At Riverdale Middle School . . .
We are devoted to providing a safe educational environment which maximizes each studnet's ability to achieve academically, think critically, and problem solve effectively.
Riverdale Middle an Authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
Riverdale Middle School follows all Policies and Procedures of JPPSS. As an authorized IB Middle Year Program school, we also follow the Policies and Procedures of the International Baccalaureate Organization. IB Mission Statement:
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
What does the curriculum contain?
The curriculum contains eight subject groups together with a core made up of five areas of interaction.
This is illustrated by means of an octagon with the five areas of interaction at its centre.
Students study subjects from each of the eight subject groups through the five areas of interaction: approaches to learning, community and service, human ingenuity, environment, and health and social education.
What are the five areas of interaction?
The five areas of interaction are:
- Approaches to learning (ATL): Through ATL teachers provide students with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning, thereby developing an awareness of how they learn best, of thought processes and of learning strategies.
- Community and service: This component requires students to take an active part in the communities in which they live, thereby encouraging responsible citizenship.
- Human ingenuity: Students explore in multiple ways the processes and products of human creativity, thus learning to appreciate and develop in themselves the human capacity to influence, transform, enjoy and improve the quality of life.
- Environments: This area aims to develop students’ awareness of their interdependence with the environment so that they understand and accept their responsibilities.
- Health and social education: This area deals with physical, social and emotional health and intelligence—key aspects of development leading to complete and healthy lives.
How are students assessed?
Teachers organize continuous assessment over the course of the programme taking account of specified criteria that correspond to the objectives for each subject.
The MYP offers a criterion-related model of assessment. This means that students' results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student's position in the overall rank order.
Teachers are responsible for structuring varied and valid assessment tasks that allow students to demonstrate achievement according to the required objectives within each subject group. These may include:
- open-ended, problem-solving activities and investigations
- organized debates
- hands-on experimentation
Assessment strategies, both quantitative and qualitative, provide feedback on the thinking processes as well as the finished piece of work. There is also an emphasis on self-assessment and peer-assessment within the programme.
Schools may request final grades to be validated by the International Baccalaureate (IB).