• MYP 8th Grade Community Project

    The grade 8 Community Project is a major activity for students to complete in the final year (Year 3 = Grade 8) of the MYP program at East Irondequoit Middle School (EIMS).  EIMS is an authorized IB school with a 3-year MYP programme.  Since our MYP ends in grade eight all 8th grade students must complete the community service project.

    The community project focuses on community and service, encouraging students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. The community project gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning.  As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project can be completed individually or collaboratively in groups of a maximum of three students. The choice of the goal or topic for the project is made in consultation with a teacher or staff member who has the responsibility for supervising the development of the project according to the MYP Community Project Assessment Criteria (included in attached guide) and International Baccalaureate Organization guidelines.

    What are the aims of the MYP projects?

    The aims of the MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:

    • Participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
    • Generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
    • Demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
    • Communicate effectively in a variety of situations
    • Demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
    • Appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.
    • What will students learn through the MYP projects?

    MYP projects involve students in a wide range of activities to extend their knowledge and understanding and to develop their skills and attitudes.

    These student-planned learning activities include:

    • Deciding what they want to learn about, identifying what they already know, and discovering what they will need to know to complete the project
    • Creating proposals or criteria for their project, planning their time and materials, and recording developments of the project
    • Making decisions, developing understandings and solving problems, communicating with their supervisor and others, and creating a product or developing an outcome evaluating the product/outcome and reflecting on their project and their learning.
    • As students become involved in the self-initiated and self-directed learning process, they will find it easier to construct in-depth knowledge on their topic and develop an understanding of themselves as learners.

    Find out more about the MYP curriculum