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  • IB Middle Years Programme

    In the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), students learn through global contexts, key interdisciplinary concepts, and the application of social, thinking, research, communication, and self-management skills. Students benefit from a wide range of course offerings in the arts, world languages, technology, social studies, science, and physical education. Teachers ask "Essential Questions" that guide students in finding more than one right answer.

    What is the MYP?

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge. 

    It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life.

    What the MYP offers students

    The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

    The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 

    The Middle Years Programme (MYP) helps students develop both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The MYP curriculum framework includes:

    • Approaches to learning (ATL), helping students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management
    • Key and related concepts, helping students explore big ideas that matter
    • Global contexts, helping students understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

    The MYP culminates in an independent learning project. Students complete a significant piece of work over an extended period of time, encouraging them to consolidate their learning and reflect on the outcomes of their work.

    How teaching and learning is organized in the MYP

    The MYP organizes teaching and learning through eight subject groups. The programme promotes interdisciplinary study that helps students make important connections between academic subjects.

    Integrated teaching and learning helps students analyze complex issues and develop the habits of mind they need to participate in our increasingly interconnected world.


  • Information on these pages is from the MYP Subject Guides and the MYP Project Guide. International Baccalaureate Organization. 2014. Print.