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IB Middle Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11-16 (grades six through ten). It is a challenging framework that encourages students to see connections between what they learn in class and the real world. Students who complete the MYP are well prepared for the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in grades 11 and 12.

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MYP Curriculum Framework

The MYP curriculum framework is made up of eight subject groups, providing students with a broad, well-rounded education.

  • Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Math
  • Design
  • Arts
  • Physical Education and Health

In addition, students in each year of the MYP participate in a collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit, allowing students to make connections between and among subjects. Students in the final year of the MYP complete the Personal Project, which provides them the opportunity to independently pursue an interest through a long-range project and to share what they have learned.

Conceptual Learning

Teaching and learning in the MYP goes beyond imparting knowledge and memorizing facts. Students are encouraged to construct meaning from the knowledge and skills they acquire. Teachers create learning experiences and assessments that challenge students to apply what they have learned to both familiar and unfamiliar situations.

The MYP identifies 16 key concepts, big ideas that are relevant within and across the eight subject areas in the curriculum framework:

  • Aesthetics
  • Change
  • Communication
  • Communities
  • Connections
  • Creativity
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Form
  • Global interactions
  • Identity
  • Logic
  • Perspective
  • Relationships
  • Systems
  • Time, place and space

The IB has also identified related concepts, specific to the various subjects, which help students to explore key concepts in greater detail.

Global Contexts

Research shows that when learning is meaningful and relevant, students are engaged. Teaching and learning in the MYP involves understanding concepts in a specific context, providing students with a reason for learning. The MYP global contexts build from the PYP transdisciplinary themes and give students a way to explore what it means to be internationally minded. The six global contexts are

  • Identities and Relationships
  • Orientation in Time and Space
  • Personal and Cultural Expression
  • Scientific and Technical Innovation
  • Globalization and Sustainability
  • Fairness and Development

Approaches to Learning

Across the entire IB continuum, teaching and learning go beyond subject area knowledge to include tools for learning called approaches to learning skills. Students who know how to learn become life-long learners. The approaches to learning skills are grouped into five categories and further broken down into ten clusters of discrete skills that help students develop deep understanding and achieve academic success.

  • Communication
    • Communication skills
  • Social
    • Collaboration skills
  • Self-management
    • Organization skills
    • Affective skills
    • Reflection skills
  • Research
    • Information literacy skills
    • Media literacy skills
  • Thinking
    • Critical-thinking skills
    • Creative-thinking skills
    • Transfer skills

MYP Policies

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Additional Resources

International Baccalaureate - MYP