The IB Middle Years Programme - page 2

The Middle Years Programme:
preparing students to be
successful in school and to be active, lifelong learners
What is an International Baccalaureate
(IB) education?
The IB continuum of international education, for students aged
3 to 19, is unique because of its academic and personal rigour,
challenging students to excel in their studies and personal growth.
The IB aims to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is
marked by enthusiasm and empathy.
The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students,
who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind,
are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join
with others in celebrating our common humanity and are
prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and
unpredictable situations.
The IB offers high-quality programmes of international education
that share a powerful vision. An IB education:
• focuses on learners
– the IB’s student-centred programmes
promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and
personal challenge
• develops effective approaches to teaching and learning
– IB
Programmes help students to develop the attitudes and skills
they need for both academic and personal success
• works within global contexts
– IB programmes increase
understanding of languages and cultures, and explore globally
significant ideas and issues
• explores significant content
– IB programmes offer a curriculum
that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.
Informed by values described in the learner profile, IB learners strive
to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators,
principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and
reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human
capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual
development and academic success.
What is the IB Middle Years
Programme (MYP)?
The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a
framework of learning that encourages students to become
creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes
intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections
between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It
fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural
understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for
young people who are becoming global leaders.
The MYP is flexible enough to accommodate most national or
local curriculum requirements. It builds upon the knowledge, skills
and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)
and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB
Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC).
The IB Middle Years Programme:
• addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and
• provides students opportunities to develop the
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 at least
two languages (language of
instruction and additional language of choice)
to support
students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
• empowers students to participate in
service within the community
• helps to prepare students for
further education,
and a
lifetime of learning.
The curriculum
The MYP consists of eight subject groups: language acquisition,
language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences,
mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design.
Student study is supported by a minimum of 50 hours of instruction
per subject group in each academic year. In years 4 and 5, students
have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups,
which provides greater flexibility.
The MYP: a unique approach, relevant for a global society
The MYP aims to help students develop their personal
understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in
their community.
MYP teachers organize the curriculum with appropriate attention to:
Teaching and learning in context.
Students learn best when their
learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives
and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts,
MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what
it means to be internationally minded.
Conceptual understanding.
Concepts are big ideas that have
relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas.
MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues
and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine
knowledge holistically.
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