Subject Areas

Language and Literature 

All Wiltsey IB students take Language & Literature in Years I, II, and III (grades 6, 7 and 8).  These courses align with Common Core standards and aim to develop students' reading, writing, listening and communication skills.  By the end of the course, students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of oral, written and visual communication and how it pertains to the real world. A variety of assessment tasks will be evaluated throughout the year based on the following MYP Language A Assessment Criteria:

A: Content (Receptive and Productive)

B: Organization

C: Style and Language Mechanics

 

Mathematics

All Wiltsey IB students participate in math during Years I, II, and III (grades 6-8) navigating various branches of mathematical study.  Math courses align with the Common Core standards and aim to allow for increasing opportunities for students to explain their mathematical thinking, conduct mathematical investigations, and apply math to real life contexts. Students participate in Math Year I (grade 6), Math Year II, and may participate in Algebra, Math Year III, or Geometry in Grade 8. A variety of assessment tasks will be evaluated throughout the year based on the following MYP Mathematics Assessment Criteria:

            A: Knowledge and Understanding

            B: Investigating Patterns

            C: Communication in Mathematics

            D: Reflection in Mathematics

 

Sciences

During the course of study at Wiltsey IB, students participate in a continuum of science learning including Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science. Teachers emphasize development of scientific skills and concepts while instilling an understanding of personal, social and global awareness, and an understanding of how science can serve as a tool to address a variety of personal, social and global issues. A variety of assessment tasks will be evaluated throughout the year based on the following MYP Sciences Assessment Criteria:

            A: One World

            B: Communication in Science

            C: Knowledge and Understanding of Science

            D: Scientific Inquiry

            E: Processing Data

            F: Attitudes in Science

 

Individuals & Societies

Wiltsey IB students develop a global understanding of their current world by studying a continuum of subjects beginning with Ancient World Civilizations in Year I, the Medieval World in Year II, and US History in Year III.  Throughout the Middle Years Programme, students develop a conceptual understanding of the world, while learning how to utilize a variety of tools including research, analysis, interpretation and communication. A variety of assessment tasks will be evaluated throughout the year based on the following MYP assessment criteria:

            A: Knowing and Understanding

            B: Investigating

            C: Thinking Critically

            D: Communicating

 

Arts

Wiltsey IB students are required to take an Arts course each year of the MYP. They must experience both a Visual Arts and a Performing Arts course at least once during their education at Wiltsey IB. The MYP Arts courses aim to encourage students to explore, experience, understand, and appreciate the arts across time and cultures. A variety of assessment tasks will be evaluated throughout the year based on the following MYP Arts Assessment Criteria:

            A: Knowledge and Understanding

            B: Application

            C: Reflection and Evaluation

            D: Personal Engagement


Language Acquisition - Spanish 

Spanish classes at the Middle School level aim to develop oral communication, writing and reading skills in a second language. We offer Spanish as the second language at Wiltsey IB. Students who complete these courses are eligible for continuing on to the next level if the course completion exam is passed. Students must take Spanish in each year of the program.  A variety of assessment tasks will be evaluated throughout the year based on the following MYP Language B Assessment Criteria:

            A: Oral Communication

            B: Visual Interpretation

            C: Reading Comprehension

            D: Writing

 

Physical and Health Education

Wiltsey IB believes in the importance of developing mental, physical and emotional health to facilitate student learning and promote a positive school climate.  Students participate in Physical Education daily in Years I, II, and III (grades 6-8).  Teachers emphasize development of physical education knowledge as well as body movement, physical performance and development of social skills. A variety of assessment tasks will be evaluated throughout the year based on the following MYP Physical Education Assessment Criteria:

            A: Use of Knowledge

            B: Movement Composition

            C: Performance

            D: Social Skills and Personal Engagement

 

Design

Through a designated approach to Design at Wiltsey IB, teachers challenge students to solve technical and real world problems using the design cycle as applied  across all content areas. A variety of assessment tasks will be evaluated throughout the year based on the following MYP Design Assessment Criteria:

            A: Investigate

            B: Design

            C: Plan

            D: Create

            E: Evaluate

            F: Attitudes in Technology


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