International Baccalaureate Program


Risley International Academy was recently designated a “school of innovation” by the State Board of Education.  The first step in this transition will require the staff at Risley to attend some extensive training this summer as we prepare to implement the International Baccalaureate, (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) for the 2013 – 2014 school year.  Students who attend Risley will experience a more integrated approach to teaching with connections across the globe.    

Update:  It's official!  We are an authorized IB school as of April 25th!  The staff at Risley International would like to thank all of our students and parents for supporting the journey we have been on for the last three years.  We could not have done it without your support!  

What is the Middle Years Program (MYP)?

The MYP Program at Risley will be designated for all 6th through 8th grade students.  However, this program continues into the 9th and 10th grades and concludes with the MYP Community Project or Personal Project.  The Middle Years Program does the following:

    • helps students who are making the transition through adolescence
    • focuses developmentally on adolescence during this crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development, of uncertainty and of questioning
    • is designed to help students find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning

What are key components of the MYP?

    • Provides a framework for learning within and across the subjects
    • Consists of eight subject groups: native language, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. Students should try to take all eight within the 5 years between 6th and 10th grades
    • Instruction is integrated through five areas of interaction: Health & Social Education, Environments, Human Ingenuity, Community & Service, and Approaches to Learning

Community Project Information

The staff at Risley International Academy are committed to providing the best possible experience for our students.  We hope you will join us on our innovation journey!