25 years of the MYP
25 years ago, the IB introduced the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Since then, 1,266 IB World Schools in 108 countries have adopted the MYP as a means of providing an education that helps students aged 11 to 16 to grow and flourish in their education and personal development.
What schools say about the MYP
In 1994, the IB adopted the MYP as a flexible curriculum framework that promoted the fundamental concepts of intercultural understanding, communication and holistic learning. The unique features of the programme are valued by IB World Schools around the world today.
Africa, Europe, Middle East
“We have offered the MYP for 15 years now. At first we ran the programme in tandem with GCSEs but made the decision to drop the national curriculum because of the school’s belief in the programme and the need for a new style of teaching and curriculum in the area.”
- Julia Watson, MYP Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Dwight School London, UK
The Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India shares a common philosophy with the IB. Geoffrey Fisher, Head of Academy, finds the community service project that each student must complete the most the valuable part of the MYP. “Without this initiative we would not have considered the programme as it allows our students to become engrained within our local community.”
For Marie-Claude Tardif, Head of École d’éducation internationale from Canada, the MYP not only ensures students are learning the right things, but also become caring people with principles. “I truly believe that the Middle Years Programme meets the needs of many children; it allows us to create better citizens of the world.”
Five elementary schools in Washington, DC, worked together to found District of Columbia International (DCI) School and offer the MYP to their students as they progressed in their education. “Our families love the MYP and IB - it is one of the reasons that we are sought out or that children attend the feeder schools.” - Dean Harris, MYP coordinator at District of Columbia International (DCI) School, USA
The enhanced MYP
After twenty years of rapid growth and development, the MYP was reviewed in 2014. The IB built on the MYP’s strong features and enhanced the programme so that it is more rigorously assessed and even more flexible for schools to implement.
Read here how the MYP meets the needs of a new generation of students, teachers and school communities.
Africa, Europe, Middle East
The International School of The Hague, in the Netherlands, is allowing MYP to create their own individualized curriculums for a whole year with its Pathfinder Programme. Coordinator Ollie Quinton explains: “For us, the MYP is a framework that helps to structure and make sense of learning through inquiry. This makes it an integral part of the Pathfinder approach.”
With an eye on what is best for its students now and in the future, Bonn International School decided to implement the optional MYP eAssessments. “You can’t stay away from this digital world, digital tools, digital assessment. It‘s a matter of when, not whether, you should [change].”-Cijith Jacob, MYP coordinator.
Design is one of eight key subjects in the MYP. Over the past three years Annie Wright design teachers have conducted extensive research and engaged in professional development to gain a deeper knowledge of design thinking and its use within the classroom and beyond. “Annie Wright is continuing to expand design thinking throughout the schools, transcending grade and subject levels in a purposeful and practical way, preparing students for the world they will inherit.” - Clare Wagstaff, Assistant Director of Middle School at Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
The ability to offer eAssessment was one of the main reasons that the Pathways School Gurgaon in India wanted to provide the MYP. Having externally marked, standardized assessments at the end of the middle years is something that universities in India want to see. “eAssessment has helped us see how we can better develop our students’ skills. It’s a good way to inform our teaching practices,” - Rohit Bajaj, school director at Pathways Shool in Gurgaon.
Webinars about the MYP
Replay pre-recorded webinars to learn more about the MYP and hear why these IB World Schools choose to implement the programme: