How can my child participate in IB at Mesa? Is there an application process?

  • All students who attend Mesa participate in the Middle Years Program. There is no application process.

What will my child be learning?

  • The curriculum at Mesa will continue to follow the Douglas County School District and Colorado State Standards blending the MYP aims and objectives. Students explore all eight subject areas: English language and literature, language acquisition (Spanish or French), individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, physical and health education, arts (both performing and visual), and technology/design. Years 4 & 5 of the MYP continue at Douglas County High School where students complete an independent personal project in addition to their coursework.

How will I know how my child is doing?

  • Students are assessed by Mesa teachers using the Douglas County School District's Middle Years Grading Practices in addition to criteria defined by the International Baccalaureate and Mesa's assessment policy.

How can I support my child's learning?

  • Reading, watching, or listening to national and international news and discussing the impact on a personal, local, or broader world.

  • Asking your child open-ended questions encouraging him/her to think critically and allowing him to define and express his personal opinion.

  • Encouraging and assisting your child in becoming more involved in community service activities.

  • Modeling and reinforcing the Learner Profile attributes: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced, and Reflective.

Are the subject area criteria and grading scales determined by Mesa teachers or the IB?

  • IB develops all criteria and scales. MYP teachers collaboratively develop interim objectives based on the published assessment criteria for years 1, 3 (8th grade), and 5 (10th grade) set by IB.

How are Mesa students informed of the grading practices?

  • All classroom teachers explain the grading practices at the beginning of each course.

How can a student interpret feedback and affect change?

  • Students will use a task-specific rubric to assess their learning and identify the next steps toward additional growth.