What is the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)?
The MYP provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.
The MYP prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and future careers. In the Laguna Region, the MYP spans grades 7 through 10 with a culminating Personal Project.completed in the 10th grade. Students enter the MYP in grade 7 at Harriet Eddy Middle School and continue through the 10th grade at Laguna Creek High School. At the completion of the MYP, our students are able to continue their International Baccalaureate education by continuing their studies in the IB Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12.
The IB Middle Years Programme:
- addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
- provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge,attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
- ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
- requires the study of at least two languages (English and French, Japanese, or Spanish) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
- empowers students to participate in service within the community
- helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning.
THE MYP Programme Model
The MYP: a unique approach, relevant for a global society
The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.
Students take classes from eight subject groups:
- Language Acquisition (French, Japanese, or Spanish)
- Language and Literature
- Individuals and Societies
- Physical and Health Education
What makes the curriculum unique?
The subject group areas listed above organize and present curriculum by following the IB guidelines that develop well-rounded students, who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and
unpredictable situations. By incorporating the following elements in the delivery of the instruction, our students benefit from:
Teaching and learning in context. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives
and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally minded.
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 issue and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.
Approaches to learning (ATL). A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn.
Service as action (community service). Action (learning by doing and experiencing) and service have always been shared values of the IB community. 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. Service as action is an integral part of the programme. Through the completion of the Personal Project in grade 10, students extend their classroom instruction by developing a personal project independently, producing a truly personal and creative piece of work that stands as a summative review of their ability to conduct independent work, often incorporating an element of service.
Language and identity – MYP students are required to learn at least two languages (English and French, Japnaese, or Spanish). Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation.