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What is Middle Years Program (MYP) in International Baccalaureate (IB)?

The Middle Years Program (MYP) in International Baccalaureate (IB) is an educational program tailor-made for students in grades 6 to 10, from ages 11 to 16. Adopted by the IB in 1994, the MYP promotes the essential concepts of intercultural understanding, communication, and holistic learning. This special program is designed to make practical connections between what the students study and the real world, thus, preparing them for success in both academics and their chosen careers further down in their lives. The MYP’s strategy is to begin during the formative years of the student with an aim to produce students who are creative, critical, and reflective thinkers. The Middle Year Program is also carefully designed to benefit students of varied interests and academic abilities.

Curriculum Framework:

The MYP curriculum framework can be broadly divided into three parts:

  1. Approaches to learning (ATL): This helps students to learn how to learn by developing skills for critical and creative thinking, research, communication, teamwork and self-management.
  2. Key and related concepts: Helps students get the bigger picture and explore ideas that really matter.
  3. Global contexts: Helps students understand and appreciate how relevant and important their studies are to ultimately understanding the common humanity and need for protecting the planet.

Subject Groups in the MYP:

There are eight subject groups in the MYP:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

One of the main benefits of The MYP is that it promotes interdisciplinary study helping students make key connections between academic subjects. The students analyse complex issues and sharpen the mental abilities needed to participate in the increasingly interconnected world.

Number of hours to be taught and options:

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for a subject group, in every year of the programme.

Students also have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, in the 4th and 5th years. This way, the students have greater flexibility in meeting local requirements and their own individual needs.

Learning Project:

At the end of the program is an independent learning project.

The students complete the learning project over an extended period of time that mainly encourages them to consolidate what they have learnt during the program and reflect on the outcomes of their work.

There is complete flexibility given to students to decide what they want to learn about, understand and identify what they already know, and also plan what they will need to know to complete the project and create a proposal for completing it.

External Moderation of the Project is mandatory.

Grading in the MYP:

There is continuous assessment year-round, through tests, classwork, presentations and various other assignments.

The students are rated on a 1-7 grade scale for each subject, where 7 is the highest.

In the final year of the MYP, the students can take the optional MYP eAssessment.

Successful students are awarded the internationally-recognised IB MYP Certificate.

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