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Middle Years Programme

The IB Middle Years Programme at Shepard Middle School offers a rigorous academic curriculum for Years 1-3 (grades 6-8) that challenges students to prepare themselves for advanced intellectual pursuits on the high school and collegiate levels. The program promotes academic achievement combined with active and responsible citizenship.

Successful achievement in this academically rich environment prepares students for continuation of the IB Middle Years Programme in Years 4 and 5 (grades 9 and 10) offered at Hillside High School. Completion of the program provides solid preparation for students planning to enter the IB Diploma program for Grades 11 and 12 that is offered at Hillside.

Participation in the Middle Years Programme is not required for entrance into the Diploma Programme, but is strongly recommended for a student to be fully prepared for the rigors of the Diploma Programme. The Middle Years Programme emphasizes the development of study skills and intellectual discipline along with a challenging academic curriculum and clear understanding of connections between the subjects.

Special Features of the Shepard IB Middle Years Programme include a Moot Courtroom, Multi-Media Foreign Language Lab, and a Technology Lab.