The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a five-year programme for students aged 11-16 (Grades 6-10). It was started by international school teachers in response to a perceived need for a truly international curriculum. Currently, over 1,300 schools worldwide are authorised to run the MYP, and many more are in the process of gaining authorisation.
The MYP helps students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. It teaches students to become independent learners who can recognise relationships between school subjects and the world outside, and who can adapt to new situations and combine relevant knowledge, practical and social intelligence to solve problems alone and/or in groups.
The MYP aims to prepare students for the challenges faced at the Diploma Level. In each of the five years of the programme, students study eight subjects: Language and Literature (taught at native language level), Language Acquisition (or second language), Individuals & Societies (formerly Humanities), Science, Mathematics, Arts (Visual Art, Music, and/or Drama), Design (formerly Design Technology), and Physical & Health Education. Although the MYP Subject Guides identify concepts and skills, the IB gives the School the flexibility to organise the curriculum according to its own requirements and context. However, all MYP schools must structure their curriculum to allow their students to achieve the aims and objectives of each subject group in terms of the final achievement at the end of the programme.
Many of the concepts, programme elements, and the underlying philosophy found in the MYP are consistent with those found in both the IB Primary Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme.
Teachers organise their curriculum through Global Contexts (Identities and Relationships, Orientation in Space and Time, Personal and Cultural Expression, Scientific and Technical Innovation, Globalisation and Sustainability, and Fairness and Development), so that students learn how these contexts help to bring meaning to each subject area.
A unique part of the programme is the service & action component which supports students in the following ways: feeling empathy towards others, making small-scale changes to their behaviour, undertaking larger and more significant service projects, acting on their own, acting collaboratively, taking physical action, suggesting modifications to an existing system to the benefit of all involved and lobbying people in more influential positions to act. Students become more aware of their own strengths and areas for growth, undertake challenges that develop new skills, discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities, persevere in action, work collaboratively with others, develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding and consider the ethical implications of their actions.
In the final year of the programme, the students undertake a Personal Project, the culmination of their learning experiences in the MYP. The Personal Project encourages students to practise and strengthen their skills, consolidate prior and subject-specific learning and develop an area of personal interest. The Personal Project revolves around a challenge that motivates and interests individual students. It is a perfect finish to a great programme.
For more information regarding the IB programme, please see the MYP General Regulations and Rules for IB World Schools: Middle Years Programme.