Middle Years Programme





The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

Students participating in the MYP:

  • build confidence in managing their own learning,
  • learn by doing and connecting the classroom to the larger world,
  • consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations,
  • thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel,
  • develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.

The MYP is a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework 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 PYP and serves as excellent preparation for the Diploma Programme (DP). There are also many curricula, including national models that schools may have to, or choose to, apply within the framework of the MYP. The MYP has been implemented very successfully in a variety of international and national schools with differing requirements and curricular demands.


The MYP Model



The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents (see the BISS MYP HANDBOOK for 2017 - 2018). The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community. Teaching and learning in the MYP is underpinned by the following concepts:


Teaching and learning in context

Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world according to their knowledge. Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:

  • identities and relationships
  • personal and cultural identity
  • orientations in space and time
  • scientific and technical innovation
  • fairness and development
  • globalization and sustainability.


Conceptual understanding

Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically. The MYP prescribes sixteen key interdisciplinary concepts along with related concepts for each discipline. 


Approaches to learning

A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning (ATL) provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these social, thinking, research, communication and self management skills helps students learn how to learn. 


Service as action, through community service 

Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


Inclusion and learning diversity in MYP

As part of the MYP curriculum, we address differentiation within the written, taught and assessed curriculum.

The MYP at BISS (Grades 6-10)

MYP Course Offerings at BISS & Respective Achievement Level Descriptors

Arts Music / Visual Arts Click to download PDF
Individuals & Societies Individuals & Societies Click to download PDF
Language & Literature English / Korean / Japanese / Chinese Click to download PDF
Language Acquisition English / Chinese Click to download PDF
Mathematics Standard / Extended Click to download PDF
Physical & Health Education Physical & Health Education Click to download PDF
Sciences Physics / Biology / Chemistry Click to download PDF
Design Digital Design / Product Design Click to download PDF



Compiled and adapted from:


  • International Baccalaureate Organisation. Subject Guides. Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Organisation, Print.
  • International Baccalaureate Organisation. IB Learner Profile in Review. Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Organisation, April 2013. Print.
  • International Baccalaureate Organisation. General Regulations: Middle Years Programme. Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Organisation, April 2014. Print. 
  • International Baccalaureate Organisation. MYP: From principles into practice. Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Organisation, 2014. Print.

Online Resources

  • International Baccalaureate Organisation: www.ibo.org