The IB at Deal

Alice Deal Middle School is an authorized International Baccalaureate world school. The information below will provide you with an overview of how the Middle Years Program is implemented here at Deal. If you have any questions, please contact our MYP coordinator, Ms. Alana Brown (

Why MYP?

  • It encourages international mindedness in students, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture.
  • It encourages a positive attitude toward learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness, and participate actively in their communities.
  • It reflects real life by providing students a way to connect subjects and meaningful issues.

Three Levels of Curriculum

  • Written Curriculum
    • We teach DCPS and Common Core State, and Next Generation Science Standards.
    • Our teachers develop unit plans collaboratively for the benefit of all students.
  • Taught Curriculum
    • Weekly and daily lesson plans are designed to allow students to explore the content.
    • Learning experiences are designed to develop student skills, attitudes, and interests in the content.
  • Assessed Curriculum
    • Criterion-based formative and summative assessments are designed by teachers to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the content and MYP objectives at a high cognitive level.
    • Our students take all required DCPS standardized tests (English performance-based assessments, SAGE, iReady, SRI, PARCC).

MYP Objectives and Assessment Criteria

Each subject has four MYP objectives. The objectives of each subject group state the specific targets that are set for learning in that subject group. They define what the student will be able to accomplish as a result of studying the subject. Each objective is elaborated by a number of strands; a strand is an aspect or indicator of the learning expectation.
MYP assessment criteria measure a student’s work against the MYP objectives. Each criterion has four bands and achievement levels from zero to eight.  Summative and criterion-based formative assessments are judged against MYP criteria. MYP criteria for all grade levels and subject groups are located at the following link:

Read more about the The IB Middle Years Program at

Deal Assessment Policy & Edline Reporting

Deal meets both DCPS and IB grading requirements. All grades will be calculated as below via Edline.

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Academic Honesty Policy

Academic honesty is a set of values that promote personal integrity and develop respect for others and the integrity of their work (IBO 2014).  At Alice Deal Middle School we are committed to guiding students in becoming principled individuals with a high degree of academic honesty. The school community must work collaboratively to create a school culture that develops the skills necessary to guide students in becoming knowledgeable inquirers capable of communicating effectively with integrity.


Three types of cheating include the following:


  • This is defined as obtaining or attempting to obtain, or aiding another to obtain credit for work, or any improvement in evaluation of performance, by any dishonest or deceptive means.
  • This is defined as the use of the ideas or work of another person, such as copying language from a book or electronic without source citation.
  • This is defined as helping another person cheat, such as allowing another student to copy your work.

General Guidelines for Academic Integrity of Student Work



Academically Honest Students:



·         His/her own work

·         Acknowledge help from parents, other students, and friends

·         Acknowledge the source of direct quotations using the required format

·         Acknowledge information taken from books, databases, the Internet, and the use of someone else’s intellectual property using the proper format

·         Reference materials in a bibliography or works cited

·         Know what constitutes cheating and abide by the rules



Do Not (Unless allowed by the teacher)

·         Use notes during a task

·         Copy another student’s responses during a task

·         Allow other students to copy their responses during a task

·         Communicate with other students during a task

·         Copy homework from another student

·         Submit someone else’s work product as their own

·         Allow another student to turn in your work as their own

·         Submit research assignments without proper citation or a bibliography




The Alice Deal Middle School faculty agrees to instruct students in:

  • The development of Approaches to Learning communication and research skills
  • The meaning of intellectual property, cheating, plagiarism, and collusion
  • How to properly paraphrase, adapt, and cite material
  • The relevant use of direct quotations and citations
  • Ways to acknowledge sources formally and informally, in writing and speech
  • The preparation of bibliographies and citation of resources using MLA formatting


Parents and guardians


  • Talk to your children about what it means to have integrity
  • Emphasize (and demonstrate!) that you value integrity over grades.
  • Reward honest effort even if it does not produce “A” work.
  • Make sure your children understand that you do not expect perfection.
  • Mark a calendar with the dates of your children’s exams, and make sure that they start studying several nights before each test.
  • Do not do your children’s homework for them; provide guidance, not answers, if asked.
  • Monitor your children’s time on the computer and other mobile devices.
  • Check your children’s assignments before they turn them in.
  • If your child is caught cheating, take immediate disciplinary action; also, find out why they cheated, and take steps to remedy the situation.



  • The first incident of academic dishonesty will result in parents receiving written notification and the student redoing the assignment. A copy of the written notification will be given to the grade level assistant principal.
  • In the event of additional instances of academic dishonesty, the assignment will not be graded. In addition, parents will be asked to attend a meeting with the student’s team teachers and the grade level assistant principal.  The team will determine if there was a clear attempt to deceive on the part of the student.  Based on the determination, sanctions may be employed, ranging from having the student redo the assignment to the assignment receiving a grade of zero.