Middle Years Programme (MYP)
What is the MYP?
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is the International Baccalaureate (IB)’s educational programme for students ages 11 to 16, in grades 6 to 10.
What is the learning philosophy?
The MYP offers a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. It is designed to be inclusive, meaning that students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit.
In common with other IB programmes, the MYP is student-centred and has a holistic approach that focuses on the whole child in and beyond the classroom. It encourages international-mindedness with learning in more than one language.
The aim is to help children acquire the 10 attributes of the IB Learner Profile: Knowledgeable, Thinker, Balanced, Inquirer, Communicator, Principled, Caring, Reflective, Risk-Taker, Open-Minded.
By the end of the MYP, children are better equipped to think flexibly, evaluate information critically and apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar situations.
How is the programme structured?
In the MYP, students study 8 subject areas, with a minimum of 50 teaching hours per subject area each year:
- Language and Literature
- Courses are offered in English and French (for fluent speakers).
- Language Acquisition
- English, French, Spanish and German are offered in Grades 6-9.
- In Grade 10, students can choose two or three languages depending on their Science choices.
- Students study Combined Sciences in Grades 6-8
- All students study Biology, Physics and Chemistry in Grade 9.
- In Grade 10, they choose one or two individual sciences.
- Extended Mathematics is also offered in Grades 9 and 10.
- Individuals and Societies (Humanities)
- Integrated Humanities increasingly focuses on Geography, History and Economics in Grades 9 and 10.
- The Arts
- Drama, Music and Visual Arts are studied in Grades 6-8.
- Students choose from Visual Arts, Performing Arts or Design in Grades 9 and 10.
- Integrated Design is studied in Grades 6-8.
- Students choose from Design or The Arts in Grades 9 and 10.
- Physical and Health Education
- Integrates all aspects of staying healthy, as well as sports skills.
During the MYP, students investigate a variety of concepts through units of inquiry. Some of the main features of the MYP are:
- Key and related concepts
- Students learn about big ideas and concepts such as systems, processes and communication as they relate to different units of inquiry. This enhances their ability to learn within and across traditional disciplines.
- Global contexts
- These are broad themes that drive the different units of inquiry, providing a real-world context for learning.
- Approaches to teaching and learning
- This is a common thread that runs throughout all MYP subject groups. Students acquire the skills they need to manage their own learning and succeed in further education and beyond.
- Action and service
- Students take an active part in local and global communities and record their involvement.
- Interdisciplinary units of inquiry
- These concepts cover two or more subject areas.
How is student progress assessed?
MYP students are assessed continuously throughout the year using a combination of projects, classwork, tests, presentations and other assignments.
Each subject uses a number of criteria for assessing student work and, at the end of the first and third terms, the criterion levels for each subject are converted into a 1-7 grade, where 7 is the highest. Teachers can provide more information about the criteria and assessment in their subjects.
In the final year of the MYP, grade 10 students can take the optional MYP eAssessment, which involves onscreen examinations and submitting coursework for external evaluation. This leads to the award of the internationally-recognised IB MYP Certificate.Grade 10 students also complete a Personal Project, which they begin work on towards the end of grade 9. This project is an extensive piece of work that offers students an opportunity to express their creativity.
Private and semi-private music lessons, with high-level professional instructors, can be integrated into the school day, leaving families with more time to enjoy together after school.