The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is one of four programs
developed by the International Baccalaureate Organization. It is a five-year
program designed for students in grades 6-10. The Middle Years Programme shares
common educational principles with the IB Primary Years Program and the IB
Diploma Program, including an aim to develop internationally-minded people who,
recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, to
help to create a better and more peaceful world.
Middle Years Programme Brochure
The Middle Years Programme at WMHS
At Watkins Mill High School, all students enrolled in 9th
and 10th grade are automatically a part of the MYP: there is no
application required! As participants in the program, our students take classes
that are created with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program framework
in mind, which provides a focus on interdisciplinary learning, rigorous
academic standards, and connections with the international community. As a
result, students that choose to join our school’s IB Diploma Programme or IB
Career-related Programme for their 11th and 12th-grade
years will find that they have been adequately prepared for the challenge and
the expectations of those classes.
The MYP Framework
Approaches to learning (ATL) – students are shown how to develop their abilities
in thinking, research, self-management, communication, and social skills to
help them excel in the classroom and in their community.
Key and related concepts – Learning is organized according to relevant academic
concepts and real-world applications.
– All academic work has a demonstrated relationship with the global community
and the diverse cultural fabric that makes up our world.
Personal Project – In 10th-grade, all students conduct an
independent study of their choice and create a project that shows off their
knowledge and their passions.
Service as Action through Community Service – helping
our communities brings students in contact with their community
These core components are integrated in all eight subjects
of the program.
MYP Curriculum by Subject
The program consists of eight subject groups integrated through six global contexts that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. Each course in the MYP is organized according to eight subject groups: Arts, Design, Individuals and Societies, Language Acquisition, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Physical and Health Education, and Sciences. Each of these subject groups has an overview that gives an overall picture of learning and the connections between each course.
For more information about the programme, please contact:
Middle Years Programme Coordinator