Middle Years Programme at Genesis College
The MYP academic program is designed to support and stimulate the personal and intellectual development of secondary and high school students. They are guided in the development and application of skills and concepts specific to the subject and age. Examples of activities include interdisciplinary projects, participation in cultural events, such as the Science Festival or the Artfel contest of history, also held at the secondary level.
This programme gives students a learning framework that encourages creativity, critical thinking and reflection ability, as well as creating connections between the learning process and the real world.
Emphasis is placed on how learning capabilities are addressed, building sound foundations for independent learning, and encouraging the application of knowledge and skills even in unfamiliar contexts.
Genesis High School offers a rich and varied program during the MYP years. Students are encouraged to participate in many activities, which give them the opportunity to experience a wide range of extracurricular activities.
Another important aspect that the MYP program proposes is the development of communication skills, by encouraging native and secondary languages. The program promotes intercultural understanding and global involvement, thus giving students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and positive attitude they need to manage complex situations and take responsible actions in the future.
Genesis High School offers an atmosphere of positive and productive learning, ensuring all the necessary conditions for students to achieve outstanding academic, artistic and sporting results. At Genesis High School, all subjects from the national curriculum developed by the Ministry of National Education are studied, but the approach is a modern one, in which learning is not limited to the classroom space, but is enriched by a multitude of opportunities and sources of inspiration, such as trips, thematic visits and various workshops. The learning is differentiated and adapted to the needs of the students, focusing on the maximum use of the individual potential. Some topics may be simplified and narrowed, others may be expanded so that the content of the curriculum is presented in an appropriate way to the individual characteristics of the students. The lessons focus on the active participation of the student, using active-participatory methods, such as heuristic dialogue and, in particular, learning through discovery and learning based on the experimental investigation, thus increasing the motivation of students for learning.
One of the key points of Genesis High School is the individual attention, which is determined by the small number of students in a class. The attention and time given to each student in the classroom are important for individual progress, but especially for a good self-image and self-confidence. A small number of students facilitates better classroom management for the teacher, more time for each student, working in small groups and individually, as well as differentiated work or learning through cooperation. Small classes provide the child with a familiar environment, transforming them into small communities in which children can interact and where they are able to make lasting friendships.
Combining the MYP curriculum with the national one gives teachers the flexibility to develop programs that are tailored to the needs of adolescents in a changing world, for a better understanding of the connections between local, national, but also international learning contexts. Learning is based on transdisciplinarity, a method that uses the connections between school subjects for a deeper understanding.
Given the evolution of society, educating students for jobs that have not yet been created is essential. They will need to have the ability to solve new, never encountered problems, so the acquisition of new skills becomes necessary.
Service as Action
Service as action is an important part of the MYP Programme. It starts in the classroom and extends beyond it, requiring students to take an active part in the communities in which they live. Students are encouraged to become responsible citizens and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around them, by getting involved in a wide range of activities that are supportive of community life.
The key aspects of the MYP programme are designed to encourage individual research through what is called the Personal Project – required to graduate from the programme in the 10th grade. Additionally, the MYP curriculum is specifically designed to create students who remain open to new opportunities, while promoting local and international values, where students are required to contribute to the improvement of their community. Each student is supported in his or her project by a guiding teacher.