IB Middle Years Programme

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IBO) is a course of study designed to meet the educational needs of students aged 11 to 16 years. This period, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a programme that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. At ABA, we place a premium on our students developing fundamental skills of researching, thinking critically and creatively, and communicating effectively. Our students begin to appreciate learning but places new knowledge within contexts enabling a deeper and richer more transferable experience of learning.

The programme consists of eight subject groups integrated through a conceptual approach to teaching that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. At the core of the programme the IB Learner Profile serves as an encouragement to students to learn and develop social responsibility, cooperation, pride, empathy, and a realization of the importance of listening carefully to the opinions of all.  Students are encouraged to question and evaluate information critically, to seek out and explore the interdisciplinary links between subjects, and to develop an awareness of their own place in the world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts.

At ABA Middle School covers the years 6 – 8 or MYP1 – MYP3. Students in MYP1 are introduced to the conceptual thinking of the MYP and each course prepares them for further study in MYP4 & 5 and into the Diploma programme.

Preparing for the IB Diploma

The best preparation for the IBDP is successful completion of the IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) course in grades 9 and 10.

The MYP builds on the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and will prepare you to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP). The MYP stands apart from other curricula in requiring you to develop analytical skills and to put learning into contextual understanding.

Supporting the MYP courses by engaging in regular reading for pleasure across a spectrum of genres at home will ensure that you have the academic acumen needed for IB DP.


IB MYP Year 4 and Year 5

Students in grade 9 and 10 engage in eight subject groups over a two-year period.  All of the courses are developed following the IB MYP curricular framework and philosophy. The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It 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.

MYP subject groups:

  • Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Individuals & Societies
  • Arts
  • Design
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Language Acquisition

The MYP:

  • 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 to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
  • empowers students to participate in service with the community
  • helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning.

MYP Personal Project (PP)

The personal project encourages you to practise and strengthen their approaches to learning (ATL) skills, to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to research an area of personal interest. In grade 10 students must research, plan, take action to complete, reflect, report, and present on an inquiry of their choice.

MYP projects help you to develop the attributes of the IB learner profile; provide you with an essential opportunity to demonstrate ATL skills developed through the MYP; and foster the development of independent, lifelong learners. The Personal Project begins in February of MYP Year 4 (Grade 9), and is completed by January of MYP Year 5 (Grade 10). All students are supported by a supervisor. Achieving a Grade of 3 and above is the minimum requirement for the Personal Project.

Service as Action (SA)

All ABA High School students are required to engage in activities which are beneficial to both their community and to themselves. This aspect of the curriculum is considered to be complementary to the holistic development of each individual. You will have the additional advantage of choosing which aspect of community you would like to serve. At the end of Grade 10, you should have met our standards for Service as Action.

MYP Assessment

Internal assessment of learning in MYP Year 4 & MYP Year 5 (Grade 9 & 10), will be similar to the previous years. You will still be assessed using the MYP Criteria Objectives for each subject. Each Criterion is assessed in levels with a maximum of 8.

The table below summarizes the MYP objectives in each subject area.

MYP Criteria A B C D
Language & Literature Analyzing Organizing Producing Text Using Language
Language Acquisition Comprehending spoken and visual text Comprehending written and visual text Communicating Using Language
Individuals & Societies Knowing and understanding Investigating Communicating Thinking Critically
Sciences Knowing and understanding Inquiring and designing Processing and evaluating Reflecting on the impacts of science
Mathematics Knowing and understanding Investigating patterns Communicating Applying mathematics in real-world contexts
Arts Knowing and understanding Developing skills Thinking creatively Responding
Physical & Health Education Knowing and understanding Planning for performance Applying and performing Reflecting and improving performance
Design Inquiring and analyzing Developing ideas Creating the solution Evaluating
Personal Project Investigating Planning Taking action Reflecting

Adapted from IBO Document: From Principles into Practice  2014

External Assessment in the MYP is through the MYP e-Assessment Examinations. These examinations are regulated by OFQUAL in the UK and are useful benchmark for your progress into DP. There are two kinds of assessments namely, the onscreen assessments and the e-portfolio. A combination of selected e-portfolios, and on screen assessments can lead to the award of the MYP Certificate.

The table shows the MYP eAssessment subject areas.


To achieve the MYP Certificate, you will need to meet the following criteria in MYP Year 5.


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