Curriculum

International Baccalaureate and Vision 2031 are aligned to offer pathways for our scholars to explore their passions and reach their full potential.


The future demands a different type of student. The next generation of students will be asked to solve some of the world's biggest and most complex problems. Through our International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), meaningful and relevant learning opportunities are offered to all of our students. We inspire students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and designers who aspire to make the world a better place. 

In Hopkins, learning is not looked at through a lens of memorization or “teaching to the test” strategies. Students demonstrate mastery of concepts in multiple ways, as they will in the real world. Academic rigor is deeply embedded in every class, and there are opportunities for students to develop their talents and cultivate new ones within the IB learning framework.

IB grading offers pathways for each student to reach their potential. The IB assessment gives you and your student a richer picture of how they are doing in school. The assessments will help your student understand their strengths and provide pathways for them to elevate their learning experiences.

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About IB MYP

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace, and a lifetime of learning. The program helps develop well-rounded students who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, and are able to apply what they learn in real-world situations.

Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the MYP because it includes:

  • Rigorous learning objectives.
  • A student-centered approach to teaching.
  • International perspectives.
  • Concern for the whole child.
  • Sustained teaching and learning in more than one language.
  • A focus on learning how to learn.
  • The development of flexible thinking that prepares students to evaluate information critically and apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar situations.

The IB Learner Profile

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The International Baccalaureate learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.

The profile aims to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective 

IB Subject Areas and Assessment Criteria

Students who get an IB education are critical thinkers who can solve complex problems. They are able to understand connections and transfer the skills they learn to many situations.
— Jennifer Poncelet, IB Coordinator at
Hopkins Public Schools

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Advanced Placement Via Individual Determination

AVID is a program that directly teaches students strategies to engage in higher levels of thinking and prepare for all opportunities beyond high school.
 
The AVID elective class focuses on:
  • Student Success Skills: communication, self-advocacy, note-taking strategies, critical thinking, independent and collaborative study skills
  • Organizational Skills: tools to organize thoughts, materials, responsibilities, time management and goal-setting
  • Lifelong Learning Skills: instruction focused on Writing to learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to learn (WICOR) at high academic levels.
  • College and Career Readiness: academic skills needed to successfully complete rigorous coursework, research college and career opportunities, set long-term goals

While not required, many AVID students are from groups that are underrepresented at the college level: students who will be the first in their family to attend college, from families of color, or from low-income families. Hopkins offers AVID elective classes in grades 7 through 12. Students must complete an application process to be considered for admission into the AVID elective class.

If you are interested in applying or learning more about AVID, contact the AVID coordinator at your school:

North Junior High: 
Angela Wilcox
Angela.Wilcox@HopkinsSchools.org
952-988-4762

West Junior High:
Angie Hugo
Angie.Hugo@HopkinsSchools.org
952-567-8913