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Middle Years Programme curriculum framework

The IB Middle Years Programme consists of eight subject groups:

  • language acquisition,
  • language and literature,
  • individuals and societies,
  • sciences,
  • mathematics,
  • arts,
  • physical and health education,
  • design.

myp curricular framework

Student study is supported by a minimum of 50 hours of instruction per subject group in each academic year. In years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups, which provides greater flexibility.

The MYP: a unique approach, relevant for today’s global society

The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community. MYP teachers organize the curriculum with appropriate attention to:

  • Teaching and learning in context. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally-minded.
  • Conceptual understanding. Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.
  • Approaches to learning (ATL). A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn.
  • Service as action (community service) Action (learning by doing and experiencing) and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP community project.
  • Language and identity – MYP students are required to learn at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice). Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation.

Other useful documents

IB promotional publications are available, both to view online and to download. Visit the promotional publications page for more.

The Rules for IB World Schools document is a legal document that sets out the relationship between the IB Organization and IB World Schools.
Rules for IB World Schools

The General regulations document is a legal document that sets out the relationship between the IB Organization and IB students and their legal guardians.
General regulations