The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a five-year programme, which aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The MYP is for students aged 11-16.
Research shows that students participating in the MYP build confidence in managing their own learning. They outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills and consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme (DP) examinations. They also develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.
The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.
The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the programme. In the final two years of the programme, carefully-defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.
In the final year of the programme, optional MYP eAssessment provides IB-validated grades based on examinations and course work. Students who undertake the external assessment are eligible for MYP course results and the IB MYP Certificate.
MYP eAssessment is a reliable, globally consistent and highly innovative assessment model that helps achieve greater student outcomes and provides greater quality assurance and recognition for International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools.
The MYP is open to any student aged 11 to 16, at schools that have been authorized to implement the programme.
The MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation. Implementation of the MYP is a whole-school endeavour, although the programme can accommodate academically-selective models.