A Curriculum Based On The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) And Diploma Programme (DP)
The Lakes International curriculum at the Upper School for grades 6-10 is modeled on the IB MYP, a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. Grades 11-12 follow a curriculum based on the renowned IB Diploma Programme.
The IB Learner Profile
The IB cornerstone is the Learner Profile, the same set of attributes that we strive to develop in our students beginning in preschool at Kinder Prep and then in the Primary Years Program. Through the IB curriculum, LILA encourages learners to become:
At LILA, our teachers model these attributes while promoting learning, using a variety of strategies. The Learner Profile also helps teachers and students establish goals, plan learning, and assess performance. The MYP and DP models provide an approach to learning that builds on these attributes and encourages students “to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.”
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) At LILA
The Middle Years Programme requires schools to teach a balanced offering of subjects each year of the program, including at least one course from each of the eight subject groups. The IB publishes guides for each subject group, which include a prescribed framework of assessment criteria and objectives for knowledge, conceptual understanding, skills, and attitudes. LILA teachers construct their own curriculum that aligns with Minnesota state standards and this MYP framework. The total teaching time for each subject group may vary, but in order to ensure significant learning in each subject group, a minimum time allocation of fifty teaching hours is required each year of the program, with most subjects receiving a considerably longer time allocation.
Curriculum maps, overviews of what is taught in each subject area during each year of the MYP, can be viewed by clicking on the links to PDFs below. These overviews will be updated every few months, as our school grows and as our teachers adjust curriculum to meet student needs and interests.
- Language Acquisition: Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish Immersion, English Learners
- Language and Literature
- Individuals and Societies
- Arts: Visual Arts and Performing Arts (Band and Ochestra, Choir, Music Explorations, Theatre, Dance)
- Health and Physical Education
Learn more about LILA's MYP:
- Assessment and Grading
- IB Policies (PDFs): Assessment, Special Needs/Inclusion, Academic Honesty, Language
- Upper School FAQ
More About Our IB-Based Academic Program
Using the MYP and DP models help LILA students to develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community. Research tells us that students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experiences of the world. For example, the MYP program uses “global contexts” to build understanding through explorations into:
- Identities and relationships
- Personal and cultural identity
- Orientations in space and time
- Scientific and technical innovation
- Fairness and development
- Globalization and sustainability
The Minnesota Department of Education acknowledges the benefits of the IB program, stating on its website, "International Baccalaureate (IB) is recognized as a superior education, preparing students for rigorous academic work so they may succeed at postsecondary institutions around the world. The program encourages students to think from an international perspective, while first developing an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. Students learn a second language and develop the skills to live and work with others internationally—essential for life in the 21st century (read more >)."
LILA Upper School's MYP program is currently a candidate in the process for full accreditation, which typically takes about five years. Our DP application is also underway. We encourage you to look through the IBO site and ask us any questions about our approach.