The IB Middle Years Program
Middle Years Program (MYP – Grades 7-10)
The middle years program provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students aged 11-16 (grades 6-10). This five year program begins in grade 6 and culminates in grade 10 in High School. It provides a framework of learning which 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 to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century. The MYP culminates with a personal project.
Middle Years Program Curriculum Model
In the MYP, there are six learning contexts which encourage international-mindedness and global engagement in the programme. These six global contexts have been conceptualized by the human universal experiences shared by all cultures on the planet. They are identities and relationships; orientation in space and time; personal and cultural expression; scientific and technical innovation; globalization and sustainability; fairness and development. These pervade and recur throughout the five years of the MYP, through the eight subject groups, but also through interdisciplinary teaching and projects, whole school learning experiences and the MYP personal project. The global contexts are not directly assessed nor awarded individual grades, since they are perspectives from which the subjects are studied rather than subjects.
Academic Disciplines: The Subject Groups
The Middle Years Program emphasizes achievement in eight subject areas:
- Language and Literature (English Language Arts)
- Language Acquisition (French and Spanish)
- Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
- Physical and Health Education
The emphasis is on a conceptual framework with objectives that are oriented towards skills and the learning process.
Assessment in the MYP is criterion related, which means that teachers measure student achievement against specified subject criteria rather than against other individuals in the class. For each criterion there is a range of points awarded, based on student performance at the time of assessment. Each criterion has a descriptor that explains as clearly as possible what each student has been able to achieve. The criterion rubrics are attached to assignments, online environments and attached to course outlines for reference.
Teacher's structure varied and valid assessment tasks that allow students to demonstrate achievement according to the required objectives within each subject group. These may include:
- open-ended, problem-solving activities and investigations
- organized debates
- hands-on experimentation
Assessment strategies, both quantitative and qualitative, provide feedback on the thinking processes as well as the finished piece of work. There is also an emphasis on self-assessment and peer-assessment within the programme.
Teachers assess student work with the subject criterion at least 2 times in the year. Evidence of MYP grading is communicated in the student's final report card.
For more information on grading in the Middle Years Programme please contact your child's teacher.
This is an independent piece of work that is intended to be the culmination of the student's involvement with the global contexts. It occurs in grade 10 and may be a video, an artistic production or other form of expression, with the topic chosen in consultation with teachers.