We asked an IB expert to explain what is the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and how it works. Learn more about this popular International Baccalaureate Programme in this article!
What is the IB Middle Years Programme(MYP)?
The IB MYP is a curriculum framework encompassing 8 subject areas where students engage in hands-on learning and are encouraged to make connections between the subjects. This is further developed through interdisciplinary units. As in all IB programmes, in the MYP students don’t just learn isolated content, but they learn through the context of real world issues.
What are the Benefits of the IB Middle Years Programme(MYP)?
The IB MYP offers students and families a lot of benefits:
It’s a recognized programme throughout the world;
It provides the foundation for independent learning and promotes the application of knowledge in unfamiliar contexts;
It encourages a better world understanding and higher participation in advanced academics;
It guarantees transferability and continuity of learning;
It is supported by extensive and continual research into curriculum and pedagogy.
The MYP challenges students to engage in higher order thinking. Students are able to apply what they have learned to different situations. They come up with innovative solutions to problems. Students learning in the MYP become well-balanced people who show empathy and learn to reflect on themselves and their learning. The MYP helps develop responsibility for learning and for the students’ community. In addition, the programme is strong academically and prepares students well for success in the Diploma.
Is IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) right for my child?
All types of students can benefit from the MYP, and as such, it is generally inclusive. Some schools may ask students to do an entrance exam to ensure they are able to access the programme and/or progress to the IB Diploma after the MYP.