IB Middle Years Program
Middle Years Certificate students will complete:
-The personal project
-40 hours of community service
By completing the “Middle Years Certificate” students will be prepared for the Diploma Program.
Associate Certificate Students are those who will complete 5 of the MYP subjects, 40 hours of Community Service over 2 years, and the Personal Project. You will need to achieve a total score of 24 from your 6 subjects and the personal project.*
*IN NO SUBJECT, INCLUDING THE PERSONAL PROJECT, CAN A STUDENT RECEIVE A SCORE OF 2 OR LOWER; doing so will forfeit their certificate.
- MYP4 Language & Literature
- MYP5 World History
- MYP Science (Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry)
- MYP4 PE
- Mathematics (IM1, IM2, IM2+, IM3, Pre-Calculus)
- Language Acquisition 1,2, (Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish)
- MYP5 Language & Literature
- MYP US History
- MYP5 PE
- MYP Science (Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors or Conceptual Physics)
- Mathematics (IM2, IM2+, IM3, IM 3+, Pre-Calculus, Calculus)
- Language Acquisition 2,3,(Chinese, French, Japanese,Spanish)
- MYP Arts (Drama, Music, or Visual Arts)
How to Apply
Complete the application carefully and pay close attention to the dates. There is one application for all students interested in applying, and one commitment form for those who are students at WCMS. Please select the proper google form.
For Churchill Middle School students:
Commitment Form for the 2024-25 School Year (due November 15th)
In San Juan Unified and transfers from out of San Juan Unified students:
IBMYP Application for 2024-25 School Year (due December 15th)
In district (San Juan Unified) students: Acceptance letters will be mailed by Mid-January if turned in by the due date.
Out of district students: Acceptance letters will be mailed by the end of February if turned in by the due date. Inter-district transfers can be completed once the acceptance letter is received and must be completed by March 2024.
Churchill IB Middle Years Program Students
Because WCMS is part of our IB continuum, if you are an Ambassador or Diplomat student, all you need to do is complete the commitment form letting us know that you are interested in continuing with your IB Pathway here at MLHS. Please note that for their own success in the future honors level curriculum, the student should be earning A's and B's in the Churchill IB Middle Years program. You will receive a link to complete the commitment form from your school in November. Letters of acceptance will be mailed directly to you in Mid-Late December.
Other San Juan School District Middle School Students
Applications are due in December (see the application for exact dates). Students who have been successful in their Middle School's HA or Honors Program will be admitted to the IB MYP Program. For students who are not currently in an honors program to be eligible for the Mira Loma MYP/IB program, students must have A’s and B’s and score in the 85th percentile or higher on standardized testing such as the STAR. Students accepted into the program will be sent a letter of acceptance. You will be automatically enrolled at Mira Loma and placed in the IB program. If Mira Loma is NOT your home school, your spot at your home school will be transferred to Mira Loma. You will not be able to return to your home school until next year.
Private School Students Residing in San Juan District
The same process applies to all residents in the San Juan Unified regardless whether you attend a San Juan Unified school or private school. Refer to the previous section, Other San Juan School District Middle School Students for details.
Applications for the MYP/IB program are available on this website. To qualify for admission to the program, students should have A's and B's in the most challenging courses available to them and should score in the 85th percentile or higher on standardized testing such as the Stanford tests. It is important for the student to talk with their current math teacher to determine their current level. Applications are due in February. An acceptance letter will be sent to the family so that they can begin the inter-district transfer process. There is usually a class registration night in March for incoming students.
Inter-District Transfer Process
Once you have received your acceptance letter from the Mira Loma MYP/IB program, you need to take it to your home school district office and fill out an Inter-District Transfer Request. You need to begin this paperwork as soon as you receive the acceptance letter because it may take several weeks to complete the approvals. Some school districts give immediate approval, but many do not. You should receive a copy of the approval in the mail. This approval may be forwarded to the San Juan Unified offices by your home school district, or they may ask you to hand-carry the approval to the San Juan Unified offices. It is important to ask who is responsible (you or the school district) for getting the approval to the San Juan Unified offices in order to avoid unnecessary delays. Once both districts have approved the transfer request, you will make an appointment with the San Juan Unified School District office to fill out a registration packet. You will register for classes at Mira Loma in March.
Renewal of a Transfer
The inter-district transfer must be renewed the first year you attend Mira Loma High School. Every school district has different requirements for approving the renewal request. Check with your home school district office for a complete list of requirements. When the renewal of your inter-district transfer is granted, you should receive written confirmation. Just as with your first inter-district transfer (see above), you must clarify who is responsible for making sure SJUSD receives the paperwork. After SJUSD grants approval of the transfer renewal request, both you and Mira Loma will receive a copy of the approval. This process can take several weeks and it is always a good idea to follow up at each step if you are not receiving confirmation in the mail.
Every year we welcome middle-school students and their parents to come to see Mira Loma's great classes and programs in action. These are open visitations for all students interested in previewing MLHS.
October 19th, 2023
December 7th, 2023
January 18th, 2024
You are welcome to email the IB Coordinators, or our mailing address is as follows:
International Baccalaureate Program
Mira Loma High School
4000 Edison Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821
IB Middle Years Coordinator - Rachel Volzer
Telephone (916) 971-7427 x205062
IB Diploma Coordinator - Rochelle Jacks
The Personal Project is a year-long research project starting in the spring of grade 9 when the students choose a topic. Through the Personal Project process, students learn a variety of skills such as time management, organization, and research techniques which will prepare them for their IB Diploma coursework.
Students will plan the project (use a calendar), investigate/research the project, create/complete the project, and reflect on the project in a process journal on “MANAGEBAC”. Students will write a reflective paper that shows their process, what was learned, what could have been done differently, and more.
The Personal Project will be scored by a team of MYP teachers in the winter of the 10th-grade year, and then submitted for formal evaluation to the IBO in the early Spring. During the process of completing the Personal Project, students will work with the Personal Project Coordinator, and a Personal Project Supervisor (a teacher with whom you will work).