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IB at Clary

Middle Years Program: Rigorous Curriculum, Global Mindset & Cultural Competence

Clary Middle School is a Candidate School* for the IB Middle Years Program. 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 Clary Middle School 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

What is the Middle Years Program?

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16 and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP). It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 

College & career-ready: It prepares students for success in higher education and is internationally recognized as representing one of the highest standards in university preparatory education! 

Global mindset: The programme encourages students to become active participants in an increasingly global society. 


Students take Middle Years Programme Courses in 6th, 7th and 8th grade and complete a Community Project during 8th grade.
Students take courses in eight subject groups:
  1. Language and Literature

  2. Language Acquisition (Spanish)

  3. Individuals and Societies

  4. Sciences

  5. Mathematics

  6. The Arts (Visual and Performing)

  7. Physical and Health Education

  8. Design

MYP Community Project

The Community Project is student-centered and age-appropriate, and enables students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection.  The community project provides an important opportunity for students in Year 3 of MYP (8th grade) to collaborate and pursue service learning by providing students with the opportunity to develop awareness about the needs of a community and address those needs.  Students will work on the project throughout the year and deliver a presentation in the spring.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB learners Strive to be

Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable : They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers : They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators : They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled : They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded : They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring : They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers : They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced : They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective : They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
MYP Coordinator
Jessica Cannizzaro
IB Middle Years Programme
Anthony Q. Davis, Superintendent
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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