In addition to the taught curriculum, MYP students in Grade 10 explore an area of personal interest over an extended period, outside the classroom. This provides them with the opportunity to consolidate their learning and develop important skills they’ll need in both further education and life beyond the classroom. It also helps them develop confidence to become principled, lifelong learners.
The Personal Project consists of three main parts, a product, a process journal and a report. During the exploration of their interests, students create a product or outcome documenting the exploration process (using a process journal) and at the end they write a written report.
The written report is an account of the project and its impact that formally assesses the students approaches to learning (ATL) skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration. The report follows a given structure according to the assessment criteria and includes a bibliography and evidence from the process journal that documents their developments and achievements.
Annually, towards the end of the project, a Personal Project evening is held in order to celebrate the students successes in completing the Personal Project.
The report is assessed by the supervisor and externally moderated by the IB to ensure a globally consistent standard of excellence. Each project is awarded a final achievement grade.