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ICS Personal Project Guide

Overview of the ICS Personal Project Process

What is the Personal Project?


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The Personal project provides an excellent opportunity for you to produce a truly personal and often creative product/outcome and to demonstrate a consolidation of your learning in Grade 10. This is your chance to demonstrate the skills you have developed in the MYP, through all of your subjects and the Approaches to Learning (ATL), and to apply these skills to a topic of your choosing. This project should be based on strong personal interests and talents, resulting in a product or outcome which will be assessed through a report.

The project is made up of three (3) major parts:

  • A product or outcome
  • A process journal
  • A final report

The aim of the MYP Personal Project is 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 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 your accomplishments

The final report is assessed against 4 criteria, each of which has 3 strands:

  • A - Investigation
  • B - Planning
  • C - Taking Action
  • D - Reflection

Students will work with a supervisor who they will meet at least three times throughout the process.  Each meeting should be documented on the Academic Honesty form which is submitted with the final report.  At each meeting, you should show your supervisor your process journal and discuss your progress with your project.

An Overview the Personal Project

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  • Define a clear goal for your project, what you will do and why? 

  • Base your project on personal interest.

  • Choose a global context connection for your project.

  • Identify your prior learning 

  • Research your topic thoroughly! 


  • Develop your own criteria for your product/outcome.

  • Make a detailed and realistic action plan for your development of the project.

  • Record how your ideas evolve, the development of your product/outcome, conversations with your mentor in your process journal. 

  • Make sure you stay organized, stick to your action plan, ask for feedback from your peers and family and reflect on your learning. 


Taking Action 

  • Brainstorm a variety ways to reach your goal and combine your knowledge and skills gained from different contexts to guide you.

  • Create your product in response to your goal, global context and criteria.

  • Respectfully schedule meetings with your mentor, communicate your ideas by summarizing your actions, asking for guidance and being prepared. 


  • Evaluate the quality of the finished product/outcome against your criteria. 

  • Reflect on how completing the project has extended your knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context 

  • Reflect on your development as an IB learner throughout the project

  • Write a report that demonstrates how you have accomplished all of the above with examples from your process journal as evidence.

Understanding MYP Global Contexts

Approaches To Learning (ATL) skills


Material contained in this LibGuide has been sourced from the OCC (Online Curriculum Centre IBO), Branksome Hall Asia IB MYP Personal Project Guide, Yokohama International School PP Guide and GEMS World Academy Chicago's MYP Personal Project Guide 2019-2020.