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DeSoto West Middle School will be guided by its core values of respect, accountability, and responsibility as we strive to become a collaborative, all-inclusive, and safe learning-centered campus for a diverse student and teacher population. DeSoto West Middle School will strive to provide all the tools necessary for our students to have the confidence, competence, and information needed to compete successfully in a global society.

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West IB MYP Candidacy Phase

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West Middle School is currently in the Candidacy Phase of the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). 

What is IB?

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programs of international education Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) Diploma Program (DP) and the Career Program (CP).  Each develops the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Schools must be authorized, by the IB organization, to offer any of the programs. The MYP starts in 6th grade and goes to the 10th grade; West is a part of the MYP.

What is MYP?

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP), sometimes referred to as pre-IB, is an educational program offered around the world as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum. MYP is intended to prepare students between the ages of 11 to 16 for the two-year IB Diploma Program.  This period, encompassing early puberty and mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a program that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts. 1

How does MYP benefit my student?

Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique education.

They will:

  • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • take part in programs of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
  • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
  • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.2


1 http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/guest/mypxx_home.cfm?subject=mypxx

2 http://www.ibo.org/benefits/benefits-for-students/


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