International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Beechwood aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated and empowered to make a difference in their local and global communities. Academic rigor is enhanced through three fundamental concepts (holistic learning, communication, and intercultural awareness) to empower active, compassionate, respectful citizens equipped for the 21st century.
The Middle Years Program is part of every class in grades 6 through 8, and every student at Beechwood benefits from the carefully crafted, holistic units of study that teach students to appreciate the connections between each of their academic subjects and the real world. Teachers work together across subject areas to create interdisciplinary units of study that incorporate the use of technology for creating projects & solving inquiry-based problems.
Communication is emphasized as a critical component of learning. Every unit of study offers students the chance to develop and enhance their written, oral, and digital communication and presentation skills. The Middle Years Program also recognizes the importance and benefits of communication in more than one language. All students at Beechwood take a foreign language (Spanish) and, with positive grades, are able to receive credit for one year of foreign language at the high school level.
The International Baccalaureate Organization supports schools in fostering tomorrow’s leaders. In an increasingly interconnected world, the importance of international awareness and cultural appreciation is greater than ever before. The Middle Years Program at Beechwood celebrates our national heritage and the myriad of cultures that make our country and world so wonderfully rich and diverse. Students research, prepare, and lead discussions, presentations, and festivals in order to promote intercultural understanding and respect. The world is a beautiful tapestry in which each family has a part.