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LMK Guide to Learning: IB Middle Years Programme


What is the Middle Years Programme (MYP)?

The International Baccalaureate MYP is a rigorous framework of learning that encourages students in grades 6  through 10 to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. MYP fosters development of communication skills, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for life in the 21st century. 

The IB Middle Years Programme
  • Addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being.
  • Enables students to understand and manage the complexities of our world, and provides them with the skills and attitudes they need in order to take responsible action for the future.
  • Ensures breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding through the study of eight subject areas.
  • Provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent project in an area of personal interest.
The MYP Curriculum Framework

The MYP organizes teaching and learning through eight subject groups: Arts, Design, Mathematics, Individuals and Societies, Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Physical and Health Education, and Sciences. The program promotes interdisciplinary study that helps students make important connections between academic subjects.  Integrated teaching and learning helps students analyze complex issues and develop the habits of mind they need to participate in our increasingly interconnected world.

The Middle Years Programme helps students develop both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The MYP curriculum framework includes:
  • Approaches to Learning (ATL): students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management.
  • Key and Related Concepts: students explore big ideas that matter.
  • Global Contexts: students understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

The MYP culminates in an independent learning project called the Personal Project. Students complete a comprehensive independent project in 10th grade that reflects the breadth and depth of their learning.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of the IB Programme is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared  guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. 

IB Learners strive to be:

INQUIRERS: Inquirers develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives. 

KNOWLEDGEABLE: Students who are knowledgeable explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

THINKERS: Thinkers exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

COMMUNICATORS: Communicators understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

PRINCIPLED: Students who are principled act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

OPEN-MINDED: Students who are open-minded understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

CARING: Caring students show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

RISK-TAKERS: Risk-takers approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

BALANCED: Students who are balanced understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

REFLECTIVE: Reflective students give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

For more information visit the LMK IB MYP webpage.