International Baccalaureate


Alice Deal Middle School is an authorized International Baccalaureate world school. The information below will provide you with an overview of how the Middle Years Program is implemented here at Deal. If you have any questions, please contact our MYP coordinator, Ms. Alana Brown

Why MYP?

  • 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

  • Written 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.
  • Taught Curriculum
    • 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.
  • Assessed Curriculum
    • 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.