The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11-16.
What is the MYP?
The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.
The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three or four year) formats. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).
Find out more about the MYP.
The MYP curriculum
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.
Read about the MYP curriculum.
External assessment and recognition
In the final year of the programme, optional MYP eAssessment provides IB-validated grades based on examinations and course work. Students who undertake external assessment are eligible for MYP course results and the IB MYP Certificate.
Find out more about MYP assessment.
Access and eligibility
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.
Learn more about students in the MYP.
THE PERSONAL PROJECT
The personal project is a significant body of work produced by each student over an extended period in the last year of the Middle Years Program. It is an important aspect of the MYP as it is seen as a product of the student’s own initiative and creativity. The Project must reflect a personal appreciation of the areas of interaction and the application of skills acquired through approaches to learning. The personal project offers students a great deal of flexibility and many opportunities for differentiation of learning and expression according to their individual needs. It is a rich opportunity for students to complete an extended piece of work that challenges their own creativity and thinking about issues of concern to themselves.
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