The AMAZING 2019 Personal Project Showcase!

Project Components

  •  Students address personal projects objectives through:

    • the process they follow
    • the product or outcome  they create
    • the report or presentation  they make that explains what they have done and learned

    The students document their thinking, research process and development of their initial ideas by developing an outline of a challenging but manageable goal.  Examples: 

    • original works of art
    • models
    • business plans
    • campaigns
    • blueprints
    • performances
    • fieldwork
    • narrative essays 
    • films
    • computer programs

    Students document their project work in their process journal--a learning strategy that helps students record and learn from their work as well as promote academic honesty. They represent an evolving record of plans, ideas, and accomplishments while providing a repository for essential reflections on learning and formative feedback on their work.


    A bathroom makeover!  

Assessment Criteria

  • Each personal project objective corresponds to one of four equally weighted assessment criteria that has eight possible achievement levels.

    Criterion A: Investigating Students define a clear goal and global context for the project, based on personal interests. Students identify prior learning and subject-specific knowledge relevant to the project.  Students demonstrate research skills. 

    Criteria B: Planning Sudents develop criteria for the product/outcome.  Students plan and record the development process of the project.  Students demonstrate self-management skills. 

    Criteria C: Taking Action Students create product/outcome in response to the goal, global context and criteria.  Students demonstrate thinking skills, communication skills, and social skills.

    Criterion D: Reflecting Students evaluate the quality of the product/outcome against their criteria.  Students reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context. Students reflect on their development as IB Learners.

The 2019 Personal Projects Awards and Ice Cream Social

Award Recipients


    • Best Essay: Jacob E
    • Best Journals: Andre M., Ivette J, Kayla B.
    • Most Unique Presentations: Chance C., Bee Sae Kay, Demetria S.
    • Best Reports: Chelsea B., Alexa Y.
    • Best Research: Adamar V.
    • Most Unique Goals: Aili G., Michelle S.
    • Global Context Identities and Relationships: Jake H., Brendan M.
    • Global Context Orientation in Time and Space: Analise R.
    • Global Context Fairness and Development: Hannah T.
    • Global Context Globalization and Sustainability: Blaine C
    • Global Context Personal and Cultural Expression: Daisy D., Nizhoni O., Mario T., Maria A.
    • Global Context Scientifice and Technical Innovation: Anuj P.

Why Do It?



    The aims of the MYP personal project 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. 

Project Coordinators

Just some of the Impressive 2018 Personal Projects

What is the "Personal Project"?

  • The MYP Personal Project is a student-centered and age-appropriate practical exploration. This is a long-term project designed as an independent learning experience of approximately 25 hours.


    The personal project assesses students' Approaches to Learning skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.


    The personal project encourages students to practice and strengthen their ATL skills, to connect classroom learning engagements with personal experience, and to develop their own interests for lifelong learning. 


    The project offers many opportunities for differentiation of learning and expression according to students’ individual needs. The personal nature of the project is important; the project should revolve around a challenge that motivates and interests the individual student.

Personal Project Timeline Calendar

  • First week of April Introduction to Personal Project 

                    Student will get a an overview of the PP and an agenda of important dates.

                    Task to Complete: Brainstorm personal interests

    Second week April Lunch for Bulb App training in library 

    May          Summer Action Plan

                    Students have Summer Action Plan published on Bulbapp page.  The action plan should include goals, expected progress, and anticipated action                    completion date.

                    Task to Complete: Summer Action Plan 


                    Follow through on Summer Action Plan.

                    Task to Complete: Report progress on Bulbapp ( 

    September 12, 2018 Mandatory meeting

                    Students will schedule meeting with supervisor to discuss progress and next steps of PP.

                    Process Journal?

                    Progress meeting with Supervisor once a month begins and is required. Montly meeting dates:

                    September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, December 12th, and January 30th.


    October TBA Rough Draft of Report Due

                    A complete rough draft is due to supervisors

                    Process Journal?

                    Task to Complete: Submit Rough Draft to Supervisors

    January 30th Mandatory Meeting

    February 20th PTC  Personal Project Showcase

                    Students will present their projects at the open house and will be evaluated by supervisors and official judges.

                    Task to Complete: Personal Project Presentation

    Friday after PTC Final Draft of Report is Due

                    Complete Final Draft of report is due to supervisors.

                    Task to Complete: Final Draft is Due 

    February 23rd- Scores due from Supervisors

                   Task to Complete: Updated 4 Year Plan, MYP celebration!