.
As a candidate school, IST is preparing for authorization of MYP by offering the Personal Project and all eight subject group disciplines linked with Service as Action, aimed at making our world a better place.
Our curriculum is organized in a way that ensures teaching and learning is conceptual and relevant to the lives and experiences of our students. With conceptual learning, student inquiry is supported, and deeper academic understanding and interdisciplinary learning is fostered.
Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills:
As students develop, they learn how to be learners; this process is supported by weaving 21st century skills into the heart of the curriculum, ensuring that these skills are a part of the entire learning process. A unifying thread throughout all IB programs and MYP subject groups, approaches to learning skills provide the foundation for independent learning. Developing and applying skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management help students take ownership of their learning.
Creative Project (Grade 9):
Students are prepared to express themselves for the creative project that follows the guidelines and expectations of the Estonian curriculum.
Personal Project (PP):
The Personal Project is the culminating project for the students in the MYP. The main focus of this project is for the Grade 10 students to show how they have developed as learners. Students choose a topic of interest, complete in-depth research, and finalize by selecting a product/outcome to show their learning.
Service as Action (SA):
Service as Action is an integral part of the MYP and will be introduced this academic year. As service and action have always been shared values of the IST community, we continue the work with our students. Our students strive to be caring members of a larger, global community by demonstrating a personal commitment to making a difference to the lives of others and the environment around them.
Interdisciplinary Unit (IDU):
When two or more disciplines or subject groups collaborate to develop a unit, students engage with the topics in more holistic ways, offering them a broader approach to the curriculum and its ties to more global contexts.
Estonian is offered to all MYP students as the language of the host country. Every student gets an advantage to study the Estonian language in addition to English and a foreign language of choice.
Middle Years Subject Groups:
The range of subjects in the MYP ensures a breadth and depth of understanding for each student.
|Subject Group Discipline||Courses offered to Grade 6 – 7||Courses offered to Grade 8||Courses offered to Grade 9 – 10|
|Language and Literature||English Literature||English Literature||English Literature|
|Language acquisition||Russian, French and German||Russian, French and German||Russian, French and German|
|Sciences||Integrated Sciences||Physics, Chemistry and Biology||Physics, Chemistry and Biology|
|Art||Art and Music||Art and Music||Art and Music|
|Physical and Health Education||Physical and Health Education||Physical and Health Education||Physical and Health Education|
|Individuals and Societies||Individuals and Societies||Individuals and Societies||Economics, Business Studies, History, Geography and Civics|
Middle School Assessment:
Teachers organize continuous and varied assessments over the course of the programme. IST offers a criterion-related assessment for all subject disciplines.
|Subject Group Disciplines|
|Language and Literature||Analyzing||Organizing||Producing text||Using language|
|Individuals and Societies||Knowing and understanding||Investigating||Communicating||Thinking critically|
|Sciences||Knowing and understanding||Inquiring and designing||Processing and evaluating||Reflecting on the impacts of science|
|Mathematics||Knowing and understanding||Investigating patterns||Communicating|
Applying mathematics in real-life contexts
|Arts||Knowing and understanding||Developing skills||Thinking creatively||Responding|
|Physical and Health Education||Knowing and understanding||Planning for performance||Applying and performing||Reflecting and improving performance|
|Design||Inquiring and analyzing||Developing ideas||Creating the solution||Evaluating|
|MYP Projects||Investigating||Planning||Taking action||Reflecting|
|Interdisciplinary||Disciplinary grounding||Synthesizing and applying||Communicating||Reflecting|
Trimester and Final Grades:
Grades for all subjects will be calculated from the scores in the eight individual subjects, as per International Baccalaureate (IB) expectations. Each subject has its own table of grade boundaries, showing how the level obtained using subject criteria is converted into an overall MYP level from 1 to 7. (These are automatically calculated by the ManageBac based on the sum of achievement levels).
At IST, a balance of formative assignments, summative work, and the professional input of the teachers, is used to determine the most fitting and accurate trimester and final grades.
Why choose the Middle Years Program at IST?
Children are not the generation of tomorrow, they are the generation of today. Students need a program that is focused on preparing them to be innovative thinkers, problem-solvers, and inquirers. Our program equips the students at IST with skills and attitudes needed to progress in their learning and understanding, to continue to grow and develop as life-long learners. We aim to empower our students to be active community members, global citizens, and skilled enough to succeed in jobs that are not even created yet. Choosing IST will not only give your student the key ingredients for the future, but a passport to the world.