International Baccalaureate

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Middle Years Programme

What is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)?

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is one of three Programmes offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 helps students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world.

3Fundamental Concepts 6Global Contexts 8IB Subject Areas

The IBMYP is guided by three fundamental concepts:

Intercultural Awareness - Students are given increased opportunities to learn about their own culture and the cultures of people from around the globe. By viewing issues from multiple points of view, students learn the values of tolerance and empathy.

Holistic Learning - Learning is made more meaningful for students by focusing on how new learning connects to students’ own experiences, topics in other disciplines, and situations in the real world. Instruction and assessment become more authentic as students realize how the knowledge from each class relates to their total understanding of the world.

Communications - In order to be successful in the modern world, students must be able to communicate their ideas in multiple forms. This focus helps students to develop competency in reading, writing, speaking, listening, design, and technology. All students also have the opportunity to learn another language.

MYP Global Contexts provide common points of entry for inquiries into what it means to be internationally minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

The six Global Contexts are:

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

Students are expected to develop a broad and balanced base of knowledge through the study of eight subjects, completing a minimum of 50 hours of instruction in each subject each year:

Arts- Performing and Visual

 Inndividuals and Societies – Social Studies

Language and Literature – English

Language Acquisition – Spanish, German or French, at this time


 Physical Education/Health



 In grade 10, students complete a Personal Project, an independent research project of the student’s choosing.