International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

This program specifically serves middle school students, teaching them relevant life skills through their courses.

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) is a middle school academic program that is part of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The IBMYP is specifically designed to serve students ages 11–16. It provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills appropriate to this stage of adolescence. The IBMYP focuses on the student’s intellectual and social development along with teaching an understanding of the student’s own history and global awareness in each subject area.

There are eight core disciplines in the IBMYP:

  • Language and Literature (English and French)
  • Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
  • Arts (Music and Visual)
  • Design
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Language Acquisition (Spanish and Mandarin)

This student-centered program both embraces and transcends traditional school subjects by helping students see the connections between the academic disciplines. The IBMYP philosophy includes ALL middle school students. It is based on the best available research and collaboration of practitioners from all over the world.

The IBMYP:

  • promotes responsible global citizenship, while preparing students for their future;
  • provides inter-cultural awareness for all members of the school community;
  • focuses on rigorous academics;
  • facilitates communication for the development of interdisciplinary, thematic instruction so students connect what they learn;
  • calls for students to develop higher level thinking skills and important life skills;
  • provides assessment criteria;
  • embeds community service throughout the curriculum.

Learn more information about the International Baccalaureate program.