“The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.

MYP teachers organize the curriculum with appropriate attention to:

  • 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 issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.”*

*From the IB Middle Years Programme booklet

Subjects and Academic Cycle

The MYP curriculum framework provides a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. Students in the MYP have a total of 40 hours of subject time per week, as indicated in the table below.

Subject Number of 45 minute periods per week per subject

Languages: French, Spanish, or Japanese;
Individuals and Societies;



Physical and Health Education; Design


Music, Drama, Visual Arts 2
Tutor Period 1