• About the Middle Years (MYP) Program, Grades 6-10

    The MYP is a five-year program providing a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. JQUS was authorized in 2012. 

    MYP Courses offered at JQUS

    • Language acquisition (Spanish and Mandarin)
    • Humanities (Language and Literature + Individuals and Societies)
    • Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
    • Pre-Algebra, Middle School Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2/Geometry
    • Visual Arts, Band, Dance, Theater 
    • Physical and health education
    Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.

    Global Contexts

    Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced.  Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations. The six MYP Global Contexts are described as follows:

    Identities and relationships

    Orientation in space and time

    Who am I? Who are we?

    Students will explore identity; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; what it means to be human.

    What is the meaning of “when” and “where”?

    Students will explore personal histories; homes and journeys; turning points in humankind; discoveries; explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and civilizations, from personal, local and global perspectives.

    Personal and cultural expression

    Scientific and technical innovation

    What is the nature and purpose of creative expression?

    Students will explore the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

    How do we understand the world in which we live?



    Students will explore the natural world and its laws; the interaction between people and the natural world; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on communities and environments; the impact of environments on human activity; how humans adapt environments to their needs.

    Globalization and sustainability

    Fairness and development

    How is everything connected?

    Students will explore the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the relationship between local and global processes; how local experiences mediate the global; reflect on the opportunities and tensions provided by world interconnectedness; the impact of decision-making on humankind and the environment.

    What are the consequences of our common humanity?

    Students will explore rights and responsibilities; the relationship between communities; sharing finite resources with other people and with other living things; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.