Middle Years Programme
Aalesund International School has achieved International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme authorization as of February 2020.
At AaIS we aim to develop inquiring students in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. In Middle School this means smaller classes, differentiated learning and a school programme that works towards students independently knowing how to transfer concepts, knowledge and skills in settings both in and outside of school. Students are encouraged to question and evaluate information, and to learn to combine relevant knowledge, experience and logical thinking to solve problems. Most importantly, at AaIS we are proud to say we have a diverse group of students, in an inclusive social environment.
In addition to following the MYP curriculum, AaIS also ensures that students meet the requirements of the Norwegian government. After completing their final year at our school, they will be able to successfully apply to Norwegian secondary schools (videregående skole). Find out more about the Norwegian curriculum Kunnskapsløftet.
Our assessment criteria identifies the local Norwegian standards for assessment along with the required MYP criteria and objectives. This is in order to provide students with opportunities to achieve at the highest level as they continue to the high school IB Diploma Programme (DP) or a Norwegian educational context.
Subjects at AaIS
- English Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals and Societies
- Physical and Health Education
- MYP Arts - Performing Arts (Drama, Music, Dance)
- MYP Arts - Visual Arts (Visual arts, media)
- Design (Graphic Design & IT learning)
- Norwegian Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition
We want every teenager to learn the curriculum, and therefore ensure that those who need extra help receive it, whether that is a student with a higher starting ability or a child with an Individualized Educational Plan (IOP).
In addition, students in Year 10 have career guidance sessions. This is the process to assist students in making and implementing informed and mature educational and occupational choices.
Every year in spring, Year 10 students go on a school trip abroad. Traditionally, students travel to Spain for 3-4 days.
As a culmination of their learning in the MYP programme at AaIS, all year 10 students will complete a Personal project. The Personal Project grade will be reported to Inntakskontoret along with the other final grades in Grade 10 and will count into the average for application to Upper Secondary Schools.
Mission statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.