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FAQ's- Frequently Asked QuestionsInternational Baccalaureate (IB) Programme

Middle Years Programme


What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.           

What is the Middle Years Program?

The Middle Years Program (MYP) is an educational framework that requires students to study in eight subject areas (English Language, Math, Humanities, Science, French, Arts, Phys Ed and Technology) in each year of the MYP program. The Alberta Education curriculum is the basis for each subject's content. Teachers present their curriculum focused through the MYP's Areas of Interaction. In this way Instructional Strategies change rather than course content. The model embraces three fundamental concepts: communication (valuing language acquisition in at least two languages); holistic learning (finding the connections across and within the subject and grade levels); and internationalism (a growing understanding of a student's own culture coupled with an understanding and appreciation of other cultures).

What grades does the Middle Years Program encompass?

At Louis St. Laurent the MYP will be a four year program beginning in grade 7 and ending in grade 10.

Do Middle Years students take IB examinations?

There are no IB examinations in the Middle Years Program. Instead, classroom teachers design their own examinations, using a common set of IB-designed assessment criteria to mark the examinations. The classroom teachers' marks are reviewed by a team of specially trained MYP teachers from around the world to ensure that the assessment criteria are applied equally to the work of all MYP students.

Do Middle Years Program students receive any acknowledgement for their work?

Students may receive an IBO certificate of achievement at the end of grade 10. This certificate is evidence of the student's good preparation for further studies, such as the IB Diploma or other rigorous programs. It represents significant achievement and takes into account academic as well as non-academic aspects, such as community and service and the creation of a personal project. 

Are students with special needs able to participate in the IB program?

Yes. The IBO has established and published its policies for accommodating students with special needs. This publication is available from the publications department of the IBO on the IBO website.

Are IB programs only for honors or gifted students?

No. The IBO permits IB authorized schools to implement their programs in ways that best meet their local needs. Choosing to attend Louis St. Laurent will automatically give students the opportunity to participate in the IB program. In this way, the Middle Years program at Louis is for all students in grades 7-10.

What if my child doesn't want to do the IB Programme?

All students, regardless of whether they choose to complete the requirements for an IB Certificate, will be part of an enriched, inquiry-based learning environment.