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IB Arts

Currently at VMMS all students take IB Visual Arts each year in grades 6-8, and 6th grade students have IB Dance instruction during PE class.  Click here for a subject brief.

IB Design

IB Design curriculum is currently woven into our math and science courses.  Click here for a subject brief.  All VMMS classes include use of the IB Design Cycle on a regular basis.


IB Individuals and Societies

This course is also known as Humanities. Click here for a subject brief.

IB Language and Literature

This is also known as our ELA (English Language Arts) class. Click here for a subject brief.

IB Language Acquisition

At VMMS, our target language for this course is Spanish.  We also host an after-school language lab where students can study English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian and Mandarin. Click here for a subject brief.

IB Mathematics

All students at VMMS receive double-blocked math (i.e. two periods of math per day). Click here for a subject brief.

IB Physical and Health Education

At VMMS, our Health curriculum is folded into our PE course. Click here for a subject brief.

IB Sciences

All students at VMMS receive double-blocked science  (i.e. two periods of science). Click here for subject brief.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

IB Grades

Vista Magnet Middle School shifted to full utilization of IB assessment practices in the 2017-2018 school year. All students receive IB grades based on numerical rubric scores with narrative descriptors instead of traditional letter grades. 

Click here for all IB Grade info. 

The goals of the IB Middle Years Program are to :

  • help students make connections to the real world, preparing them for success in further study and life
  • develop active learners and internationally-minded young people who empathize with others
  • empower students to inquire into a broad range of issues, locally, nationally and globally
  • nurture creative, critical and reflective thinkers


For further details, please enjoy: What is an IB Education?


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The IB MYP focuses on interdisciplinary learning  For more information, click here.

VMMS IB Policies

These policies represent our VMMS values and are discussed and revised by our Global Thinkers team, parents and students on an annual basis.  





  • Click here for a video about our assessment processes (English)
  • Haga clic para un video acerca del proceso de evaluación (español)




What are the Benefits of an IB Education?

IB students are recognized for:

  • their confidence and ability to manage their own learning
  • learning by doing - hands on engagement!
  • outperforming non-IB students in academic skills
  • transitioning successfully into the IB Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12
  • thriving in positive school cultures
  • developing an understanding of global challenges and committing to their roles as responsible citizens

To read about "Key Findings from Research on the Impact of the IB Middle Years Programme," click here:


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The IB Learner Profile


To read more about the IB Learner Profile, click on the graphic above.

8th Grade Community Project

All 8th grader students complete a Community Project to take action on a need they identify in a community of their choice. This year long project is a wonderful example of real-world applications and service learning to make a difference in our community.


Please view this Community Project presentation and the video below to learn more!




Click here for template to document Service as Action.  Students, remember to link this to your digital portfolio.

Approaches to Learning

Click here for details regarding the IB Approaches to Learning.


  • Communication
  • Social
  • Self-management
  • Research
  • Thinking


Global Contexts

Click here for details pertaining to Global Contexts.


  • identities and relationships

  • personal and cultural identity

  • orientations in space and time

  • scientific and technical innovation

  • fairness and development

  • globalization and sustainability.