The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a balanced, holistic framework through which Grade 6 to 10 students make connections between academic disciplines and develop interdisciplinary learning skills. It was added to the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 1994 and in 2009, Stratford Hall was authorized to offer the MYP.
The MYP encourages students to embrace and understand traditional subjects and their connection to today's world, and to 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.
Mark Pulfer, MYP Coordinator
We are looking into empowering students to be leaders within the community.
The MYP is an inquiry-based programme. Similar to the Primary Years Programme (PYP), MYP 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, research, 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 interdisciplinary objectives, such as 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 a 40-minute advisory block.
In each year of the programme, MYP students take eight courses: Language and Literature (English), Language Acquisition (Spanish, French), Individuals and Societies, Science, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Physical and Health Education (which includes our Outdoor Education programme), and Design. MYP teachers deliver subject-specific courses that are connected to each other using Key Concepts and Global Contexts that span subject areas.
Stratford Hall acknowledges that we are situated on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.