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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

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IB Middle Years Programme graphThe International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

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 helps students develop both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The MYP curriculum framework comprises 8 subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. The programme promotes interdisciplinary study that helps students make important connections between academic subjects. 

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

Framework

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.

Benefits

Research shows that students participating in the MYP:

  • build confidence in managing their own learning
  • learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
  • consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations
  • thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel
  • develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.

For more information, read the MYP fact sheet (PDF, 1.1MB).

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Last reviewed 09 March 2020
Last updated 09 March 2020