IB Authorized MYP

About MYP

The IB Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenges that encourage students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

8th Grade project

The Grade 8 Community Project is a major activity for students to complete in year three (8th grade) of the MYP program at Pulaski International School of Chicago. Since Pulaski has been authorized to offer the program in three yearsand not partner with a high school, the IBO now requires a community project for 8th graders.

The community project focuses on community and service and gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project is completed individually or in groups of a maximum of three students. The choice of the topic for the project is made in consultation with an IB teacher who has the responsibility for supervising the development of the project according to the Assessment Criteria (included in attached guide) which is based on International Baccalaureate Organization guidelines.

The aims of MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:

  • participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
  • generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
  • demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
  • communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
  • appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments

While this project may seem like quite a bit of work, we are confident the rewards will be even greater, both for you as a student and the community whose need you chose to address.

MYP Student Guide Overviews


Under the supervision and instruction of Mr. W, the Pulaski MYP Design students won the 3-round Inventables contest, in which one school from each state gets chosen to receive their own 3-D Carver Machine. In the third round, some of our 8th grade students worked with Mr. W to make a video explaining why Pulaski should win the 3-D Carver. Pulaski is the winning school from Illinois!

Congratulations MYP Design Students and Mr. W! 


The IB Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenges that encourage students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

MYP Physical and Health Education

Physically active and educated children are more likely to thrive academically and socially. It is for this reason, as well as many others, that Pulaski International School of Chicago provides a quality Physical Education and Health Education program to all students grades Kindergarten through 8th.

MYP physical and health education aims to empower students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. To this end, physical and health education courses foster the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle. Through opportunities for active learning, courses in this subject group embody and promote the holistic nature of well-being. Students engaged in physical and health education will explore a variety of concepts that help foster an awareness of physical development and health perspectives, empowering them to make informed decisions and promoting positive social interaction.

Physical Education at Pulaski International is designed to get your students moving and provide them with a foundation to be physically active throughout their lives. Students will learn about their bodies, different types of movement, engage in daily exercise to raise the heart rate, individual and team sport game play, as well as individualized skill development in many different areas of sport and exercise.

P.E. instruction is designed and planned by using the concepts and techniques from the International Baccalaureate,  Illinois State Standards for Physical Education and the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) standards. At Pulaski International, students will critically think about their own bodies as it pertains to movement, situational decision-making in sport, and the short-term and long-term benefits of living an active lifestyle.

Living a healthy, active lifestyle  is something that the whole family can enjoy. Whenever possible, try to incorporate physical activity into you and your child’s life. Biking, running, swimming, playing frisbee, playing sports or even just walking around the block are just a few of the ways you can increase the daily physical activity of your family.  Preparing healthy meals together as a family will also lead to healthy eating habits that the entire family will benefit from