IB Middle Years Program (MYP) Candidate School

Littleton High School is a Candidate School* for the Middle Years Program (MYP). We are in the process of pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosopy--a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Littleton High School believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), the Diploma Program (DP), or the Career-related Program (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programs, visit www.ibo.org

What is the MYP?

The Middle Years Program (MYP) is a curriculum framework designed for ALL of our 8-10th grade students. It encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further studies and in life. 

The IB Middle Years Programme from International Baccalaureate on Vimeo.



· 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) is comprised of 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. Students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting graduation 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