Hamilton Middle School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students
across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.
HOW IS THE IB PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED AT HAMILTON?
Our IB program is for all children. Every scholar receives the benefits of an International Baccalaureate education. All means all at Hamilton! Currently, HMS is in the candidacy phase of the Middle Years Program. We look forward to authorization and becoming a full International Baccalaureate school in the near future.
Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced.
As an IB candidate school, HMS uses global contexts to help students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations.
Students will discover …
Identities & Relationships
Who am I? Who are we?
Orientation in Space & Time
What is the meaning of “where” and “when”?
Personal & Cultural Expression
What is the nature and purpose of creative expression?
Scientific & Technical Innovation
How do we understand the world in which we live?
Globalization & Sustainability
How is everything connected?
Fairness & Development
What are the consequences of our common humanity?
- How can I sign my child up for the IB candidate program at Hamilton?
- Is IB offered at all Denver Public Schools?
- Why are the subject names different?
- What is the difference between year 1, 2, and 3?
- What is the difference between IB and MYP?
- Is IB a prescribed curriculum teachers have to adhere to?
- How is this program different from the International Preparatory Magnet that was previously at Hamilton?
- How can I get involved in my child’s education?
- How is an IB education different from a traditional education?
How can I sign my child up for the IB candidate program at Hamilton?
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed for ALL students in the middle school; students do not have to apply in order to participate.
All students at Hamilton are enrolled in our IB candidate program at Hamilton. We are proud to offer a one school for all model!
Is IB offered at all Denver Public Schools?
No. Hamilton chose to go above and beyond our normal state accreditation and district requirements to become an IB school. IB candidate schools undergo a rigorous process to prove that practices are in place to become authorized as an IB world school.
Why are the subject names different?
IB recognizes 8 subject groups:
- Arts: Visual Arts and Performing Arts (Orchestra, Band, Drama)
- Design: STEM, Audiovisual Technology, Leadership
- Individuals and Societies: Social Studies
- Language Acquisition: Spanish and French
- Language and Literature: Language Arts
- Mathematics: Math
- Physical and Health Education: Gym
- Sciences: Science
What is the difference between year 1, 2, and 3?
In keeping with the international aspect of the program, IB uses number equivalencies to our American grade levels
- Year 1: 6th grade
- Year 2: 7th grade
- Year 3: 8th grade
What is the difference between IB and MYP?
International Baccalaureate is the overarching framework for education at Hamilton. The MYP, or Middle Years Programme, is the grade specific delineation of the IB framework for American middle schools.
A good analogy is IB is like Nike, MYP is like Air Force Ones.
Is IB a prescribed curriculum teachers have to adhere to?
No. IB is not a prescribed curriculum and teachers still write and create their own curriculum. Unit plans for each subject follow the IB framework that includes an emphasis on inquiry through certain concepts and global contexts.
How is this program different from the International Preparatory Magnet that was previously at Hamilton?
The IPM program was an application based magnet school within a school at Hamilton. It limited access to a global education to a few select students instead of including our entire population. Additionally, the curriculum for the IPM was loosely based on IB principles of service, learning, and reflection. To offer ALL of our students a quality education, Hamlton began the process of becoming an IB candidate school in 2015. IB offers additional curriculum, training, and educational learning opportunities that the IPM version did not.
A good analogy is IPM was like the Kroger, or generic brand, version of the IB MYP. The IB MYP is the brand name, or official licensed version, of our educational model at Hamilton.
How can I get involved in my child’s education?
You can get involved in your child’s education by looking at their subject overviews for the classes they are enrolled in (located on our website). These documents outline when and what your students are learning.
Hamilton always encourages parents to reinforce learning at home. With the knowledge you can find in the subject group overviews, you can initiate conversations with your child about the specific topics they are currently learning about.
Additionally, Hamilton teachers foster positive school-to-home relationships through open lines of communication. You can find updated phone numbers and email addresses on our school website.
How is an IB education different from a traditional education?
An IB education emphasizes inquiry and project based tasks to tackle relevant global issues that are connected to the learning that takes place in classrooms.
Additionally, IB emphasizes social emotional learning through Approaches to Learning skills and the Learner Profile traits. These traits and ATL skills teach students how to succeed at school and how to be effective members of our increasingly global society.