The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in grades 6-10 connects the IB Primary Years Programme (preschool-grade 5) and the IB Diploma Programme (grades 11-12). The MYP provides a framework of academic rigour that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, becoming critical and reflective thinkers.
The MYP curriculum requires mastery of eight subjects – Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Physical and Health Education, Design, 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 three fundamental concepts that support the curriculum are intercultural awareness, holistic learning, and communication. The MYP differs from other educational programs by incorporating the Areas of Interaction into each subject. The Areas of Interaction; Community and Service, Health and Social Education, Environments and Human Ingenuity provide the context whereby the content of the different subjects is connected to the real-world. In addition the Approaches to Learning aim to develop a range of personal skills that encourage life-long learning.
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 through the Community and Service program, whereby students take planned action and reflect on their personal growth.
The MYP culminates with the submission of a Personal Project in grade ten, 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. Graded against a rigorous set of IB criteria, the Personal Project is not only an integral part of the MYP but also a continuation requirement for students moving towards the IB Diploma Program.