In April 2015, the School announced that we were beginning the process of becoming an IB World School. We began with the application for the Diploma Programme (DP – Grades 11 and 12) and followed with applications for the Middle Years Programme (MYP – Grades 6 to 10), and the Primary Years Programme (PYP – Preparatory to Grade 5).
After many months of hard work and dedication from the students and staff we are extremely excited and proud to announce that Town Centre Private Schools has completed the last part of our IB journey with the School receiving the Primary Years Programme authorization in January 2019.
Already an authorized IB World School, with the recent addition of the Primary Years Programme, we are currently York Region’s only IB Continuum School. By offering 3 IB Programmes (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme), in less than 4 years TCPS is officially an IB Continuum School. This is a truly remarkable accomplishment for Town Centre Private Schools.
The IB Programme is considered to be the “gold standard” in education and an internationally recognized approach to education that will lead our students to some of the highest ranking universities around the world.
IB Personal Projects in Grade 10
Students in grades 6 – 10 are currently participating in the IB MYP (Middle Years Programme). In accordance with IB philosophy, this program is meant to create life-long learners who take ownership of and demonstrate pride in their educational learning process.
In year 5 (Grade 10), the final year of the MYP, there is a culminating exit task called the Personal Project. The project offers a unique opportunity for our students to inquire, express and reflect on a topic of their choice, in a style that fits their interests and needs. The 3 main components of the project are: a process journal, the final product/outcome and a written report. Students currently in grade 10, will be working on their projects from September 2016 to February 2017, leading to an exhibition in early March to showcase the final products and all of their hard work. Project ideas are endless but examples might include learning to build a canoe, designing a dress, writing an academic research paper, or creating a video tutorial on effective basketball skills!
Some of the benefits of the Personal Project experience are:
Although the project is designed to be student-driven, there will be supervisors assigned to each student to help guide them throughout the course of the project. Certain deadlines and timelines will also need to be followed to keep the students on track, progressing at a reasonable pace.
We are very excited to see what our students will amaze us with this year and look forward to collaborating with students, staff and parents to ensure this new experience is a tremendous success!