Middle Years at St. John's

At St. John's we are proud to be the only all-through International Baccalaureate (IB) School in Belgium. The International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognised curriculum, which is highly regarded by top universities around the world. We offer the Middle Year Programme (MYP) for all students from 11-16 years of age.


Why Choose our Middle School?

St. John's is proudly part of the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and has been accredited by the IB since 1978. We are the only IB Continuum school in Belgium, offering an IB education to students from Primary, right through to High School. Students at our Middle School benefit from the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) which is designed to continue to develop the skills acquired during the PYP, challenging learners and helping them make real-world connections with traditional academic subjects. 

The MYP framework focuses on supporting students as they 'learn how to learn', using the IB Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills for communication, collaboration, research, self-management and thinking. 

With this approach we empower our students with the skills and knowledge to connect the dots between what they are learning and the world around them, as well as applying this learning in new contexts. 

At St. John's we understand that student agency is an important component of the IB continuum, and students are encouraged to make choices about their studies on a daily basis, as well as with longer term projects that form the culmination of the MYP and the IBDP.

With a consistent focus on interdisciplinary and inquiry based learning, the MYP will help your child to develop intercultural understandings and levels of engagement with global issues that will both support their entry into leading universities around the world, and provide a firm foundation for lifelong learning.

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Interdisciplinary Learning

The IB MYP uses an interdisciplinary approach to learning which challenges students to find solutions to real world problems, such as famine, conflict and climate change. Pupils must complete annual interdisciplinary units of inquiry as well as take part in other less formal activities throughout each grade level. Where appropriate, we use local contexts as the basis for investigation, to ensure that our learners are gaining maximum impact from their studies.


Middle School Languages

At St. John's International School, we offer a variety of languages as part of our extensive language programme. We encourage students to become bilingual and biliterate, developing skills which go beyond the acquisition of language to have a positive impact on problem-solving, ability to focus and academic performance in other subject areas. We want our international students to be able to stay connected with their language and heritage, and as part of an international community we understand how important it is to be able to understand the nuances of another culture.

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Middle School Teachers

Teachers at St. John's are all highly experienced, qualified professionals who deliver our academic courses with the utmost care for each child's individual needs. All of our teachers have received training with the International Baccalaureate Programme, and have a high standard of knowledge and practical experience in a variety of approaches to teaching and learning. Our dedicated Middle School practitioners help students to develop critical thinking and self-management skills, while also ensuring that pupils are able to see their learning in the context of both local and global events.

Our teachers are themselves lifelong learners, who engage with educational research, confidently integrate technology and literacy within their lessons, and guide their students through the continuous IB curriculum pathway with a personalised and autonomous approach to learning.


Learning Through Service

Students at St. John's are encouraged to take individual responsibility for their learning and a fundamental part of the IB MYP framework is 'Service Learning'. The curriculum for each of the MYP years promotes service action, which might include for example a study of homelessness, coupled with a warm clothing drive for those in need in our local community. This is a practical way for pupils to develop their IB Learner Profile attributes, encouraging an international mindset while also recognising their common humanity.

Extracurricular Activities

At St. John's our Middle School students are able to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities which have been designed to enrich the academic curriculum and support our learners to become well-rounded individuals.

Current activities and clubs include:

  • Basketball
  • Climbing wall
  • Floor hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Multi-sports
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Choir
  • Dance Video Clip
  • Drama
  • Pottery Club

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