• Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School International Baccalaureate Program

    Our Mission

    At Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School, we believe that intercultural understanding provides the foundation for a peaceful world. By providing a safe, compassionate school community where students and staff value diversity and demonstrate respect for themselves and others, we strive to create caring, service-oriented individuals who contribute meaningfully to the larger global community.

    To this end, we work together to develop curious, self-directed learners who engage in a rigorous and purposeful interdisciplinary curriculum. By participating in inquiry, collaboration, the passionate exchange of ideas, and self-reflection, we grow into responsible and productive citizens of the world.

     

    Debra LeDoux
    Instructional Coach/International Baccalaureate Coordinator
    Cheryl Nahmias
    Instructional Coach/International Baccalaureate Coordinator

    All students at Renfroe Middle School and in grades 9 and 10 at Decatur High School take part in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP).

    The MYP curriculum
    The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.
    The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the program. In the final two years of the prograe, carefully-defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.
    Read about the MYP curriculum.


    The MYP Personal Project: The Sophomore Capstone

    The Personal Project is a piece of individual work required of all 10th grade students at Decatur High School.  The Personal Project is the capstone project for the MYP, and students work on the project for an extended period of time of at least 20 hours over several months.  Find out more in the DHS MYP Personal Project Handbook.

     
    Access and eligibility
    The MYP is open to any student aged 11 to 16, at schools that have been authorized to implement the program.  The MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from participation. Implementation of the MYP is a whole-school endeavor, although the programme can accommodate academically-selective models.