International Middle School
IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Years 7 to 11)
If you are looking for an international school with IB programmes in Singapore, discover how Chatsworth can be the ideal environment for your child’s education from Primary to Diploma level. Secondary school at Chatsworth caters to students from Years 7 through 11 in a stimulating and dynamic environment. The international curriculum offered at Chatsworth for Years 7 to 11 (Grades 6 to 10) is delivered within the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP).
The MYP provides a framework of learning that encourages students to be creative, critical and reflective thinkers. During this time, students are encouraged to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. Our middle school programme will foster the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global interaction - essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. The MYP aims to help students develop the capacity to become responsible for their own learning and sets them up for success in the Diploma Programme.
Through the final two years of the MYP (Years 10 and 11), students complete the Personal Project. The Personal Project is a year-long, independent research project undertaken by all final-year MYP students. All MYP students are required to take part in Service as Action
At Chatsworth International School, our MYP5 (Year 11) students are able to seek a formal qualification at the end of the programme. The IB offers eAssessments that lead to IB MYP course results and the IB MYP certificate. The MYP eAssessments consist of a combination of on-screen examinations and ePortfolios, which are externally marked and moderated by the International Baccalaureate. Additionally, students who demonstrate proficiency in a second language or mother tongue can earn the IB MYP Bilingual Certificate.
Chatsworth is presently one of the few international schools in Singapore that implement the full MYP e-Assessment (which includes seven subjects and a personal project). The MYP e-Assessment is a reliable, globally consistent and highly innovative assessment model that helps to demonstrate their preparation for further study, including participation in advanced academic and career-related programmes. If you are interested in enrolling your child into our school, rest assured that our admissions process is straightforward and simple.
Visit the IBO Website for more information on the IBMYP.
MYP Language and Literature
English, Japanese, Mother Tongue Languages
MYP Language Acquisition (2nd Language)
English, French, Mandarin
MYP Individuals and Societies
Standard and Extended Mathematics
Music, Drama and Visual Art
MYP Physical and Health Education
Physical and Health Education
Service as Action
Pastoral lessons occur twice per week and are conducted through the student's homeroom. Both provide motivation and support for students. Lessons are designed to foster individual growth, strengthen teamwork and build school spirit. Activities are discussed and planned by students and the homeroom teacher. Students are encouraged to participate and cooperate with one another in activities they have discussed and planned with their middle school homeroom teacher. Throughout the year, there are also assemblies and other projects (like the UN Day and the Identity Project), as well as activities related to MYP Approaches to Learning (Communication, Social, Thinking, Self Management and Research), that run in conjunction with the pastoral programme.
Service as Action
As part of the secondary school IB programme, all MYP students participate in Service as Action. They choose which group they wish to join from a list of groups at the start of the school year. Service groups in the school undertake a range of activities. These include arts-based activities such as community outreach theatre, community interaction like the food bank, or school-based needs such as recycling and academic support programmes.
Students are awarded a semester grade in each subject based on the IB 1-7 scale. These grades are communicated through end-of-semester reports that are available to parents and guardians via ManageBac, the school's online academic portal. In addition, a mid-semester progress report is issued shortly before each parent-teacher conference to communicate the student's current progress. For MYP students, these mid-semester reports include achievement levels against the criteria assessed in each subject. Semester two reports include a full MYP grade and provide a summation of the student’s academic as well as their Approaches to Learning (ATLs) strengths and weaknesses over the school year while offering suggestions for improvement.
In addition to achievement grades, students are also assessed and self-assessed based on five skill categories from the IB ATLs: Communication, Social, Self-Management, Research and Thinking. Methods of assessment of the ATLs vary between subjects and are communicated by departments and teachers. This is reported through written teacher comments in the summative assessments on ManageBac as well as students’ own writing on their achievement against personal ATL goals.
We also have two Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences (PSTCs) yearly, where reports and student progress are discussed, together with students’ goals and strengths. Classes are not held on PTSC days so that teachers can confer with parents and students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the school at any time to discuss the student’s progress or any problems or queries.
How is the IB MYP different from other curricula in Singapore?
(Please note that the table below highlights the key features of the MYP relative to other curricula. It is not a detailed breakdown of other curricula).
Other Curriculum Models
Learning as a process
Focus on product
Valid and varied assessments based on set criteria from the IB
Multiple-choice tests and exams
Making connections to the real world
Isolated knowledge out of context
Memorisation of facts
Promotes the construction of knowledge
Fostering international-mindedness and understanding of different perspectives
One or local perspective
Learning about different cultures through language
Learning how to learn - approaches to learning skills
Seeking multiple answers
Finding one correct answer
Learning about only one national or local culture
Focus on content
Critical thinking, analysing and evaluating
Limiting learning to acquisition of facts
Communication through writing, speaking and presentation
Student ownership and independence as learners
Accepting information without questioning
Imbalanced use of technology
Teacher as guide on the side
Teacher as sage on the stage
Subjects taught in isolation
Developing conceptual understanding
Contentor skills only
Learning by doing and experiencing
Collaborative learning through inquiry
Reflection and feedback
Work production only
Embracing a growth mindset
Fear of failure
Features of Chatsworth's IB Middle Years Programme
- Provides experiential learning opportunities for students to make connections between theoretical knowledge and the real world.
- Develops students’ capacity to be responsible for their own learning and hone their critical thinking and research skills through the culminating MYP personal project.
- Helps students acquire valuable life skills and work towards becoming enlightened and responsible global citizens through service learning programmes.
- Engages, motivates and supports students as part of our pastoral programme in which they develop attributes which will help them to succeed in the world after school.
- Our Year 11 students (MYP5) sit for the IB MYP e-Assessment and receive the full IB MYP certificate on successful completion at Chatsworth Singapore. There is the opportunity to earn a MYP Bilingual Certificate.