Welcome to Middle School
IPS Macedonia is a Candidate School* for the MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that IPS Macedonia believes is important for our students.
* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org
IPS has adopted the highly regarded International Baccalaureate program at all grade levels. International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognized educational program with a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes creative problem solving, hands-on projects, inquiry-based learning, global focus, and community service.
In the Middle Years Program, International Baccalaureate places equal emphasis on eight subject areas: Language and literature (English language), Language acquisition (Macedonian language, German language, French language), Individuals and Societies (History, Geography), Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Mathematics, Arts (Music, Visual arts), Physical and health education, Design.
The MYP aims to foster the attitudes and actions of global citizens, nurture lifelong learning skills, and equip students to adapt to the challenges of an ever more complex world, combined with an academically rigorous program. Three fundamental principles underpin the MYP framework: holistic education, intercultural awareness and communication.
Holistic learning is based on the principle that all knowledge is interrelated and that the curriculum should cater to the development of the whole person, the attributes of whom are described by the IB Learner Profile. IPS stresses the importance of this principle by encouraging connections across disciplines and generating interdisciplinary activities whenever appropriate on both formal and informal levels. Each year, across grade levels and school-wide, we undertake a range of interdisciplinary investigations.
Intercultural awareness is based on the principle that school communities should encourage and promote international mindedness by engaging with and exploring worldwide cultures, a key feature of international education as reflected in the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. At IPS, we consistently focus our attention on cultures worldwide, working to help create a global community of learners. The study of our host country culture is infused throughout the MYP programme with frequent field trips to visit places of interest. Additionally, all MYP students are offered opportunities to become proactively involved in generating authentic goals and learning experiences in extended community service opportunities in Macedonia.
Communication is based on the principle that schools should encourage open and effective communication; important skills that contribute to international understanding as exemplified by the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.