The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum that provides academic challenge and develops the life skills appropriate to this age group. As part of the IB’s continuum of international education, the MYP naturally follows the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and serves as excellent preparation for the Diploma Programme (DP) and the WACE Courses of Study.
Since the 1990s the programme has:
- Provided a package of education that balances subject breadth and depth, and emphasises the holistic nature of learning
- Encouraged international-mindedness in students, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture
- Developed a positive attitude to learning that prepares students for Years 11 and 12
- Gained a reputation for its rigorous assessment structure
- Emphasised the development of the whole student – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
The Middle Years Programme provides a balanced education that requires students to study courses from the eight subject disciplines.
The programme has two central core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.
1. Areas of Interaction
The areas of interaction provide the MYP with its unique core. The five areas of interaction are the contexts for learning and are common to the programme in all schools offering the MYP. They serve to bring together the varied subject content that will be found in the diversity of cultural and linguistic settings around the world, and provide common organising strategies that allow for the diversity of student needs, interest and motivations.
- Approaches to Learning - students are encouraged to understand how they best learn and develop the subject-specific learning skills to support them.
- Community and Service – considers how students engage with their immediate family, classmates and friends in the outside world. Students develop a sense of responsibility and the skills and attitudes needed to make an effective contribution to society.
- Human Ingenuity – deals with the way in which human minds have influenced the world and considers the consequences of human thought and action.
- Environments – considers how humans interact with the world at large and the parts we play in our environments.
- Health and Social Education – delves into the range of human issues that exist in human societies, such as social structures, relationships and health.
2. The Personal Project
The Personal Project is a requirement for students in Year 10. It is a significant student-directed inquiry produced over an extended period of time. It provides students with the opportunity to produce a truly personal and creative work of their choice and to demonstrate the skills they have developed across the course of the programme.
All assessment is internal and founded on criterion-related standards established by the IB that are the same worldwide. Teachers assess student attainment against specified subject criteria rather than against individuals in the class.
Each year the IBO validates the standards of the School's assessment through a process of external moderation.
MYP Academic Handbook
General Regulations: Middle Years Programme