The IB Middle Years Programme
The Middle Years Programme: encouraging students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
What 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 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, 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.
Any school, or group of schools, wishing to offer one or more IB programme must first be authorized to do so by the IB organization. The requirements are the same for all schools, and the procedure is designed to ensure that schools are well-prepared to implement the programme(s) successfully. All IB World Schools are required to participate in an ongoing process of review and development, using the same programme standards and practices.
Services and support for schools
As part of its ongoing commitment to the development of a highly skilled global learning community, the IB provides a wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities to help new and experienced school leaders and educators understand,support and successfully deliver IB Programmes.
To further support professional development, IB educator certificates and IB leadership certificates are offered for completing an IB recognized course of study offered by a network of higher education institutions. School leaders and educators can also serve as IB workshop leaders, school visitors, consultants, examiners, moderators or curriculum developers. Other ways to participate in the IB community include sharing good practices in the online IB Journal of Teaching Practice and through blogs and other social media networks.Other IB services include:
- access to curriculum materials and related publications,
- marketing support,
- networking opportunities,
- assistance with university and government recognition.
Find out more
Become an IB World School
To take the first steps in becoming an IB World School authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme, please read the information on the Become an IB World School page.
Global research findings
Key findings from research on impact of the Middle Years Programme
10 Reasons to take the MYP
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The Middle Years Programme: Preparing students for university in the 21st century explains what the IB Middle Years Programme is in terms of curriculum, assessment, and research.
This is available as a downloadable pdf document [9.42mb, PDF]