IB: Middle Years Programme

Board Celebrates as FCCPS Becomes 1st K-12 IB Division in VA


WMary Ellen Henderson and George Mason High School's grades 6-10 are proud to have completed the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, becoming the first K-12 IB World School Division in Virginia. That feat was celebrated in 2017 with special presentations from the School Board to Lou Olom, who brought the IB idea to Falls Church thirty-five years ago, and to the IB coordinators and administrators in each school for their hard work in making this a reality.


IB: Middle Years Programme

The IB MYP is designed for students in grades 6-10. It provides framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers. It builds upon the knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (grades K-5) and will prepare students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12.

Student Project

Students learn to be collaborative thinkers who value multiple perspectives; these critical skills are demonstrated through their ongoing development of a student project. The IB has a positive impact on students, schools and their wider communities by connecting learning well beyond the classroom. Its unique and innovative approach to learning means both students and teachers are genuinely engaged with the programs from being a part of an unparalleled global network.



Worldwide Voices

Please view the brief video for student, teacher and community perspectives on the benefits of MYP.


Local Voices


  • Elisabeth Snyder, an MEH student writer for the Husky Prints, shares the student perspective: WHAT'S UP WITH MYP?


  • "Instead of focusing on teaching primarily content, MYP has made us teach how to use the content and make connections while applying it to real world situations. It has increased the amount of student-led inquiry in our classrooms with designing and evaluating experiments. The reflective part of MYP has helped us as teachers to improve our lessons year after year." --Science Teacher
  • "It allows for common vocabulary (learning traits) and expectations across curriculums and grade level. The emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary instruction helps with consistency and with making connections between what students are learning in their different classes. Using the MYP planners encourages more thoughtful, deliberate and intentional planning, which makes lessons more authentic and applicable to the real world." --Special Education Teacher


  • "The successful implementation and authorization of MYP at Mary Ellen Henderson impacts everything we do on a daily basis. Through our collaborative planning process, the staff has spent over three years building a curriculum that, while still rooted in SOL content objectives, focuses on 21st century skills and approaches to learning, such as being reflective, inquisitive learners. All curriculum is now approached through a global lens and assessment is shifting from traditional fact recall into more authentic performance based tasks. An additional unforeseen benefit of MYP is that it allows for increased collaboration with our partners at the high school, allowing for vertical alignment of curriculum in a manner that did not previously occur. Most importantly, our school strives for a climate where students feel safe both socially and emotionally; we use the character traits of the IB learner profile to promote positive behaviors throughout the building."

More Information


Dan Coast, FCCPS IB Coordinator


Twitter: @IB_in_FCCPS