IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

What is MYP?

The Middle Years Program (MYP) is a curriculum framework designed for ALL of our 8-10th grade students. Students are at the center of learning with a focus on nurturing their individual strengths. Each unit of study is conceptually driven and taught in local and global contexts, making the learning relevant and real-world. Students take the core courses of language and literature, a second language, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics, physical and health education, arts, and design.  Students also complete a personal project, which is an independent piece of research on any topic. It might take the form of an essay, an artistic production or an artifact. 

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· 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 either French or Spanish to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others

· Empowers students to participate in service within the community

· Helps prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning


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 International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:

  • Language acquisition.
  • Language and literature.
  • Individuals and societies.
  • Sciences.
  • Mathematics.
  • Arts.
  • Physical and health education.
  • Design.

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in each year of the programme. In years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting local requirements and individual student learning needs.

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

MYP students also complete a long-term project, where they decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, discovering what they will need to know to complete the project, and create a proposal or criteria for completing it