The personal project is a significant body of work produced over an extended period. It is a product of the student’s own initiative and reflects his/her experience of the Middle Years Program. In developing their projects, high school (Level Five/ grade 10) students demonstrate the skills they have developed in approaches to learning as well as their understanding of the five areas of interaction. The project may take the form of a 2000-2500 word essay or another form (an orginal piece of art- visual, dramatic, or per-performance; a piece of literary fiction; an orginal science experiment; an invention or specially designed object or system; or the presentation of a developed business, management, or organizational plan) supported by an extended personal statement.
Personal Projects are not evaluated as part of student's graded coursework. They are assessed using IBMYP criteria for planning and development, collection of information, choice and application of techniques, analysis of information, organization of written work, analysis of process and outcome, and personal engagement.
To help students prepare for such a challenge, our students work in Levels 1-3 (grades 6-8) build planning, research, writing, and production skills in every class. In eighth grade, students complete a research portfolio that demonstrates their achievement in defining questions, gathering resources, and analyzing information. Their work is completed with the guidance of one of Glasgow's 100 faculty advisors. Some students go further to practice planning a project that's inspired by their research. These students display their work at personal exhibition. Students, teachers, and parents are always amazed at the variety of interests and passions displayed. We believe this kind of self-guided learning is an an important step toward making inquiry and theindependent exploration of ideas lifelong habits of mind.
In the 10th grade, which is the final year of the MYP, ALL student are expected to complete the Personal Project as evidence of their understanding of the Areas of Interaction.