What is Personal Project?


The personal project encourages students to practice and strengthen their approaches to learning (ATL) skills, to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest. The personal project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and often creative product/outcome and to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning in the MYP. 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. Each student develops a personal project independently

The aims of the Personal Project

The aims state what a student may expect to experience and learn. These aims suggest how the student may be changed by the learning experience.

The personal project is an opportunity for students to:


  • inquire explore an interest that is personally meaningful
  • take ownership of their learning by undertaking a self-directed inquiry


  • transfer and apply skills in pursuit of a learning goal and the creation of a product


  • recognize and evidence personal growth and development.
Taken from myIB

Personal Project Objectives

Objective A: Investigating

Students should:

  1. Define a clear goal and context for the project, based on personal interests
  2. Identifypriorlearningandsubject-specific knowledge relevant to the project
  3. Demonstrate research skills

Research is systematic and effective to the project, with insightful understanding of perspectives. Information is documented fully and correctly.

Objective C: Taking Action

Students should:

  1. Create a product/outcome in response to the goal, context and criteria
  2. Demonstrate thinking skills
  3. Demonstrate communication and social skills

Objective B: Planning

Students should:

  1. Develop criteria for the product/outcome
  2. Plan and record the development process of the project
  3. Demonstrate self-management skills.

Self-awareness of strengths and limitations guide effective planning and completion of the project. The project is viewed as a positive engaging experience that provides the opportunity for further learning experiences.

Objective D: Evaluating

Students should:

  1. Evaluate the quality of the product/outcome against their criteria
  2. Reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context
  3. Reflect on their development as an IB learner through the project.

Al Jabr Islamic School has hosted 4 years of personal project, click on the button to see our student’s personal projects