Alice Deal Middle School is an authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) world school. All of our teachers are IB MYP teachers, and all of our students are IB MYP students. The information below will provide you with an overview of how the Middle Years Program is implemented here at Deal. View our brochure here and the presentation from our parent workshop here. If you have any questions, please contact our MYP coordinator, Ms. Caitlin Daniels.
Our students take courses in eight subject groups. To view our written curriculum for each subject, please visit the links below
Language and literature (English Language Arts 6/7/8)
Language acquisition (Chinese, French, Spanish, Spanish Humanities)
Individuals and societies (Geography, World History, US History)
Arts (Visual Arts and Music)
Design (embedded in language acquisition and sciences)
It encourages international mindedness in students, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture.
It encourages a positive attitude toward learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness, and participate actively in their communities.
It reflects real life by providing students a way to connect subjects and meaningful issues.
Three Levels of Curriculum
We teach DCPS and Common Core State, and Next Generation Science Standards.
Our teachers develop unit plans collaboratively for the benefit of all students.
Weekly and daily lesson plans are designed to allow students to explore the content.
Learning experiences are designed to develop student skills, attitudes, and interests in the content.
Criterion-based formative and summative assessments are designed by teachers to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the content and MYP objectives at a high cognitive level.
Our students take all required DCPS standardized tests (English performance-based assessments, SAGE, iReady, SRI, PARCC).
MYP Objectives and Assessment Criteria
Each subject has four MYP objectives. The objectives of each subject group state the specific targets that are set for learning in that subject group. They define what the student will be able to accomplish as a result of studying the subject. Each objective is elaborated by a number of strands; a strand is an aspect or indicator of the learning expectation.
MYP assessment criteria measure a student’s work against the MYP objectives. Each criterion has four bands and achievement levels from zero to eight. Summative and criterion-based formative assessments are judged against MYP criteria. To view the MYP criteria for each subject, please visit this link.
Our practices are guided by four policies which align both DCPS expectations and the expectations of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Administrators, teachers, parents, and students are invited to review these policies every five years, or when the need arises.
8th Grade Projects
Calling all 8th Grade parents, did you know our 8th graders have two important projects they need to complete this year?—a History Day project and a Community Service Project. Read below for details…
Parent workshops, tues. Oct 8, 5p
Ms. Daniels, our Community Service lead and Ms. Trenkle, our History Day lead will each do two workshops on October 8 from 5:00 to 5:40 PM and 5:40 to 6:30 PM. Ms. Trenkle will hold her meetings in W304 and Ms. Daniels will be in W307.
These meetings are NOT necessary for parents who attended the sessions during Back to School night. But it is a great opportunity for parents to ask more questions and learn about key deadlines and expectations.
At the beginning of the second semester, all eighth grade students are introduced to the community project. Each student will design their own service learning project with the guidance of their advisory teachers and a supervisor. Students research the community they would like to serve, select a need that can be addressed, develop a plan of action, conduct their service, document the process, and present it to their peers.
History Day Project
Please see this link for more information on the eighth grade History Day project: tinyurl.com/Grade8History