Where are we with the Middle Years Programme at Seneca Valley? What will it take to fund the program to its complete state?

Question#: 3


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a Grade 6 through 10 framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.  Costs vary from year-to-year based on the number of staff members requiring professional development and the IB fees charged.

When implementation begins, the cost for professional development, regardless of school size, is based on sending eight teachers to required IB training (one each in the eight IB MYP core subject areas—mathematics, language and literature, science, individuals and societies, design, language acquisition, physical education, and arts).  In addition, the principal, an assistant principal, and the media specialist attend the training.

Adding the MYP at Seneca Valley High School for FY 2018 would cost $77,725.  This includes a 0.6 teacher position and $41,846, $5,960 for substitute salaries, $6,459 for professional part-time salaries, $12,000 for professional development travel, and $11,460 for dues, fees and registration (including employee benefits).

Roberto W. Clemente and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. middle schools, direct feeder schools to Seneca Valley High School, are currently IB MYP candidate schools.  Martin Luther King’s IB Authorization visit was held on December 15–16, 2016.  Roberto W. Clemente Middle School’s IB Authorization visit will be held on May 1–2, 2017.  Seneca Valley High School currently is an IB Diploma school for Grades 11–12.

Although the MYP program is not implemented at Seneca Valley High School, curriculum and planning processes have been implemented to support the articulation from Martin Luther King and Roberto Clemente middle schools to Seneca Valley High School to ensure student success in the IB programme in Grades 11–12.  A plan had been developed for the MYP culminating community project to end in Grade 8 at both middle schools similar to models used at Newport Mill and Silver Spring International middle schools located in the Downcounty Consortium.  Additionally, Seneca Valley integrates the elements of the IB Approaches to Learning in Grades 9–12 within the professional development and planning process to create a bridge between the middle school program and the diploma program.

IB has an application process that typically takes two years to complete.  To demonstrate readiness for the program, schools are required to show commitment to the IB philosophy, professional development, curriculum and assessment, and financial support from the school district administration and school board.