IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is an educational framework that encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. At a time when students are establishing their identity and building self-esteem, the MYP is uniquely designed to offer a well-rounded education and help students achieve success in school and in life.
The programme’s flexible curriculum is compatible with national systems of education and able to meet local, district, provincial, state and national requirements.
The five-year programme is offered by various types of schools around the world, including state-supported schools, independent schools and private international schools. It can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three or four year) formats.
Inquiry-based, concept-driven curriculum
The MYP ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups (language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design). Addressing the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students holistically, the MYP prepares them to take principled action by participating in service within the community and requiring study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support the understanding of their own cultures and those of others.
MYP students also engage with big ideas, rather than simply memorizing facts in order to prepare for exams. As a result, they develop learning skills that they can rely on throughout the course of their independent, purpose-driven lives.
Making Practical Connections to the Real World
Through the MYP, M’KIS continues to maintain a high level of academic rigor, while ensuring that we meet the holistic and personal needs of our students through our newly implemented advisory program.
After two years of offering the MYP Personal Project to our Grade 10 students, the school is now formalising this component. The Personal Project is an independent research project that takes place in the final year of the MYP. The project’s focus is a deep inquiry into a student’s personal passion through the lens of a global context. It is a significant piece of work that is produced independently over an extended period of time.
Through the Personal Project, Grade 10 students have the opportunity to pursue practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. Students are encouraged to delve deeply into a topic, develop unique insights through self-driven investigation, demonstrate responsibility and motivation, and take pride in their accomplishments. It is the culmination of all the skills that students will have gained by the end of their MYP career, and offers skill development that is vital to success at the IB Diploma level. The Personal Project will continue to be led by our fully trained Personal Project Coordinator.
All MYP assessments now follow guidelines which focus on application of skills and deep understanding in each subject.