The Middle Years Programme (Gr 6-10)
The MYP is a balanced, holistic framework through which students make connections between academic disciplines and develop transdisciplinary learning skills. It was added to the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 1994.
In each year of the programme, MYP students take eight courses: English, second language (Spanish, French), social studies, science, mathematics, fine arts, physical and health education, and design. With the support of the programme coordinator, Mr. Mark Pulfer, MYP teachers deliver subject-specific courses that are connected to each other with Key Concepts and Global Contexts that span subject areas.
The MYP follows nicely from the PYP and is an inquiry-based programme. Similar to the PYP, the teachers prepare lesson plans using an IB template that requires thoughtful integration of the elements of the MYP framework and application of a variety of teaching strategies. The Approaches to Learning skills are developed throughout the programme, fostering critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, organization and communication skills. Student learning is assessed using a variety of internally-developed tasks such as projects, presentations, tests, essays and investigations. These tasks assess student achievement against subject-specific objectives, as well as their progress against transdisciplinary objectives, like critical thinking and communication skills.
The MYP timetable is organized with a core of four, 75-minute teaching blocks each day. In addition, there is about 80 minutes of break time, including lunch, and often a 30-minute advisory block. In Grades 6 and 7, some of the long blocks are split in half so that exposure to the subject matter can be more frequent.
In 2009, Stratford Hall was authorized to offer the MYP. There are currently 1,102 MYP schools worldwide; however, only 239 schools offer all three IB programmes.
The MYP encourages students to embrace and understand traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers. MYP students making the transition through adolescence are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development: a time of uncertainty and of questioning. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts.
If you would like to learn more about our programming, feel free to connect with our MYP Coordinator, Mr. Mark Pulfer.