WELCOME TO STONEWALL MIDDLE SCHOOL: An IB World School since 2004.
Welcome to Stonewall Middles School! My name is
Jeanine Fox, I was appointed as the IB Coordinator in 2016. My role as coordinator is to ensure we are developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring students who create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
This year marks the second year that all our students (6th, 7th, and 8th) will be a part of the IB MYP, a 5-year international program for children aged 11-16. As our 8th graders transition into the high school we encourage them to continue the program at Stonewall Jackson High School our partnership school. Studies have shown that students that enroll in the IB program are more likely to attend and complete a secondary education.
Source: University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research
IB: What's its purpose?
"We develop a local and global citizen." The mission of the IB Middle Years Program is to;
1. promote a holistic education that focuses on the development of the 8 subject areas
2. ensure the development of intercultural awareness as a local and global citizen
3. encourage open and effective communication
These aims are summarized in the 10 attributes of an IB learner called The Learner Profile. Here at Stonewall we highlight one attribute a month and encourage and recognize students who exhibit their characteristics.
Here are the months and the attribute for each; Sept-Reflective, Oct-Inquirer, Nov-Thinker, Dec-Balanced, Jan-Caring, Feb-Principled, March-Open-minded April-Risk-taker, May-Communicators, June-Knowledgeable
IB World Schools: A different set of standards.
There are 3,700 IB schools in 147 countries across the globe. In the region of North America and the Caribbean there are 707 IB MYP schools and 41 in Virginia alone. Here in Prince William County we have 3 Middle Schools that offer the IB MYP and Stonewall is the only one on the Western side of the county.
So what is so different?
Each subject area is taught as an inquiry-based/concept-based unit that extends beyond the classroom and into the community. These subject areas are required to assess each student using 4 specific objectives. Each objective ranges from 1-8. See documents below for specific criterion objectives.
Here at Stonewall Middle, teachers assess using these criterion objectives only on the end of the unit assessment. This end of unit assessment is worth 80% of a student's overall unit grade. To read more about the grading policy at Stonewall please see the Grading folder below.
What does this mean for your child, an IB student?
Why continue as an IB student throughout high school?
The MYP is international program that extends from 6th grade to 10th. Once MYP students finish year 5 (10th grade) of the program, they have the option of enrolling in the DP or Diploma Program for the 11th and 12th grade. The DP is a rigorous program that yields amazing results. Here are some numbers of college acceptance rates for DP graduates.
Please visit the IB webpage at ibo.org or see additional documents below. Watch the introduction video on the MYP. Parts of this video were filmed here at Stonewall. See if you can recognize some familiar faces and places. For answers to additional questions, please email our IB Coordinator, Mr. Nate Beard at BeardNR@pwcs.edu.
- Students will create and complete authentic skill-based assessments
- In each of their classes. Teachers will be building these skills (critical and creative thinking, problem solving, working in real world situations) and giving useful feedback on their progress throughout the unit.
- Rubrics and descriptions of end of unit assessments should be giving at the beginning of the unit and will be constantly referred back to and worked on throughout the unit.
- A variety of subject knowledge in the 8 subject areas including the study of a foreign language, Spanish or French, in support building communication and appreciation of other cultures.
- An emphasis on Service Learning/ Community Service through afterschool projects and clubs, donations and fundraising for non-profit organizations, and in-class projects that extend the classroom beyond the school walls.