Grades 6 to 10: IB Middle Years Program (MYP)
The International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IBO) Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenge and develops the sills appropriate for students aged 11 -16 years. The five-year program offers an educational approach that embraces yet transcends traditional school subjects.
Students at this stage (early puberty to mid-adolescence) are in a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development. This is a time of uncertainty, sensitivity, resistance, and questioning. An educational program needs to provide them with discipline, skills, and challenging standards, but also with creativity and flexibility.
The IBO builds its program around these considerations, but it is also concerned that students develop a personal value system by which to guide their own lives, as thoughtful members of local communities and the larger world. The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing our common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers – They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable – They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
Thinkers – They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators – They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
Principled – They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded – They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring – They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Risk-takers – They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced – They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective – They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
The fundamental concepts of the MYP are:
- Intercultural Awareness
- Holistic learning
In addition, the concept of balance is fundamental to the MYP.
The MYP program provides a thorough study of the traditional secondary school disciplines but it also emphasizes the interrelatedness of these disciplines. This is illustrated in the following curriculum model:
GENERAL REGULATIONS: MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMDownload here.
Note: This information about the IB Middle Years Program has been obtained from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) website at http://www.ibo.org/.