Curriculum

Since academic year 2016-2017, Athens College Junior High School has been implementing the MYP (Middle Years Programme), a comprehensive curriculum that helps students aged 11-16 years to develop useful skills for their future course of studies.  It is compatible with the National Curriculum and it allows students to recognize their strengths, explore their learning preferences and form a holistic picture of the world.  Teaching in the MYP aims to help students formulate a well-rounded and complete personality, and all subjects contribute to the achievement of this goal. Moreover, students acquire skills and develop awareness and empathy that will accompany them throughout their lives.

Above and beyond the State curriculum, the School’s program provides additional teaching hours with an eye to enhancing and improving the quality of teaching by utilizing different approaches and modern supervisory techniques.

1.  The additional teaching hours are allocated per grade as follow:


7
th Grade:  2 hours of English, 1 hour of Biology, 2 hours of Physical Education, 1 hour Modern Greek Language
8
th Grade:  3 hours of English, ½ hour of Mathematics, ½ hour or Physics, 1 hour of Physical Education, 1 hour of Modern Greek Language
9
th Grade:  3 hours of English, ½ hour of Mathematics, ½ hour or Physics, 1 hour of Physical Education, 1 hour of Modern Greek Language

2.   In many subject areas, teaching is supplemented by notes issued by the School’s Academic Departments, or by textbooks published by Athens College.


3.
  There is widespread use of new technologies in the delivery of all Junior High School courses, as evidenced by the interactive whiteboards installed in our School’s classrooms and by the use of the Course Management System which allows communication between teachers and students beyond the classroom and beyond normal school hours.

4.  Certain courses in the curriculum are taught in English.  The rationale for this is two-fold: firstly, it provides students with additional practice in the English language; secondly, the subject matter and course objectives not only lend themselves, but are better communicated and understood, by being taught in English.

Courses taught in English are

7th grade: Geography, Music, Information Technology, Home Economics
8
th grade:  Geography, Music, Information Technology, Biology
9
th grade:  Social and Political Studies, Music, Information Technology.

5.  The School Library is used systematically by providing students with programs that familiarize them with Library’s layout and sections, thus enabling them to locate desired information or sources, and by providing them with guidance on how to approach research projects.

6.  Students interested in Natural Sciences, as evidenced by their excellent performance in relevant courses, can attend, at no additional cost, the after-school Mathematics Thinking,  Physics Thinking and Informatics Thinking programs, offered during weekly two-hour sessions.

 

In order for these programs to be useful and productive, a genuine interest and commitment on the part of students is required in order to provide them with expertise in specific areas of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics and in order to cultivate skills. These programs offer students: an in-depth study of certain curriculum components; preparation for participation in national and international competitions; supplementary laboratory work. They require students to: organize events relevant to the program’s activities; complete complex projects, publish a magazine, etc.