IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

  • Addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being.
  • Provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future.
  • Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups.
  • Requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others.
  • Empowers students to participate in service within the community.
  • Helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning.

The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the program. In the final two years of the program, carefully-defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.

Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.

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