International Baccalaureate Program

International Baccalaureate MYP Program

In the spring of 2014, Holy Family School was accepted into the International Baccalaureate MYP (Middle Years Program) as a candidate school.We will continue to recognize students who exemplify the traits of the Learner Profile:  Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced and Reflective.


The following students were identified as being reflective” for the month of December.  A reflective person thoughtfully considers the world and his/her own ideas and experiences. He/she works to understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to support their learning and personal development.
Next we will be looking for students who are Inquirers.

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MYP Program at Holy Family School Presentation

MYP Handbook (pdf)

Community Projects Guide

What does this mean for students and teachers?

MYP students have inquiring minds and become active learners, taking more responsibility for their learning, which leads to becoming lifelong learners.  The program prepares our students to become global citizens who are international-minded and better able to function in today’s world.  The program also develops more social responsibility in the students.

All of the middle school students participate  in the IB Middle Years Program (MYP).  Every student, regardless of academic ability, benefits from the IB program. It is appropriate for students between the ages of eleven and sixteen. The program accommodates national and local curriculum and encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers through the use of inquiry-based learning approaches.

The students are actively engaged in the planning and assessing of their own learning through reflection and classroom dialogue. They grow in their skills and understanding of the world and its people and develop a sense of their place within a global community.  The students also become more aware of their impact on the environment. During the culmination of the three-year program, the students explore a topic of interest to them, and with the help of an advisor on staff, will develop a community project, which demonstrates student growth and understanding of a topic of their choice with a service- based component.

Why Holy Family School?

There are many reasons Holy Family was chosen for this program.

  • A high percentage of HFS graduates attend NDA and participate in the IB program at the high school level. By having IB at HFS, this will allow for a seamless transition into the IB program at NDA.
  • HFS will function as a pilot school for other GRACE schools with the potential to expand and add the elementary IB program in order that students have a continuous curriculum and develop the skills and thought processes earlier in their educational journey.
  • An IB education is relevant for all students regardless of background or ability.
  • Students will begin forming a global perspective and develop 21st century learning skills while still in their formative years.
  • The program will create globally-aware students who are ready to embark on a journey to better the future for themselves and the community.
  • As the field of education becomes more competitive between public and private schools, we must maintain a higher standard in order to remain current and viable.


Colleges are now beginning to recognize the abilities of IB- educated students, giving early acceptances and even scholarships, which may include full tuition. High school IB coordinators and members of WAIBWS, the state organization of coordinators, are working to increase recognition of IB students in the college community.