Middle Years Programme (MYP)

myp coordinationWhat is the IB Middle Years Programme?

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 physical well-being
  • provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skillsthey 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, the workplace

Evolution of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The most ambitious programme redesign in the IB's 45 year history

The IB is introducing its newly reviewed MYP for first teaching in September 2014.

This innovative programme represents an evolution of almost 20 years of excellence and is an important milestone in IB history. New features include stronger connections with the IB continuum of international education for students aged 3–19 and optional external assessments.

Maintaining the IB’s spirit of international collaboration, the programme was designed in consultation with educational experts and IB educators from over 100 pilot schools in 46 countries.

The new MYP offers:

  • Greater flexibility for schools to combine the MYP with the requirements of national and state educational systems
  • Closer alignment across the IB continuum, offering an ideal preparation for students going on to study the IB Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate.
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