Middle Years Programme (MYP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
What is ISGR? And moreover, what is MYP? Stated obviously, MYP stands for the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Program. If you’ve managed to navigate to this page, I would hope you’ve spent some time reading about both the Middle Years Program and our sister program, PYP, Primary Years Program. But we are much more than that. We are first and foremost a community, a community with roots in more than 60 countries around the globe. We are a community that embraces the diversity of our student and adult population. We believe that this diversity enriches us and the dynamic international culture that we value.We are a creative and dynamic community, a group of people that believe in solving problems together, whether local or global. We believe in learning for life and preparing for a lifetime of learning. We are a community that values all members equally. We are risk-takers; we are listeners; we are thinkers. We are all these things and more. Welcome to our community.
The Middle Years Programme within the International Baccalaureate is a program that seeks to nurture, develop, and challenge students, balancing rigorous content and skills with flexibility and student-led inquiry.The MYP philosophy specifically espouses three main tenets:
- Holistic Learning – seeing and valuing the student as a complete and unique individual, expressing concern for his/her development as a person and not only a student.
- Intercultural Awareness – helping students to see the interconnectedness of the world and their growing role in it.
- Communication – understanding that varying and evolving modes of communication will play a vital role in students’ future lives, and preparing them accordingly.
We work toward these philosophical goals while not losing sight of our academic goals. Academically, MYP is guided by two main principals:
- Conceptual Learning – challenging students to do more than memorize facts. Students will move beyond content and come to understand significant concepts, interdisciplinary “big ideas” that stretch beyond disciplinary material.
- Inquiry-based Instruction – allowing students to have a say in the direction of their study, by encouraging genuine inquiry and reflection. Students will be challenged to search for their own truths by asking the right questions.
The IB has created a helpful website with information for prospective and current parents. It can be found here:http://www.ibo.org/en/information-for-parents
Teaching & Learning in Context
Students learn best when content is presented in context and in connection with their lives and their experiences of the world.
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.
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.