Frequently Asked Questions

  • What makes the MYP different from other programs?
    • The MYP is an 5-year program of study that focuses on three fundamental concepts: intercultural awareness, communication, and holistic education
    • The first three years (6-8) of the program are housed at Old Mill Middle School North and the last two years (9-10) of the program are completed at Old Mill High School.
    • MYP teachers organize the curriculum with appropriate attention to:
      • Teaching and learning in context. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally minded.
      • Conceptual understanding. Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.
      • Approaches to learning (ATL). A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn.
      • Service as action (community service). Action (learning by doing and experiencing) and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP community project.
      • Language and identity. MYP students are required to learn at least two languages. Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation.

 

  • What is the advantage to being a MYP student?
    • addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
    • provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
    • ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
    • requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
    • empowers students to participate in service within the community
    • helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning.

 

  • How much homework will my child have?
    • The philosophy of the MYP is to provide quality assignments versus quantitative work. Initially assignments may take more time until students become comfortable with utilizing higher level thinking skills.
    • MYP teaching staff attempt to coordinate assignments, tests and projects to help students manage their workload.

 

  • How many classes will my child take?
    • MYP students take 9 classes. Students take four core classes (Math, Science, Individuals & Societies, and Language & Literature) on a daily basis in grades 6, 7 and 8.
      • In grades 6 and 7, students take a world language course and a physical education/health course every other day. In grades 6 and 7, students are completing level 1 of a high school world language and may earn high school credit if they pass the final exam. Finally, students may select three additional courses, one of which must be an Arts class, one of which must be a Design class, and one of their choosing.
      • In grade 8, students take a world language course every day. In grade 8, students are completing level 2 of a high school world language and may earn high school credit if they pass the final exam. All 8th grade students participate in physical education/health every third day. Finally, students may select two additional courses, one of which must be an Arts class and one of which must be a Design class.

 

  • How long is the school day?
    • Our doors open at 8:55 for breakfast. First period begins at 9:05 and we end at 3:50.

 

  • How will my child get to and from school?
    • For students whose home school is Old Mill Middle School North, they may be bus riders if they live more than 1.5 miles away from the school. Those that live within 1.5 miles of the school will walk to school.
    • For students who apply to MYP from the Old Mill Middle South area, they will either be walkers (if they live with 1.5 miles of the school) or ride their neighborhood bus to the Old Mill Complex and enter Old Mill North through the main lobby.
    • For students who apply to MYP from out of area, consolidated bus stops are available to transport students to OMMN. These are typically at local elementary, middle and high schools.

 

  • Will my child be able to participate in extra-curricular activities?
    • All students are highly encouraged to participate in before and after school clubs to expose them to different areas of interest. Students whose home school is Old Mill Middle North or Old Mill Middle South may ride an activity bus home at 4:45. Consolidated bus stops are also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY. Stops go to local libraries. Activities on other days will require transportation.