International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
Grades 7 - 10
What is the IB MYP?
The International Baccalaureate® Middle Years Program (IB MYP) is an all-inclusive program for Robinson students in grades 7 through 10. We gained official authorization as an IB MYP school in November 2018. Beginning in 2019-2020, Robinson students can choose to pursue the FCPS MYP Certificate in tenth grade.
Through the efforts of Robinson’s teachers, the IB MYP stresses inquiry-based learning, the development of skills for learning, a rigorous engagement with academic content, and an understanding of cross-curricular concepts. In addition, like every IB program, fostering the attributes of the IB Learner Profile stands as the primary goal.
The IB MYP influences how we teach, not what we teach, so Robinson’s teachers will use this model to deliver Fairfax County Public Schools' Program of Studies aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning.
What's the difference between IB and MYP?
What is often referred to as the “IB Program” at Robinson is the IB Diploma Program (DP) — a program primarily for 11th and 12th graders in which some students can choose to complete the IB Diploma. In fact, both the Diploma Program (DP) and the Middle Years Program (MYP) are IB programs. Some high schools also have a Career-related Program and a handful of FCPS elementary schools are now Primary Years Program schools.
Two notable differences between the DP and MYP are:
• Robinson students can choose whether to participate in DP classes, but the MYP includes all Robinson students in grades 7 to 10
• DP classes include a specific curriculum created by IB, while the MYP offers an instructional framework for delivering the Virginia Standards of Learning and Fairfax County Program of Studies
What is the IB MYP Personal Project?
This project is an important part of the IB MYP here at Robinson and at all IB MYP schools. It’s exactly what it sounds like--a project that is of personal interest to the student. Tenth grade students choose the topic to explore AND the type of project they will create. In working towards their goal, students practice skills such as self-management, communication, research, and collaboration.