What is the IB Middle Years Program
Taken as a whole, the curriculum provides a balanced education that will equip young people for effective participation in the modern world.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) in grades 6-10 connects the IB Primary Years Program (prek-5) and the IB Diploma Program (grades 11-12). This period, encompassing early puberty and mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a programme that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts. The MYP provides a framework of academic rigor that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, becoming critical and reflective thinkers.
The Middle Years Program requires study within eight subject categories –Language and Learning (English),Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), Science, Mathematics, Language Acquisition (Foreign Language),Physical Education and Health, Design (Technology), and the Arts.
The engine driving the MYP through every class moves on the belief that all students can be taught to be independent problem-solvers with strong study skills. The Learner Profile allows students to assess their progress against clearly defined personal attributes. The MYP differs from other educational programs by incorporating interdisciplinary concepts and global contexts into each subject. These themes provide a framework for developing connections between the eight subjects in a real-world context.
MYP teachers use internationally published IB assessment criteria as a benchmark for their grading. They provide a variety of assessment tasks, such as open-ended activities, investigations, organized debates, hands-on experimentations, and reflections, allowing students to demonstrate their achievement according to the determined criteria.
In addition, the MYP provides experiential learning by engaging students in group Community Service Projects at the end of 8th grade. Students take planned action and reflect on their personal growth while helping others and their community.
The MYP culminates with the completion of a Personal Project in grade ten. The Personal Project is an independent, eight-month long assignment that showcases the skills that our students have developed throughout the five years of their MYP studies. The project is a rich opportunity for students to create an extended piece of work that challenges their own creativity and thinking about personal issues. Personal Projects reflect students' interests and goals.