DP vs. MYP — What’s the difference?

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Every student at Carrollwood Day School is aware of the rigorous change between MYP and DP, as it is one of the main transitions between sophomore and junior year. Although IB is a very difficult curriculum, it isn’t something that dedicated CDS students can’t handle! As we enter second semester seniors are studying for IB exams, getting college acceptances, and finishing up their CDS, DP career. The finish line is in sight for our senior Patriots, and as they prepare to leave the current sophomore class prepares to make the transition from MYP to DP.

As rising juniors begin to make their class choices for next year, the prevailing question in the halls is “what’s the difference?”

A senior and athlete at CDS, Brie H. stated that in DP “there is a lot more responsibility, expectations, and vigor, but the teachers are also way more understanding. As an athlete and someone who always has things to do, yes, I do believe DP is manageable.”

From athletes to artists, DP is difficult, but with good time management and help from the CDS staff, most students feel comfortable and confident.

Many feel the rigor should not be underestimated, however. Junior Charlotte F. adds, “The change is difficult because I wasn’t expecting such a difference in work.” Many Patriots agree DP is demanding and time consuming. However, with extra time put in and a bit of a tougher load, students are able to get into their dream colleges with the boost that DP gives them.

MYP requires a total of eight classes. This includes the four core classes, three electives, and one language. In contrast, DP requires students to take six classes including at least three higher level (HL) classes and three lower levels (SL). Along with this students in DP have to take TOK (Theory of Knowledge) which goes deep into unanswered questions and class discussions.

But what about students who choose not to go the DP path? CDS graduates, or students who chose not to be a part of the IB curriculum, are offered classes that DP students cannot take, such as anatomy and physiology, creative writing, newspaper, and yearbook. The choice of which path to take is a deeply personal one, but this is one of the things that makes CDS great – there is something here for everyone.

No matter which track a student chooses, CDS offers a vibrant academic community that enriches the lives of all of its students. Go Patriots!